true. miscommunication abounds, and not everything Greg Boyd says resonates with me. He refers to the partaking of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil as putting ourselves in gods place, or as Satan put it, "ye shall be as the gods". Whether you replace Good and Evil with Love and Hate - either way, its a kind of predefined knowledge structure.Orson wrote:My immediate question was: "how does the knowledge of love put people in direct opposition to God?"
The problem is when I read "good" or "righteousness" I instinctively see it as "Love" or synonymous with "charity" or "the love of God." Obviously Greg Boyd had another concept in mind, one that involved details, commandments, or some tangent from love that can lose the original point.
My point is only to build awareness of how others often see things differently than ourselves. When we are discussing the finer details there is a good chance we mis-communicate more often than not.
I think our temple teachings have a deeper meaning, one which isn't available to boyd. The purpose of the temptation of the tree of knowledge of good and evil was to take a short-cut -- Twice the temple ritual discusses that the purpose and Plan is to "learn through our own experience". Interestingly, a "tree of knowledge" sounds an awful lot like an ontology -- a schema of information in an organized "tree" hierarchy, and when we add "good and evil" on it (or in your case "love and hate") it becomes a specific ethical schema - a set of orthodox knowledge, represented in strictly dualistic terms: good and evil, love and hate, white and black, etc., and thus your eyes will be opened, and you shall have "knowledge".
As i contemplate the specific emphasis that Satan puts on the term "knowledge", I have to observe how this "knowledge" embodies our LDS certainties: "I know that God lives", "I know that Jesus is the Christ", "I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet", "I know the book of Mormon is the word of god", "I know the Church is the only true church on the face of the earth", "I know that Thomas S. Monson is a living prophet.", and "I know that the prophets cannot lead us astray". In specific terms, when Correlation began, Elder Harold B. Lee laid out a complete hierarchical representation of all knowledge a church member needed to "know": a tree of knowledge of good and evil, that would be followed with exactness in the Church curriculum, talks, and media.
We might say that such ontological dualism is necessary to provide a framework for religious education; but instead of helping us, the dualism creates a strict splitting of things within the Mormon symbolic universe, and that which resides without. And, the "we/they" mentality is the natural result. Everything becomes constrained by the boundaries of the "tree of knowledge of good and evil", and the easy choice is then to "love our neighbors (those within our universe), and hate our enemies (those outside our universe)".
Boyd certainly makes the case that judgment is gods provenance -- and while I agree, I think the deeper meaning is that God is One, and we are One in God through the atonement. Dualism denies the Oneness of God, and as such, keeps us separate from the mystical reality of God's love.