Behold, as the clay in the potter’s hand, so are ye in my hand, Jeremiah 18:6
As I was writing and reflecting on these experiences and pondering the belief of “God is in everything”, I asked God to reveal the truth to me. I felt uncertain because I reasoned, if God created everything, isn’t it reasonable to believe He must be in everything? If God created all human beings made into His image, isn’t it reasonable to believe all people are god-like? I felt perhaps in all this there was hiding a nugget of truth buried into many layers of lies. I received a very simple answer to my query.
The first world created by God, the Garden of Eden, was probably close to a perfect world, where God was perhaps a lot closer to His creation than He is now. However, even in that state of purity and perfection, we were never equal to God. I believe Adam and Eve, the first humans walked and lived on earth as pure, undefiled beings. They had direct communication, fellowship, communion and intimacy with God and were abundantly blessed and provided with everything they needed. God, however, gave them only one restriction: And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. genesis 2:16-17
This one restriction placed upon us is clearly showing we are not God. If we were, there would be no limitation imposed on us because God is limitless. God is not saying: “thou shall be as I am and thou shall do as I do”, instead He is saying to us: I will be their God, and they will be my people. Jeremiah 31
But Satan, who had rebelled against God before we were ever created, tempted Eve:
Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of any tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil. Genesis 3
“[A]nd ye shall be as God”Does that sound familiar? The same deception prevails today in the New Age. Each one of us considers himself/herself immensely important; often even, the most important individual in the universe! We have this feeling because we are children of God.
God actually is the center of the universe; and, because our life is really His life in us, we have the feeling that we are God. Of course, with us it is only an appearance; and if we realize it is only an appearance, that’s fine. But if we believe it, and act on the assumption that it is true, then we are in for trouble and we have a serious problem of mistaken identity.
Because we insist on wanting to be equal to God, we separate ourselves from His Sovereignty and we reject His tender loving care and protection. There is in these two verses a clear distinction between God and man: That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. John3:6
He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is of the earth, and of the earth he speaketh: he that cometh from heaven is above all.” John3:31.
Adam and Eve only knew good, they only knew God, they were naked and were not ashamed, they didn’t know Evil, they didn’t know death. God forbade them to even try to know Evil because God knew they were no match for the Devil. Only eternal God could know Evil. Because death is part of Evil, Adam and Eve, in tasting of that fruit, became mortal beings. for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Genesis 2:17 .In knowing Evil they became ashamed and covered themselves with fig leaves.As a result of this rebellion, we were driven out of the Garden of Eden, so that we may experience first hand the knowledge of Evil and discover over millennia of earth life that the only way to fight Lucifer is to obey God’s commandments and to abide in Him.
This duality of good and evil, God and Lucifer has become the reality of man’s everyday life and is now manifested in everything. The earth is no longer the perfect expression of the Love of God but has become the battleground between two opposing forces. We lost the purity and the beauty of the Garden of Eden but God, in His infinite mercy and absolute divine Justice, sent His Son Jesus to bear the curse and the punishment of that original transgression for us. Jesus willingly took our place of punishment and through His sacrifice gave us eternal life.
Psalm 82:16, “I said, ‘You are gods;is often quoted by New-Agers to back up their pantheistic belief that we are all god. But the next verse reads: “Andall of you sons of the Most High” being a son is not like being the Father. And the next verse is: “Nevertheless ye shall die like men, And fall like one of the princes. (Ps. 82:7). If we die and fall, we are not like God and we see here God is not teaching the inner divinity of all men. The Bible from Genesis 1 :1 on does not teach pantheism and is clear on the fact there is only one God.
Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen; that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.Isaiah 43:10
Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have I not declared unto thee of old, and showed it? and ye are my witnesses. Is there a God besides me? yea, there is no Rock; I know not any. Isaiah 44:8
Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Exodus 20:3-4