A person who cannot draw sustenance from history is like a tree in a dry soil, which has to be watered every day. Such a person’s fate is to live from day to day, blind to the past and to the future. This is a life emptied of humanity and dignity.
---- Ethiopian saying
An Adventist christian is like a tree grown on dry soil that is watered regularly through the SS quarterly. Without programs such as the SS quarterly that constantly water adventists, the codified teachings of Ellen White will slowly fade away into the past and be forgotten.
As a result of the codified adventist teachings such as the Sunday law, adventist communities have been less aware of the problems their generation faces and what they might face in the future. For example, in Africa cases of cancer have been on the rise, adventists are constantly reminded of Ellen White’s teaching that flesh eating causes cancer.
From the light God has given me, the prevalence of cancers and tumors is largely due to gross living on dead flesh.
Other proven causes of the increased cases of cancer in Africa eg. the use of harmful pesticides and the aflatoxin contamination of grains, have been given a back bench.
Just like the way trees search for water naturally by developing deep roots that later enable them withstand storms and droughts, christianity has grown over 2000 years as a result of people searching for christ’s truth by themselves. Attempts at codifying christian beliefs or adding teachings has usually resulted in dissent.
From the early church, we have 4 different gospels each giving their version of the life of Jesus. They did not develop one doctrinal story of the life of Jesus and ban the other gospels.
The example we are given of a good christian community in the bible, is a group of christians that questioned Paul’s teachings and searched the bible by themselves. It was not a christian community that was constantly watered with the “accepted codified teachings” that they had to accept for them to be considered part of the community.
These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so."