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Children of God

Children of God, who are they? Jesus said the Children of God are the peace makers (Matt. 5: 9). What are they like? They are of a Free spirit, not the spirit of bondage and fear, but the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father, (Rom. 8: 15 & 16) those with a Spirit of Belonging to God.

Gal. 3: 26 to 29: [26] For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. [27] For as many of you as have been baptised into Christ have put on Christ. [28] There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. [29] And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

We all can be Children of God by Faith! Between us there is no racism,, Jew, Greek, there are no classes, bond, free, there is no sexism! We are all one in Christ Jesus, we belong to the Body of Christ! And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed!

How could this be? What about those who are not Abraham’s descendants? Can they be Children of god?

The answer is very surprising. Nobody is a biological descendent of Abraham. Abraham was very likely infertile. But we all can show faith, even in a desperate situation as Abram, as he was originally called, did. Gen. 15: 6, ‘And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.’ This is the way in which we can be Children of God.

As explained in Speculations on the Birth of Isaac in greater detail, it appears that Abraham was infertile and he tried to overcome his infertility. First it was thought that his woman, Sarai, which means ‘my princess’ was infertile, but when he entered Egypt in Gen. 12, she very likely was made pregnant by the Pharaoh. In verse 19 the Pharaoh said, according to King James, ‘I might have taken her to me to wife.’ However, this verb form does not exist in Hebrew. Neither does the word ‘wife’. The text really says, ‘I have taken her to me to woman!’ So the Pharaoh did have sex with her. If she got pregnant, the child might not have been mentioned in the Tanakh, because Abram did not accept it as his own and it did not play any further role.

 Children of God

So Abraham learned that he himself was the problem, not Sarai. So in Gen. 17 the circumcision was introduced. Maybe Abraham had noticed, that during intercourse a lot of the ejaculation got stuck in the foreskin and maybe he thought that was the problem. As explained in Greetings from Paradise in the chapter on the Original Sin, the Ancients thought that the ejaculation was an early form of the complete child and they regarded the woman as an empty vessel. In this empty vessel the ejaculation would change into a little baby in due course. They did not know that there were Millions of sperm cells in an ejaculation and they might have thought that it is important, that all of it is passed into the woman. Therefore Abraham might have hoped that the circumcision might have helped.

But it didn’t. So in Gen. 17: 15 Abraham heard God telling him to change Sarai’s name to Sarah, meaning from ‘my princess’ to ‘princess’ only. Did this mean that Abraham was not to keep her away from other men anymore. The next chapter, Gen. 18, is very mystical, but it can be understood, by assuming that the Ancients called any man, who was good at producing good offspring a god. Rabbi Schneerson (1902 – 1994) wrote about sex in ‘Toward a Meaningful Life’ (p. 69) under the heading ‘Why is Sexuality so Powerful?’:‘Intimacy is also the only experience in life that allows us to become truly G-dlike, in that it empowers husband and wife to create. Nothing else we do as human beings is as G-dlike as creating a new life, which in turn can create other lives, on and on, into eternity. This G-dly nature is what gives sexuality its mystique, it is the one opportunity man has to taste G-d – to think as He thinks, to create as He creates.’

Also the goddesses in the Odyssey, Circe and Calypso may have been called this because of their good child bearing ability.

This might explain the confusion whether Abraham’s visitors in Gen. 18 were three men or whether one of them actually was God. They probably were men of good physical and mental qualities who hired themselves out to create offspring of their own superior qualities for other men in their women.

The Ancient Greek writer Plutarch reported similar customs in Sparta in his Life of Lycurgus’.

This is also the only possible explanation of the beginning of Gen. 6. If those ‘sons of God, really were His sons, then Jesus would not be His Only Begotten Son, not even His firstborn. So the word god may have had the meaning of a good creator of children, children of god. Then later when Monotheism was introduced this word might have been taken to mean God!

So what does this mean for us? Abraham was a famous man of great justice and piety and many claimed to be his descendants with pride. However, this descent is only of a cultural value. He was most likely infertile! So as said at the beginning, we all are Children of God, if we believe.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.