Overcoming our alienation with God

“The whole heart must be yielded to God, or the change can never be wrought in us by which we are to be restored to His likeness. By nature we are alienated from God.”

Ellen G. White: Steps to Christ, 1892, Chapter 5.

This is the actual meaning of the story around Adam and Eve: Human-beings repelled God from the paradise as it is written in the Zohar, and through this act, human-beings lost the touch with their Creator. [see the explanation by Daniel Matt in Gnosis – Secrets of the Kabbalah. Uploaded by Raphael Panameno, 22 March 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppT8JK1loSg, retrieved on 9 June 2018.] To become blessed, we need to get over this alienation and get in touch with God again. Today’s problems in the world show how much man alienated from God’s plan. And God has a plan for us, as He wants us to repair the world (tikkun olam). [cp. Isaac Luria’s Creation Myth; Jill Zimmerman: Isaac Luria’s Creation myth. Sefaria Source Sheet, 10 February 2015.https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/7669, retrieved on 29 July 2018.] Human-beings were created in His likeness (Genesis 1:27), though we are not the Divine, we have a divine nature in us, so we can overcome the alienation, if we strive for enlightenment.

Timo Schmitz, 14 August 2022

Photo Credit: Marek Piwnicki – Unsplash

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