The Law of Creation

In the Edenic bubble known as childhood the Father builds for the son a universe whose matrix is the Law of Creation, scaled to child size. The creation of the cosmos is the first and foundational act of fatherhood. If this responsibility is failed, all other lessons will not take. Even the seed of the Gospel will not root if this ground is not prepared.

What is the Law of Creation? It came before the Mosaic covenant, before the New Covenant, and is the ground which they subsume.

The law of creation: you reap what you sow.

This Law is simply exegeted by the Mosaic code.

You might think this is as obvious as its physical side, which is every effect has a cause. But no, it is not obvious — or, rather, it is widely hated. In fact, this Law is the divide which cuts the whole human race in two. On the one side are those who do not think there is ever a general reckoning, or who are secretly at war with the very notion . Their attitude is captured by Peter: …where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep the world has continued as it was… On the other side, there are those who believe there is a reckoning at the end.

The single Judeo-Christian belief which separates (and alienates) us from the secular mind is not the belief that God has spoken, but rather the belief that every person must reap what they sow. The secular mind hates this notion with a black rage, a rage akin to the portrait of Satan’s rage in Paradise Lost. The root of the satanic character is the feeling that the universe is unfair.

As a side note, the driving motive behind much technological advance is the thwarting of the Law of Creation. Of course we want to make a better world, and that is not evil, but this want is mixed ambiguously in the human race with the desire to sow to the flesh but never reap corruption. That thread in the human motive-complex is explicitly evil , and the roaring engine of human progress.

Deception is common because we often look around us and do not see that one reaps what one sows. It simply is not empirically true at times.
We have advanced materially to where most people can actually live for what the Bible calls the flesh and never reap corruption.

So the the more advanced the society, the easier it is to be deceived. In the great cities, it is easy to believe in Man. In the country, God seems closer.


Galations 6:7,8

7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

In this text Paul recites the Law of Creation and he specifically mentions the particular deception rooted in what we’ll the Time Gap. The Time Gap between sowing and reaping is deceptive. The wise person avoids it. Most do not.

THe Law of Creation is THE — THE! — guiding principle for all of parenting. Referring back to it will clear up so many daily tactical puzzles and avoid so many character flaws. The mark of a child (of any age) is specifically that he is routinely decieved by the Time Gap, the threshold of adulthood is when we stop being deceived in this way. The child lives for the present, the adult plans.

The task of parenting might then be summed up simply: to build a universe around the child where he reaps what he sows, but scaled down to his size, so he can learn to be an adult in small steps.

Children have no knowledge of the law of reaping. In other words, they are innocent, which is a dangerous condition. Left to themselves, they would make one suicidal choice after another.

Somehow, we get the notion that children will NATURALLY, as they develop, learn the law of reaping. They will not. That is why they have parents. Parents will mostly beny that they think that children will naturally “get it” with enough time. But these same parents act like they think that children will “get it” with time alone.

Make a note of this, parents: children reap what they sow, without exception, no matter what the parents do. Pain put off as inconvenient or intolerable just builds up until some day of reckoning in the future, when it will break them.
There are obvious implications.

1.  As parents, we do not let things go.  It does the child no favor and is not Christian forgiveness to let things go because the child is only a child.  It is precisely because he is a child that he needs us to impose on him the effect of his choice and make sure he experiences it as the effect of his choice.

Of course, we don’t want to overwhelm the child.  So we scale the Universe of Reaping to his size.  We observe the plant to see how much pruning and tying it can tolerate at once. But a shoot left today will have to be dealt with later, when it is bigger. It is the art of the gardener to prune and water the right amount both today and tomorrow.


As parents, we sow into our child’s character, and he reaps the harvest till long after we die.

  • In the church, we are losing our children to the world because the gospel has no meaning.
  • The gospel has no meaning because the law has been thrown away in a rush to “�forgiveness�

[see Ellul, Ethics of Freedom, on the loss of freedom in the proliferation of �means�]

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