Back to the start
(This writing is fully complete if one has a belief in God, that is a personified entity. However, if one's belief is more ethereal, such as in a source, the writing still applies.)
In reading the Five Books of Moses and the onto Joshua I was struck by the strictness of right and wrong and the consequences thereof. This comes after God flooded the world for its iniquities and then stated he will no longer wipe out man for his wrongdoings. In other words he'll ease up and not expect too much. Adam spoke directly to God and when briefly deceived lost his purity and immortality and had to earn his living. That is the most direct punishment for disobedience there is. I suppose the closer you are to a power source, oneness, unity, whatever you want to call it, the slightest of deviations has drastic effects. The farther you are from this source, God, the less severe the consequences of each action. The divisions have mutated and multiplied until unity is barely possible.
Along with this severity of consequence came closeness to God. Moses did speak to God, and yet because of one disobedience was not allowed to enter the new land. An entire group of Levites were destroyed because of their arrogance. The land opened up right beneath them. Still, they were closer to God then we are today. Our actions are so diluted and unresolved and confused punishments such as these would make no sense. So we are given tolerance and shown patience. The price is that we are not as close to God. We have a private 'still small voice' which can help us ease through time and space, but it is not a clear, loud, coherent voice. Indeed, it is probably for our own protection. If we were given a directive loud and clear and booming, and we didn't keep it, or broke our word, that wouldn't work too well either. If you said I'll keep my word or let me die you and lot of others would be no more. So everything has become mushier, our 'wrongdoings' and our relating to God.
I think we will get to the point where we will be so far from our source that what we hear will be barely audible and actions taken by God will be so inconsequential because of this distance that we will yearn for a new closeness. We will search and still be wanting for answers and some relief and it won't be found easily. Hence, the road will lead back to a direct communication back to God. I believe it's what happened to Abraham and will happen again for those of us who seek and yearn again for a more direct connection.