This is actually something I began months... and MONTHS... ago!
I'm still exploring these ideas. I'm not quite sure where it's all going. I'm putting this up, raw and unfinished as it is, because I think the answers to the questions I'm asking are crucial. And if I stick it up here - I will be obligated to finish the study!! Love to hear the thoughts of others on this stuff...
Just found another blog post that tells a little part of the blog story I've been trying to form in my mind for... ages! Maybe it will help me actually get it into words. Al Lindskoog's post titled Amazing Grace, over at Communitas Collective points right at the spot I've been trying to direct my words towards. Actually, quite a lot of Al's writings do (his blog is here, if you would like to wander through them) The bottom line is that the rules don't matter. It's all about Grace.
Don't misunderstand me - there is definitely such a thing as right and wrong. Sin is real. But living on that dividing line will kill you! It is the way of Grace that gives life.
Let me try and re-tell a familiar story...albeit very much simplified (after all, it is quite a challenge to fit 66 books into a few short paragraphs) but I wonder if you will see in it what I see!
We start with a perfect world. A man, a woman, living in utopia, in perfect innocence, enjoying the utter beauty of creation, of each other, in simple, intimate relationship with the Creator. But this is not "plastic perfect". They are not puppets. They are free to choose the relationship, or leave it. & leave it, they do. They are given the choice to eat from the tree of Life - or the tree of knowing Right and Wrong. They choose to know right from wrong - & their relationships - with each other and with God, are broken.
Along with knowing right and wrong, comes working to stay alive - survival and self-worth through their own effort. God, respecting the choice of mankind to live and govern the world by their own effort, gives them the most perfect measure of right and wrong ever devised. The set of laws He gives them are incredible. Following them keeps the people healthy, keeps the land healthy, and is chillingly correct when it comes to wrongdoing and morality.
Of course, the people cannot keep these laws consistently - and often do not do so at all. Living with the knowledge of right and wrong - using even the most perfect measure, results in centuries of conflict, harsh legality, and violence. And none of this brings about the health and harmony they seek.
So what happens next?