The Garden of Theology

The Bible names just two trees in Eden, although trees were in abundance.

Wind the clock forward to the end of time as only one of these is named in the new heaven - the Tree of Life, the Tree of Knowledge will be not be there.

The Tree of Knowledge has grown a massive bough, its shade envelopes the world and it promises that from its leaves healing is found.

Christians are as blindly vulnerable to its deceits as those who don't worship Jesus.

Below are three provocative theological branches:

  1. The Tree of Knowledge has taught Christians to replace the teaching and healing breath of the Holy Spirit with theology. It still teaches Christians to distrust that which is experiential, spiritual or unable to be measured. A.W.Tozer penned a helpful reply - a man with an experience is never at the mercy of man with an argument.
  2. The Tree of Knowledge has conducted a masterful stroke, a handsome deceit (don't forget deceit is its true skill) within all streams of Christianity, replacing the Holy Spirit of Jesus with theology as the only arbiter and revealer of truth.
  3. The scepter of The Christian scholar's kingdom is theology, but the scepter of Jesus' kingdom is righteousness. (Hebrews 1:8)

To this day the Tree of Life remains largely unseen and ill-considered, but it eternally outlasts the good and evil of The Tree of Knowledge. 

The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails – GIVEN BY ONE SHEPHERD. (Ecclesiastes 12:11)

There are not two sources of wisdom.

Christians who tend well the garden of their soul deliberately place an axe at the trunk of the Tree of Knowledge while energetically watering the Tree of Life in their lives.

In the heavenly garden at the end of time there will be only one source of knowledge - the Tree of Life, and its wisdom is for the healing of the nations.

On each side of the river of life stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. (Revelation 22:2)

Today's Soul Snippet:

The quest for holiness is always bound up with a quest for true knowledge of God. ~ anon

Love this SoulSnack - PLEASE don't keep it to yourself? Would you like to subscribe for free SoulSnacks either weekly or each workday?