Tree of Life – Bible Study


My brothers and sisters,

I’m excited to share with you what I learned when studying the Bible with a man of God, which inspired the initial Tree of Life post. I’ve added a bit more to it and I pray that it will help you understand how much God loves us and how merciful He is to us.

Where to begin? Of course, in the garden of Eden. (Emphasis Added)

Generally, God created the garden, the animals, the fishes and place the First Ones, Adam and Eve in the garden. God instructed Adam not to eat from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and he passed that command onto Eve.

Genesis 1: 29 (ESV): And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

Genesis 2: 8-9 (ESV): And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 2: 15-17 (ESV): The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man saying, “You may surely eat of every tree in the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.

As the event unfolds, Satan deceives Eve and she eats the fruit and gives it to Adam; the start of the Fall. As outlined in Genesis 3: 14-19, God punished the snake by way of a curse, increases Eve’s child pain in childbirth and declares that her desire will be for her husband and declares to Adam the consequences of his disobedience, a cursed ground and the reality of having to work extra hard to eat.

Sidenote: God cursed the snake, not Adam and Eve. God only told them of the reality sin has caused, in the body and in the environment.

God made a declaration in verse 22:

Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing Good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat and live forever-”
and as verse 23-24 states, sent them out of Eden and placed cherubim and a flaming sword to guard the way to the Tree of Life.

Going back, God had told them that they could eat from any tree in the garden, which INCLUDED the Tree of Life. In Genesis 3:22, God provides the nature of fruit from the Tree of Life, to bestow one with life forevermore; everlasting life. As pointed out in an earlier post, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil gave Adam and Eve the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Can we infer the original purpose and intention of God? I believe so! I learned that if Adam and Eve had eaten the fruit of the Tree of Life firstand assuming that they had eaten the fruit of the Knowledge of Good and Evil afterwards, they would be like God indeed, with everlasting life and the ability to handle the Knowledge of Good and Evil just like God Himself, not in a relative fashion which is mankind thinking about Good and Evil from his own perspective.

But this was not so, and God had to push Adam and Eve out to protect the Tree of Life. Again, why? Well, I learned that Adam and Eve were hungry and their hunger reflected an issue of the soul caused by the introduction of sin. They had created capacity within themselves, their soul, and needed to fill it.**

However, as we are aware, this was not so. Adam and Eve were in a state of sin, due to their disobedience. If they were able to obtain access to the fruit of the Tree of Life, then a catastrophic would arise; they would have everlasting life, the knowledge of good and evil coupled with unrepentant sin. 

 Adam and Eve repented, shown by the skin garments God covered them with (Gen 3:21; the first animal sacrifice! Where else did God get skins from? May explain the animal sacrifices later spoke about in the Law, and Hebrews 9:22 provides insight: Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.) rather than the loincloths they fashioned out of fig leaves (Gen 3: 7), but there was a problem; Adam carried the human race, and the sin affected them as well. Adam could not repent on behalf of the entire human race, but for his own sin.

Your sin effects other people. Read Romans 5: 12-19 for details. 

This is why God made provision to send Jesus, to die on the cross, to remove the innate sin, and to clothe you with righteousness. You have to believe in Jesus to receive the free gift of salvation and righteousness, then comes the renewing of your mind, the process of unlearning and relearning the word of God in its truth and entirety. Once obtained, you can put on the new man, your new identity and live it out with power and confidence.

1 Corinthians 15: 20-22 (ESV): But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

**The soul yearns for something more. The innate sin causes disruption in the soul. Some seek to fill the void by seeking drugs, sex, pornography, exorbitant spending, excessive television, relationships addictions etc. Capacity is created in the soul and a need to fulfil it grows, hence why addictions and reckless living manifests and takes place. The truth is, these will never satisfy you. They are temporary. Once obtained/consumed/indulged, the “benefit” vanishes. But when one fills their soul with Jesus, you create capacity, and your need for Him grows and grows. That’s why he’s satisfying. He always fills the void. 

Thank you for reading, and may God bless you for your diligence in studying His word.

Tunde T. Amao





You vs The World – Part 2



My brothers and sisters,

As concluded in Part 1, Jesus himself was tempted by Satan, but He fought back and won the victory. Satan’s battle plan never changes but follows an exact or similar format. Pay attention to how Jesus handles the battle of temptation.


NOTE: This happened shortly after Jesus submitted Himself to God via being baptised.

 The Temptation of Jesus

1. Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

2. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”  


4. But he answered, “It is written,

“‘Man shall not live by bread alone, 
    but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 


5. Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6. and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, 

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ 


“‘On their hands they will bear you up, 
    lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” 


7. Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”  


8. Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”  


10. Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,

“‘You shall worship the Lord your God 
    and him only shall you serve.’” 


11. Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.


Satan is a liar. IF Jesus listened, He would have jumped to His death. This will result in Jesus not dying on the Cross, and thus not fulfilling His purpose; no sacrifice for humanity’s sin, mankind will be eternally lost and Jesus would have fallen into sin, for disobedience. Praise God that He is all-knowing and aware of his schemes.


As we can see, Satan used the lust of the flesh, eyes and the pride of life model to tempt Jesus, who responded with Old Testament scriptures; the commandments of God Himself.

Please pay attention to a heavy distinction here. Scripture has made it clear and has given us insights to why being tempted, deceived and led astray by any worldly vices is dangerous.

Isaiah 14: 12: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

John 8: 12: When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

According to the Blue Letter Bible interlinear function, the Hebrew word for Lucifer is heylel, a masculine noun which means “light-bearer”, (some translations say Shining One, or Morning Star). Its verb equivalent Halal outlines the following meanings:

The light that Jesus is referring to is described below, the Greek word; Phos.

Both descriptions have stark differences. In Lucifers case, the common theme here is boasting.

Jesus presents himself as the light of brilliance, life and enlightenment. Lucifer, the light bearer, bears light in a boastful manner. Please note, he might not present himself, if indeed, with red horns, a forked tail and a pitchfork.

2 Corinthians 11:14 – And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.


Brothers and sisters, we have to be very discerning in opportunities, for not everything is from God.

1. Do you know His will? This is the foundation of being discerning of your environment.

2. Do you know his Word? Can you apply it to your specific circumstance?

3. Has your eyes and flesh been tempted? Are there prospects of achieving or acquiring something that fills you up with boastful pride?

I ask these because the truth is, Satan is here to tempt you with the very things you want the most. Not everything that glitters is gold, and not everything you want is good for you.

James 1: 13-18 (ESV) (Emphasis Added)

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

Temptation is a fact, it will always be there. To fall into temptation implies an action, one where a decision is made to fall in, knowing that the act of indulgence is against God. Sin is committed.


Temptation does not come from God, but from your own desires.

Satan presents the “light” as a way of drawing you towards indulgence.

God is always present to deliver by pointing the way out (Matt 6: 13, 1 Corinthians 10: 13).

You must make the decision to resist or run away from it. Timothy was warned about this in 2 Timothy 2:22 (CEV):

Run from temptations that capture young people. Always do the right thing. Be faithful, loving, and easy to get along with. Worship with people whose hearts are pure. 


To conclude, Jesus performed in detail what Scripture says we should do when we are tempted; face to face with the devil himself:

James 4:7 – Submit yourselves, to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Be warned. Satan will be back; he rules the world after all.

Luke 4:13 (ESV) And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.

This is evident in the Gospels when he left Jesus in the desert, got rebuked by Jesus through Peter, (Matt 16:23, Mark 8:33) and then entered Judas Iscariot (Luke 22:3, John 13: 27).

My brothers and sisters, until He calls us home or when He returns, submerge yourselves in His word, pay attention to your surroundings and DO NOT be ignorant of his devices. If you are, he will outwit, outsmart and take advantage of you.

Follow the light; The right one.

Tunde T. Amao

You vs the World – Part 1



My brothers and sisters.

I would like to share my Bible study notes with you on a topic that we all must have an awareness of.

Who truly runs the world? The politicians? The financiers? The lawyers? The media? The entertainment industry?

No. The one who runs the world is Satan.


Isaiah 14: 12 – 15 (KJV) provides insight around what I call the Event before Creation and explains how and why Satan, previously known as Lucifer, fell from Heaven (Emphasis added).

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Satan wanted to exalt himself above God, a divine crime. God, being all-knowing, sussed out his plan, and cast him out of heaven.

Jesus, being present in the beginning (1 John 1:1), saw this. In fact, he even told the seventy-two disciples he sent out in Luke 10:18 (ESV): 

And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”

Satan fell and ended up in the garden of Eden, to tempt Eve, (Genesis 3: 1-5) an act which caused reverberations across the earth, the effects we are seeing today. It is often said that Adam and Eve gave up their title of dominion of the world the moment they sinned against God. In fact, it is probably right to say that Satan still wanted to have dominion over something. If he couldn’t have heaven, then he would take the world.


There are many instances where Jesus Himself and Paul talks about the “status” of Satan (as established above) as a result of his fall, as well as his character and his ultimate goal. Below are a few scriptures to illustrate:

Ephesians 2: 2 (ESV) – and you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience. 

2 Corinthians 4: 4 (ESV) – In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers to keep them from seeing the light of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 

John 8: 43-44 (ESV) – Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do what he desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 

John 10: 10 (ESV) – The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 

 Please take heed of the weight behind these scriptures.


We have all been warned about the influence of the world; practices, viewpoints, improper standards and self-seeking behaviours. In fact, scripture has said that being a friend of the world equates with being an enemy of God. (James 4: 4).

With the knowledge of Satan’s character and his link to the world, 1 John 2: 15-16 (ESV) warns us even further (emphasis added; Also, note 2 Corinthians 4:4):

Do not love the world or the things of the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the desires of the fleshthe desires of the eyes and the pride of life – is not from the Father but is of the world.  

This is the battle plan of Satan, he will tempt you with these worldly tools. He used them with Eve in Genesis 3:6-7 (NIV):

You will not certainly die, the snake said to the woman. For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. When the woman saw the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye,  and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her and he ate it.

Eve had no desire to eat the fruit until Satan came to speak to her. Eve saw that the fruit was good for food, a thought that never came to mind before her encounter with Satan. The pride to become like God and the desire to gain wisdom? Again, that was not present or apparent before her encounter with Satan.

Sidenote: I find it incredibly cheeky considering the circumstances here as Satan said: “For God knows that when you eat from it…”. If this was true, then wouldn’t have God made it clear from the get-go? And look at how he phrased himself, (when you eat from it) as if he had almost anticipated the First Beings eating the fruit, a thought that did not even cross their own mind’s, to begin with!

Also, please remember that this happened before sin entered into the world.

 In other words, Satan’s influence can awaken or identify the desire to. I believe that the “desire to” can be awakened when exposed to external influences.  Rick Warren explains the same point well in his book The Purpose Driven Life:

“…Satan identifies a desire inside of you. It may be a sinful desire, like the desire to get revenge or to control others, or it may be a legitimate, normal desire, like the desire to be loved and valued or to feel pleasure. Temptation starts when Satan suggests (with a thought) that you give in to an evil desire, or that you fulfil a legitimate desire in a wrong way or at the wrong time. Always be aware of shortcuts. They are often temptations!” 

It is the same when we spend time reading and studying the Bible. The desire to know Him awakens.

We have to pay close attention and be wary of the many sources of influence. Is it satanic/worldly or is it godly/righteous?

Once we recognise that the desires of the flesh, eyes, and life are knocking at our door, we have to respond accordingly.  Jesus did it, and so can you!

To find out how, please keep your eyes out for part two.

Tunde T. Amao

Men and Women: The Real Relationship – Part 2


Greetings, brothers and sisters.

We have explored in part one of the model relationship. Now, we’re going to look at the specifics in great detail.

Genesis 2: 24 (NIV) – That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

This is the foundational scripture that many would use for marriage. Now, pay particular attention to this next point; Marriage is not man-made. It is an institution created by God so that men and women can express their love for each other the way God wanted love to be expressed. As we saw earlier, there is a model, a standard which must be followed for maximum fulfilment in blossoming, loving relationships.

So, why do I say this? If you want a Godly relationship with Godly foundations, you have to do it God’s way; the way He established it and using Godly materials.

Ephesians 5: 31 – 32 (NIV) – For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery, but I am talking about Christ and the church.

The above scripture speaks of the perfect unity of Jesus and the Church (we His people). The marriage relationship or a growing relationship should mirror this exact model. The question now is, what is the relationship between Jesus Christ and the Church, how does it look like and what does it entail? We will look at Ephesians 5: 21 – 27 in greater detail.

EPHESIANS 5: 21 – 27

(Emphasis added and broken down for greater analysis)

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Wives submit yourselves to your own husband as you do to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife as Christ is head of the church, his body, of which he is the Saviour. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.


When building anything, the foundation has to be strong enough to hold the extra weight on top. Jesus Christ is the firm foundation (1 Corinthians 3: 11). If one has a sincere reverence for Him, then this aspect will not be a problem. Think about it; would you build ontop of a firm foundation or a shaky one?

Before we touch on the submission aspect, which can ring alarm bells for some, I wanted to touch lightly on this. Submission is not just a biblical woman thing, it applies to men as well. The same way we submit to one another is the same submission that we offer the Lord God Almighty.

In a relationship setting, men who are seeking to become authentic unapologetic men of the Lord God will need to apply their lessons to their submission to God and now tailor that to the chosen lady in their life. There also has to be a healthy boundary as this is more of a process to learn how to submit to their special lady as opposed to the full submission in the context of scripture which is reserved for Husbands and Wives only. Use this opportunity to learn how to submit to her lads!



Ladies, as mentioned in the above paragraph and taking what we learnt in the first post into consideration, I’d like to share a small analogy:

Jesus Christ is the husband. The Church is His wife. Imagine you are the Church now, your name is now Church. Jesus is your husband. What do you know about Jesus?

Jesus walks with integrity, loving, forgiving, compassionate and has a no-nonsense attitude when it comes to His Father’s business. Has an epic prayer life, doesn’t deny His emotions, but manages and expresses it appropriately, can protect you, encourage you, has a vision for His life and can lead you to a place He knows you can feel safe, secure and allowed to be who you are meant to be; yourself.

He knows your not perfect; He knows your flaws and loves you because of them and He encourages you gently to be the best version of yourself and will celebrate you along the way. Now, he may correct you in a loving way because He does not delight in anything that disrespects Him or any matter that involves His Heavenly Father and will fight passionately for the matters of God because that is where He gets His strength, worth and identity from. A man who is not ashamed of His Father and will continue to walk His way because He loves God that much.

Would you submit to such a man?

Now imagine a man, who isn’t Jesus, but is striving to have the same qualities, the same mindset, the same emotional disposition as Him. Who is constantly in the Word and can teach and encourage you and sees you for being YOU. He knows He isn’t perfect and will make mistakes from time to time, but knows as long as he follows Jesus, he will be led in the right way.

This is what means to be in submission to a man as on to the Lord. The man must display lord-like qualities, and it must be seen and evidenced, from the inside and out. That’s the man worth submitting to.


Lads, back to you again.

Jesus Christ gave His life to redeem the Church. He died so that the Church may dwell in the righteousness of Him. He knows that the Church is not perfect, hence why He always teaches the Church to dwell and grow in His Word, where they can find rest, comfort, security and strength.

It is not easy for women. The way the world is set up now, they have to make the extra effort to advance themselves and protect themselves from any hindrances as well as deal with their emotions with or without support. Women are blessed with creativity and the ability to multi-task; once they have a mission, they will complete it. I believe that even when women are tired, they still have to find that inner strength and resolve to push forward to get to where they want to get to.

Imagine juggling so many responsibilities and not feeling appreciated for their efforts.

Men, Jesus Christ died so that the Church can be restored, uplifted and placed on the path of righteousness. Jesus gave His all in the name of love.

My brothers, beware! Look at what scripture says:

Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

There are alarm bells when a lady claims to love God, claims Christ and does not submit to Him. If she doesn’t submit herself to Him, how much more you?

Benchmark principle: How the male/female submitted to God is a clear indication as to how they can submit to you.

There are so many elements here, but the general message here is that you don’t take away from people you love. As men, respect the advancement of women and continue to add to that so that they may grow in self-confidence, joy and peace When they are tired and weary, be ready and available to step in and to pour love, attention, affection and strength into them so they can rise up and continue on their path towards greatness.

Women are going through battles we have no idea of. Pay attention and love them for who they are. They can only be themselves and you have to recognise and acknowledge that.

I want to stress again that this is in the context of cultivating a successful relationship. This will enable you to discover more about God’s standard in relationships as well as discover more about yourself and the person you’re growing with. Full submission only happens in a marriage relationship.

As women, remember that men also go through battles. They may not speak on them, they may not say due to the resurrection of hurt and pain, or maybe they are afraid of how you will view them afterwards. Some men do what to become the standard where they feel they ought to be, and place pressure on themselves to perform. Truth be told, this pressure they put on themselves, plus the pressure you may have placed on him, the mind can only take so much. Plus, most men do not want to hear about another man’s capabilities, especially that they know within themselves that they are trying and trying very hard.

One cannot, and will not, value full submission if one has not resolved in being willfully submitted to God, through Jesus Christ, first.

I’ve hinted the ladies above (I hope you got it ladies!) and as well as the men, (keep your eyes peeled bro! it’s not all about beauty and favour! (Proverbs 31:30)

Tunde T. Amao

The Gospel: An Illustration



Hello, my friends.

I’d like to share with you how I like to describe the Gospel. You can read the book of Romans which explains the Gospel perfectly, yet I often found myself using this an illustration of to bring God’s divinity, the nature of humanity and the concepts of salvation and consequences into context.

So, imagine the Kingdom of Heaven as a Courtroom and Almighty God, as the All Holy Judge. The role of a Judge is to come to a decision based on the clear, fundamental standards of the law. At the witness stand will be us, the human race, as we have been called for judgement against the All Holy Law.

If you look into the various laws that God has established in the Bible, it is impossible to adhere to all of them perfectly. This is due to many things; the fall of mankind at the Garden of Eden being the main one, the nature of humanity is self-centred and wishes to gratify themselves first, mostly at the expense of others. On this point I’d like you not only to think about the nature of the world but to also reflect when I raise this question: Have you and has anyone lived a perfectly good life? A life of which we have done absolutely nothing wrong?

The answer is a resounding no. We all have hurt someone, did and said things we are not proud of. Now, how will this stand in court with God as the Judge? Against the difficult task of following the law and taking into account the inherently sinful nature of man, we would all be found guilty, irrespective of whether we know the law or not. We have all been sentenced to prison – Hell -to pay for these crimes.

Sin (in Hebrew: chatta’ath, from the root word chata): to miss the way, go wrong or guilt, or missing the mark.

A divine wrong against a Righteous God. Divine crime, divine punishment.

However, the fundamental truth is that not only God is the Holy Judge; He is also our Father and Creator. He’s at the Judge’s bench looking at His Own children at the witness stand. There is a problem here. He cannot ignore the Law as He is the Judge, but He also does not want to send ALL of His children to prison.

So He sends His own Son, Jesus Christ, to take on the prison sentence. God sent him down from Heaven to Earth, a Man who did not commit any crimes, to die on the Cross as a criminal so that His children can escape the sentence by accepting His Son’s sacrifice and remembering and relying on His Son.

Then, something special happened; Three days later.

I explained that a divine wrong against God requires divine punishment. Jesus took on all of our sins and paid the ultimate price, for the crimes we committed. God’s judgement and wrath were taken out on our sins that were upon Jesus Christ. Once the sins were taken care of, God’s wrath could not go against Jesus Christ Himself, because He Himself HAD no sin in Him in the first place.

God’s wrath eliminated our sins that Jesus carried, and freed us from eternal damnation, whilst the Holiness of Jesus preserved Him directly against Holy judgement because He did not commit a Holy wrong against God!

Taken from

John 3: 16 – 17

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

God, the Judge has to Judge accordingly and yet has placed saving mankind, that’s you and me, as the number one priority.

Who do you know that will take a prison sentence for the crimes you have committed? Who will go that far to ensure that we are vindicated? Jesus did, for you and me.

At this point, for those who wish to receive the free gift of salvation from God through Jesus Christ, please say this prayer. I’d also like to highlight that prayer isn’t reciting words or phrases, but communion from the reflection of your heart.

Romans 10: 9: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Acts 16: 30-31: He brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.”

Lord Jesus, I acknowledge that I have been living in sin. I also acknowledge that you died on the cross to remove my sins and to give me the free gift of salvation. As you established in Romans 10: 9, I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart that you are Lord, and you are my Lord and personal saviour. Thank you, Father, for saving me. This I pray in your Holy name, Amen.

Note: If you meant what you said sincerely, believed and confessed that Jesus is your Saviour and your Lord, then you are saved. This my brother and/or sister is the beginning of your journey. Grab a Bible,  find a God-fearing church and make yourself available to learn more about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and what He says about you, building on your identity in Christ.

Congratulations! As Luke 15: 7 highlights, heaven rejoices for you have made your way back to the Father! The gift of salvation is yours, and no one can take it away from you! Remember that you have been set apart for good works, that you are special and you are valuable. I’ll be sure to write a part two on this, as another important point you need to know is that salvation, is only the beginning of your journey…

Thank you for reading my friends, and may the Lord richly bless you!

Tunde T. Amao

Right and Wrong: Absolute or Relative? – Part 2

Hello, my friend.

As introduced in part 1, here is my take on what I think the answer is. As I have already mentioned, I am a Christian and my answer will be based on my research of the Bible.

My answer is that Right and Wrong is absolute.

A Pastor in Barbados had always recommended that if you want to know how something is to work, then go back to the beginning. So we will start there, in the Garden of Eden.

Obtaining the Knowledge

I am sure that we are familiar with what had transpired in the Garden. God had warned Adam not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 2: 15 -17). Eve was tempted by the serpent and ate the fruit, and gave some to Adam, of which he took and ate. My question stems from the passage “and then the eyes of both of them were opened” (Genesis 3: 1 – 7); when they ate the fruit, what did they gain?

It is an unusual question to ask, as we know what they had lost following the Bible passages, they were cast out from the Garden and separated from the Presence of God. Though He loved them dearly, he had to punish, (discipline) them for their rebellion.

But what did they gain? After careful reading, I discovered that the answer was within the tree itself. They ate the fruit and they both obtained the KNOWLEDGE of Good and Evil. This implies that they did not have that prior to eating the fruit and it’s safe to conclude that they gained the knowledge afterwards.

The next question will be, what is the result of their obtaining their new-found Knowledge?

God, Cain and Lamech

The next point I’d like to raise to explain this concept further is the First Murder, involving the children of Adam and Eve; Cain and Abel (Genesis 4).

I believe that the innate knowledge of what is Good and Evil had been passed down from parents to children. However, I’m sure that we can all agree that though parents have taught what is right and wrong generally, children grow up and often do the opposite of what has been taught. Why is this?

Going back to Cain and Abel, Cain was bitterly jealous because God favoured Abel’s offerings to Him, of which Cain took personally, and ultimately killed his twin brother. God then punished Cain for his actions, but Cain was worried that someone might kill him. It was then that God declared that if anyone were to kill him will suffer 7 times over and placed a special mark so that no one will dare to try.

This establishes a truth that we all know: Murder is wrong. This is absolute. Retaliation murder is also wrong; though Cain knew that his life was in jeopardy, God protected him with a mark to stop those who, let’s say, for example, wanted to avenge Abel from exacting their false sense of justice or any kind of revenge.

To illustrate this further, I want to talk about the descendants of Cain. one person in particular; Lamech (Genesis 4: 19).

As Cain is the first murderer recorded in the Bible, his great-great-great grandson Lamech is the first person recorded in the Bible to have two wives. Why is this significant? Well, besides the fact that we have additional information about Lamech compared to his father and his father’s father all the way up to Cain, he had made a choice that no one had ever done before him, which is to marry two wives.

I repeat this point because God had declared back in Genesis 2: 24 that “a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife and they become one flesh.” , the doctrine of marriage. One man, one wife, one flesh.

We cannot deny that marriage, that is a man and a woman who love and are committed to each other, deciding to be united in Holy Matrimony as one and to spend their rest of their lives together, is a beautiful and almost magical concept. This is clearly a good thing. As Proverbs 18: 22 says, “He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favour from the Lord.”

(Despite the fact that the book of Proverbs wasn’t written at this time) God intended for marriage to be one man, one wife. Yet, Lamech is the first person to have two wives. The next question is: what made him want to obtain two wives?

The only logical conclusion I can come up with is the following, which I will take the form of Lamech’s mind, following what could have happened:

I know that God created marriage. Men find wives to establish their own family and to produce children. Marriage involves one man and one wife and God has intended this to be a good thing. It is a good thing.

However, if it is good to have one wife, it must be twice as good to have two wives.

Is this true? I, as well as many others, will hold that this is not good, that it defeats the purpose of one man, one wife. Why on earth would Lamech think that this is good?

Then it hit me. Why did God not want Adam and Eve, as well as all of us to have that Knowledge of Good and Evil in the first place? The answer is because, humans have a tendency to make good relative to ourselves. Lamech wanted two wives because he thought that it would be twice as good to have two. He had taken an Absolute Good, a good that God established which will benefit the whole and made it into a Relative Good, a good that benefited himself and himself only.

This is what God was trying to prevent.

Using the example in the first post, the thief had deprived the money of the shop owner for his own benefit. That deprivation caused the shop owner financial and emotional strain and resulted to him taking his own life. How can the act of stealing money of which we do not see the potential consequences of what could happen as a result of the theft be seen as an Absolute Good? It isn’t. Then what is an Absolute Good? In this context, it would have been better for the thief not to have taken the money in the first place. This is good, an Absolute Good that is. If you don’t have, you don’t have. It’s absolutely wrong to deprive someone of something that belongs to them, just as it is an absolute good not to take something that does not belong to you.

And it’s not just stealing. It could be lying, gossiping and, of course, murder.

I conclude this by leaving you with this my thoughts:

An act of which the original and sole intention is to cause harm to or to deprive of a benefit from a person that does not benefit society as a whole and only benefits the person who has harmed or deprived another is bad; I can go further and call it an act of evil. It could be harm to a person’s emotions, finances, physical or mental state for the purposes of benefiting the malicious party in any way, shape or form which comes at a loss to the victim is an act of evil.

I concede that this is a large topic, and I can only hope and pray that I have explained my thought pattern clearly, but what do you think? Please leave your comments in the comment section below.

Thank you for taking the time for reading this (lengthy) post, my friend.

God bless you and see you next time.

Tunde T. Amao

Right and Wrong: Absolute or Relative? – Part 1

Greetings, my friend.

I still remember when I took my seat in my first International Human Rights lecture at my university, and my lecturer who has a wealth of knowledge asked us a simple, yet thought-provoking question: is human rights absolute or relative?  As we discussed this point in class, I thought about asking the same question in regards to what we know (or don’t know) about Right and Wrong.

Now I have to admit, I am not a Philosopher, (although I’d love to have all the know-how on Philosophy at my disposal; I imagine having different categories within the mental realms of the brain, flicking sources and information at will) and I am bound to my own understanding of philosophical concepts, nevertheless this challenges me to explore all these in my own time, and to share with you, of course. I may mix up philosophical concepts or, what would be unfortunate, get them wrong totally. To the philosophers out there, please leave your comments below so that I may learn and correct myself.

Keeping the focus on the concepts mentioned above, Absolutism, simply put, is something that is concrete and widespread; it cannot be changed or ignored without incurring some particular consequences, E.g we know that killing something is absolutely wrong. Relativism, again, in my own understanding is something that is permissible only within a set context, for example, one rule or way of life may be acceptable in one culture, but totally wrong in another. The best way I can explain this concept is the following statement that you’ve probably heard someone say: “Just because it’s right for you doesn’t mean it’s right for me.”

Now that the concepts have been explained, we can go forth and attempt to answer the question. As I am a Christian, my analysis will be from the Christian perspective. I will be writing a separate post illustrating my answer. Also, whilst writing this post, it had dawned on me how broad this subject is, and will condense it as much as I can.

I believe and have a strong conviction that Good and Bad are absolutes, even though elements of relativity can pop up here and there. I read a debate earlier on and an example of The Thief was used. The Contender illustrated that if she was a thief and was to steal money from the store, and left a note indicating that they would pay it back in a months time as she wanted the money for support, which will improve her life a lot and will strive to reimburse the funds, then is this truly a bad thing?

The Instigator whilst rebutting had stood his ground and said in this context that stealing from others is wrong. He added a few extra facts to The Contender’s illustration stating that the amount stolen, whether a great amount or not had placed his business in financial difficulty having only one day to pay his all debts. Unable to do so, he loses his business, and his wife and unfortunately commits suicide.

Having said all this, my thoughts are this:

An act which deprives another of a personal, emotional, financial, mental, physical is absolutely wrong. However, this statement is not an absolute statement. We can think of many situations where the overall benefit of an aspect of life is good, but given its own unique context, it is concluded that the act is not right and should be set aside.

A good example of this is two friends who both have feelings for each other and would want to establish a relationship. This is good. However, they both are aware of the inner conflicts that they have. We know that holding a relationship requires time, dedication and emotional maturity, whilst having to balance that with their own projects and ventures as individuals. Sure, being in a relationship is good, but for these individuals, it wouldn’t be the right choice, (unless they believe they could do it and juggle everything else simultaneously).

In the light of relationships, the answer is clear-cut. The concept as a whole, well, it’s not easy to give a definite answer.

As mentioned earlier, I will be writing a separate post on this matter, to illustrate this point even further, but I leave you with this same question. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Thank you for reading, friend.

Tunde T. Amao