What’s Growing in Your Garden?

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What's Growing in Your Garden?

by baldilocks

Over at Ace of Spades HQ, my friend Monty expounds on a con­cept which I coined a num­ber of years ago at my old blog and men­tioned in an ear­lier Da Tech Guy post: The Coconut Treatment.

There is a price to be paid for divorc­ing actions and con­cepts from the words that describe them. Gov­ern­ment, and the law that under­girds it, is made up of words. Devalue the words, strip them of mean­ing, and you do the same thing to the con­cepts those words describe. Action fol­lows Thought, and for Thought to exist there must be the Word.

The sun­der­ing of mean­ing from the words to which they are assigned is merely a foun­da­tion for the hol­low­ing out of the Old Order of things great and small. It is a demonic seed which mir­rors the mus­tard seed concept of the King­dom of Heaven as illus­trated by Jesus the Christ.

Where God is the author of Order, he who wishes to be His coun­ter­part sows the Tree of Chaos. Meet the New Boss.

tree

Seeds require nour­ish­ment in order to flour­ish. And just as the seed of Faith will flour­ish with the items rec­om­mended — prayer, read­ing God’s Word, fast­ing, giv­ing, and obe­di­ence to God — so it is with the seed of Lies.

In his short, excel­lent post, Monty ref­er­ences Orwell’s Newspeak coinage, but the con­cept is much older

than 1984; it’s one which started very sim­ply in the Gar­den when the Enemy planted doubt about the truth of God’s Word. Since then, the war has been ongo­ing and the enemy has always been able to find foot-​soldiers – indi­vid­u­als, groups and nations — who will water his tree of Lies.

That tree has a fancy and use­ful name now — post­mod­ernism – but it is merely the tool used to deceive mankind and, ulti­mately, to sep­a­rate as many of us as pos­si­ble from our Creator.

Pri­mary Exam­ple: Love

God defines three types of love – agape, phileo and eros — and these def­i­n­i­tions have a spe­cial order in that the third is mean­ing­less with­out the first two.

The new Love has a two-​pronged def­i­n­i­tion: 1) giv­ing a per­son what­ever he/​she wants, and 2) approv­ing any­thing another wants to do. Its basis leads back to the dis­obe­di­ence in the Garden.

And from the seed planted by the new def­i­n­i­tion of love we get the con­cep­tual fruit: new def­i­n­i­tions for rights, racism, oppression…the list is endless.

The fruit and the branches are man­i­fold. From the new “love” seed we get con­cep­tual trees such as communism/​progressivism/​Marxism/​socialism, “set­tled” sci­ence, and the Com­mon Core(d) method of edu­ca­tion — con­cepts with evil foun­da­tions and self-​contradictory foun­da­tions or those in which foun­da­tions are unnecessary.

What to do? I’ve men­tioned the solu­tion in almost every one of my posts here at Da Tech Guy blog. But the first thing to do is rec­og­nize the faulty seeds which have been planted in one­self and to root them out. The usual evil seed which needs weed­ing is that same one which got the Enemy thrown out of Heaven: pride.

Accord­ing to God, pride is always a sin. This includes pride of race, pride of eth­nic­ity, pride of gen­der, pride of accom­plish­ment, pride of rela­tion, pride of nation­al­ity (yes) — many types of pride which we erro­neously view as harm­less or even good. That view is a seed for the larger tree: the “bad” types of pride; they all super­sede the hand of the Dis­penser of all good things. (To turn another con­cept on its head, you didn’t build that. God did.)

So, I sug­gest that we each start with let­ting God remove the weeds from our indi­vid­ual souls — rebuild­ing the foun­da­tion of Truth in our indi­vid­ual think­ing. In turn fol­lows the larger removal of weeds from our fam­i­lies, and, after that, from our nation.

The weed­ing and water­ing have to start somewhere.

UPDATE: Photo added.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel,Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2009; the sec­ond edi­tion in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in Jan­u­ary 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

by baldilocks

Over at Ace of Spades HQ, my friend Monty expounds on a concept which I coined a number of years ago at my old blog and mentioned in an earlier Da Tech Guy post: The Coconut Treatment.

There is a price to be paid for divorcing actions and concepts from the words that describe them. Government, and the law that undergirds it, is made up of words. Devalue the words, strip them of meaning, and you do the same thing to the concepts those words describe. Action follows Thought, and for Thought to exist there must be the Word.

The sundering of meaning from the words to which they are assigned is merely a foundation for the hollowing out of the Old Order of things great and small. It is a demonic seed which mirrors the mustard seed concept of the Kingdom of Heaven as illustrated by Jesus the Christ.

Where God is the author of Order, he who wishes to be His counterpart sows the Tree of Chaos. Meet the New Boss.

tree

Seeds require nourishment in order to flourish. And just as the seed of Faith will flourish with the items recommended—prayer, reading God’s Word, fasting, giving, and obedience to God—so it is with the seed of Lies.

In his short, excellent post, Monty references Orwell’s Newspeak coinage, but the concept is much older

than 1984it’s one which started very simply in the Garden when the Enemy planted doubt about the truth of God’s Word. Since then, the war has been ongoing and the enemy has always been able to find foot-soldiers–individuals, groups and nations—who will water his tree of Lies.

That tree has a fancy and useful name now—postmodernism–but it is merely the tool used to deceive mankind and, ultimately, to separate as many of us as possible from our Creator.

Primary Example: Love

God defines three types of love–agape, phileo and eros—and these definitions have a special order in that the third is meaningless without the first two.

The new Love has a two-pronged definition: 1) giving a person whatever he/she wants, and 2) approving anything another wants to do. Its basis leads back to the disobedience in the Garden.

And from the seed planted by the new definition of love we get the conceptual fruit: new definitions for rights, racism, oppression…the list is endless.

The fruit and the branches are manifold. From the new “love” seed we get conceptual trees such as communism/progressivism/Marxism/socialism, “settled” science, and the Common Core(d) method of education—concepts with evil foundations and self-contradictory foundations or those in which foundations are unnecessary.

What to do? I’ve mentioned the solution in almost every one of my posts here at Da Tech Guy blog. But the first thing to do is recognize the faulty seeds which have been planted in oneself and to root them out.  The usual evil seed which needs weeding is that same one which got the Enemy thrown out of Heaven: pride.

According to God, pride is always a sin. This includes pride of race, pride of ethnicity, pride of gender, pride of accomplishment, pride of relation, pride of nationality (yes)—many types of pride which we erroneously view as harmless or even good. That view is a seed for the larger tree: the “bad” types of pride; they all supersede the hand of the Dispenser of all good things. (To turn another concept on its head, you didn’t build that. God did.)

So, I suggest that we each start with letting God remove the weeds from our individual souls—rebuilding the foundation of Truth in our individual thinking. In turn follows the larger removal of weeds from our families, and, after that, from our nation.

The weeding and watering have to start somewhere.

UPDATE: Photo added.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel,Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in January 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!