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Supreme Love supersedes the quarantine of the Torah.

Before Adam committed treason against his Maker, and certainly long before God gave the Law in Commandments to Moses, sin already existed in time.  Rebellion was first conceived within the mind of Lucifer, and in his insurrection against Holy God Almighty, he became, as it were, sin itself.  (See Genesis 4 verse 1 thru 7.)  Lucifer, with his leading opposition to the God of the living, now becomes Satan, the accuser of God, and will foment his opposition with his beguiling intrusion into God's creation of the new order of Man. (See Revelation 12 verse 10.) In the Garden of Eden, Satan, disguised as the beguiling serpent, shoots forth from his mouth, his poisonous dart of philosophical rebellion into the mind of Adam and Adam's wife-Woman/Ishshah. (See again the Creation of Man.) The words, coming from a common serpent, with such wondrous wisdom, were so enticing that lust for the serpent's wisdom, began to be conceived with in the minds of both of our first parents.  The mind's of Adam and his wife Ishshah were blinded by confusion, for they foolishly chose the lie of the deceiver, rather than the Truth of their Creator.  With the flowering of the seed of sin within their minds of flesh,  the very souls of Adam and Ishshah were changed from the Light of Life to the darkness of death. 

Adam, thinking that he knew better than the Almighty God of creation, chose his own will, and having acted on his own will, challenged the good and all knowing Will of the only Creator and the God of the Living.  Adam's willful disobedience set in motion sin's idolatrous root within the matrix of his mind, where sin's willful essence of death became the corrupting source that brought death to all human souls.  With sin's conception of self reliance having been fixated in the spirit of the minds of Adam and his wife Ishshah, to be called Eve, then sin was set in motion to replicate its seed of self serving will, and thereby, would dictate its own will within the minds of all the captive offspring of Adam and Ishshah.  With God's one warning law of prevention having been broken without humble repentance, then the poisonous sting of sin brought death to Adam and Eve, and that same poisonous seed of Satan, brings death to all of their offspring. 

Holy God's Spirit of unending Life, would leave Adam and Eve to their own independent self rule, where the rule of selfish flesh took on the nature of sin's corruption into death.  Beginning with the first Man, Adam, sin has reigned in man-kind, bringing the order of death to all of the generations of humanity until this present time.  Sin's cursed corruption, was instilled within the core thoughts of what is called the heart of man, with sin's corrupting outcome becoming evident in death.  Dust thou art and to dust thou shall return.  And Adam called his wife Eve, for she was the mother of all living.  (See Genesis 3 verse 19 thru 20.)

With Adam's treasonous action against the only God Who gives Life, then God's Holy Spirit of Life left the soul of Adam and Eve to be maintained by a soul residing in blood and flesh derived from the earth.   Without the Spirit of the God of the Living, then all of mankind, having emanated from the loins of Adam, would be souls born to die like the souls of all animals. (See the Soul and the Life.)

The inevitable evidence of Death itself, also reveals the evidence of the existing poisonous force of sin, as being entrenched within the fleshly being of each and every prodigy of our first parents of corruptible flesh.  Simple understanding leads us to conclude that God's Spirit of Life within the soul of Man/Adam, was displaced with the spirit of sin and death, and so it is with all of man-kind.

For if by one Man's offence death reigned by that one Man, Adam, much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in Life by one Man, Jesus Christ.  Therefore as by the offence of the one Man Adam, judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one Man Jesus Christ, the free gift came upon all men unto justification of Life.  For as by one Man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one Man shall many be made righteous.  

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound [be made evident].  But where sin abounded [flourished], Grace did much more abound [flourish]:  That as sin has reigned unto death, even so, might grace reign through righteousness unto Eternal Life by Jesus Christ our Lord.  (Romans 5 verse 17 thru 21.)

In full accordance with Elohim's Holy Word given in the Garden of Eden, the Promised Messiah of God, came through the original genetics of the first Adam, by way of the Adam's wife Ishshah.  So as to bring His Word to pass, God would give laws within the Torah to protect His Covenant Word within the seed of Israel.  Now, with the Law in Commandments, given at Mt Sinai, the strength of sin unto death, is not only confirmed, but is exacerbated by the knowledge of the condemning Commandments of God.  Israel was to know of the importance of the Covenant Laws of God, so that the Messiah would be born of the seed of the Woman of Adam, and not of the corrupted seed of mingled humanity from Ham's children.  Sin reigned from the beginning of the fall of Man, until the just laws of God were given in commandments to Moses for the protection of Adam kind so that the Messiah would come in the flesh of the original Adam.  The Law of God in Commandments was never the problem, but all of the instructions given in the Torah were to be protective of God's Holy Word until Messiah would come in the flesh of the original Adam.  The corrupting entity is sin, even Satan, that causes death and corruption to the seed of man kind.

James, the natural half brother of Jesus, gives Godly wisdom that remains today: (See James 2 verse 9 thru 10.) For indeed, if one of the just and holy laws is broken, then all the laws are broken, and sin continues to show its sovereignty in the heart of the man of idolatrous flesh.  Surely it is understood that even God Almighty is not the Sovereign God of the corrupted heart of man.  Our choices for good and evil  have made us our own little gods, and our will has displaced the First Commandment of God that declares that the Lord Elohim is God Alone.   However, the Almighty Creator, gave the Law to protect Israel with His Covenant Word, and the only Infinite God of the Living will not have any disruptive self determining gods of any sort before Him.  There is only One God of the Living, Yahweh God Almighty, and all the rest of the gods are as dead souls!  Therefore, in any period of time, no one is justified by the Decalogue, because with the Law in Commandments, came the knowledge of sin with sin's ensuing death.  All, who are naturally born of Adam are sinners, and all sinners are self condemned to death, because of the willful reign of sin that imprisons all the souls of lost humanity.

Paul, who understands the total corruption of self serving flesh says; "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwells no good thing". (Romans 7 verse 18.) Therefore, He says later in another letter: "Have no confidence in the flesh." (Philipians 3 verse 3.) In the corrupted nature of man kind, both the good and the bad autonomous root of the Tree of Knowledge, remains twisted, as one causative root, within the the mind of the natural man of flesh.  This convoluted root, within the mind of man, will seek its own gratification and justification of self, maintaining its right to the preservation of self determination, whether the individual's choices are good or bad, or even life or death. 

There can be no overall parity in human judgment over what is good or what is evil.  What one person decides is good or what is evil, is judged to be for the immediate good of themselves, and may be completely different, when compared to another person's individual judgment, of the same subjective good or subjective evil.  One man's good, may be another man's evil, or vice versa, and both persons, are justified in their own eyes of human judgment.  Wherefore, from generation to generation, the conflict of judgment over good and evil, is manifested with ebbs and flows of moral decadence and violence, all being orchestrated by Satan's controlling will of sin within humanity.  The Lord Jesus says to the supposed knowledgeable and religious of the day:  You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: For he is a liar, and the father of it. (See John 8 verse 42 thru 47.) If God were your Father you would Love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God.

Make no mistake on this matter of life and death:  We are not all God's children with entitlements to His Kingdom.  If we were God's children we would Love/Agape the Almighty God and His Son, as the Word of Life, without any reservation.  We are, by our sinful nature, of the seed of our father the devil.  Satan's rule of sin is a renegade force of death, existing completely outside of the Will of Holy Lord God Almighty, the only God of the Living.  With Adam's treasonous rebellion against Elohim (the Almighty God), all of man kind has become the offspring of sin and death, making us the spitting image in the acts of our father the devil.  He was  a  thief, a liar and a murderer from sin's beginning corruption of his soul.   Now our souls are conceived in Satan's corruption, and existing in his nature, and we will do the traitorous and unrighteous will of our father, the devil.   Sin, having stolen the heart and soul of mankind, leaves the soul absent of the Love of God, with the Creator being relegated to an after thought.  If sin is in control of the self minded person, then the Spirit of God's Life and Love, is certainly missing within the soul that continues in their own unrighteous self determination of what, in their eyes, is good and evil. 

The inquisitive mind of man may be ever learning, and gaining knowledge through life experiences, and perhaps a little from scripture, but even so, knowledge does not perfect the heart and soul into the image and likeness of God.  Many, in their twisted philosophy, remain mired in the darkness of death, while failing to comprehend the greatness of the Infinitely Holy God and His free Gift of Life in Christ Jesus. 

The current humanistic consensus, believes that with more right education, we will build an individual's self esteem, and with self-esteem comes love of self, ending in a well rounded individual and a credit to society.  Much of today's churches, walk along hand in hand with societies philosophical thinking.  The churches that are in agreement, go on to say that; "to be able to love another person, you must first begin to love yourself".  It sounds good in humanity's acceptance of self, but in the end, this is a dead branch of human logic, centered in man's rational thinking of what is 'good' for the making of the individual 'self' determined person.  The singularity of the root of the Tree of Knowledge of 'good' and 'evil' remains entrenched in the flesh, even in the structure of today's churches that are built on human doctrines. 

We certainly agree that love is the missing essential that needs to be nurtured in a person's heart, but there is a special Love/Agapao that needs to be birthed in the heart of every child of humanity.  That Love should begin at home, with a beginning nurturing from both Mom and Dad, for they are to know in their hearts the Truth of God's Sacrificial Love in Jesus Christ, given for the Salvation of all of man kind.  For God so Loved the world, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  As responsible parents, entrusted with a precious gift from God, they must foster, and try to emulate this special Love of God to each of their children, even with good disciplines within the family structure.  Train up a child in the Way he should go, and when he is old, he shall not depart from the Way.  For if the restraining Love of God, is missing within the heart of the children of man, then those straying souls that are left to their own devices, may not become the righteous sons of God that are being led by the Spirit of God.  For as many are being led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (See Romans 8 verse 13 thru 17.) But if they are sons, following the leading of the Spirit of God, then they are relinquishing their right to their own self determined will of what is good and evil, so as to be obedient to the good and perfect will of the God of the Living, Who Loves us perfectly.  There is no possibility of sin's unrighteousness in the living expressions of Perfect Love.  God indeed Loves the World with His creation of Man, but only those persons who abdicate their individualistic rights, and then receive in new faith the Sacrificial Life of God's Christ, are then born again of God's Spirit of Life, and have become the children of the Most High God. (See John 1 verse 11 thru 13, Romans 8 verse 14 thru 17, 1st John 3 verse 1 thru 10.)

If God has set within Scripture His two great Commands to Love, then this reasoning is not natural knowledge within the self governing nature of the independent human.  If we love, it is a selfish love that only benefits our own selves.  The essential for Life, within God's universe, begins first, by responding to the Spirit's call to repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ(Acts 20 verse 20 thru 21.) That One Faith of the Spirit of God, leads the believer to the same Perfect Love for God that is in Christ Jesus.   The rule of the Law of God, begins with a spiritual knowledge of the Holiness of the Infinite Lord God Almighty, where now the natural self of a person, being first in priority, begins to disappear. 

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is One LORD:  And thou shall Love the LORD thy God with all your heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.  And these Words, which I Command thee this day, shall be in your heart:  And thou shall teach them diligently unto thy children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. (Deuteronomy 6 verse 4 thru 7.) Even the second of the great commandments, "Thou shall Love thy neighbor as thyself", may show that there is natural love of self, but that love of self is to be relegated, through humility, to the same proper level of loving our fellow man, even as we might love ourselves. 

Jesus brings even greater clarity to our hearts, as He says at His Supper Table.  A New Commandment I give unto you: That you Agapao/Love one another, as I have [sacrificially] Loved you.  By this shall all men know that you are My disciple, if you have Agapao/Love one to another.  Greater Love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  You are My friends, if you do whatsoever I Command you. (See John 13 verse 34 thru 35, and chapter15 verses 12 thru 14.) Sacrificial Love is and expressed Command of the Lord Jesus Christ, for there is only the One Body of Christ, where all the individual members of that One Body of the Lord, are dependent upon every member to manifest Agape/Love with their utmost strength, within this One Body given by Yahweh God in the Supreme Grace of His Sacrificial Love.  At the later ending of His Passover Communion Table of Unleavened Bread, Jesus the Christ of God, prays to His Father: Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also, which shall believe on Me through their word.  That they may be one as Thou Father art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also, may be One in Us that the world may believe that Thou has sent Me. (John 17 verse 20 thru 21.)

Hopefully, in the redundancy of our continuing thoughts, we have enabled the reader to begin to see through the darkness, that any enforced quarantining Law of conduct, devised even by God, will not destroy the existence of the lethal infection of sin within the carnal heart of man.  There is no partiality with God, for all who have sinned without the Law, will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law. (Romans 2 verse 11 thru 12. N.A.S.) In our humanity, we are all guilty of self serving sin, culminating in death.   With God, it makes no difference if we are ignorant of God's just law, or if we know each and every commandment of the Decalogue, for in the end, the Holiness of God condemns the rule of sin, that makes all of humanity sinners. "The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the Law". (1st Corinthians 15 verse 56.)   The sting of sin, is a lethal dose of poison, and is without remedy from the Law of Commandments, then the person who remains in their sin shall die from its poison.  The strength of sin is revealed in each of the Commandments of the Law that further condemns sin because of its poisonous sting that brings death to a soul.

As a man thinks in his heart, so he becomes(See Luke 6 verse 44 thru 46.) (Consider the anomalies within the genetics of  mankind.)  The present genetic evidence reveals that the newly discovered Epigenetic's of the Genome of man, becomes corrupted even in wrong thought, initiating wrong actions of lust, and bringing mutations to the DNA of mankind. (See Human Genome.)

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Robert Glenn Pratten with my beloved wife Rose Labez Pratten