Absent of Biblical conviction, you will go the way of culture.
When I began this series, I thought, this should be very straightforward. How difficult can it be to write a post or two on Sex and the Preppy? It has taken a Herculean effort to write this series of posts, it is, as if, the undertow of something deep inside me does not want them to be written. However, a strong Rip Current is pulling me deeper into the ocean of Truth.
This post is the result of letting go, letting the current take control.
Now safety on the boat, the chill in my bones being displaced by the warmth of the cook stove. The Captain has “ Let Go Anchor ” and the bells have been rung. It has been an arduous battle to understand what is Truth and what is just wishful thinking. I am spent, yet, strangely at peace with what I have learned.
I am a single white male who believes in the Bible, living in a world that is ever trying to make what I believe irrelevant. I am consistently conflicted between the desire to pro-create and the need to live a disciplined life.
In the final analysis, a disciplined life is what this is all about.
From birth to grave, it is the business of us humans to live disciplined.
Disciplined, What does that even mean? Not what you might think. Every game has a set of rules; these rules come not from the players but the creator of the game. Even when the players decide to make up and play by their own set of rules, the rules of the game change not, only the consequences.
This goes back to the beginnings of the Human race. There are two parts to this game of life, The Spiritual and Corporal. However, there is only one rule. Understand I did not say set of rules, but one rule.
“ And God formed the man of dust of the earth, and breathed upon his face the breath of life, and the man became a living soul. And God planted a garden eastward in Edem, and placed there the man whom He had formed. And God made to spring up also out of the earth every tree beautiful to the eye and good for food, and the tree of life in the midst of the garden, and the tree of learning the knowledge of good and evil. ”
“ And the Lord God took the man he had formed and placed him in the garden of Delight, to cultivate and keep it. And the Lord God gave a charge to Adam, saying, Of every tree which is in the garden thou mayest freely eat (or, eat for food), but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil-of it ye shall not eat, but in whatsoever day yet eat of it, ye shall surely die. ”
Here is the one rule. Cultivate and keep, but do not eat of the tree of learning the knowledge of good and evil.
If you do there is a consequence, You will die.
We now know that this death was Spiritual and Physical.
One may deduce from that statement, good and evil existed from the beginning. Both Good & Evil emanate from the same source, that being God. They are the opposite of each other, one does not exist without the other.
We don’t have a clear knowledge of the amount of time that passed from the creation of man to the creation of woman. In the scripture, it is stated that a day to God, is as a thousand years to us, the operative word is as.
For the sake of this discussion, let’s put the creation of woman at the end of day six. That gives 999.9 years that Adam Cultivated and Kept the garden, including the tree of learning the knowledge of good and evil, without eating of it. We also have no idea, how long Adam and Eve lived following the one rule.
Remember there is balance, we have the tree of the learning of good and evil, and we also have the tree of life.
The rest as they say is history; God formed woman out of man. Adam loved his woman and when he ate from the tree, life on the spiritual plane ceased. I should say, was damaged. God also kicked them both out of the garden, but not before HE shed blood to atone for his creation breaking the rule. God did what man could not, which was to temporarily restore the relationship. He would not change the rule, but what he could do is to provide a way back. If you take nothing else away from this it should be, that there are consequences for breaking the rules.
What in the world does this have to do with being Preppy? I will pull all of this together in the next few posts, but for now, I am going to change the word from Preppy to WASP.
I grew up knowing this story, it was taught in Sunday School, the principle of Sin, and that God had given us a way to permanently repair that relationship, Jesus. I embraced him. The sojourners of 1630, also embraced this basic truth, However, their’s is a tale that impacts us all, even today.
The message of Jesus is a very simple one. “ God so loved the world, that He gave His only and unique Son, that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world but rather so that through him the world might be saved. ”
I want to hone in on the word trusts, the KJV translates it believes. In my mind, there is a fundamental difference between trusting and just believing in someone.
The predominate religious thoughts that came to the New England, could be divided into two camps: Calvinism and Arminianism. It’s important to note that all the doctrinal points in both theological positions have a biblical foundation, which is why the debate has been so divisive throughout church history.
In 1740-45 respectively, the Great Revival took place. This revival is important because out of it came the creation of College of New Jersey, ( Princeton University ). Once upon a time in the colonies there were three colleges Harvard, Yale and William and Mary. In 1740, along came the Great Revival. The new President of Yale being staunchly Calvinistic, decided to kick out students who attended any Revival activities. The Presbyterian Church petitioned Yale to re-admit the students to which Yale ( the Bulldog ) refused. Thus, the stage was set in 1739. “ President Clapp, though himself a Calvinist, was elected to the presidency of Yale College in 1739, “by a board of trustees exclusively Arminian, and all his associates in office held the same tenets.”(Ibid. p. 2”. Trumbull, vol. ii. p. 335.) ”
The Great Revival of 1740, will ultimately play a major role in the shaping of this country and the tenons of the Constitution.
I will leave off here, but I want to give you one last thought.
The Perquisite for Freedom is Responsibility.
Thank you for joining me for this edition.