Summary of Avraham Gileadi, PhD., Old Testament Lesson 4
Summary of Avraham Gileadi, PhD., Old Testament Lesson 4.
Summary of lesson 4:
- The fall of Adam & Eve wasn’t a blunder, it was the plan.
- Isaiah’s paradigm of “descent before ascent” makes immediate sense of the whole matter, providing a model of spiritual progression all can understand.
- Isaish’s key antithetical themes, built into the structure of the book, reveal that ruin comes before rebirth, disinheritance before inheritance, punishment before deliverance, suffering before salvation, and humiliation before exaltation.
- Each ascent to a higher plane is preceded by a temporary descent into turmoil during which God puts a person’s loyalties to the test (see Avraham Gileadi, Isaiah Decoded: Ascending the Ladder to Heaven, Hebraeus Press, 2002).
- For Adam and Eve and their children, the cauldron of mortality would be a refiner’s fire from which they would emerge either as gold tried and proven or, alternatively, as dross or alloy.
- Descent into mortality, with all its vicissitudes–ruin, disinheritance, punishment, suffering, and humiliation–could serve as the prelude to ascent to something more glorious than we had experienced before.
- Earth life would provide the optimum conditions under which we could undergo rebirth to a new life, receive a noble inheritance, find deliverance from damnation, gain salvation from an endless disembodiment, and, ultimately, attain exaltation in the kingdom of God.
- It is not so important, then, from whence sorrows come–how we got into this mortal mess, why things are so flawed, whose fault something is, who has offended us, etc.–but how we respond.
- Ultimately, all afflictions are a test from God we volunteered for.
- As a result of Satan’s influence, henceforth “works of darkness began to prevail among all the sons of men” (Moses 5:55), until men’s “hearts have waxed hard, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes cannot see afar off” (Moses 6:27).
- Satan and his followers adopt the opposite paradigm of that which leads to salvation and exaltation. Instead of experiencing “descent before ascent,” they undergo “ascent before descent.”
- By proposing an alternative plan that would exalt himself, for example, Satan ends up humiliated.
- By being unwilling to pay the price of humanity’s salvation–but rather compelling people to behave–he nevertheless ends up suffering.
- Although Satan didn’t get his chance to “save” anyone by using his methods, he nevertheless still implements controlling tendencies in world religions.
- The cursed condition caused by the Fall–in which all manner of evils and falsehoods are permitted to prevail–is nonetheless the perfect environment in which spiritual growth can occur.
- The redeeming factor of the Fall is the opportunity to rise to new heights by availing ourselves of Christ’s atonement for transgression.
- Although Adam’s and Eve’s descent from a celestial to a telestial sphere for the sake of their posterity was greater than ours (and consequently their ascent to glory also), nevertheless all follow the same pattern in becoming “sons” of God.
- When making the Atonement, Christ “descended below them all” (D&C 88:6; 122:8), thereafter ascending above them all to sit on his Father’s throne (Revelation 3:21; cf. Moroni 9:26) .
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