The theory of In Place suggests why certain ways or concepts continue to exist in the face of more realistic and factual information. Superstition and out right lies cannot be dealt with without instituting superior and more powerful information.
Let us go back to the beginning. Adam was the patriarch of the entire world, which was not much: his wife, and a few children. Nevertheless, his dynasty was in place. He had already sold his soul, so to speak, to the devil and the evil aliens deceptions were in place, i.e., institutionalized.
Let us set the scene. Eve was hanging around in some corner of the garden painting her toenails. Adam was off naming some beasts hanging around a pool of water: bison, wildebeests, ducks, and flamingoes.
In a tree near Eve slithered this snake, hissing sibilant, seductive words to itself as if preparing a speech. Coming around a trunk of a banyan tree with a root structure extending to some huge branches, it suddenly stopped and contemplated the auburn haired damsel intent on her feet. It raised an eyebrow and sort of smiled, as much as its physiology would allow. Taking its time it swung around the wooded area until he emerged on a branch not far from the Lady Eve.
Unable to control his hissing, Eve heard the noise and looked up, interested in this new creature.
Hi, there, a word popped into her head, snake.
The serpent raised his eyebrow again. Shimming down a root, the serpent raised itself up on a coil and hissed, Indeed, has God said, You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?
Not surprised by the snake talking (in parselmouth), albeit in a very strange manner like a boiler letting off steam, she was also not surprised by the serpents question out of no where. Nor did she wonder how the serpent knew about Gods prohibition; she probably thought everyone knew about it.
Returning from his naming task, Adam walked toward Eve but stopped as he heard her talking to a snake and the snake responding. Eve apparently did not hear or see him, but the snake gave him a hard look, which stopped him in his tracks. Still, he was close enough to listen in on the conversation. He watched the scene as an interested spectator, but not willing for some reason to enter into the conversation.
She was delighted to show that she really understood what God said and told the serpent, From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat, but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.
See how smart I am she thought. Actually, the tree in question was only a few yards away. It was an inconsequential looking tree or a rather large bush. It stood out in the open: otherwise, she would never know what tree God was talking about. She had never thought about the tree, anyway, because there was enough trees and vegetation for plenty of good meals. Besides, she was not hungry. She looked at the serpent that had risen to eye level with her.
Swaying back and forth, hypnotically, it responded, You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
Glancing beyond the yellow-eyed serpent, she gave the tree in question a hard look. The serpent started to slither toward the tree. It gave Eve a come follow me look. And she arose from her perch and began to walk over to the tree.
She heard a noise behind her but did not look back or she would have seen Adam advancing toward her.
Studying the tree, bewitched by the serpent, which had slithered up into the tree near some prominent fruit, she was sorely tempted. It licked the fruit for a few moments. Then it took a bite, and it did not die. Everything the serpent said was true, she thought. The fruit seemed luscious and would make her wise. Just as she grasped the fruit and promptly put it into her mouth, Adam appeared at her side. She smiled seductively.
Adam wondered how Eve could just disobey God like that on the word of some animal, a lowly snake at that. She was going to die. She looked so beautiful. If she died what would he do with her. Would God give him another? He was not sure he wanted another one. He had already lost Lilith. She just ran off somewhere. Look, he thought, Eve did not die; so, it was not poison. Maybe he would not die either. Without giving it much further thought, he thought, what the heck, and took the fruit and had some.
So, this scene demonstrates how Adam put in place, the place he held as patriarch of the human race, the deceptions of the serpent, aka, Satan.
The first tenet of Satans deception, now in place, is that you shall not die, regardless of what God said. Well, all could see animals and vegetation that died and decayed. People died no differently. So how did the in place manage to disprove what was obvious, death existed. Well, the in place made up a story of how a persons soul left the body, which did die, they had to admit, and transmigrated or reincarnated. Later, they said the great ones the kings and Pharaohs souls went into the heavens and became stars.
Very few if any religious groups believe that when a person dies, they are gone and exist no more, period. Jews and a very few Christians believe death is the cessation of life. The Bible does talk about the dead being resurrected, but that is very different from the soul never dying. Incidentally, the term soul really means the body, as in SOS, save our souls.
The Jews were in place for a period of time during the time of David and Solomon, but never had the kind of in place establishment of Egypt, Babylon, Alexander and the Greeks, Rome, the Catholic Church, Hinduism, Buddhism and Shintoism. Their in place faux fact is a persons soul does not die.
Even in this day of enlightenment, many movies, TV shows, and books deal with the undead that visit the living in visions and dreams, on the Internet and radio, and on television and the movies. Ghosts, a popular recent film, has several ghosts running about and in some instances communicating with the living. The in place concept of never dying has become part of the media as well as religion.
Unlike those who really die, we know that no concept ever dies especially when the idea has in place establishment. No concept or idea has ever gone away even when the established purveyor has gone.
We have seen many empires with their religious underpinning collapsing, being conquered, or having an internal revolution. But, their concepts never die because the conquers, for example, usually incorporate the religions into theirs. Attempts to completely destroy a group or tribe seldom work.
Greater ideas can eclipse older ideas but not destroy them. But, who would give up the idea of never dying with a concept of being resurrected. They remain dead for centuries or millennia without knowing what is going on until or if God resurrects them. And, to be resurrected, at lest to eternal life, depends on obedience to God; whereas, any soul, good or bad, can continue to exist even if in hell, if there is such a place.
Another in place idea the serpent proffered:
For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
Fitting in like a hand in glove, is being like God to know good and evil. A soul that never dies coupled with being like God to know what He knows makes a powerful in place concept.
If a person knows good and evil, he is like God. And, the next step is being god. Why not, if God knows good and evil and man knows good and evil, man knows what God does and becomes a god himself, but only the great ones. Living forever, too, is God-like for He is eternal.
This great jump came with Noah after the flood. The in place crowd continued to believe in not dying and becoming a god. This story goes back to Nimrod, a great grandson of Noah, grandson of Ham and son of Cush. Nimrod spread his powerful story to the people who should have been under the in place authority of Noah. However, Nimrod built a walled city and became the god-king of the land of Shiner; he rebelled from Noah (and God) and set himself up as the new ruler of the Earth.
But, God now had a contract with man, the man, Noah, which made God the overseer of all government. So, when Nimrod enthroned himself as the king, replacing Noah, God confounded the languages so no concept could completely overtake all people. He, thereby, reserved a small number for Himself to be the custodians of His Concepts, Language and Ways.
Shem killed Nimrod. Then a most amazing thing happened. Using the concept of people being gods and never dying, Simarimis, Nimrods wife claimed a virgin birth of Tammuz whom she said was the reincarnation of the god-king Nimrod. Tammuz was the divine son of Nimrod reincarnated.
Trinity Was Born
Threes became the concept of the ancient world. Three gods ruled. Not exactly a troika or a triumvirate, but each subsequent civilization renamed Nimrod, Simarimis and Tammuz in their own language. Sometimes they added a new story to the original. Egypt had Seth, Isis and whoever. Greece had Zeus, Hera, and Ares. Rome had Jupiter, Venus and Mars. All these came from the original three. And, the concept continued in place because each king and high priest were often the same person who fortified their position by continuing the tales of never dying and trinity. Each civilization embellished the story until Constantine.
We all know the story of Constantine. What the council of Nicea established, once and for all, were: Trinity, going to heaven, which was a giant step beyond just the god-kings going into the heavens, the rebirth of the new god-king (or Word-Being), Jesus, at Christmas, Jesus resurrection on Easter, and Sunday as the new worship day. Each of these had its roots in the past with new variations coming into play back then. As an aside, the Sunday worship actually began two years before Constantines death. He felt that the greatest god was the sun, Satans symbol, and commanded the Empire to worship on Sunday.
Now the whole Roman Empire became catholicized, indeed Christianity became syncretized with paganism. Nonethe-less, all the ideas beginning with Nimrod and Simarimis, had fruition at Rome while it was still the only power in the world. The Established religion and culture based on the religion was in place from England to Asia Minor. And, even when the Empire collapsed, its ideas continued in the Catholic Church, which eventually spread to the Americas as well later.
One of the things that helped the Roman Catholic establishment to range so far so easily was that the Jewish and Biblical Truths had no establishment, no in place. Rome had already dispersed the Jews from Israel well before Constantine, as if it were planned. And, the early church succumbed to pagan conventions even before the Apostles died out. The few believers also scattered to the ends of the Earth where they had no power to affect the establishment.
Things continued throughout the Middle Ages almost with-out any impediment. The church introduced relics to give people a physical feel for fervency. The church moved further and further away from Gods Word and Way. A minor bump in the power of the establishment occurred in the fall of Rome.
The Dark Ages
This concept was carried through the various in place countries and empires until the Dark Ages when superstition was in place in a dramatic way. Each castle, each manor, each far flung land, had its in place padre who kept the flame alive of the misconceived dogmas.
Some think, that mankind never recovered from the Dark Ages or Middle Ages in spite of the advancements made by science. Are people any less superstitious today than then? Does the media report reality or preconceived notions? Furthermore, the Dark Ages conform quite nicely to the prophecies of the End Time.
2Th. 2:8 Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming;
2Th. 2:11 For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false,
2Th. 2:12 in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.
Regardless of what is in place or what deceptions the establishment promulgates, the Truth has always existed from Adam to Noah, to Shem and Abraham and to Israel and Moses. While those in place think they have the minds and hearts of the people to themselves, the few, the courageous, the loyal, the ones who will not be deceived, refuse to move along with masses.
Jesus explains it best:
Luke 8:11 ¶ Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.
Luke 8:12 Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.
Luke 8:13 Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.
Luke 8:14 The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.
Luke 8:15 But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.
Surely, it takes a certain Thucydidean attitude, a truth seeker, a unbiased reporter to reject the devil, to mock temptation, and to ignore the lure of mammon and fleeting pleasures.
For most people having their preconceived notions be validated means more than the Truth, no matter how more valuable in every way it is. If convinced they will not die, no matter how many times the Bible, and science for that matter, talk about death and the resurrection (not science on this level, however). They would rather believe what the disguised demon says than what the Creator revealed.
That is the mind-set of those in place. Their maintaining their concepts and position as a result of these concept means far more than dealing with reality. Their power (read mammon) rests on convincing people that, for ex-ample, they will not die. Heaven or Hell or whatever transmigration or reincarnation they proffer will be maintained steadfastly no matter what.
Nonetheless, Gods power is in place. He created, owns and rules the universe, especially Earth. No amount of deception of human establishments can ever change the fact of God being in place, now and forever.
To be continued.