“John, Are we ready to release the new model tomorrow,” Mr. G. was indeed excited about the new computer program he had designed. It would make all the modern computers look like the old PAC-MAN games in comparison.
“Yes, sir.” John smiled as he made sure they were ready for mass production tomorrow.
“Good, let’s go home then. We’ve got a busy day tomorrow.” Mr. G, John, and the other workers go home for the night.
During the night, though, Mr. S., the owner of one of the competing companies, broke into Mr. G.’s factory. He found the reproduction model and spent some time altering some of the basic hardware in the board. “By the time they figure out what happened, they will have so many recalls, it will take them years to fix.” After making several slight alterations, he was able to sneak out without being detected.
The next day, Mr. G. and his crew began mass production of their new computer, and as Mr. S. predicted, it was about a month or so into production when they started getting the first complaints. Looking into the original model, the technicians found what someone had done. “Sir,” they asked, “should we recall all of the new computers?”
“Let’s notify the public about the recall, and then as each computer comes in, we can begin the process of fixing it,” Mr. G. saddened by what one of his competitors had done to damage his new computer system.
GOD’S ORIGINAL DESIGN
In much the same way, God’s original design, Adam and Eve, was the grandest of all His creations. He had made them “in His image and likeness” (Genesis 1:26-27). He was excited at the prospect of them reproducing and filling the earth with descendants who would also be in God’s “image and likeness.”
God had designed this beautiful planet for them to love on, wondrous animal and plant life for them to enjoy, and everything was at peace. There were no sickness, disease, killing or death. It was a place that left one in awe of the God who created and designed all of its most intricate features. He told them they could enjoy all that was there in the Garden; however, there was only one rule: They could not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the middle of the Garden. All the other fruit trees and food growing in the Garden, they could eat, just not that one tree. If they ate from it, God warned, they would die.
But like in the parable, the serpent came into the garden and committed “spiritual espionage,” by bringing about a “hardware” defect in the original man and woman. By getting the man and woman to begin to question their Creator and Manufacturer, they planted a seed for a defect that was formed when they broke the one and only rule of this wonderful Garden. The serpent had succeeded in bringing about an alteration in their basic programming, creating what I call, “An Inversion Program.” The alteration, though, is not in the “software” of their design (their learning and experiences) but in their very “hardware” (a level deeper than even their DNA). This alteration changes the desired outcome from the couple reflecting God to reflecting a distorted “Fun House” image of God.
THE IMMEDIATE RESULTS
The immediate result was that they were “disconnected” from the Creator. He was their spiritual life force, and without Him, they died spiritually. The Creator realized that His perfect design had been altered and changed. As a result, it was necessary to drive the original couple out of His perfect Garden since there was another tree, “The Tree of Life,” that had fruit that, if they ate it, they would’ve lived forever in their current “disconnected” and altered condition. This would not be acceptable since they would spend eternity in a progressive state of death, so He drove them out.
Also, each was punished with hard labor. The man in working the soil to bring forth food, and the woman in working to bring forth children. In addition, since the man and the woman had died spiritually, they brought into God’s perfect earth sickness, disease, misery, pain, and death.
Also, this “disconnect” from His perfect, holy character led to them reflecting imperfect, unholy traits and qualities, such as lying, coveting, stealing, disobedience, and even murder. And after several millennium, we can now see the results of the disintegration of the Creator’s original designs within humanity to what it is today.
ABOUT THE DESIGN DEFECTS
In the Bible, the “hardware defect” is called “the law of sin” or, sometimes, “sin” for short. It’s a defect in our hardware in that it alters, changes, or completely inverts what God has given to us in its purpose. For example, He gave us a mouth to speak love, kindness, and blessing, but due to the defect, we use it to speak hatred, anger, cruelty, and cursing. The complete opposite of what God intended.
The ultimate problem is because God, the Creator, is perfect, and everything where He lives is also “defect free” (there’s no sin) in its own design and purpose; consequently, He cannot allow anyone in where He lives (we call “heaven”) who has these “hardware issues.” Also, it’s not just an “easy fix,” because depending on the person and their experiences, the “hardware issues” vary, so it’s not the same areas that needs to be “fixed” in each person.
THE FIRST ATTEMPT – A “NO GO.”
God did not just come up with a plan to “correct” the problem; instead, He began working on this issue right away. However, most people ignored His re-call that there was a problem and that they needed readjustments made to their design. Instead, it got to the point where if they kept going, they would have completely annihilated one another. He had no choice but to destroy almost everyone on the planet, and begin again, with one man and his family; he was the only one who had been allowing Him access into his life. His name was Noah.
GOD “CLEANS” THE ENTIRE OPERATING SYSTEM
God has Noah build an ark large enough to save him, his wife, three sons and their wives, and certain animals. At that time, the species of each animal was not as diverse as it is today; consequently, the issue was not as problematic as many scientists make it out to be. Also, all aquatic animals did not need to be placed on the ark, so it was only land animals and birds that needed to be there.
Once the ark was built and Noah, his family and the animals were safely on board, God shut them in, and He then began cleansing the system. God immersed the entire planet under water by —
- having the subterranean water table break through the ocean floor around the world (evidence of which is still seen on the ocean floor) into the atmosphere;
- the added precipitation resulted in a 40 day and 40 night deluge of rain; and
- added to that, the water canopy that surrounded the planet collapsed in on the planet. This water canopy protected everything on the earth from the sun’s deadly RV rays, slowing the aging process to the point where people prior to the flood lived up to almost 1,000 years old. However, after the flood, we see a dramatic 88% drop in human life expectancy, from 1,000 years to 120 years.
With the collapse of the water canopy and the breaking open of the ocean floor, this likewise caused a quick break-up and movement of the continents (evidence of which is still seen on the ocean floor, not the slow movement erroneously taught by most scientists). Consequently, the world after the flood was, in fact, a very different world than the one Noah and his family, and even the animals, knew before they had entered the ark.
GOD’S “RE-CONNECTION” PROGRAM
The basis of God’s “re-connection program” is much more complex in structure than what is often presented. First, the foundation of the program had to be established, and then structural elements, as well as other necessary details, before the final stage of the program could be enacted. The problem with mainstream Christianity’s presentation of this program is that it only pays attention to the final stage and completely disconnects it from the previous required stages that were needed to set up the foundation, framework, and context of this entire program.
Ten generations after the flood, God begins laying the foundation of His new “re-connection program,” called “covenant,” which He made with a man named Abram. The basic promise of what this program would accomplish can be found in the first book of God’s Kingdom Manual, commonly called “the Bible,” in Genesis 12:1-3.
Now the LORD said to Abram, “Get out of your country, and from your family, and from your father’s house, and into a land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing: And I will bless those who bless you, and curse those that curse you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
The goal of God’s plan was to establish a nation of people in the earth that He might bless, so that they, in turn, might be a blessing to others and, ultimately, become a blessing to the whole world. And what we see in the Bible, and through history, including today, is God’s continuing struggle, working with people, to bring about this ultimate goal.
THE DIAGRAM OF GOD’S PROGRAM
In Genesis 15, we see the basic diagram of this “re-connection program” called “covenant.” It was a process already known to Abram, but now, he would be entering into covenant with God. To do this, God told him to get the following:
a heifer of three years, a she goat of three years, a ram of three years, a turtledove and a young pigeon. (Genesis 15:9)
God then had Abram cut the animals in half lengthwise, except for the two birds. He then laid the two halves on opposite sides of one another, forming an aisle, called “the walk of death.” Usually, two people would walk between the halves and then meet in the middle, where they would exchange promises (or vows) and curses of what would happen to the other person, if he were to violate the covenant).
But when it came time for Abram to enter into this covenant with God, he was placed in a deep sleep, and God walked these pieces alone. By doing so, He was promising not only to keep His covenant with Abram and his seed, but He was also promises to die a physically, painful death, if Abram or any of his seed should sin.
HE BEGINS BUILDING THE PROGRAM
And when was this covenant made? We are told in Exodus 12:
Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even THE SELFSAME DAY it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt. (Exodus 12:40-41; Emphasis Mine)
And about fifteen centuries later, Paul writes about this same moment:
Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He says not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to your seed, which is Christ. And this I say, that the COVENANT, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, which was FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY YEARS AFTER, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but GOD GAVE IT TO ABRAHAM BY PROMISE. (Galatians 3:16-18; Emphasis Mine)
In the Exodus from Egypt, the verbal part of this covenant was fulfilled 430 years later, but on the cross, the nonverbal part of this covenant was fulfilled. God came down, in the person of Jesus Christ, and He kept His promise to Abram: He died a physically, painful death, and so now the entry requirement to the covenant is no longer based on a vision, but on a historic event: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
By asking God to forgive us of our sins and accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are made part of “the seed of Abraham,” and we become heirs of all that God promised to Abraham and his seed:
And if you are Christ’s, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:29)
THE PROGRAM IS READY – WILL YOU ASK FOR GOD’S DOWNLOAD?
Our Creator and Manufacturer, God, has developed a process that will allow Him to “fix” the defects and problems that Mr. S. (“Satan”) has caused within the original “production models.” He, like Mr. G. in the parable, has also put out a “recall” for every one to come and be “reconnected” to Him.
This “reconnect” involves us “downloading His Spirit into our hearts and lives,” which will restart our own “spirit,” allowing God access to all the various parts of our lives to begin working on the various areas of defect and associated issues and problems. This recall is known as “the Gospel” (or “Good News”). The Good News is that God has opened the way for everyone to come, “reconnect” with Him, experience real spiritual life and begin the process of having our “hardware defects” corrected.
The first step in this process is accept God’s “download”: by coming to God, admitting we are a sinner (we’ve violated His instructions in His Manual), asking Him to forgive us of our sins, and then asking Jesus to come into our hearts and be our Lord and Savior, but not to give Him a part of our lives, but all of it over to Him completely, so that He can get into every area of our lives and make all those needed “corrections,” “changes,” “adjustments,” and alterations.” Will you accept Him? He’s only waiting on you. He has all that He needs to begin; He just needs you to open the doorway of your heart.