Monthly Archive November 2018

ByKevin Kuzma

Notes from Genesis Chapter Three

— Satan attacks us at our weakest. The woman (Eve) did not even own a name before she tasted the forbidden fruit, casting all humanity into darkness.
— The question the serpent poses to Eve intentionally misstates God’s command. God said that man could eat from every tree except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He did not make eating from “any tree” off limits.
In her reply to Satan, Eve also misstates God’s directive. She tells the serpent she must not eat the from the tree “or even touch” its fruit.
— Everything the serpent say is a lie. His tells Eve “You won’t die!” if she eats from the tree.
— Adam failed to protect the woman while she fell victim to Satan. Adam was a “man,” but he was also a very new creation who did not have the opportunity of growing up or gaining any experience from which to become familiar with his role. He ate the fruit too, which is important because both woman AND man sinned before God. The Lord condemns them both.
— Was there any love developed between Adam and Eve when they sinned? Did Adam feel the need to care for her? To protect her? As the first man, would he know how to act on his feelings of love? The first humans would have been … extraordinarily human. Full of emotions they are not yet ready to handle, thoughts they are not sure how to act on, etc. They both still disobeyed a direct commandment, and it was the very essence of their humanity that led them to do so.
— When questioned by God, Adam’s choice to blame Eve is childlike.
— Humankind wants to be Godlike.
— Shame was the first “evil” feeling.
— The tree’s beautiful appearance led Eve to trust its fruit.
— After the fall of man, the serpent remains in the garden.
— In the first two chapters of Genesis, God blesses. But in this chapter, her curses the serpent, humanity and the ground.
— The Holy Trinity converses between themselves: “Look, the human beings have become like us.” (Gen. 3:22)

ByKevin Kuzma

Prayers Before Action

For my Christian friends … for explaining why prayers must come before action:
The Apostle Paul clearly states that prayer should precede all actions: “First of all, there should be prayers offered” (1 Tim. 2:1). The Apostle’s directive indicates that the act of prayer comes first; it comes before everything else. The Christian is expected to perform many good works, but the act of prayer is fundamental because without prayer it is not possible to do good. Without frequent prayer it is not possible to find one’s way to God, to understand truth, and to crucify the lusts of the flesh. Only fidelity to prayer will lead a person to enlightenment and union with Christ.
— The Way of the Pilgrim

ByKevin Kuzma

Notes from Genesis Chapter Two

— Even God rests.
— The Lord continues his blessings. He begins by blessing creatures of the air and ocean, then blesses humanity. In the second chapter, he blesses the seventh day and declares it holy.
— Our God is a God of Action. Here he breathes, blesses, brings, creates, completes, corrects, causes, closes, makes, places, plants, speaks, forms and warns.
— God breathes life: “Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust on the ground. He breathed life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.”
— The Lord plants the Garden of Eden and then places man there to cultivate the soil. The garden grows up around man and in these ideal surroundings, man still feels alone.
— In God’s lush garden created for man to have domain over, there are still rules to follow and boundaries to obey.
— Wild animals and birds were created to be a helper for man, but none were right.
— It’s not good for man to be alone.
— One woman was created to be with Adam … God did not give him multiple women. Likewise, one man is all woman needs.
— Man (Adam) was excited by the creation of woman (Eve): “‘At last!’ the man exclaimed.”
— Men and animals were made from the dust. Woman comes from man’s rib.

ByKevin Kuzma

A Soul I Won’t Soon Forget

One of the stranger complexities of this existence is that the people who have the most beautiful souls are often the ones who feel ugliest inside. Likewise, some of the most stunningly gorgeous and gifted people in this world lack confidence in themselves. These are people who need only to look in a mirror, listen to the sound of their singing voice, or recognize the gentleness and love they treat others with to see what they are believing is a lie. And yet their lives are altered dramatically by a pain that feels very real to them. Today I lost a friend to these lies — a charming, caring, loving soul gone from this world forever. This was a person few would have guessed was struggling, which is all too common with these tragedies. No one knew what was happening in this person’s world or what they felt like on the inside. While it may seem like there’s nothing that can be done to save someone like this, that is a lie, too. The reality is we are failing to make the world a more loving place. As a man of faith, I know what (actually, who) is responsible for perpetuating these lies and how to wage war. But whatever your personal beliefs might be, please do what you can to be a source of light. Be kind. Be gentle. Listen. More people need to see the truth of who they are and what they bring to our world. Sending up prayers …

ByKevin Kuzma

Notes from Genesis Chapter One

1) From the beginning, existence has centered on light, darkness and spirit.

2) Light and darkness existed together, in union, before God separated them.

3) God specifically declares the light “good,” but does not make the same declaration about the dark until the sixth day when looking back on all that he created and declaring everything he made “very good.”

4) There was evening and morning (the second day) before there was sun, moon and stars (on the fourth day.)

5) God says “Let us make man in OUR image, after our likeness.” This is a reference to the Holy Trinity: Father, son and Holy Spirit. Men and women are therefore spiritual beings. (The Hebrew word used here for man includes both men and women and refers to the entire human race.)

6) God blessed humankind.

7)  The first 13 verses of the Bible: the world has light but has no sun. The last 26 verses of the Bible: the world has light but has no sun.