What is God's Rescue Plan?

What is God's rescue plan? How does God plan to save us from our dire predicament in the valley of tears?

What are the details of God's rescue plan? How does God plan to rescue us from our dire predicament in the valley of tears? Why does God not extricate us now? Why does God delay? Why does God not transform the valley of tears into a gentler, more hospitable place for godless people to live? Why does God let us stew for a lifetime in the valley of tears?

The moment that Adam and Eve crossed the threshold between paradise and the valley of tears the process of draining the serpent's lie of its power to deceive started. The process continues during each of our lifetimes.

Will the prodigal Son ever return to the pig sty?

The prodigal son will never return to the pig sty and neither will we. The experience makes us know better.

What is the Best Way to Lance the Boil?

What is the best way to lance the boil? What is the best way to drain the serpent's lie of its power to deceive? What is the best way to convince us beyond a shadow of a doubt that the serpent's promise that we shall enjoy deification without God in the valley of tears is empty ?

The best way to lance the boil is to let us stew for a lifetime in the valley of tears. Letting us stew is harsh but effective medicine. Its effectiveness is the reason God prescribes it despite its harshness. It drains the lie of its power to deceive. By letting us stew, we acquire a reservoir of personal experience with the valley of tears by which we can evaluate for ourselves the truth of what the serpent tells us about it. Furthermore, it innoculates us against Post Delivery Paradise Opt Out (PDPOO). When God delivers to us the gift of paradise, we will keep it. We will not fumble the ball as Eve did, as Adam did, as the gaggle of angels who follow Lucifer did and as Lucifer did. Hint: the prodigal son is never going back to the pig sty and neither are we.

Mitigating the Harshness of God's Rescue Plan

Letting us stew is harsh but effective medicine. To mitigate the harshness of God's rescue plan, God provides us with strategies to mitigate its harshness including but not limited to

(1) making life in the valley of tears brief,

(2) supplying us with grease for the wheels of our passage through the valley of tears,

(3) etc..

Fumbling the Ball

Eve fumbled the ball. So did Adam. So did Lucifer. So did the gaggle of angels who followed Lucifer. They had paradise in hand but let it slip through their fingers. The problem that God desired to solve is not us getting paradise. The problem is us keeping paradise. When God delivers the gift of paradise to us, he wants us to keep it without having to turn paradise into a prison, us into prisoners and himself into our warden. A cage is a cage no matter how gilded. God wants us to choose paradise of our own free will.

God plans to deliver the gift of paradise to us just as he delivered the gift of paradise to Adam and Eve. God will not be less generous with us than he was with them. Adam and Eve were the first beneficiaries of God’s love for us. They were not the last. God’s philanthropy did not end with Adam and Eve; God’s philanthropy began with them. This is good news of great joy - very good news for us indeed. [Note: Acceptance is by repentance.]

Beware the skeptics who underestimate the generosity of God!

Oh Lord, Why do you delay?

Why does God not immediately extricate us from our dire predicament in the valley of tears? Why does God not transform the valley of tears into a nicer, more hospitable place for godless people to live? Why does God delay our rescue from the valley of tears? Why does God let us stew in the valley of tears for a lifetime?

How Do We Prevent the Children of Adam and Eve from Fumbling the Ball (Original Sin)?

How do we prevent the children of Adam and Eve from funbling the ball? How do we stop them from fumbling the gift of paradise - from letting the gift of paradise slip through their fingers - after the gift of paradise is delivered to them as Satan did, as the gaggle of angels who follow Satan did, as Eve did and as Adam did? How do we make the gift of paradise stick without having to turn paradise into a prison, God into a warden and the children of Adam and Eve into prisoners. Isn't a cage a cage no matter how gilded? How can we prevent the children of Adam and Eve from repeating the original sin of their parents? What stops fumbling the ball from happening? How does God dissuade the children of Adam and Eve from opting out of paradise for godlessness as Adam and Eve did.

How Do We Persuade the Children of Adam and Eve that the Serpent is a Liar and that God tells them the Truth?

How do we persuade the children of Adam and Eve that the serpent is a liar and that God is telling us the truth? How do we resolve the conflict in the testimony - the testimony of God versus the testimony of the serpent?

Between the delivery of the gift of life and the delivery of the gift of paradise, God inserted a delay. God gave the gift of life and the gift of paradise to Adam and Eve simultaneously. But with regard to the children of Adam and Eve, God inserted a delay between the two gifts. The delay lasts a lifetime. The brevity of life proves the mercy of God. The delay is harsh but effective medicine. The delay reduces the likelihood that the children of Adam and Eve will abdicate paradise for godlessness and, thus, repeat the original sin of their parents. The prodigal son is never going back to the pig sty and neither are we.

How do we protect the children of Adam and Eve against the lie of the serpent? We expose them to the truth. Personal experience with the truth in the valley of tears destroys the power of the lie to deceive.

Once the power of the lie to deceive is destroyed, there is no reason to delay any longer the delivery of the gift of paradise.

Let them stew in the sourness of godlessness for a lifetime. It is harsh but effective medicine. A lifetime in the sourness of godlessness proves that the serpent told us a lie and that God told us the truth. It resolves the conflict in the testimony - versus . Moreover, when we deliver to them the gift of paradise, they will keep it. They will not fumble the ball. The prodigal son is never going back to the pig sty and neither will the children of Adam and Eve after a lifetime in the sourness of godlessness. A lifetime of personal experience in the sourness of godlessness will make the difference. The truth will set them free from the illusion conjured up by the serpent that sugarcoats the sourness of the valley of tears.

Let the children of man have what they want and what the serpent promised : godlessness in the valley of tears. They shall taste for themselves the emptiness of the serpent's promise. But let us limit their dire predicament to just a lifetime.

The brevity of life proves the mercy of God.

Letting us stew for a lifetime in the valley of tears generates all of the complaints about God's rescue plan (General Audience Pope Francis 28 Dec 2016). The harshness of the valley of tears keeps the complaint department of paradise busy. More than a few have cursed their bitter experience in the valley of tears and waved their fists against God. Put the blame for our dire predicament, however, on the proper culprit. God did not put us in the valley of tears. The serpent did. God started humanity in paradise. At the most, God can be blamed for not extricating us from the valley of tears as quickly as we would like. God's rescue of us is too slow. 'What took you so long?' is our only legitimate complaint against God.

Original Sin

           God plans to deliver the gift of paradise to us just as he delivered the gift of paradise to Adam and Eve. God will not be less generous with us than he was with them. Adam and Eve were the first beneficiaries of God’s love for us. They were not the last. God’s philanthropy did not end with Adam and Eve; God’s philanthropy began with them. This is good news of great joy - very good news for us indeed.

          The story of Adam and Eve is not about getting the gift of paradise. God gave Adam and Eve the gift of life and the gift of paradise simultaneously - no questions asked. Adam and Eve did not have to satisfy any conditions in order to get the gift of life or the gift of paradise. The gifts were gratis - free of charge - a quid without a quo. The story of Adam and Eve is about the keeping of paradise or, more precisely, the failure to keep the gift of paradise.

          The evidence is irrefutable that getting the gift of paradise does not mean that we will keep it. Eve fumbled the ball. So did Adam. So did Lucifer and the gaggle of angels who follow Lucifer. God does not want the children of Adam and Eve to repeat the mistake of their parents. When God gives us the gift of paradise (and the giving of the gift of paradise is ineluctable), God wants us to keep it without having to turn paradise into a prison, God into our warden and us into prisoners. A cage is a cage no matter how gilded. God wants us to keep paradise of our own free wills.

          So God tweaked the timetable according to which he delivers his gifts to us. For the children of Adam and Eve, God inserted a delay. He inserted a delay between the delivery of the gift of life and the gift of paradise.

          During the delay, he exposes our rationality to the truth (Isaiah 5:20). Exposure to the truth inoculates us against the lie. When we have a first-hand experience with the truth, lies no longer have any power over us. The power of a lie to deceive is destroyed. Personal experience with the truth defangs the lie. During the delay, we see for ourselves that paradise is sweet and godlessness is sour. When fueled by the truth, our rationality steers our free wills in the right direction.  Our rationality tells our free wills to seek the sweetness of paradise and flee the sourness of godlessness. It is contrary to our self-interest to do otherwise.  We keep the gift of paradise, when our free wills are exposed to the truth.

          Until the power of the lie to deceive is destroyed, we are susceptible to fumbling the ball. After the power of the lie to deceive is destroyed, it becomes impossible for us to fumble the ball. The delay is all about destroying the power of the lie to deceive us. Our purpose in the valley of tears is to discover the truth. The truth sets us free.

The Delay Inserted Between the Gift of Life and the Gift of Paradise

God delivered the gift of life and the gift of paradise to Adam and Eve simultaneously. Hence, Adam and Eve had no personal experience with the valley of tears. The valley of tears was virgin, unexplored territory to them. The serpent made allegations to Adam and Eve about the valley of tears (Genesis 3:5). God made allegations to them about it as well (Genesis 3:3). The allegations were in conflict. One set of allegations about the valley of tears was a lie and the other set was the truth. There was a conflict between the word of God and the word of the serpent. Newly minted humanity was thus thrust into the middle of a controversy not of their own making without any historical precedent to guide them to a resolution. Their situation was sui generis. The question that arose from the controversy was how to resolve it. Adam and Eve decided to figure it out for themselves. How else would the controvery be resolved? The only way to drain the lie of its power to deceive them was to figure out the truth for themselves. Thus, they would pay a visit to the valley of tears to learn the truth about it for themselves. As they passed through the valley of tear they discovered for themselves that it sucks. God was right. The serpent was a liar. The controversy was resolved. Therefore, for the children of Adam and Eve, God tweaked the timetable for the delivery of his gifts. God inserted a delay between the gift of life and the gift of paradise. As Adam and Eve did, the children of Adam and Eve would taste the sourness of the valley of tears for themselves. Tasting the sourness of the valley of tears for ourselves makes it impossible for any lie about it to deceive us. Personal experience with the truth vaccinates us against the lie. The delay is harsh but effective medicine. But it teaches us that God tells us the truth and the serpent lies. Moreover, when the gift of paradise is delivered to us, we will keep it. We will not fumble the ball. The prodigal son is never going back to the pig sty and neither are we. Note: We are placed into the valley of tears to figure out for ourselves what allegations about it are the truth and what allegations about it are the lie. Our rationality, when fueled by the truth, steers us in the right direction. Our rationality, when fueled by the lie, steers us in the wrong direction. Our existence is all about getting the right fuel for our rationality.

God is executing his plan to rescue us from our dire predicament in the valley of tears. It consists of two major parts. The first part defangs the lie. It drains the lie of its power to deceive. The serpent testified that we would become gods without God in godlessness. God testified that in godlessness we would die. To resolve the conflict in the testimony, God lets us stew in the valley of tears for a lifetime. It is harsh but effective medicine. As we learn for ourselves during our passage through the valley of tears that life without God sucks, we conclude that the serpent was a liar and that God told us the truth. The second part of God's rescue plan is to reaquaint the children of Adam and Eve with the sweetness of paradise. This job was assigned to the Son of God. Please note that there are also subparts to God's rescue plan. The Son of God delivered to us good news of great joy with regard to suffering, death and sin.

The hen is putting the food directly into the mouths of her chicks in the nest - beak to beak. To survive, all the chicks need to do is to swallow the food and not spit it out.