One of the people who comments here, scatterwisdom, has an interesting post, King Solomon, Who Killed God, Family, and Community? (rudymartinka.com) He is trying to encourage us to read a couple of articles.
- We Killed God, Family, And Community — And Now It’s Killing Us (thefederalist.com)
- The Tree of Life (lifehopeandtruth.com)
To encourage us to read those articles, scatterwisdom poses a riddle. What is the riddle? Read his post. It is not long. scatterwisdom just offers a few clues.
The first article focuses on our isolation from each other.
Once upon a time, you had meaning. You knew you had meaning because you had a mom and a dad who told you so, a God who loved you, and a community that needed you.
Once upon a time, if something happened to you, a significant number of people would mourn your death — not only because you were a good person and a good friend, but also because the community would suffer without your presence and skills. Now, the vast majority of people can barely count on one hand the number of people whose life would be truly altered by their passing. (continued here)
I can only speak for myself, but I have relatively few personal relationships. So when I die, not many will care. Why is that? Well, I am a bit too full of myself, and I suppose I have learned to find more contentment in my own company than most. So caring about others is hard work. Still, I have to admit that first article at least partly explains the problem. And, yes, the fact so few will care when I die does concern me. Will my life make difference, or will it be unworthy of anyone’s concern? What have I failed to do that I should be doing?
The second article considers the meaning of those two trees mentioned in the Book of Genesis, The Tree of Life, and The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Here is how that second article ends.
Will this tree of life, from which man was banished, appear again? The book of Revelation contains prophecies of the end of this age. It points to the presence of a tree of life among the righteous who yield themselves to God’s authority.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7).
And in the final chapter of the Bible it says, “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city” (Revelation 22:14).
The tree of life never died. Humanity was cut off from the tree because they chose the other and could not have both.
The knowledge and Spirit represented by the life-giving tree are available to us today in the words and power of Jesus Christ.
Will you make the same old mistake our ancestors have made down through the centuries and choose the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? Or will you search out the tree of life and eat of it, that you may have eternal life? To do so, you must ask God to reveal His ways to you and commit to following them when He does.
The choice is yours. Choose life! (from here)
How does one choose life? Before we die, don’t we need to know? Don’t we need to know the answer to scatterwisdom‘s riddle?
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Thanks for the link and excellent commentary.
Regards and goodwill blogging.