Inserting a Delay between the Gift of Life and the Gift of Paradise
God, however, wants to make sure that we keep the gift of paradise when God delivers it to us. God does not want us to fumble the ball as Lucifer did, as the gaggle of angels who follow Lucifer did, as Eve did, as Adam and as the prodigal son did. The solution to the problem of Original Sin was the insertion of a delay between the delivery of the gift of life and the delivery of the gift of paradise. God tweaked the timetable for the delivery of the gift of life and the gift of paradise. Instead of simultaneous delivery, sequential delivery became the protocol. The delivery of the gift of paradise would be delayed. During the delay, the children of Adam and Eve taste for themselves the sourness of godlessness. During the delay between the gift of life and the gift of paradise, God lets us stew in the valley of tears. Letting us stew in the valley of tears is harsh but effective medicine. While we stew in the valley of tears, the children of Adam and Eve learn that a life without God in the valley of tears sucks. Godlessness is autodidactic. A life lived without God in the valley of tears is the sledgehammer of truth that shatters the illusion conjured up by the serpent that sugarcoated the sourness of godlessness. It shatters the illusion as the blow of a hammer shatters glass. We do not become gods without God in the valley of tears. The serpent lied to us. God told us the truth. The sourness of godlessness is the engine that pushes the children of Adam and Eve to its exit. God's thinking is like this: the prodigal son will never return to the pig sty after having lived there and neither will we. When the gift of paradise is delivered to us, we will keep it. We will not fumble the ball. The alternative is too horrendous. Knowing the truth sets us free.