CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT GOD? – GOD’S “LOVE” IS MAN’S ‘SPIRITUAL GRAVITY’ – BY KIANG P LEE

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The Trinitarian Mindset

The most basic and pivotal knowledge man can have is to understand God is Trinitarian. Why is that? Because it is the basis for which God spontaneously and organically connects Himself to man through His Son, and in the power of the Spirit, from man back to God. If God was “solitary” rather than “Trinitarian,” then we have no way of explaining Jesus origin from the Being of God. Neither do we have a way of explaining man’s union with God, for Jesus is the Way to the Triune God. (John 14:6-7; 16:13) Man would be left to his own devices, to superstition, and forsaken and lost without the Spirit who unifies us to the Father through the Son. But it’s God’s interconnected Triune Being, inhabiting eternity and flowing in outgoing Love, that moved God to create mankind, and chose to relate with humans as His children in Love, as He always has in His own Triune Being. Ultimately, man is to co-exist in His Trinitarian likeness for all eternity. (Gen.1:26-27)

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Rublev’s Famous Icon of The Holy Trinity (Wiki Commons)

“Solitary” Vs “Triune”

If God was “solitary” in nature and not “Triune,” He would not be bothered about man. He would be inward and have lived well in solitude. But there is no such God. The God we know in Christ reveals Himself to us emphatically as, “God is Love.” Therefore He is relational and gregariously outgoing in His “Triunity.” (1 John 4:8) All of God’s creation reflects a God who is Triune, and His interconnected Trinitarian culture undergirds all of life. We see a universe and world that exist out of the pouring forth of Loving mercy rooted in God’s unified Being.

Trinitarian LOVE

In this post, I’ll expand on an aspect from my previous editorial about God’s Love more than we have ever realized or imagined. I hope it will help you appreciate more the intimate extension of God’s Loving hands in your life. His Love wraps and caresses all living things and man whom He has made in His likeness. In the divine Triunity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, God inhabits eternity in their Love for each another. Through Jesus, God extends and surrounds you in the same Love. In your journey like a true Bulamanriver,* with the Spirit joining you to the eternal Love-Being of God, you will come to the place whose only purpose is like Christ’s own purpose when He walked this earth, to owe no one anything but the debt of Love. (Rom.13:8; Acts 10:38)

Physical Gravity & Spiritual Gravity

Think of the force of gravity in our physical environment, as the counterpart to God’s Love as the gravitational energy in His spiritual environment (eternity). In other words, what gravity is to our physical realm, Love is to our spiritual environment. Naturally, all our acts in our physical environment has to compensate for our physical gravity. That is what happens as we grow up, we unconsciously adjust to the gravitational force until we live with it intuitively. We take gravity for granted. All our actions also answer to another, equally real gravitational force – the spiritual gravity of Love. We may not realize this, just as we’re not ‘aware’ of our physical gravity, but it does answer to, and affect all our actions – more real than we care to know or admit. Why, because the spiritual gravitational force of Love inhabits eternity, including man’s actions. Our physical gravity inhabits just our physical earthly sphere. God’s spiritual Love-gravity inhabits eternity and tells us how God has always been close to us, and has never left us, since creation. Since God is omniscient, He fills all of time and space, and His presence surrounds us as the air we breathe. (Psa.139:1-18; Job 33:4; John 20:22)

Implied Consequence

Everything, including man’s behavior has this implied gravitational consequence which connects with everything around him. That’s a Trinitarian principle. (See my earlier blog, titled, “The One-man Principle of Implied Consequence,” goto: http://bulamanriver.net/?p=1076). True to the proverb, ‘no man is an island’ we can’t get away from this interconnected Love of God which governs and undergirds all creation. When we are up on a high elevation, we instinctively look for something to hold onto, we dare not challenge gravity. We have this reflexive appreciation of what gravity is capable of doing to us. We can seriously injure ourselves in a fall. He Loves us beyond our knowing. And every evil act against Love, like defying the force of physical gravity bounces back, boomerang-like, to hurt us. By the same token, when we accept His Love, we live uplifitng and abundant lives. Love is the place of abundance and well-being.

This is identical to the spiritual gravity of Love, when evildoers break the spiritual Love-gravity it hurts them, just as surely as breaking physical gravity hurts anyone who disobeys it. We see this happening all over the world today before our very eyes. This spiritual gravity (Love) is real. It’s not a mere empty analogy. Everything we do is connected and carries implied and conditional (good or evil) consequences and their respective spin-off values. All the suffering, pain, sorrows, man’s inhumanity to man, we witness in the world today is the result of man defying the spiritual gravity of God’s Love which we all inhabit. If you like, we’re all inhabitants of God’s country called Love, and governed by its laws. The Bible calls this sphere God’s Kingdom, of which we are all citizens. (Phi.3:20; John 14:2) Evil is confined to this earth and nowhere else in the universe because of man’s fall to evil at the hands of the devil. (Gen.3) But more so Love, for Love exists in all of space and time and the universe, and is the spiritual gravitational force governing human relationships. Love is the Triune template of the Tri-Personal God in which all of life derives its existence.

The Difference

Here’s the difference, we don’t learn to live within Love’s spiritual gravity, as we do within our physical gravity, because the spiritual gravitational effect (Love) does not immediately penalize us like physical gravity. The Bible tells us this, “When evil people are not punished right away, (like physical gravity) it makes others want to do evil, too.” (Eccl.8:11, emphasis added) You see, all our acts are interrelated like God in His Triunity, is interconnected and ONE as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. On the physical level, we learn very quickly that we need a chair to break our fall when we sit, but we fail to equate breaking Love’s spiritual gravity with the same presence of mind and innate urgency. So, we’re frivolous when it comes to evil, let alone investigate its causal outcome. Thus, we suffer all its problematic consequences of living a vicious life in this meaningless bubble. (Eccl.1:2) Why, because man does not understand what Love truly IS. It is not defined by our “solitary” human narrative of it.

The only reality in life is God’s Triune Love, and everything else is fleeting. Evil, like a meaningless bubble, pops and disappears in God’s sphere of Love. His Love surrounds and caresses us, and all we have to do is embrace Him. (You can read more on this aspect of God’s Love in my Book, “Bula man-river – The Miracle of Triune Living. See the links above on how to obtain a copy).

File:Construction workers not wearing fall protection equipment.jpgGod’s Love is Real Like Physical Gravity Which Governs Human Relationships (Pic: Wiki Commons)

Understanding Love

Love is the spindle from which all of life rotates, and take its cue. We fail to understand this difference – if we are observant of what’s happening in the world around us, especially in human relations, we’ll see that this spiritual gravity is more real than the physical one. Both are real, both unseen. One is physical, the other is spiritual. Like physical gravity, Love is no respecter of persons. In a manner of speaking, you are your own judge. Your own actions, your heart, will be the judge of your life. That’s why people feel guilt when they do wrong, they have judged themselves. We ought not to judge anyone. (Matt.7:1-5) I judge no one, my calling, as it ought to be with every other human, is to owe no man anything except the debt of Love (Rom.13:8) On the other hand, placing blame on others does not work. To blame is like taking a fall due to your own misjudgment, then blaming someone pushed you over when there’s no one around but you. It’s all a question of understanding the reality of physical and spiritual gravity which govern our actions.

We Live in a Parallel Universe

If we don’t believe this parallel reality – our parallel physical/spiritual universe, if you like – it does not alter the fact it’s at work despite our opinion in the matter. It’s like insisting the world is flat, when our consciousness has yet to arrive at the reality of how our planet exist. We have come to survive ‘unawares’ in the universe of our physical gravity, why do we think it untenable we’re also living ‘unawares’ in our parallel spiritual gravity and universe. (You can read more on this aspect of God’s Love in my Book, “Bula man-river – The Miracle of Triune Living.” See the links above on how to obtain a copy).

Love Always Comes Through

But how can we Love as God does in His Triunity, when, in Adam we stand condemned in our fallen, depraved, state of being. The law says, “The one who sins is the one who shall die.” (Ezek. 18:20) All have sinned. (Rom.3:23) All will be called to give account of their lives before God. (Rom.14:12) And right here we see our magnificent God and Father who inhabits eternity in His Love, comes through for us. He cannot and will not leave man to his fate. Why, Because we are inhabiting His universe of Love. Because He is Love, and inhabits eternity in His Triune Being of Love. In His Love, He gives us His Son to atone for our evil and wicked ways, so we don’t have to stand condemned and judged. In place of our fallen and depraved state of being, He gives us Himself in the Spirit to live life in a Loving and abundant state of being. All our guilt is removed, and we’re given a new birth in His Love (Spirit) to lead and change us forever. (2 Cor.5:1-5)  “For God so Loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Eternal life will be given to any whose life will be composed of Love as God IS. This is how we learn to live like we owe each other nothing but the debt of Love in the Spirit’s power.

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Our Human Narrative of Love is Not God’s Love (Wiki Commons)

Love Will Always Be A ‘Mind Thing’

God’s spiritual gravity, God’s Love, is only made effective through the process of the mind, human thoughts, thought forms, and decision-making and actions in good deeds. The Bible says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Eph.2:10). That’s the paramount difference between these two gravitational forces. One is innate, physical, and mindless. The other requires the mind and our decision-making process to live within Love’s gravitational force. What does that tell us? It tells us first and foremost, Love is the continuous exercise of the mind of God. God, as the Father, Son, and Spirit, are not androids who thoughtlessly live and behave like machines. They have minds, and they have eternally decided to be ONE in their Triunity, for “God is Love” (1 John 4:8). When God tells man “Owe no man anything except the debt to Love,” it is only by the continuous exercise of our minds can we live within Love’s gravity. (Rom.13:8, KJV) Love is a ‘mind thing.’ It’s in the human mind that the Spirit comes to us so we can be connected to His eternal Being of Love. (Rom.5:5) It is by and through the Spirit that we are guaranteed our adoption in eternity and God’s Loving presence. (Eph. 1:13-14; 2 Cor. 1:21-22) That is why, among all God’s creation, only humans have minds, because humans are made in God’s own image with the potential to inherit eternity in His Love.

At creation, God or Love ‘decided’ and said, “Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness, and let them have dominion…” (Gen.1:26-27). THEY made us to have minds so we can Love as THEY do in THEIR Triunity. The Hebrew “Elohim” is God in the plural. He wants this so much for us that He said, “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13). The Spirit is the divine deposit and God’s guarantee of man’s immortality in His eternal Kingdom of Love. If I were to surmise life in one word, it would be: life is all about making choices. Love is about making the choice to live within Love’s gravitational force and influence in the Spirit. It is an exercise of the mind which produces all things good. (1 Cor.13; Acts 10:38) We are told to embrace God and His Love in our minds and our thoughts. (2 Cor.10:5) Our earth is the only place in the universe where Love can be birthed, lived, and exercised, because humans are made with God’s mind with the capacity to Love. We can learn to make the choice to Love as God does in His Triunity. Sadly, evil too is birthed in the mind, but evil exists in a bubble under God’s sanction, which, in His divine purpose and time will be brought to nothing. Jesus made this plain in His parable of the weeds. ‘Weeds’ is metaphor for evil and sin will be removed forever according to God’s sovereignty and timetable. (Isa.45:7; Rev.21:1-7; Matt.13:24-30)

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The Entire Creation and Life Is Sustained In His Love (Wiki Commons)

God Fills Eternity In His Love

You see, God fills all of existence in His Love, where there’s no room for evil to take hold, let alone exist. The devil wants us to think otherwise by getting more people to follow his evil ways and thereby obscure His Love. But evil can’t be sustained on an ongoing basis, for it has its own seed of self-destruction. God fills all time, space, and eternity in His Triune existence. That is why Jesus, in His eternal deity in the Triune Being of God, bore the fullness of our humanity in Himself, taking on His human form through Mary. He lived a perfect, sinless and Loving life for us, and in so doing, He embraced humanity’s eternity in Himself when He was crucified, resurrected, and ascended to heaven. He unified man in His divine/human Self with the Triune God for eternity in Love. To this very moment, Jesus continues to mediate on man’s behalf through His glorified humanity, for our eternal inheritance. Hence, we read Paul saying, “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in Love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the Love of Christ, and to know this Love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen! ” (Eph.3:18-21, emphasis added).

Yes, this Love, in all its height, depth, length and breadth, expresses God’s fullness which encompasses all of life and eternity where no evil can enter. (Rev.21:8) “Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all” (1 Chron.29:11). This tells us simply that God inhabits all of space and time (eternity) in His Love. The prophet Daniel speaks of man’s eternal future in God’s presence in this way, “Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever (eternity)” (Dan.12:3). Yes, God created mankind to be His very children He can Love into eternity.

I hope you have found this post helpful. My sincerest wish is that we can come to see God who encompasses eternity in His holy Love and goodness, is the very essence of Himself with which He seeks and desires to embrace humanity and all creation. With that end in mind, let us never cease to be grateful in our hearts for the Father, Jesus, and the Spirit, ONE God, who is constantly at work in us, and will never leave or fail us in Their Love.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to write me in the space provided below, or email me on bulamanriver@gmail.com.

Blessing

Until my next post, may the blessing of the God who ceaselessly expresses Himself in His dependable Triune Love, be with you today and give you strength for authentic Triune living as a Bula man-river.* I Love you all in the only way I know best and how – by the Love of Christ, who died and saved me, and now eternally flows in me through the power of the Spirit as the Bula man-river.*

Kiang                                                                                                                                                          (Your Servant in Christ) 

* The “Bula man-river” is the metaphor describing the union of man with the Love of the Triune God flowing in humans, making possible the “Triune Life” – the source of the miraculous life in man. To read the many facets of life of the Bula man-river, go to my website www.bulamanriver.com where you can order a copy of my Book. Thank you for your support.

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