Throughout the scriptures the judgment of disobedience towards God’s Law is a continual recurring theme.
In the Eden myth.. Adam & Eve.. rather than listen to God .. became misled,, and choose to “eat the rotten fruit” of the knowledge of this system of things.. and hence.. their fall.
The story goes . . they became separated from God.. and took to having “immoral relations" with the daughters (meaning the ideas) of men” instead.
Eve symbolizes.. a religion that was created out of mankind.. rather than out of the earth. meaning that existing religion is unnatural.. and void of authentic Law.
Men’s laws . . are unjust and corrupted . They create the knowledge of good & evil.. due to their lack of insight and their ignorance towards wisdom.
All we really need to ask our selves is.. which law is it.. that performs better.. ?
And God says: "For the reason that this people have come near with their mouth, and have glorified me merely with their lips, and they have remove their heart itself far away from me, and their fear towards me becomes men’s commandments that are being taught, therefore here I am, the One that will act wonderfully again with this people, in a wonderful manner and with something wonderful; and the wisdom of their wise men must perish, and the very understanding of their discreet men will conceal itself."
Woe to those who are going very deep in concealing counsel from God himself, and whose deeds have occurred in a dark place, while they say: "Who is seeing us, and who is knowing of us?"
The PERVERSITY of you men !
“And you must not lie down with a man the same as you lie down with a woman. It is a detestable thing.”
“...fornicators, men who lie with men, kidnappers, liars, false swearers, and whatever other thing is in opposition to the healthful teaching.”
The theme of men “getting in bed” with the ideas (laws) of men is often mistakenly thought to refer to having literal homosexual relationships.. and some religions are still teaching that the Bible is against all forms of sex outside marriage.
Just for reference. . below are examples of the passages that are so often misunderstood . .
"Now come, write it upon a tablet with them, and inscribe it even in a book, that it may serve for a future day, for a witness to time indefinite. For it is a rebellious people, untruthful sons, sons who have been unwilling to hear the Law of God; who have said to the ones seeing, `You must not see,' and to the ones having visions, `You must not envision for us any straightforward things; envision deceptive things".
They have multiplied altars in order to sin. I proceeded to write for them many things of my Law; Just like something strange they have been accounted. The nations are feeding on wind and chasing after the east wind all day long. Lying and despoiling are what they multiply. And a covenant among men they conclude. They became satisfied and their heart began to be exalted. That is why they forgot me.
In reply he said to them: ‘Why is it you also overstep the commandment of God because of your tradition?
Isaiah aptly prophesied about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far removed from me. It is in vain that they keep worshiping me, because they teach as doctrines the commands of men.
Letting go the commandment of God, you hold fast the tradition of men.
Further, he went on to say to them: ‘Adroitly you set aside the commandment of God in order to retain your tradition.. and thus you make the word of God invalid by your tradition which you handed down. And many things similar to this you do.’
Matthew 15:3 & Mark 7:6
Woe to those who are enacting harmful regulations and those who, constantly writing, have written out sheer trouble, in order to push away the lowly ones from a legal case and to wrest away justice from the afflicted ones of my people, for the widows to become their spoil, and that they may plunder even the fatherless boys!
And what will you men do at the day of being given attention and at the ruin, when it comes from far away? Toward whom will you flee for assistance, and where will you leave your glory, except it be that one must bow down under the prisoners and that people keep falling under those who have been killed? In view of all this his anger has not turned back, but his hand is stretched out still.
But woe to you Pharisees, because you give the tenth of the mint and the rue and of every other vegetable, but you pass by the justice and the love of God! These things you were under obligation to do, but those other things not to omit.
Then he said: "Woe also to you who are versed in the Law, because you load men with loads hard to be borne, but you yourselves do not touch the loads with one of your fingers!
Woe to you who are versed in the Law, because you took away the key of knowledge; you yourselves did not go in, and those going in you hindered!"
Luke 11:46 & Luke 11:52
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you give the tenth of the mint and the dill and the cumin, but you have disregarded the weightier matters of the Law, namely, justice and mercy and faithfulness. These things it was binding to do, yet not to disregard the other things.”
On this account be glad, you heavens and you who reside in them! Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing he has a short period of time."
Woe to those drawing error with ropes of untruth, and as with wagon cords sin;
Woe to those who are saying that good is bad and bad is good, those who are putting darkness for light and light for darkness, those who are putting bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those wise in their own eyes and discreet even in front of their own faces!
Isaiah 5:18 - 21
“For, because of not knowing the righteousness of God but seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.”
"We must obey God as ruler rather than men.”
"So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him."