The world’s confidence is a false confidence.
Any confidence that positions itself to never be vulnerable is not true confidence. It is insecurity masked as pride or confidence.
The systems of the world perpetuate an illegitimate means by which to be confident.
One’s ability to make oneself vulnerable determines the magnitude of confidence (and wholeness) they’ll develop. To be naked is to be vulnerable (to be whole).
We see this condition with Adam and Eve. Before the curse (what many call “the fall”), Adam walked with YAH in the garden, naked (whole). He had nothing to hide and could be perfectly confident/free.
This changed. Once they had the knowledge of good and evil and heard YAH drawing near to them, they hid. Then, they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
Many wear fig leaves in an attempt to secure covering or to present themselves as whole, together, not lacking in anything.
While YAH does desire that we be whole, any covering we make outside of Him is illegitimate and not capable of proper covering.
Covering is not for hiding flaws, but a safe place in which you receive the nutrients to be whole.
As long as humans will make themselves vulnerable to YAH and each other, they will find the nutrients or supply to be whole or complete.
You don’t have to look far to find representations of fig leaves.
Fig leaves are what I use to appear whole instead of doing the work to be whole. Fig leaves are those things we present instead of presenting the truth of our broken condition.
Religion is a system of the world and one expression of fig leaves. (This does not mean there isn’t an absolute Truth or Deity we are to be in relationship with).
Religion at its core is the packaging of what was sacred and intimate and creating a system of it.
Religion, as people have organized and packaged it, is a means by which we attempt to appear confident and together. Religion reverses the natural order of relationship with YAH. Relationship with Him transforms you from the inside to the outside. Religion places weight in outward works that do not truly bring about an inward change or healing.
Religion will never have the power to heal, just as fig leaves will never have the power to truly cover.
Religion: fig leaves
Many different things can serve as fig leaves (this is not an exhaustive list):
Many of us are not as confident as we think we are. We’ve placed our confidence in things that are not of substance.
If you are not one who makes yourself vulnerable, your confidence is false and will not stand. It may fool many, but it will fail when you seek the greater truth of vulnerability.