The human spirit is unfettered and free. Try to subjugate humans, in the end they will shake off the shackles. This is why ultimately all totalitarian systems are doomed. From God’s perspective, absolute rule is not His style. Nothing could be further from our Creator’s intentions. God simply is no autocrat or control freak, which is why He created no robots, but living beings endowed with free will.
God created us to be free.
Initially there was no law; but then the tree of the knowledge of good and evil misled us. I call this the “Tree of the dos and don’ts” or the “Tree of the Law”. God commanded us not to eat its fruit because He knew full-well that we would get lost in the Law. Against His expressed wishes, however, we still went for it.
Eating from a cursed tree, we were robbed of God and freedom.
Meanwhile, the Lord has been diligently at work to help us. He gave us the Ten Commandments so that we could see firsthand that in a world ruled by the tree of the knowledge of good and evil not even the wisest body of laws would bring peace. We had to learn this the hard way. When we finally realized the impotency of the Law, God sent His Son Jesus. He came to restore us to a forgotten life – the way things used to be, before we got involved with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In a passage of rites, Jesus gets nailed by the Law – nailed to a tree – and dies, which is all the Law can do.
There is absolutely no life in the Law.
With the arrival of God’s Son, the age of the Law has expired. Jesus’s death and subsequent resurrection started a whole new era; He brought us God’s kingdom. We do not become good by refraining from sinning, but by accepting Jesus’s wonderful gift. Plain and simple – unless we do not want it plain and simple, which puts us right back under the Law nailing us to a tree.
The law kills, while the Spirit of God brings life.
In general I love trees – but definitely not the tree of the knowledge of good and evil! This tree has brought us nothing but grief. Old habits die hard, and die-hard fans of the Law are everywhere on this planet, however, religious indoctrination is not what Jesus had in mind for us. While He Himself fulfilled the Law to the t, He came to save us from the Law and its repercussions.
Jesus came to set us free – and He freed us indeed.