I used this title for a reason. It’s the title of an old John Lennon song about imagining life without God, religion, national borders, personal possessions, etc. He talks about a world where people live in peace and is void of greed and hunger. A heaven here on earth.
Unfortunately John was dead wrong. There is a place without God but it’s not heaven, it’s hell, and I doubt there is any “brotherhood of man” there or people sharing their lives with others. And I seriously doubt any of us would want to live there.
I believe John’s thoughts/desires were honorable and perhaps fueled by his own need to know who he was and why he was here on planet earth. This who and why question can be traced back directly to the fall of man in the garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve walked with God in the garden they had no question about who they were and/or why they were there. I doubt the question ever entered their minds. Their identity was but a reflection of whose image they were made in. They were image bearers and as such their identities were secure in Him. They didn’t question who they were because they walked with their maker and their identities were wrapped up in Him.
That is, until the serpent planted the seed that they could be gods and their pride led them to take a bite. They did become like God knowing good and evil but having separated themselves from God and good, were no match for evil. Their immediate response was to cover their shame and hide. They lost their anchor, their identity, their reason for being, their direction. Their identities had been forever changed. Separated from the great I Am, they struggled with even the simple things of life like how they would feed and clothe themselves to considerable pain giving birth. And, of course, living with the knowledge of what they had done, why they did it, and who they were now. This legacy has haunted their offspring ever since.
But we aren’t without hope. Just as God provided covering for their shame so our shame can be covered by the righteousness of Christ and our identities restored in Him. Who I am ultimately can only be answered by the great I Am and only when our spirits are connected to God the Spirit. Apart from Him, we’ll continue to grope in the dark looking for who we are and settling for John Lennon songs that have the right dream but in the end are just a nightmare.