If American Christians were as concerned with their Spiritual health as their temporal bodies, then they might come to actually know and experience the Lord; and thus become less of the religious-hypocritical joke they are to the rest of this ungodly world.
As I’ve written before, the first people the Lord made had the opportunity to eat from the Tree of Life and have eternal life, but instead, they chose to eat from the only tree in the garden the Lord had prohibited them from and paid the price we are all (believers and unregenerate) still paying today.
Without writing a great deal, here is what I’m getting at: I see the Christian religion as nothing more than the tree of knowledge of good and evil (“Do this, Don’t do that.” “this is evil and this is good.” etc.), and those who eat from this tree will never comprehend nor experience the truth of Christ and thus have His life in this world. These religious practitioners have become, with no discernment whatsoever, what the Apostle Paul described here:
“[they will] hold to a form of godliness (religiosity), although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these… 7…always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.“ (2 Timothy 3)
These religionists hold to a form of godliness in that they go to “church” and “worship” every Sunday morning and are always learning about the Lord, but they are never capable of coming to His Truth, and simply because they refuse to come to Him in a singular-personal way. They eat continually from the very tree the Lord doesn’t want them to eat from, the religious tree of good and evil, and refuse to eat from the Tree of Life, the Lord. The Lord made it clear to His followers and the pharisees that if they wanted Him they would have to come and partake of Him (the Tree of Life):
41Therefore the Jews were grumbling about Him, because He said, “I am the bread that came down out of heaven.” 42They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, ‘I have come down out of heaven’?” 43Jesus answered and said to them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him (literally drags him); and I will raise him up on the last day. 45“It is written in the prophets, ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me. 46“Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father. 47“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. 48“I am the bread of life. 49“Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50“This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51“I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”
52Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” 53So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. 54“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55“For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. 56“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57“As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. 58“This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.” (John 6)
Many of the Lord’s followers left Him after this statement, saying His teaching was too hard. Most of the two-plus-billion Christians in this world remain in the same state as those who rejected the Lord then. They are willing to practice a false religion about the Lord, but they are unwilling to come and partake of His flesh and blood; and simply because in doing so they would have to give up some of their rights and privileges in this world.
Like the first men and women the Lord made, modern day Christians have the opportunity to eat from the Tree of Life but are refusing to do so. These folks prefer a false religion about the Lord, which exhorts them to live, in reality, the life of an unregenerate. They attend “church” and thump their bibles, but they are in almost every way no different from those who openly and honestly reject the Lord and His Truth. These religious folk are Spiritually dead and don’t know it, they are unknowing hypocrites who hardly ever practice what they love to preach.
Like many overweight and unhealthy Americans, most American Christians are in a severe state of Spiritual malnutrition and thus have no idea of how Spiritually ill they truly are.