2 Corinthians 5:21: “For God took the sinless Christ and poured into him our sins. Then, in exchange, he poured God’s goodness into us!”

The human spirit is unfettered and free. Try to subjugate humans, eventually they will shake off the shackles and move on. That is why all dictatorships have an expiration date. I call dictatorship “Law on steroids”. In a dictatorship the dictator is the Law. Everything he or she says is to be followed. Discussions or different viewpoints are strongly discouraged; agreeing to disagree is not an option. There is no free press, there is no free thinking; consequently, there is no room for creativity, spontaneity and ingenuity.

Dictatorships are not meant to be. People were created by God to be free.

Initially we were created free from the Law. Then there was this tree that we were not supposed to touch, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Yeah, that tree! I call that tree “The Tree of the do’s and don’ts” – in other words – it’s the tree of the Law. God never wanted us to go down that road because He knew we would get lost in the Law. And so it happened! We ate from that Tree and we have never been the same; we became strangers to God, strangers to freedom.

Meanwhile, God has never abandoned us. He helped us out. He worked with us. He even gave us the Ten Commandments so that we could see firsthand that even the best of all laws with the best of intentions cannot bring peace to the world or to the human soul.

We have learnt the hard way. So when we learnt our lesson, God sent His Son to restore us back to the way things used to be, which is the life we can’t remember anymore – the life we had before we touched that Tree. So in a passage of rites, Jesus lets Himself get nailed by the Law, completely and utterly nailed – as in nailed to the tree – and dies – which is all the Law can do. There is no life in the Law.

The Law will outlive its usefulness. The age of the Law has expired with the arrival of the Son of God. Jesus’s death and subsequent resurrection started a whole new era; Jesus brought us the Kingdom of God, which is goodness on steroids – God’s goodness poured into us. We don’t become good by not sinning but by accepting Jesus’s wonderful gift. Plain and simple! Unless of course we don’t want it plain and simple, which puts us right back under that Tree.

I am a tree huger. I love trees, but I certainly don’t like the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This tree has brought us nothing but grief! However, I realize, old habits die hard, and there are die-hard fans of the Law out there. They emerge anywhere regardless of nationality. They especially emerge in various religious pursuits. I strongly discourage this approach. Religious doctrine is not what Jesus had in mind for us. He came to save us from the Law and all its repercussions. He came to free us – and indeed He did.

Let freedom ring!


Oh, freedom, Oh, freedom
Oh freedom over me
And before I’d be a slave
I’d be buried in my grave
And go home to my Lord and be free

Deuteronomy 30:16: “For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways.”

This is a picture of my husband serenading me as we were camping at Yosemite in California.  We’ve been married for more than a decade now. Time flies! Bill loves to think about stuff when he showers. He calls them his shower moments. He comes up with song ideas or a genius solution to a nagging problem. The other day another light bulb went off in his head and he shared it with me:

“Law without love is slavery. Love without law is still love.”

What he says makes perfect sense considering that there was no law at the beginning of mankind, but there always was and has been – love. I believe everything that came into being was conceived out of love because our Creator loves His creation. Deprived of love, we all die. Love is why we breathe.

Love preceded the law; people came first and the law came later – almost like an afterthought, so it seems. Nevertheless, God gave us a conscience.  It is common sense that stealing is harmful to human society. It’s no rocket science to figure out that cheating on your spouse will hurt any marriage relationship.  It is obvious that no one can replace the person who was just killed.  So, without being spelled out – the law has always been in place, and love is the key to obeying all these laws.  Apply love to the law, and the Ten Commandments look something like this:

Love has no other God but the Lord; Love does not idolize; Love does not abuse the Lord’s name; Love observes the Sabbath rest; Love honors the parents; Love does not kill; Love does not pursue sexual relations outside of marriage; Love does not steal; Love does not lie; Love does not covet.

Love – and we are home free. Isn’t that the truth? Bill would say: “Yepper doodle!” Here’s to you, Bill! Here’s to Love!


“And even though we ain’t got money. I’m so in love with you, Honey
And everything will bring a chain of love” Kenny Loggins

Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

A self-loathing, dissatisfied, angry individual is like a ticking time bomb. Any given opportunity, and the bomb will explode into a frenzy of criminal activity. Ironically, the law applied in those situations does not make the individual any better. Incarcerated, this person has not changed. It’s still the same self-loathing, dissatisfied and angry individual. The high percentage of recommitting crimes after incarceration speaks for itself.

Paul is writing about people who underwent a spiritual makeover and show all the telltale signs of joy, gentleness, kindness, and love coming out of their pores. No law needs to be applied in their case because to love is no crime. What this tells me is that God’s kingdom essentially does away with the law. Law becomes useless when it does not need to be applied. Indeed, God’s kingdom does not rely on the law. God’s kingdom entirely runs on God’s Spirit.

We all need a spiritual makeover to be part of God’s kingdom. We’ve got issues, and our hearts are clouded to various degrees. God’s Spirit unveils God’s beauty to us and based on our consent we are able to unburden our hearts and start the healing process in a moment’s notice.

Join the movement that goes around the globe! I dare say that people from all tribes and nations have been touched by God’s Spirit in some shape or form. The Holy Spirit is working tirelessly 24/7 to add individuals to the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God stretches worldwide, starts in the here and now and goes on in perpetuity.

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Deuteronomy 6:4-6: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.”

The first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures contain the written Torah, the law God revealed to Moses on Mount Sinai. A noteworthy part of the Torah is found in the book of Deuteronomy: the Jewish Shema, considered the most essential prayer in all of Judaism. The prayer owes its name to the beginning word “Shema”, which translated into English, renders the word “listen” or “hear”.

Taking a closer look at the sequence of the Shema, we find that “Hear, O Israel” leads up to the centerpiece of the prayer “Love the Lord” and ends with “Take to heart these commandments that I give you”. I believe the sequence of this prominent prayer is no accident. Faith begins with listening. Listening to the Lord will inspire our love to Him. And loving Him, we will take His commandments to heart. Incidentally, in the English language both the word “hear” and “ear” are hidden in the word heart – a great reminder that we should listen with our hearts.

The centerpiece of the Shema is what some refer to as the “Love Command” (Deuteronomy 6:5):

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

“Love Command” sounds like an oxymoron to me. Nobody loves on command, so why bother putting it out as such?  I believe it is a gross misunderstanding to think of the Bible as a rule book. A testimony of God’s love relationship with His creation, the Bible is meant to encourage and invite all sons and daughters of Adam and Eve back to the Garden of Eden. Paradoxically, we stopped trusting the Lord in Paradise, where we could still taste and see His goodness in an unspoiled creation all around us. Now, outside of Eden where God’s presence is much more subtle, we are called to trust again. 

We once lost everything due to lack of trust. And conversely, only through trust will we find our way back to the Lord – back to the Garden.

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