Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
God created us in love. He loves us. He loves His creation. If it's true man believes he can alter the human genome, thereby creating a new being, the question must be this: is he creating in love what he aspires to create?
If you examine human history from ancient times to the present you will see "that there [is] an ocean of darkness and death. . . " (George Fox, 1647; p. 19 Journal of George Fox) beginning with Cain and going on to the Assyerians, the Babylonians, the Canaanites whom God punished for sacrificing their children, the Greeks, Romans, then the persecusion of the Christians, the Muslims with their conquests and persecution, the Crusades to regain the Holy Lands, European wars, World War 1, Darwin's theory of evolution the basis for Hitler's superiour race and genocide and for scientists' adopting eugenics, sterilizations, labatomies and other atrocities, World War 2, Communist persecution and mass killings in Russia and China, the Vietnam War, Communist Cambodia's Killing Fields, American mass killing of babies since 1973, Muslim terrorist attacks, wars against terrorism, massive deaths from drug use and overdose, mass killings in schools, theaters, buses, churches, work places, human trafficking, kidnapping, beheadings, and all manner of dispicable behaviors too numerous to even begin to mention for they're done in secret.
This is that ocean of darkness. This is why in response to the question of Jesus crying out on the cross, 'My God, my God why have you forsaken me', George Fox said, "... the sins of all mankind were upon him, and their iniquities, and tansgressions with which he was wounded, which he was to bear, and to be an offering for them as he was man, but died not because he was God[.]" An offering for them, meaning for us, for all humankind--past, present, and future. For there is not a one of us who can claim purity, goodness, love as innate characteristics. Robert Barclay writes this for the fourth proposition of his Quaker apology. "All Adam's posterity, both Jews and Gentiles, in regard to the first Adam, is fallen, degenerated, and dead; deprived of the sensation of this inward testimony or seed of God and is subject to the power, nature and seed of the serpent, which he [the serpent] sows in men's hearts, while they abide in this natural and corrupted [world]: from [where] it comes that not only their words and deeds but all their imaginations are [perpetually] evil in the sight of God, as coming from this depaved and wicked seed."
To state this predicament in more basic terms, Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, saved our butts when he offered himself as the unblemished, perfect lamb sacrifice. If you read the Old Testament you will begin to understand the significance of the animal sacrifice. All the sins humankind devised and can devise were pinned on Jesus's shoulders. I don't know about you, but all the evil enumerated above, which isn't even half of it, weighs on me and I was only reading of it. I can only think to imagine what the reality of it was to Jesus. And this evil crosses all time and all peoples.
When you become serious about a religion, you want to know how to escape evil, especially, how not to be a participant in it. "Bring us not to the test, but save us from the evil one" are words from the Lord's prayer. How do we escape the test? How are we saved from the evil one? These are the questions every worldview seeks to answer.
George Fox knows the answer and he preached the answer to me through his journal. George Fox is not the answer--he'd be the first to tell you; Quakerism is not the answer--he'd tell you that as well; the Bible is not the answer. He'd tell you that, too, and then he'd tell you Jesus Christ is the answer. Quaker doctrine explains the Gospel.
So the question you must answer in yourself is the one I asked at the start: does man create in love the altered being he aspires to create?
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