The Way of Redirection Unto the PERSON Within
By R.J. Chuck
10 Digit ISBN: 0-9846204-7-8
13 Digit ISBN: 978-0-9846204-7-0
LCCN: 2011944883
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Trim: 5.5 x 8.5
Format (pb/hc): Paperback
Pages: 354
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Though I had never previously read the account in the Bible, the explanations I had occasionally heard pertaining to the Garden of Eden simply made no sense to me. For example, why would God put a tree with such devastating and long-ranging consequences in the middle of the garden in the first place? The answer— “God wanted to test Adam and Eve’s obedience”—just seemed so ridiculous to me. Wouldn’t this be like testing the obedience of your own children by putting a jar of freshly baked, delicious-looking, poisonous cookies in the middle of the dining room table? And since I doubted this explanation, I surely couldn’t buy the characterization of the Garden as “The Fall.” As it now turns out, all of my previous questionings pertaining to the Garden of Eden were warranted…and if you too have ever shared any similar suspicions like mine, then yours have been equally validated and redeemed, as well. As it now turns out, the Garden of Eden was actually a carefully planned and perfectly executed event; there were no accidents, surprises, or mistakes. God specially selected the serpent because it was the most prudent, shrewd, cunning, subtle, and wise of his creatures. However, God’s mission for the serpent was critically important: it had to somehow convince Adam and Eve to eat of the tree even after God had told them not to eat of the tree. Why? Because the goal of the Garden of Eden was the intentional inducement of a shaming experience! Shame is, and has always been, God’s mechanism of Interpersonal Redirection unto THE PERSON within each of us!