Before new year sets, I was wondering upon seeing people in the market, keeping themselves busy looking for a set of 12 different kinds of fruits for their table for the new year.
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According to them, that is a tradition to anticipate a prosperous new year. Everyone should prepare 12 different kinds of fruits and put them on their table as the new year sets in.
These 12 different fruits represent a month of bounty, a month of prosperity, and a month of happiness. The fruits should be sweet in taste and good to eat. Sour tasting fruits should be set aside.
I want to know the spiritual implication of this practice. I refer it to the Bible and this is what I found in the Book of Revelation, Chapter 22, verse 2 of the King James Version:
"In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." (Revelation 22:2, KJV)
As I analyze it, it clearly says that the particular tree is having a fruit every month (not of different kinds of fruits and not from different trees) and its "leaves are for the healing of the nations".
Does it say different kinds of fruits? Does it say different kinds of trees" Nothing. Isn't it?
I search more and this what I found that the Catholics have their own way of determining what are the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit. And I know them as Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Benignity, Goodness, Long-suffering (patient suffering over an extended period), Mildness, Faith, Modesty, Continency, and Chastity.
And I was being clarified from the point of view of Dr. Henry Morris in his "Tree of Life" dissertation. As what the Bible reveals in Revelations 22:2. He speaks about the tree of life which bares these 12 fruits. And there are "four wonderful truths" about this "Tree of Life". By the way, let's not be confused with the "Tree of Good and Evil" which Adam and Eve partook its fruits and were driven from the Garden of Eden.
Morris points these truths as "true wisdom" about Christ (Proverbs 3:18), "fruit of the righteousness" (Proverbs 11:30), "desire" (Proverbs 13:12), and "wholesome tongue" (Proverbs 15:4).
Now I know and you know the spirituality and the truthfulness of these 12 fruits a Christian should have in their lives, and not those fruits of different trees as most have taken it literally.
It's time to break this false tradition of beliefs on the twelve fruits concept or idea. And let the truth sets up free from this falsehood. Well, take it or leave it. It's up to you.
Happy New Year!