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miguel teixeira

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Christ Tree of Life "A Christian society is not going to arrive until most of us really want it: and we are not going to want it until we become fully Christian. I may repeat 'Do as you would be done by' till I am black in the face, but I cannot really carry it out till I love my neighbor as myself: and I cannot learn to love my neighbor as myself till I learn to love God: and I cannot learn to love God except by learning to obey Him. And so . . . we are driven on to something more inward -- driven on from social matters to religious matters. For the longest way round is the shortest way home."
C.S. Lewis
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3 ... Examples Shield of Achilles
New Testament
City of Enoch Moses 6: 15
15 And the children of men were numerous upon all the face of the land. And in those days Satan had great dominion among men, and raged in their hearts; and from thenceforth came wars and bloodshed; and a man’s hand was against his own brother, in administering death, because of secret fworks, seeking for power.
Moses 7: 16
16 And from that time forth there were wars and bloodshed among them; but the Lord came and adwelt with his people, and they dwelt in righteousness. Moses 7: 28
28 And it came to pass that the God of heaven looked upon the residue of the people, and he wept
Two symbolic trees
Man’s creation, growing upward
God’s, growing downward from the sky
Their union is Zion
Zion achieved at the intersection of the “trees”: man’s effort and God’s grace
the intersection of Heaven and Earth
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Chris Gong
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Victoria Fox Examples Lycurgus’s New Sparta Anthony of Alexandria and his Monastic orders The City of Enoch “The Utopians” by Hugh Nibley
The Early Church during the practice of the Law of Consecration
Solon-The inventor of Greek Democracy
“We are trying to be the image of those who live in heaven; we are trying to pat[t]ern after them, to look like them, to walk and talk like them.”

President Brigham Young I would like to peek behind the veil that temporarily separates us from our heavenly home and paint a word picture of the virtuous, lovely, and refined circumstances that exist there.
Douglas L. Callister Symbol of ... wisdom, protection, strength, bounty, beauty, and redemption. Creation with fruit, protection and regeneration. As Humans we too develop roots, strengthen our trunk, experience seasonal changes, branch out, bear fruit, etc. "...the tree of life; which waters are a representation of the love of God; and I also beheld that the tree of life was a representation of the love of God. " 1 Nephi 11:25 Examples: Flute carved from the Tree of Life Bed in the Odyssey: still alive, fertility Symposium - Sacrament Odysseus speaks of seeing a palm growing by the altar of Apollo Christianity

Like Judaism linked to initiation; Christ serves as the model of initiation through the tree of life.
a. The tree symbolizes the vehicle by which sin (serpent/creation story) came into this world.
b. It is also a symbol of redemption, since Jesus was crucified on a cross made from a tree.
c. Genesis, D&C, Lehi! Buddhism

The great Bodhi tree or Tree of Enlightenment or the World Tree.

It is under the branches of this tree of life that Buddha redeemed the entire universe and transformed all negative energy into perfect enlightenment. Celtic Tree of Life

Source of sustenance as the bearer of food, the provider of shelter, and the fuel for cooking and warmth. Physical. The most sacred tree in this tradition was the oak.
Other Bahai, China, Assyria, Egypt, Inida, Uratu, Tengriist, Shinto, Native American Cultures Old World cultures:
(1) the difficulty of gaining access to it;
(2) the various destructive forces around and about it;
(3) the spiritual qualities required to make its fruit acceptable and nourishing to its partakers;
(4) the divine nature of the tree and its fruit, which render them unavailable to mortals lost in darkness and laden with sin."
What can we make from the tree? 1. fruit
2. bed
3. flute
4. oil and anointing, 5. cross
6. ark of the covenant The Fall heavenly
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