B. DYBWAD BROCHMANN
THE ART OF READING THE BIBLE
An informative fable – The Fable of Jotham
There is a very important and comprehensive story in the Old Testament called The Fable of Jotham in Judges 9: 8 – 15. What do scientists, language researchers, and Bible students say about it? It reminds me of H. C. Andersen’s adventures, and, according to how I read The Bible, a very inspiring and well-designed story.
We will now render the story as an excellent allegory:
“The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us. 9 But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees? 10 And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, and reign over us. 11 But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees? 12 Then said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over us. 13 And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees? 14 Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us. 15 And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon”. (Copied from the Bible.com Website).
Someone could ridicule this and say: “See there, one more adventure for children”. If the theologians mean that the trees really held an election to chose a king, they can decide that by themselves.
One thing is certain – we humans are “trees” who hold elections to decide who will govern and rule us. Please see the story about the man, blind from birth, who was made seeing by Christ – John 9: 1-32). (There were many references to trees in The Bible, and that is why this author, who is a gardener and botanist, was inspired to use such allegories in an earlier book, Christ in Society).
In Jotham’s fable we see that the oldest trees, that bear noble fruit, will no longer be king. They will not rule over others, for they know it is sinful. Read a companion piece in Judges 8: 22 – 27:
“Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son's son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian. 23 And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you. 24 And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a request of you, that ye would give me every man the earrings of his prey. (For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.) 25 And they answered, We will willingly give them. And they spread a garment, and did cast therein every man the earrings of his prey. 26 And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold; beside ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that was on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that were about their camels' necks. 27 And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah: and all Israel went thither a whoring after it: which thing became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house”.
What do we learn from this? Gideon demonstrates consciously and unconsciously both the correct and incorrect inspiration (sudden impulse) at the same time. He is awake and conscious enough to know that God will direct the Jewish theocracy. He sees that it is a sin to “rule”, because society is a living, automatic unit, which wants the spirit of God to be in control.
But when it comes to gold, he isn’t quite certain. Temptation is there, tempting him, and gold was his snare.
“The bramble bush”, the simplest weed among the trees in the garden, was willing to rule. “Have you thought this through? Are you serious about wanting a king to rule over you? If you are, then I will rule over you”, said the bramble bush. Remember that scratches from the bramble bush often draw blood. This is the role of the king in the history of the world.
When the people wanted a Danish prince to be the king in Norway in 1905, the king answered us, saying: “ Has it been decided that the Norwegian people want a king?” The people answered with: 270,000 who said yes, and 70,000 who said no. That was our “alliance” with the “Great Power” England. It was a good time for many ship owners and for everyone who had a ship in the sea. However, it cost a lot in the long run. In spite of everything, we wanted a king. Every king usually wants to do a good job. “Everything for Norway”, said our king. “Everything for Germany”, said Hitler. The Bible taught us something else.
When Paul was standing before King Agrippa, which we will later discuss more in depth, he “reconciles” the “state” and imperial rule with Christ on the cross. The educated Paul must have known about Jotham’s fable, but maybe he didn’t understand more than our own educated theologians understand, when they still try to “reconcile” the state’s heathenism with the decrees from Christ. Paul has probably never heard Jesus speak, for example in Matthew 20: 25: “But Jesus called them unto him, and said: “Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant”. (Copied from the Bible.com Website).
Maybe Paul didn’t hear Christ when He spoke more precisely in John 14:30, when He said: “the prince of this world is coming, and he has nothing in me”. This clearly and indisputably shows that the Savior sees the hedonistic way of life happens by itself in a transition until Adam wakes up and realizes the regal that is inside of us, instead of playing with kings and royal dignities outside of us. It’s as if Jesus sees Paul and his mission as a part in the creative development. Paul is also able to see “the Heir” (mankind) as a child that needs a guardian until the father decides it is no longer necessary. (Please see Galatians 4). If mankind is going to move ahead, we need to learn to read The Bible. Then we can understand that we are in the middle of creation and comply with God’s calling, and don’t act like the “state” Church, and categorically deny the possibility of becoming perfect. We will never get better before we start practicing The Bible’s teachings about society, and understand the testimony in The Bible about our own nature during its awakening and growth.
Our “guardian” and our guides need to soon admit that we have rights and privileges as written in the Old and New Testaments. They need to stop slandering us, and trying to explain away our ability to become complete (with all its inherent possibilities).
If you closely study the Book of Samuel, especially beginning with Samuel: 1:8, you can see how the entire Old Testament continuously discusses the questions of kings and forms of assembly. Then, you might begin to understand why all the state’s pastors (the clergy of the Norwegian Lutheran Church) want to completely remove any study of The Old Testament from the schools. Satan isn’t so dumb that he doesn’t understand that it can be very dangerous for common people to read The Bible correctly. Also, it is not by chance that the authorities in Moscow and Berlin want The Bible completely removed as Jewish propaganda and “material that tends to be dangerous to the state”.
(When I published The Papers the Devil Left Behind, I was waiting that eventually the book would be confiscated. However, since I was a member of the Parliament, people wanted to avoid doing that, because it would be a good “advertisement” for the book. They “consulted”, and decided to sabotage, overlook, keep quiet, and, at the worst, laugh at the book. Maybe the book can still be “burned” or forbidden?)
The Savior, Himself, was correctly understood as “dangerous to society”, since then, as now, they confuse the term “society” with the system and “the state”. Society consists of living flesh, blood, and spirit. “The state” is only an institution, and the systems are only learned and authorized agreements and bad habits. Society remains if the systems fall. Caiaphas told the Jews: “Ye know nothing at all. Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not”. (John 11:50). The teachings of Christ were, are, and always will be a spiritual opponent of that spirit that speaks and thinks contemptuously about people in order to create a foundation for hedonistic “state” government and tyranny. The more strife between people, the more opinions and artificial oppositions invented with the help of mammon, the more passionately the rich and the poor believe in the necessity, excellence, and appropriateness of “the state”. Caiaphas has forever lost his power over the people when most of them have learned to think positively about each other.
Let us read in abundance the words of Jesus in John 12:31: “Now is the judgment of this world (system): now shall the prince of this world be cast out”. This is spoken very clearly. Think if the worker’s movement in Germany and other places had understood in their struggle against capitalism that “centralization in the state” and “capitalism” are one and the same, i.e. Children born out of the same lies about life, meaning the lies about people and The Savior and about society’s holy life”. Instead, all of the poor from the playhouse of private capitalism ran right into the arms of the deafening hell of “state” capitalism.
Leo Tolstoy is aware of the adventure about the bramble bush and clearly shows us in his inspiring writings that the princes and “statesmen” are usually defective and more inferior characters and persons than other people. I also felt strongly how I was working my way downwards when I was a representative to Parliament, and I thanked God when I got to leave.
Are you asking why? I’ll answer you and tell you the truth: It’s the people who nourish “the state” and do everything “the state” does, while the people believe the opposite that “the state” rules and is the “benefactor” of the people. In order to get 10 øre from the state, you have to go an indirect way and in an invisible manner pay 10 or 20 crowns, i.e., at least 100 times as much. Anybody who sees this and sees how the people are being swindled, either has to lie or delude themselves, consciously or unconsciously, to keep the game going. Therefore, politics and “state” government are a “snare” for all the trees that allow themselves to be elected. “The state” is a doubter’s automatic and self-created swaddling clothes (a cloth tightly wrapped to restrict movement). The nature of “the state” is to systematic silence the teachings of Jesus about human nature.
Who and what create “the state”? It is none other than a hedonistic religious attitude the mentality of which can be simply analyzed. The psychological condition of the hedonistic state consists of the following unconscious thoughts and instincts:
1. The teachings of the Church about the evilness of man.
2. The denial of God being in us, and the possibility of practicing a theocracy (a society governed by the laws of God).
3. The lack of knowledge that the holy living society (which people believe only can exist on the other side of death) has existed already for a long time on earth as a living form of existence.
4. The anxiety for freedom and the unwillingness to wake up and think.
5. The need of the slave mentality to say one of two things to their fellow human beings: rule over me, or, because they don’t want to work, the need to rule over others.
6. The fear, distrust, infidelity, and misunderstanding people can have for each other.
7. Centripetal operations, or the up to now unconscious and uncontrolled need to gather in the center.
8. Because of religious and social grounds, people are longing for unity and wholeness, but when reality and real experiences are lacking, this want is aroused and satisfied by “a picture” or “a symbol” (that in a dream state is experienced as being reality).
9. Envy of others and desire after his belongings.
10. The need for order, justice and protection (because people don’t see that “the state” is the originator of all lack of order, injustice, and all the dangerous violent actions).
- The picture of “Staten”. –
Look at the inspired drawing of “the State” and try to understand that society is the little living “baby”, of flesh and blood, that is being sucked dry by a great Moloch.
11. The need for a taboo against carrying out all the crimes that are forbidden to private persons.
All of these instincts, ideas, and longings together create the heathen state’s mentality, his devotion, desire to offer and joy of giving in such a way that he gladly ends up poor all his life and accepts anything as long as “the state’s” impersonal use is large enough and impressive enough. “Dying” for the political “state” is experienced by the heathen as being the same as dying for the people and nation. But if “the state” “died”, because the real faith took over, then there would be no Moloch to die for. (Like some other gods and demons found in The Bible, Moloch appears as part of medieval demonology, as a Prince of Hell).
When the rulers in the world finally understand the meaning of God’s words, and it is no longer possible for any pastors to reconcile God and Satan, then there will be a great uproar on the earth where everything will revolve around The Bible. Everything made of flesh will have The Bible removed. Everything made of spirit will want to keep The Bible, and this group will be victorious and “inherit the kingdom”, that is testamented to the children of faith and spirit. The priesthoods’ role will be played out, and the Savior of the World will reappear in spirit and truth. The Groom is coming to His bride.
What did we really learn from “Jotham’s fable”, from reading about Gideon who didn’t want to be king, etc.? We have learned from The Bible to recognize one of the strongest mental instincts, “mental appetites”, that work in every person’s mind. All throughout the Old Testament, we see how this instinct works in an uncontrolled, fairly fumbling, and unconscious way.
Jesus Christ is already acquainted with the mental peculiarities in human nature. Now, for the first time in history, there is someone, namely the Savior, who tries to help people gain self-cntroll over the “centripetal drive” or need to find “the great center point outside of himself”.
Centripetal drive means the drive that seeks to be in the middle or center. It is an inspiration both for good and evil. As we know, centrifugal drive is the need to over throw, spread, ruin, and is about the opposite of centripetal drive, which is the need to gather in the middle.
This drive can sometimes be so strong, and have such an effect, that it appears more obtrusive than the most persistent suiter with his woman, and stronger than even the most fanatically covetous and profit-hungry on the stock exchange. In history, centripetal drive has at times been so misused, that there is almost no limit to the human tragedies it has caused.
I would like to share a little episode here: At the beginning of the Second World War I met some German officers and propaganda people who had heard I had been a member of Parliament. (The German word for member of Parliament is “Abgeordneter”, which means that since you are elected, step to the side). This word reminds me of “Abort” which means the place where you should step aside so you can relieve yourself. The “abgeordneter” of the mind of the people can be seen in connection with the need of the masses to be able to be relieved, namely the centripetal drive. That means that in thinking about the members of Parliament or statesmen, the unsuspecting masses see “the great man” or “the great center point” go right before their very eyes.
The German gentlemen asked me: “What do people in Norway think about “a Great Scandinavia”? I answered that they would have to ask other Norwegians, since I was born not liking anything “big” like that. My feeling was that we small countries were a lot happier than the “big-powers”, and that the Germans’ most advanced civilization and when the people were happiest was when they consisted of many small societies – Sachsen, Baden, Bayern, etc. That means that I saw the politics of Preussen and Bismarck as being the colossal misfortune of the German people, and that Berlin was the dangerous and “big” center point.
In spite of the fact that I was neither a Jew nor a Jewish follower, I shared the same view of Preussen’s politics as Henrich Heine, who said that he dreamed during the night about a big eagle (a Preussen eagle) that “ate his lever”. That is why I would look at a Great Scandinavia as a misfortune, but it is quite likely that people in Oslo and Bergen would gladly be played for suckers. If the Germans had listened to the prophet Heinrich Heine, instead of exiling him, Germany never would have ended up in this war. Finally I said that the world was big enough and rich enough to feed a large predatory nation like the English. However, if all the “large” nations in the world should follow England’s example, the earth would be too little for so many predators.
The Germans looked at each other, but said nothing to me. The next day I heard , after I had left, that they had realized there was much wisdom in what I had said. Privately, people, even the Germans, are wise, but when they all come together they allow themselves to get caught up in the popular mistake.
In Deuteronomy 7:7, it says: “The Lord did not love you, nor choose you, because you were larger in number than any other people; but because you were the fewest of all people”.
The reader can see where I received the wisdom that I quoted to the Germans. It is also because the Norwegian nation is small, and because I was very serious about democracy, and I thought that Norway could give the world a good example. Everything that is correct and important begins small and grows big, starting from below and then growing upward.
It is only in scientific utopias that you can begin on the top and let things grow downward. That’s why God’s kingdom resembles a mustard seed and not a Prussian civil society.
During many years of looking at numerous psychological studies, I had been speculating over the curious and insurmountable centralistic tendencies in my fatherland. At a very young age I had “politically” joined with the those who embraced the so-called “de-centralized” theory, that I meant must be correct, since I experienced the “craziness” of my time in needing centrals, monopolies, and state machines. Then I found out that the prophets in The Bible continually wrote and spoke about this theme, and also very seriously warned people, especially in Samuel 1:8, and in the temptation of Jesus on the temple mount. It was then that I first realized how rich and powerful The Bible was, as opposed to how poor and empty the Norwegian Lutheran Church was. From that time on, The Bible became my dearest reading, and I found out later that there is no author or “seer”, whom I have met in philosophy, studies of society, the religions, moral teachings, etc., that could measure up to the thinkers and authors in The Bible. It became more and more difficult for me to understand how people could turn the book about their own life and life in society into religion. I was finally able to get a serious explanation of this by reading Freud, although I had already collected some of the common psychological explanations and orientations “by myself” with help from the word of God. “The Bible has nothing to do with concerns about society”, people screamed at me. “Don’t mix religion and politics together”, others screamed. “It’s not possible to talk about the gold bars in the Bank of Norway and the Child in Bethlehem at the same time,” others said. “He is a false prophet, be careful of him,” screamed the pastors. “He is a demagogue who is dangerous to society”, all the editors said, especially those who called themselves radical, freethinking, and liberal, preservers and protectors of society.
The reader will therefore understand why I began to read The Bible, and how I began to understand the art of comprehending the Mental Savior of the World. Now, in the middle of my fatherland, I was experiencing something like what the Savior Himself had once experienced.
People even wanted to have me on the temple mount. They began to look at me as having even more desire than the most passionate man in love who is coveting a woman.
I often had to be alone for the same reason. The more I spoke and wrote about the new Light I had found, the more people expected me to “go to Oslo and be in charge”. I was supposed to go there and be at the center of things. When I declined, because I whole-heartedly share Gideon’s views concerning governing and ruling, then people got mad at me, mocked me and ridiculed me.
In Judges 8: 1 – 3, it says very clearly that the people demanded that Gideon should “rule”, but he answered: “What have I done now in comparison to you?” In verse 3 he repeats what he said: “What was I able to do in comparison to you?” That’s why he says in verse 23: “The Lord shall rule over you”.
The Bible also speaks quite clearly about the centripetal drives of the masses. Once I was at a public “ministerial meeting” in Bergen and compared the study of society in The Bible to the centers and the hedonistic Norwegian Lutheran Church. Pastor Frommesen simply stood up and asked: “Who will govern society if ‘the state’ isn’t going to govern?” “God, of course,” I said, and I had to keep myself from adding: “Are you a teacher for the people, and a pastor for their souls, and you don’t know this?”
How the Savior took care of “the temptation on the temple mount” we will see at the end of this chapter. Christ was completely aware of His almighty powers. It would have been very easy for Him to gather the people together and be their king. This is what the people expected of Him, wished and demanded of Him. He could have gathered an army and easily occupied country after country and become the ruler of the world, as many other “sons of man” had coveted and tried to accomplish, without being successful.
A little anecdote: As a young speaker I was once invited to “the Liberal Youth Club” in Sunnmøre, Norway. Among other things, a yearly meeting had been arranged, and the famous “Mørejarl”, Oddmund Vik, (similar to calling that man the earl of that area in Norway) was to be the guest speaker, followed by a discussion. Vik had been in charge of supplies during the war and understood “public provisions”, as it was called. He explained in detail his work as an administrator, he expropriated the Vaksdal Mill, he had many boats loaded with grain for Norway, etc. There was no end to how wonderful everything was.
During the discussion period I was so malicious that I asked Vik and the audience about the Gideon question. “Do Vik and the audience mean that it is ‘the state’ and the administration that provide for the people, or is it instead the ten thousands and hundred thousands of working people who both provide and pay for both ‘the state’ and the administrations? Isn’t it an insane and vain thought that a “statesman” could give us all the bread, butter, and 1000 other things in the right time, and take over the responsibility of each individual for his neighbor? Isn’t every public provision really just an expropriation that is labeled provision? In other words, is it really in the best interests of the morals of society and its development that the administration takes over the duty of each individual for his neighbor? Isn’t Vik’s way of thinking only vain and foolish?”
This is repeated from memory, and now I ask the reader: “Who had inspired me to this question - the word of God or of the Devil?” If you say that I have understood and read The Bible correctly, then you have also said that the pastors adulterate The Bible, and that Odmund Vik was therefore completely forgiven.
The secretary for the Youth Club, someone named Dyrdal, who had invited such a ‘liberal” speaker, was not popular after this. It wasn’t in the spirit of the left or of the slaves, but it was in the spirit of Jesus Christ, because He said: “whoever elevates himself, shall be brought down” and vice versa.
There is an enormous contradiction in the hedonistic teachings of society. On one side people proclaim the peoples’ wickedness, inadequacy, untrustworthiness, vain tendencies, dishonesty, ambitiousness, covetousness, etc., but in the next minute all this is cultivated and the heavens are opened for all of our vices because we elevate ourselves and each other by putting on an act to the masses that we “govern them”, and that we see that the people get food, as well as other things.
The Savior didn’t fall on the temple mount. He didn’t live up to the peoples’ big expectations. He didn’t answer to the authorized “rough draft” as far as how the promised great Messiah should look. He was in opposition to the hedonistic centralism.
He wanted people to come together in another way than the usual way organizers did it He didn’t want to seduce, but to guide and direct the fourth dimension of life – the automatic instincts inside of each of us. “How often don’t I want to gather you like a mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings”? The hen gathers and leads “public provisions” thereby appealing to the instincts in each of us and takes these instincts in use, and trusts and “believes” in them. As regards “the state”, we are suspicious of each other and try to convince each other that “the state” works and takes care of us, we who are evil.
But if you, who are evil, (which means that you have evil thoughts about yourself), understand that you should give your children good gifts (that means that you’re not so evil that you don’t practice doing something good), how much more won’t God, Who is good, give you everything you need, if you dare to believe in God in yourself?
Christ disappoints Judas and the Jews, because He will not be the big center point outside of us, but instead the true center point and connection inside of us. His Kingdom is not a kingdom that is ruled outside with mechanical means, organizations, laws, police, etc., but it is a Kingdom that is ruled from the inside (dynamic), just like when the chick comes to its mother “on its own”. (Compare this with John 10).
The Savior is not properly understood in John 18:36: “My kingdom is not of this world”. This can be misinterpreted to mean that The Savior has no interest in social, judicial, and economic systems and agreements here on earth. But what does The Savior really say in John 18? The following are verses 33 – 37:
“Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me? Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done? Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice”. (Copied from the Bible.com Website).
You would need very uncontrolled feelings and fantasies to misinterpret and misunderstand such clear language. To begin with, “my Kingdom” in the basic text is “my system”. (Cosmos means system or order, just as cosmetic means something to beautify). So, Jesus says: My system isn’t like your hedonistic “state” system, Pilate, because if it had been I would have mobilized soldiers to fight with you, so that I wouldn’t be transferred to you as a prisoner. But since my system isn’t like that, I am here as your prisoner. This is The Bible’s true meaning and the Savior’s absolute doctrine.
If you want it even clearer, understand the following:
“Are thou a king then?” asks Pilate. “Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born”. For my kingdom is the kingdom of truth and reality, where the holy spirit of truth guides and reigns within the person.
I was born and came to this world to testify to the true system of how to orient our lives. And everyone who is honest and will have nothing other than the truth, he hears My voice and understands what I’m saying.
Pilate answers in a characteristic way, for the entire daydreaming world: “What is truth?” It is true that the world doesn’t know the truth. The world is indifferent just like Pilate. The world doesn’t know the truth, because the word of God is falsified. Christ doesn’t deny the centripetal drive, but He guides and directs us by pointing inside of us to a higher level of consciousness – to a higher and deeper understanding of life. Don’t fear for yourself and others – ye of little faith. It is pleasant for God to give you the Kingdom. Deep inside is the complete, good, just, peaceful and joyful society we all are longing for. Therefore it has to happen sooner or later – attention only has to be re-directed, so that the centripetal drive in our nature doesn’t get “off track”, just as when we want to have “a great man” outside of us.
The authorities in Jerusalem make good use of the fact that the people are “disappointed” over Christ not wanting to be a king and sit on the temple mount. The same kind of trickery is used over and over again in history against all those who witness for Jesus, and don’t want organization and violence. The teaching about the evil person is so deeply ingrained in our society that we always seem to choose Barabbas, in spite of the fact that we know that he robs, steals, and kills.
No one believes in a society “that can function by itself”. Our mentality first has to go into the melting pot. That’s why we enjoy being like children with pictures and symbols, because we dare not face the consequences of getting in touch with our own divine internal self.
Mental research gives us the key to the “abyss” where our misguided centripetal instinct has driven us. (Look at the Germans who are the most current discouraging example). It is clear in mental research that we humans, in all of our building of symbols, “project outwardly” our own inner self. The child is living as a doll, but when the child tells the doll to eat, read, go to school, and dirty herself, she just transfers her own internal life into symbols.
“And now, behold, the king walks before you”, says Samuel in 1 Samuel 12:2.
“Make us gods, which can go before us,” say the Jews in Exodus 32:1.
“Give me a horse that I can drive”, says the little 6-year-old boy to his father. And he receives a wooden horse that can “run away” right in front of him. “The Leader saves us”, say the Germans. Is it difficult to read The Bible when you know that?
Maybe after this the reader will, also like the author, find out that there is much to learn from “Jotham’s fable”. Also look at my earlier writings about centripetal drive in human nature. Where do the centripetal drive and the unconscious and up to now uncontrolled feelings of self come from, that people project outwardly to earls, kings, and public leaders?
I assume that the drawing of the genealogical table of how “you” came to be, also gives you the key to your own self-esteem? On this drawing, “you” are in the center. And it is not by chance, because the illustration shows how you (and each one of your siblings) are always a product, or the “essence” of the love life of untold forefathers. The highest power in life has been over the family and in the family since time immemorial, therefore you are the “holy and precious” that is born to this world. If you want to draw this like a great big family tree, you will see that you are a fruit on the tree. But this is, of course, the holy tree of life, that God has “organized” inside out, and from down below to up above.
It began with the simple and grew upward to the complex. This is the tree the Savior talks about that is like the mustard seed. It is the opposite to the state’s organization tree that begins up on the top and grows down, which is the opposite of all the laws of life, and in opposition to everything proven in biology.