The New Eden

I’ve reproduced parts of the book The New Eden below. I agree with much of what the author says, but, like many former Worldwide Church of God members,  I think he may’ve developed a letter of the law approach to the law and to prophecy instead of a spirit of the law or Jesus is the spirit of prophecy approach. 2 Corinthians 3:6; Revelation 19:10. This is not to say that the Sabbath, the Old Testament Holy Days and other aspects of the law are not important because they are. I feel he may’ve missed that Jesus came to enhance the law through His teachings and example. Jesus came teaching that the poor are blessed and you had to give up all your property or material wealth to follow him into the Kingdom of God. Matthew 19:21-24. The apostles and the early church described in the book of Acts did just that. Matthew 19:27; Acts 2:44, 45; 4:32-35. And the poor were blessed by what they did and their duty towards the poor under the law was fulfilled. Acts 4:34; Deuteronomy 15:1-11.

So, when I hear people say that the land will be divided up again in the Kingdom and distributed to the people to own and work as individuals and that gold and silver will become money again, I have to strongly disagree. I quickly realize that they’ve missed the spirit of prophecy for the letter. The land will be communally owned and shared as everything will be as the spirit of prophecy indicates. The spiritaul intent of the Jubilee law will be fulfilled and surpassed. This will make it easier to be your brothers keepers, to prevent poverty, and to keep the law. The Twelve Tribes understands this well. It’s their gift to us.

Of course, I especially agree with the author that technology must become people-oriented and man must control machines in the millennial Kingdom. I do, however, see the possibility of computing systems and robotics doing most, if not all, the labor. This would give man the promised Sabbath rest for those who love Him. Hebrews 4:9. What would man do in a work free Kingdom? Very little work would free up time to meditatively study the Scriptures thoroughly for oneself and to educate the children as to their meaning. People would also be more able to fully develop their talents in music, art, and recreation.

 

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THE COMING UTOPIA~

WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE?

 

Impossible as it may seem, in the hands

of man, a NEW WORLD lies just around

the corner! In this brilliantly researched

book, author Paul W. Syltie gives us all

a breath-taking view into the coming

world Utopia, the Millennial Shangri-La,

the bedrock foundation of the World

Tomorrow!

First, the author shows pointedly, in

blazing prose, what is dramatically

wrong in today’s world, with today’s

agriculture and farming practices. He

shows the enormous toll taken by

erosion, chemical farming, drugs and

pesticides, herbicides and the rape of

the land by today’s farming methods

following in the tradition of Cain, the son

of Adam, who “forced” the soil. He

then shows the incredible world before

the Flood, and describes the Garden of

Eden, a type of the coming Kingdom of

God on earth.

From this vantage point, the author then

reveals the truth about the Land

Sabbaths, the Jubilee Years of Release,

the Millennial Economic System (with no

banks or extortionary high interest

loansl), Plant Varities and Animal

Breeding, Health and Nutrition during the

Millennial Age.

(continued on back flap)

 

 

(continued from front flap)

 

Sample Chapters include:

 

where Are We Headed?

Agriculture-the Foundation of

Physical Life

The Millennial Economic System

The Jubilee Year

The Land Sabbath

The Self-Sustaining Community

The Earth Before The Flood

The Garden of Eden

Millennial Soil Management

Plant Varieties in a Renewed

System

Health and Nutrition in the

Millennial Age

The Incredible Legacy We Threw

Away

This wonderful book will uplift. inspire,

and transport you. It will make you

weep, and laugh, and shout for joy and

make the Millennial Kingdom real to you.

It will help you to pray even more

fervently, with great desire, “Thy

Kingdom come!”

 

Jacket design by Steven Peterson

 

TRIUMPH PUBLISHING COMPANY

Box 292

Altadena, Ca 91001

 

 

Copyright 1981 by Paul W. Syltie

 

 

                                         Chapter Six

                             A People-oriented Technology

One of the marvels of today’s world is the emergence of a

technology that has placed men on the moon, produced tele-

vision sets for nearly every Western home, and enabled the

average American farmer to feed 56 others by 1976. However, at the

same time that technology has enabled the farmer to become so

labor-efficient—or should we say forced him to—he has been backed

into a corner so tightly fitting that if he attempts to break out of it he

is punished in a number of ways. In the process of becoming labor ef-

ficient he has become a slave to his profession in order to prevent

bankruptcy. Government farm policies and economic pressures have

forced the farmer at times to work longer, more torturing hours than

workers in perhaps any other profession, largely because he is able to

maintain his incentive through the ideal of relative independence on

the land. Yet, in order to maintain his grasp on that relative in-

dependence he must increase his acreage, purchase ever-larger

machinery, to till that acreage, and become nearly totally dependent

on herbicides and pesticides for weed and insect control. . . and on

the banker for credit to fund his land, machinery, and production ex-

penses. Fear or greed-ridden advertising by chemical and machinery

companies and peer pressure from ambitious neighbors—besides the

sheer economic squeeze of grain and livestock prices far below parity

level—add to the social and economic pressures bearing upon the

farmer, forcing him to “toe the line” of modern agricultural

methods.

   As pointed out in chapter five, the conventional Western farmer

has become totally dependent upon oil for his production. The oil in-

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dustry has sprung up largely since the early 2oth century at the same

time farm size began to increase and the countryside began to rapidly

empty. Not only are tractors fueled and lubricated by oil products,

but farm chemicals are largely manufactured through the use the use of

petroleum: anhydrous ammonia is manufactured from natural natural gas,

and most herbicides and pesticides are petroleum-based compounds.

Without tractors and oil Western agriculture would immediately

grind to a halt. Fields could never be planted, and growing crops

could not be cultivated or sprayed, much less harvested. Storage

facilities and distribution channels as well depend upon oil and other

centrally controlled utilities such as electricity. Credit and interest

rates, the financial backing for most agricultural production today, is

also centrally controlled. The centralized control of the media and its

fear-producing, demoralizing, negative tactics of newscasting and

programming, preaching the “gospel” of greater and greater yields

through modern agri-chemical advertising, gtmply illustrate Satan’s

greedy, lustful, and morose character spread abroad upon the air

waves (“prince of the power of the air,” Eph. 2:2) and published on

dependence upon one’s neighbor. To produce tractors one needs

miners, machinists, oil drillers, steel workers, and a host of backup

men. The same may be said for the producers of oil products,

chemicals, or crop seeds.

   In the face of such a highly organized, complex, but dependent

system of widely separated growers, processors, distributors, and

consumers, God’s technological system stands in sharp contrast.

Millennial technology will be people oriented, based upon love

peace, and contentment for all. Within a society of God-dependent

but largely man-independent landholders it is difficult to conceive of

much more than cottage industries where each individual has

developed one or more talents to a very high degree, which can be of-

fered as enrichment to others within the community. Whether the

skill is making harnesses, producing cutlery, singing, building car

riages, casting metals, or growing walnuts, the technology acchieved

must be oriented about a society of individuals seeking to build

strong bridges to God, while assisting one another when the need

arises (J s. 4:7-8; Gal. 6:10). Personal daily living will be bound and

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intertwined with one’s animals and machines to maximize

righteousness and Godliness, not profit and materialism as today’s

society now encourages.

   As already shown, the principle field power source in the Kingdom

will be animal power and other renewable energy sources in harmony

with personal economic independence: wind, solar, gravitational,

geothermal, and water. What naturally follows is a technology based

on muscle power primarily geared towards providing lasting

machines to complement the needs of individuals for the highest

quality and safest production of crops and livestock. Implements will

need to be perfected that will ease difficult work but encourage

optimal physical conditioning for individuals. The incredible physical

abuses which the early settlers of America often heaped upon

themselves were a result of ( 1) personal greed in farming an excessive

amount of land, and (2) failure to obey all of the laws of health; i.e.,

proper nutrition, rest, and exercise. At times these settlers overex-

tended themselves to an incredible degree, in battle against the

elements, homesickness, and Indians. Ole Rolvaag in Giants in the

Earth spoke of the great hardships experienced by Norwegian settlers

during the great settling of the eastern Dakota Territory:

 

   Many and incredible are the tales the grandfathers tell from those days

   when the wilderness was yet untamed, and when they, unwittingly,

   founded the Kingdom. . . . But more to be dreaded [than the

   Indians] . . . was the strange spell of sadness which the unbroken

   solitude cast upon the minds of some. Many took their own lives;

   asylum after asylum was filled with disordered beings who had once

   been human. It is hard for the eye to wander from sky line to sky line,

   year in and year out, without finding a resting place! . . .

   then too, there were the years of pestilence-toil and travail, famine,

   and disease. God knows how human beings could endure it all. And

   many did not – they lay down and died. . . . The poor could find

   much wherewith to console themselves. And whiskey was cheap in

   those days, and easy to get. . . . And on the hot summer days terrible

   storms might come. In the twinkling of an eye they would smash to

   splinters the habitation which man had built for himself. . . . Some

   feared most the prairie fire.

 

 

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   And it was as if nothing affected people in those days. They threw

   themselves blindly into the Impossible, and accomplished the

   Unbelievable. If anyone succumbed in the struggle-and that hap-

   pened often-another would come and take his place. Youth was in

   the race; the unknown, the untried, the unheard-of, was in the air;

   people caught it, were intoxicated by it, threw themselves away, and

   laughed at the cost.

 

Examples are numerous, however, of hearty sodbusters who thrived

in the vast prairies or virgin forests, living moderately and patiently

to a ripe old age.

 

                               Man in Control of Machines

 

  Machines can be built, using today’s technological advances, to

assist man in perfecting the fruits of his hands. Metals of all sorts o

strengths and durabilities are now available, though usually pro-

ducible only by the means of modern industrial ingenuity. It is con-

ceivable that the tools of man’s future world could be readily con-

structed on a cottage industry basis using the basic metals-iron,

copper, manganese, zinc, aluminium, tin, and others-to produce

exquisitely-engineered tools and implements for farmers, potters,

carpenters, musicians, coppersmiths, and others. In a society where

all men will be building items with the ideal of perfection ever in mind

(Matt. 5:48), and of service to his family and fellow citizens, quality

products of unheard-of durability and utility can be envisioned.

Some have also envisioned that use and decay of metals and wood

may be reduced or eliminated.’ With the drastic climatic changes

which are sure to occur, this is a distinct possibility, alluded to in

Rom. 8:21: “ . . . the hope being that creation as well as man would

one day be freed from its thraldom to decay and gain the glorious

freedom of God’s children.” Man’s ingenuity to produce physical

goods in today’s Satanic system is phenomenal; when this ingenuity

is redirected along spirit-serving lines one can only faintly grasp the

wonderful world awaiting those who will live in that Kingdom:

     What no eye has ever seen, what no car has ever heard, what never

     entered the mind of man, God has prepared all that for those who love

     him (I Cor. 2:9).

 

 

 

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Today man has graduated to cars, tractors, trucks, computers,

power tools, and electric typewriters. He feels he could not exist

without them, and indeed he could not within the present social and

economic system. In the name of relief from heavy or tedious labor,

machines have now driven man from the pedestal of commander to

the humble status of slave. By increasing his productivity through

machines he has become entwined inextricably into a system which

demands more and more of his total life commitment, reducing the

amount of real leisure time he commands‘ and often causing him to

enjoy both work and leisure time even less.

  An interesting observation by E. F. Schumacher is as follows:

  The question of what technology actually does for us is therefore wor-

  thy of investigation. It obviously greatly reduces some kinds of work

  while it increases other kinds. The type of work which modern

  technology is most successful in reducing or even eliminating is

  skillfull, productive work of human hands, in touch with real

  materials of one kind or another. In an advanced industrial society,

  such work has become virtually impossible. A great part of the

  modern neurosis may be due to this very fact; for the human

  being . . . enjoys nothing more than to be creatively, usefully, pro-

  ductively engaged with both his hands and his brains. Today a person

  has to be wealthy to be able to enjoy this simple thing, this very great

  luxury: he has to be able to afford space and good tools; he has to be

  lucky enough to find a good teacher and plenty of free time to learn

  and practice. He really has to be rich enough to not need a job; for the

  number of jobs that would be satisfactory in these respects is very

  small indeed.

 

How perfectly this modern repressed desire-fostered by today’s

machine-oriented industrial society – pictures what man is to pursue

during the Kingdom . . . when man will have time to explore and

perfect his talents, when he will not be enslaved by governments and

corporations in order to provide food, clothing, and shelter for his

family and still pay taxes. As an independent land holder he will be

responsible directly to God’s free government, not the repressive

governments of man.

  In short, man will control machines, not vice versa; and to

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whatever extent machines are developed in the Kingdom they will

foster individual, family, community, and worldwide good, all to the

glory of the Eternal who created and ordered everything on the earth,

No longer will a mere one-sixth of the total population engage in acc-

tual production, but all of society will. Instead of only 3.5% of the

“total social time” being spent on actual production,* a much

greater figure may be expected, a figure which will reflect the enjoy-

ment and might that citizens will put into their work . . . for, as

Solomon said, “There is nothing better for a man than to eat and

drink and enjoy himself as he does his work” (Eccl. 2:24).