Tares Among Wheat

Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

(Matthew 13:24-25) KJV

A lot of things about God start to make sense when you know the purpose of creation. In particular the uneasy feeling you may get with the idea of a kind and loving God casting sinners into hell.

The purpose of creation is to bring about the permanent physical separation of light from darkness, day from night, good from evil.

– The Purpose of Creation

Creating a system that’s capable of manifesting free will is a messy business. Free will means that when you initiate physical or chemical reactions you let them to run their course unhindered, regardless of the outcome. If it were hindered or guided then it wouldn’t be free will. Cause and effect.

The tendency of water to seep through cracks and ruin things is unavoidable if you and I are going to be able to choose whether or not we want to go to heaven. A system of this kind can’t be just the elements, compounds, organisms and people who you want. A creation like that would be devoid of free will.

Creation has to include everything, light and darkness. It has to include everyone, good and evil. A system like this kind doesn’t end up with just purity and light, it includes corruption and darkness. Separating them and keeping them separate is the purpose of gravity. Here’s the continuation of the parable which heads today’s post. Jesus is telling the parable of the tares (weeds).

But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

(Matthew 13:26-30) KJV

Separating light from darkness and good from evil is the function of gravity. It is an ongoing process. Creating gravity on the 2nd day is the first ordering of creation which puts God on the periphery with the purity and light, while darkness and corruption are in the core of the Earth at the center.

For the most part the heavy, dark impurity and corruption settled in the core of the earth, but not all of it. Likewise, most of the material in the construction of the firmament is light weight and light propagating, but not 100%. Physical and chemical processes are never 100% efficient. That’s why the process has to be continuous.

Creation was created to manifest free will, as a result some darkness and corruption got included in heaven. some purity and light got mixed up in the Earth below. It was unavoidable that a small amount of corruption found its way into heaven. The second step in the ordering of creation was the purification of heaven. Satan lead a rebellion in heaven that caused Satan and his angels to be cast out. The corrupted material was cast out of heaven down to Earth. That was the easy part. The history of Earth is the ongoing process of refinement necessary to save every last drop of goodness left in the earth. Every single piece of matter with any goodness in it must be saved. How would this be accomplished?

Give matter a consciousness, free will, and allow it to choose.

– God’s ingenious idea.

The Bible talks about refinement quite a lot. The Christian life is one of ongoing refinement. Eventually all that will be left is our soul that, on choosing Jesus Christ as our savior, can be made pure and go on into the presence of God. This is why rejecting Jesus Christ is such a profound choice. By so doing we are choosing to be destroyed along with all of the rest of the corruption that has no place in the next creation. Here is how Jesus explained the parable of the tares:

Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

(Matthew 13:36-43) KJV

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