Why We Suffer

The “Root” cause of all suffering on planet Earth is the Holy Bible!

Imagine what the world would be like if the bible had never been written.

You can’t. Can you?

So, if you can’t imagine a world where there is no bible, then the bible is the “Root” cause of all, including suffering.

Don’t be ridiculous you say, okay tell me a story about this world, without the bible in it.

Again, you can’t. Where would you begin?

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis:1:1)

According to the Strong’s Concordance of the King James version of the Holy Bible, the word God means; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural {thus} especially with the article) of the supreme God.

The word God means;  gods, that is; more than one.

The word God is plural for Deity or the deity. Plural, that means; more than one.

The word Deity, found in the Oxford dictionary is; a god or goddess (in a polytheistic religion); divine status, quality, or nature; the creator and supreme being (in a monotheistic religion such as Christianity).

When I said that the bible is the “Root” cause of all suffering on the planet earth I really meant to say:

The misinterpretation of the bible is the “Root” cause of all the suffering on the planet Earth!”

Before I told you, did you know that the word God was “Plural?”

God is many “gods.”

That is to say that when one speaks of God, one is not speaking of a he or a she, but of a “They!”

In essence, “In the beginning, “They” (God) created the heaven and the earth, which makes way more sense to me than one personage creating an entire world.

What is heaven?

The word heaven means; to be lofty; the sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds {move} as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve).

If one were inclined to put heaven into a “Physical” framework, that is to say, being able to point at heaven and say, “There it is,” then the above definition would do, but I discern heaven as being more a state of mind rather than a particular place. (Conscious)

The word lofty means; to be high;  actively to rise or raise literally or figuratively.

What is earth?

The word earth means; to be firm; the earth (at {large} or a land) {ground} {land} X world

So, what does any of this have to do with the question of suffering?

Hold on, I getting to that.

God or “They” also created “Man.”

Could there be any suffering if there was no man?

Suffering is a strictly “Human” construct.

We have human beings, therefore, and only therefore, we have suffering.

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Genesis:1:26)

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis:1:27)

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.

The words “Us and Our” after the words, “And God said,” indicates that God is, at least, more than “One.”

Image – to shade; a {phantom} that {is} (figuratively) {illusion} resemblance; hence a representative.

According to the Hebrew definition of the words image and likeness, both God and man resembled something shaded; like the form of a phantom.

In the book of Genesis, the word “Man” is interchangeable.

It could be an individual at times or it can be many men, the species, at other times.

So, God (They) created the heaven and the earth which was in essence something lofty and something firm; air and ground; mind and body; spirit and flesh: Two separate things.

At that point in time, that is, “In the beginning” there was very little difference between God and man.

Man even had dominion (power) over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Genesis:1:26)

The word dominion means; to tread {down} that {is} subjugate; specifically to crumble off: – (come {to} make to) have {dominion} prevail {against} {reign} ({bear} make to) {rule} ({-r} {over}) take.

Then things changed in chapter 2 of the book of Genesis!

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis:2:7)

Gone were the days when “man” enjoyed God like existence!

The word LORD means; (the) self Existent or eternal; {Jehovah} Jewish national name of God: – {Jehovah} the Lord.

There is no LORD in chapter 1 of Genesis.

Where did this LORD God come from?

Ask yourself this, where did your mind; imagination; reason come from?

The best way to describe this development in terms that we humans can understanding is to say, “They” (God) gave birth to (begat) a baby God called LORD or God begat a Son.

This LORD God showed up and for whatever reason, decided to form man from the dust of the ground!

Let me say here and now, the “Holy Scriptures” are a collection of ancient “Stories” written by men for men. They were written to explain the unexplainable and in ancient times, almost everything was a mystery.

These stories, although inspired by God, the God of chapter 1 of the book of Genesis, should not be understood literally!

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis:2:7)

What the LORD God did was to take some dust from off the ground, probably mixed it in some water, shaped it and then blew it up like a balloon.

The LORD God combined heaven (the breath) and earth (the dust of the ground) which the God of chapter 1 created, into a being; man.

The combination of breath, (Heaven) water and dust (Earth) became a living “Soul.”

Dust – (as powdered or gray); hence {clay} {earth } mud: – {ashes} rubbish.

Breath – a {puff} that {is} {wind } angry or vital {breath} divine {inspiration} intellect or (concretely) an animal: – {soul} spirit.

The LORD God blew angry, divine inspiration, intellect and spirit into rubbish.

That rubbish (man) became a living soul!

Life – alive; hence raw (flesh); fresh ({plant} {water} {year}) strong; whether literally or figuratively: {appetite} (wild) {beast}.

Man – to show blood (in the {face}) that {is} flush or turn rosy: red; a human being (an individual or the {species} {mankind } etc.).

Living – same as Life.

The life given to man was the same life given to everything living.

Plants have it, trees have it, even bumble bees have it, but only man became a living “Soul.”

Soul – properly a breathing {creature} that {is} animal or (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a {literal} accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental): – {any} {appetite} {beast} {body} {breath} {creature} X dead ({-ly}) {desire} X [dis-] {contented} X {fish} {ghost} + {greedy} {he} heart ({-y}) ({hath} X jeopardy of) life (X in {jeopardy}) {lust} {man} {me} {mind} {mortality} {one} {own} {person} {pleasure} ({her-} {him-} {my-} thy-) {self} them (your) {-selves} + {slay} {soul} + {tablet} {they} {thing} (X she) {will} X would have it.

That’s a mouth full I know, but very important.

If every living thing has the “Breath of Life,” and the author of the book of Genesis felt it necessary to write, “And man became a living soul,” it sounds to me that man was something else before he was mixed with dust…

That something else was a “God” like phantom or a little god, spelled with a small g.

Look carefully at the meaning of the word Breath:

A {puff} that {is} {wind } angry or vital {breath} divine {inspiration} intellect or (concretely) an animal: – {blast} (that) breath ({-eth}) {inspiration} {soul} spirit.

Most notable are intellect, divine inspiration, soul and spirit.

Now look at the meaning of the word soul again. (Above)

In chapter 2 of the book of Genesis, that thing (man formed of the dust of the ground) that the LORD God made was, for lack of a better phrase, an emotion driven monster! (Sort of like man is today)

Man, in the beginning, in chapter 1 of the book of Genesis, was in the image and likeness of God.

The God that created the heaven and earth in the beginning ( in chapter 1) is not the same as the LORD (Jehovah) God who formed man of the dust of the ground. (Chapter 2)

Why is there suffering in the world?

The short answer is, “Because the LORD God mixed man (a God like phantom) with dust of the ground!

And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. (Genesis:2:15)

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: (Genesis:2:16)

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Genesis:2:17)

I’m pretty sure that the LORD God meant well. I’m going to say “He” because I don’t think any mother would ever do this:

He put a “Toddler” (man) in the garden of Eden.

The word garden means; fenced.

The word Eden means; pleasure : – {delicate} {delight}.

Like I said, I believe the LORD God meant well. He did put man in a fenced or protected place, like a “Play Pen.”

He put man in a fenced area of pleasure:

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: (Genesis:2:16)

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Genesis:2:17)

The LORD God formed these emotion driven monsters; man; little gods then put them in a fenced area of pleasure, alone, then expected them to obey a command not to eat from a tree?!

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. (Genesis:2:18)

The bible doesn’t tell us how much time had gone by, but the next time the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is mentioned the man has given names to all the animals; the man now has a name and the man has a wife.

And the serpent said unto the woman (the man’s wife), Ye shall not surely die: (Genesis:3:4)

For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil) then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. (Genesis:3:5)

And when the woman (wife) saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. (Genesis:3:6)

The LORD God commanded man, “Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it!”

What did man do?

They did eat of it…

What happened?

They didn’t die, at least not in the literal sense, like the LORD God said they would.

Those “Living Souls” mixed with the dust of the ground ate from the tree, their eyes were opened and now they “Know” good and evil, that’s what happened!

The word knowing means; to know (properly to ascertain by seeing).

Good – a good {thing} a good man or woman.

Evil – bad (naturally or morally).

I believe that before man, the living soul; eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they were just like every other living creature enjoying the fruits and vegetables of the garden of Eden: Foot loose and fancy free!

Then, all of a sudden, BAM! Feelings, emotions and opinions oh my!

The Old Testament of the Holy Bible is filled with stories of suffering caused by terrible acts of the LORD God and of man.

Some; many; most people think, if not just come right out and say it, that our all powerful, all knowing and all loving LORD God is the reason there is suffering in the world.

That man’s sinning against the LORD God is the cause of man’s suffering.

The writers of the Old Testament of the Holy  Bible sure thought so!

In the beginning when “God” first created the heaven and the earth “They” (God) also created “Man” in “their” image and likeness.

Men were created little “gods!”

They had dominion over every living thing on earth!

Then came the LORD God… He formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis:2:7)

Becoming a living soul was far from being a good thing. As a matter of fact, becoming a living soul was the opposite of a “Good” thing. It was a “Bad” thing.

I mean really, what did the LORD God think would happen when God like phantoms became mixed with dust of the ground?

The LORD God put little gods inside bodies of dust, put them in a garden then told these little monster gods not to eat from a tree in the middle of said garden?

What was the LORD God thinking?

My guess?

The LORD God was thinking, “These little creatures that my “Father” created are loved more than I am. They are a pain in my … As soon as I get the chance, I’m going to… I know what I’ll do. I’ll tie them to the earth by mixing them with dust. That’ll keep then far from my “Father” and I, then I’ll be the favorite. I am the Son after all.”

Of course, there is no way for me to know what the LORD God was thinking, but if what happens next is any indication…

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. (Genesis:3:7)

Naked – nude; to be cunning (usually in a bad sense): – X {very} {beware} take crafty {[counsel]} be {prudent} deal subtilly.

Their eyes were opened and they “Knew” they were naked?

They became “Cunning,” (usually in a bad sense).

They became “Prudent.”

They started acting with or showing care and thought for the future. (What we going to eat? How are we going to live?)

What were they when their eyes were closed?

They were footloose and fancy free, like all the other animals.

These words, like all the words written in the Holy Bible are not and cannot be understood literally!

Figuratively speaking, the man created in the image and likeness of God (the God of chapter 1 in the book of Genesis) did die like the LORD God (the God of chapter 2) said.

Even though physically, man was mixed with dust of the ground; with eyes “Closed,” man maintained the image and likeness of God.

Once the eyes were “Opened;” spiritually and mentally they became as LORD Gods!

Fast forward:

And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: (Genesis:3:22)

Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. (Genesis:3:23)

So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. (Genesis:3:24)

The stories written in the book of Genesis of the Holy Bible are not to be understood literally.

I have said this several times already, but without offering any concrete proof. Here is the proof:

He (the LORD God)  placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life, otherwise:

Man,” who had become as one of them, (the LORD God) knowing good and evil:

And now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever…

The LORD God was really concerned that the “Man” might eat from the tree of life and live forever, so the LORD God put Cherubims, and a flaming sword to keep the way of the tree of life.

Cherubims is plural for a cherub or an imaginary figure.

A cherub is an imaginary figure?!

The “Guardian” of the tree of life is a figure of the imagination!

The only way an imaginary figure could prevent anyone from putting forth their hand, and taking also of the tree of life, and eating, and living for ever, is if that someone was also a figure of the imagination…

Think about that for a minute…

Our world has grown up on these stories written in the Holy Bible.

Our world has and continues to imitate characters and stories of God and gods; talking serpents; men formed of the dust of the ground and a woman made of a man’s rib!

All fantastic stories, yet believed by millions to be absolutely “Real” events.

Every story written in the book of Genesis as well as the entire holy bible is to be understood figuratively or metaphorically!!!

The Hebrew definitions of the pertinent words however, should be taken, “Literally!”

By translating the English version of the King James version of the Holy Bible into its original Hebrew language, we get a totally different understanding of the stories.

There is “Suffering” in the world because, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them:

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

The problem:

Creatures created in the image and likeness of God are gods.

When the LORD God breathed into the nostrils of man the breath of life, there was created something not like God, but like the LORD God: Little lord gods!

Not God; not Lord God, but some sort of hybrid: A “Soul.”

A soul is a creature with breath or life inside of it.

To be filled with breath is to be; angry, to have divine inspiration and intellect: To be (concretely) an animal: Soul: Spirit.

The characteristics of a soul are; appetite, a beast, deadly, desire, discontented, greedy, mortality and pleasure: Emotional Monsters!

The ancient Israelites were aware of the nature of man. They weren’t being read translations. They were hearing and being taught in their own language.

As strange as it may sound, there is suffering in the world today because “Man” (human beings; little lord gods) have created a world based on “Parables!”

Parable – in some original sense of superiority in mental action; properly a pithy {maxim} usually of a metaphorical nature; hence a simile: To rule: – ({have} make to have) {dominion} {governor} X {indeed} {reign} ({bear} cause {to} have) rule ({-ing} {-r}) have power.

Human beings have been and continue to imitate concise and forcefully expressive metaphorical, imaginary and figurative characters and stories from the holy bible, which is full of terrible acts; wars, murders and complete destruction of neighboring races, committed by the LORD God and by man.

That’s why there is suffering in the world, today.

Imagine what the world would be like if the bible had never been written.

You can’t. Can you?