Wednesday, February 29, 2012

like unto the garden of eden?

Recently while studying the history of a city in California, I came across the specific place and time when Satan seems to have gained entrance. The earliest days in a city's history are very important because one of Satan's main strategies is to interfere with the process of birth. "And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born" (Rev. 12:4).

In this particular town the Christians among the early settlers had gathered together to plan the building of a chapel that would be used alternatively by several compatible congregations, such as Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians and Baptists. The process was proceeding smoothly until two prominent citizens had a personality conflict. This outburst of petty bickering eventually led to a rupture of the Christian community into two factions. One hundred years later this town is still marked by division and religious controversy.

John Dawson. Taking Our Cities For God - Rev (Kindle Locations 541-547). Kindle Edition.

So, let's see...

Are we to assume that, before this conflict, this particular unnamed town (a city today) must have been something like the Garden of Eden, because Satan had not gained entrance into it until then? It must, then, have been a town of sinless people, perfect in all their ways, probably even walking about in their birthday suits but free of lust and unholy desires? These early settlers must have been on the verge of creating a paradise on Earth until, like the serpent and the apple, these two people had their conflict and paradise was lost?

If you're thinking that it would be ridiculous to assume that, I would agree. But if that is true, then we are to conclude that what Dawson says about this town is ridiculous.

Satan didn't have an entrance into this town? The only way we could believe such a thing is to assume that the early settlers of this town really were sinless. Because if they were sinners, than we must conclude that either Satan and demons were already in the area when the settlers arrived, or they tagged along with the settlers as they traveled overland or by sea, and were well with them before a tree was felled, a board was shaped, a plot was laid, an acre was tilled, a building frame was raised, and a church service was held, let alone a quarrel was started.

And let's be real...the early settlers of this town that became a city were sinners. I don't know who they were, and since Dawson gives no name for this city, I can't really do much research, but since these people were humans, I think I can safely say that whatever else they may have been, they were certainly sinful people, like all people they were born in tresspasses and sin.

As such, then, Satan and his minions wouldn't have had to have waited for this conflict to have had access to the people of this town. While the people may have been religious, I've little doubt that not all the people of the town were Christians. Given that, there is no doubt that demons were about, tempting and influencing people, lost people as well and Christians.

Having considered all that, shall we conclude that Dawson's claims are bogus and ridiculous? I think so.

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