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THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD & EVIL AND A CURE FOR THE TROUBLES OF THE WORLD
Jesus of Nazareth walked the earth 2000 years ago. As a man among men, the Christ of God did things and said things which have not ever before or since been said or done.

Jesus says, "Without me you can do nothing."† It sounds preposterous. Everyone, everywhere, is always doing something even if they appear to be doing nothing. The immense activity of humanity is unceasing. Enterprising people do interesting things. Some of them enjoy great success even as they scorn the Christ of God & His Holy Spirit. But there it is anyway: "Without me you can do nothing."  What can it mean?

It means that prior to the Christ's adventure there was no relief from the trouble caused by the knowledge of good & evil in the Soul of mankind. The story of how the knowledge of good and evil came to life in mankind's Soul is as old and as controversial as history itself. You may question the old story and its circumstances. But there is no question about the presence & knowledge of good & evil in the life of every human being alive today.

Jesus of Nazareth's declaration of preeminence means that now -- through the good offices of His resurrected life -- the people of God in Christ may freely engage with him through the presence of his Spirit within them. By His Spirit in them they may have their understanding opened and receive enlightenment. The Christ Spirit abides now in the world of men to comfort Souls tormented with afflictions caused by the knowledge of good & evil: shame, weakness, corruption, death.

Jesus of Nazareth did not enter the stream of time to startup a new religion called c-h-r-i-s-t-i-a-n-i-t-y. In the days when Christ walked the streets of Old Jerusalem, demon-inspired religion, magicians, witches, sorcerers and warlocks were common. Another soothsaying warlock would have surprised no one. Jesus entered the earthy conflict between the forces of God & Satan to save those willing to be saved from the soul-destruction caused by the knowledge of good & evil.  

"Without me you can do nothing" is a take-it-or-leave-it proposition. Entering into this bargain with Christ begins with a choice. An individual's power of choice is a godly power. Freedom to choose is a Godly gift. Unless and until a human being freely & willingly chooses to avail themselves of the Christ's offer to help, that individual must labor unassisted under the pervading influence of the knowledge which corrupts us all and is (obviously) killing us all.

The Christ of God is able change any situation instantaneously. Every particle of energy & molecule of matter in the universe exists at His pleasure and is under His immediate command. Fifty-four gallons of water do not instantaneously become fifty-four gallons of wine all by themselves. Changing the water to wineº is a world-famous act of Christ. Without a word or any apparent action performed by Jesus himself, this first so-called miracle was accomplished. Plain water became fine wine refreshing thirsty revelers at a wedding reception. On a more somber occasion, Jesus' friend Lazarus did not come back to life on his own; Jesus shouted, "Lazarus, come forth!"§. The dead man emerged from his tomb smelling not dead but sweet as honey. 

These days the Sovereign Christ does not perform such dramatic deeds. The work of the Christ nowadays is accomplished in the unseen realm of the living Soul. "Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit says the LORD of hosts."¹ The familiar quote from Hamlet describes the power of human understanding compared to the ways of God: "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,  than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

God. Satan. Good. Evil. Death. Those 5 powers are indivisible from humanity's experience of life today. Until this present Age is consummated the situation will remain as it is. Jesus of Nazareth is willing and able to mitigate our often painful circumstances with comfort, enlightenment and peace that surpasses all understanding. The skill and wisdom of Christ is beyond the comprehension of those considerable yet wholly inadequate powers of naked human intellect. If mere intelligence were enough, why hasn't it led the men who wield it to a cure for the myriad forms of Death?

When Jesus of Nazareth said without me you can do nothing he was stating an irreducible spiritual fact to highlight one of His most famous questions: "What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and then loses his own Soul?"‡

Without God in Christ there is no way to comprehend let alone survive the onslaught of destruction that Satan and his demon hosts bring to life through the corrupted Soul of every human being. Make no mistake; the knowledge of good & evil has corrupted every earthbound Soul. There are no exceptions. Imagining that self-defense is possible against the force of spiritual evil is the spiritual infection introduced into the soul of mankind by the knowledge of good and evil; it is the same infection that fed the vainglorious pride which caused fallen Lucifer to believe that he could prevail over the Almighty. Nowadays the battle against Luciferian pride and the soul-destruction of Satanic animosity is waged by the Spirit of Christ. In the Soul of one person at a time, today the Spirit of God's Christ wages war against the bad effects that knowledge of good & evil brought to life.

There is comfort promised and comfort given to those who begin to comprehend the necessity of Christ for soul-survival. Can you hear the herald of Christ? "Glory to God in the highest and on earth. Peace! Goodwill toward men!"*

John 15:5 -I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
º Gospel of John, Chapter 2. Read it for yourself.
§  John 11:43 - And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
¹Zechariah 4:6 - So he answered and said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power but by My Spirit' Says the LORD of hosts."
  Mark 8:36 -For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?
*  Luke 2:14 - Glory to God in the highest and on earth. Peace! Goodwill toward men!

THE END
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