The social orders of today’s world, as innumerable as they may be, are actually fulfilled in the new law of Christ—the one law upon which all the law hangs. That law is love.
Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40)
By living in the new way of the Spirit (Romans 7:6) love answers all of the legal requirements of the Lord, “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14) Thus, when the Jews demanded legalistic life, the Lord God turned them over to the guardians—the angels who mediated the law to them.
“Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator.” (Galatians 3:19)
“So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.” (Galatians 3:24-25)
Our heavenly Father never desired that we live by the law. He spawned a race of children in his great love and pleasure in having each of us to love; that we live by love and have abundant and joyful lives. I wrote this analogous little fable so that we might get a feeling of what might have transpired with different people, in a different cosmos.
So They Made Rules
A Great and Mighty God wanted to create a truly wonderful place just for the purpose of letting his children play with one another and to learn to share this joy and the adventure of life in this new paradise. So he planted an amazing garden wherein each of the children’s own imaginings could blossom into wondrous realities and each child could spend endless hours and days exploring fantastic and amazing possibilities, and feel the sensations of this fresh, new world in every way imaginable—sharing these adventures and fantasies with one another in love and joy.
But one day something went wrong and one of the children became displeased and offended with how wonderful another child’s freedom and joy appeared to him, so he cried out, “No! You can’t do that! It doesn’t work that way!” All the others were concerned about the child’s outcry and they all wanted this poor child to be happy too, so they stopped doing what the child found offensive and a rule was made to keep it from happening again, so the poor child would be happy. The offended child was somewhat satisfied and they all began again to play and have fun, being careful not to offend the little tyke by doing what offended him.
Soon, however, some of the other children of the Great God began to be offended by the joy and happiness of others, and they inevitably demanded that even more rules be made to keep them safe from offense, so they all agreed to make more rules to keep everyone happy. This offense thing began to spread like a virus and it seemed that the only way to make things better was to make more and more rules. And then one child found out that he was able to influence the others in this way, by complaining and making up rules.
He convinced some of others that he would be able to organize and set forth a more effective set of rules in order to insure everyone’s mutual happiness and joy. So the others all agreed to let him rule the games in the playground from then on and everyone was happy enough with that for a while. But the joy they all once remembered in the olden days now seemed weak, watered-down and shallow as compared to before the rules were made, and the playground wasn’t as much fun as it once was.
One bright child then realized that this wondrous playground was vast and quite spacious, so he suggested that the more adventurous and joyful children come with him to a place where that would be free of the rules and there could be ultimate joy again, so they left the other ones, the easily offended rule-makers, and the free-minded ones then set out to the west of paradise to seek out new pastures of freedom and joy. Now the one child who enjoyed making the rules was, of course, quite offended by the ones who departed, he set out to follow them and regain control. Like a contagious virus all the others also became offended and joined with him to follow the free ones and regain their control over them.
Now the Great God was ever bringing children of his to the playground and all the while he had been watching over them all and laughing at their folly, knowing all the while that there was a great lesson to be learned from the folly of making of rules and attempting to live by them. As the children’s restricting rules became so much more serious and in time they actually became enforceable laws. Then the offended ones began to use offensive force to uphold and enforce their made-up laws and to exercise control over the wild behavior of the free-minded children all the more. As more children arrived in the playground, each was given the choice to live by freedom or to live by law. And many chose law, simply because it seemed to be so much like righteousness and justice, and so they might feel safe and secure in the playground. But the Father already knew of the ridiculous folly of this assumption.
Now here we are, the playground is full and there is nowhere to go to escape these law-makers and their offensive ways of exercising control over the free-minded who just want to get back to the excitement of adventure and the joy of liberty. So the free-minded children resorted to even more offensive ways to break free from the law-makers control just so they could be happy and joyful in the exciting playground again. The playground became madness because of the law, so now everyone is offended and consequently they live offensively toward others in every moment. But some still remember the adventure and freedom, and they huddle together in secret corners of the playground trying to enjoy quiet dark moments away from the law-makers and their offensive ways.
But as it always happens, the select few were one day discovered and their secret unions of joy became the very greatest offense in the lawful playground. Therefore, the law-makers executed a terrible offense upon them, ever classifying them, in their legal languages, as wicked and immoral. This they did only because these children found ways to be happy and joyful with one another in secret places, away from the other offensive children, for they had all become offended, and therefore rudely offensive in their ways. Nevertheless, there are clever individuals speaking in clandestine languages that these others are not able to understand fully. These clever ones have an inspired quest to in some way open the minds of the offended to the new way, which is the old way; a way of freedom and the delightful adventure that brings the old joy back to the playground.
Now, during all of this time the Great God, who is the loving Father of them all, has been working behind the scenes doing miraculous things to help the free-minded return to the old ways through their new awareness. He is helping in his miraculous ways to bring this awareness to all the children, and to free the minds of all. But it must be the choice of each individual child to be free, because for the Father to impose his will upon his children would be for him to become just another law-maker and why should he even make laws if He is not offended, and He is not.
All he wants is for his children to live in freedom and the joy of the adventure, a freedom and joy of their own choosing. And he knows that in time the children will all choose this freedom and joy of adventure again, if the free-minded ones will just be relentless and persistent in reminding each of the others just how much happiness and adventure they each once enjoyed. #LoveIsTheLaw
“How blessed are those who keep justice, Who practice righteousness at all times!” ~ Psalms 106:3
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