God Keeps Everyone Safe
God continued, “And of course I foresaw that the Conscious souls I created could hurt each other, if I didn’t proceed carefully. So I waited until I understood how to prevent even that.”
We were a bit puzzled, since we had been grievously hurt by the loss of fellowship with our fallen Brothers. What did God mean, by saying He had already prevented us from being hurt by them?
God explained, “I don’t mean I learned how to prevent the heartbreak you feel when someone you love destroys himself. I can’t eliminate the risk of that heartbreak, without taking away your capacity for love, and making you as insensible as a rock or a flower. When I gave you Consciousness, that is, with the power to visualize and choose, then along with that came the power to Love, and along with Love came the risk of being ‘heartbroken’ by the suffering of those you Love.
“Nor could I prevent the loss of function you experience when others, with whom you are designed to interact, and with whom you long to cooperate, refuse to interact with you.
“What I mean is that I created you without the possibility that your fallen brothers might directly cause you pain, like they cause themselves. I created you without the possibility that anyone else might take away from you anything, that is, any energy in any form, that you need or want.
“My creation of Man is bolder. I have created them in physical bodies surrounded by physical matter. They will learn how to create things out of matter. When they work together, and with Me, their creativity will seem unlimited. But it will seem possible for some of them to take, from others, the ‘things’ they need and want. It will also seem possible for some of them to damage each other’s physical bodies and cause great suffering, and even the deaths of bodies. But I did not allow this creation to take place until I had organized a way to prevent any genuine harm happening to any man.”
How? We couldn’t imagine! Indeed, we had noticed the potential, within physical matter, for harm to come to physical bodies.
“I will place you in charge of protecting all men from each other.”
VerseScout: Psalm 91:11 God will put his angels in charge of you [who trust the Lord] to protect you wherever you go. 12 They will hold you up with their hands to keep you from hurting your feet on the stones. 13 You will trample down lions and snakes, fierce lions and poisonous snakes. [GNB]
2 Peter 2:4 For if God…5…saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; …7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: …9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
We were thrilled and humbled. We were glad there would be a way for humans to enjoy the same safety we do!
“However, there will be times when men will benefit from physical upheaval. Upheaval (they will call it ‘evil’) will benefit the rebellious by separating them from the object of their addiction: their comfortable conditions in their physical world. As upheaval makes them ‘go cold turkey’, they will be reminded of Me and My Love, which will incline them to return to Me.”
VerseScout: 2Kings 22:20 …thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place….
Jeremiah 26:3 If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.
Jeremiah 36:3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.
Isaiah 10:15 [Responding to the cruel tyrant King of Assyria’s boast that all the catastrophe he caused was by his own power] Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
VerseScout Relevance Report: God, and His critics, both use the word “evil” to describe natural catastrophes as well as human-caused evil.
Their disagreement is that His critics say a loving God would not allow “evil”, but God promises He has a bridle on all evil to harness it for good.
God in fact demands credit for every catastrophe experienced by man. Isaiah 10:15. See also Leviticus 26.
When unusually destructive weather hits, pay attention, and you will sometimes hear about pockets of horrible sins which were worst hit by the weather.
For example, Iowa suffered an unusual drought in 1989, until the Iowa Legislature rejected sodomite civil rights, the front burner issue that consumed its traditional all-Saturday-night session before the legislature went home for the rest of the year. About three days after the wicked measure was defeated by one vote in one chamber, the rains came that saved the crops that year. But Eastern Iowa still suffered drought, until the Davenport City Council finally rejected a similar measure.
Over 70 pornographic companies, that produce over 95% of U.S. porn videos, were at the epicenter of the 1/17/94 earthquake in Northridge, California, near Los Angeles. They were all damaged, according to http://www.usiap.org/Viewpoints/ Family/Morality/PornographyPlague.html
On December 6, 2004, a Tsunami in the Indian Ocean killed 155,000 and left millions homeless. It struck in an area known for child sex slavery.
The “Southern Decadence” sodomite parade on Labor Day weekend, in New Orleans, was scaled down when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 about one week before. A few very determined sodomites cashed a rain check and paraded later, but it was only dozens compared with the usual thousands. The Hurricane also struck just after the U.S. pushed Israel to evacuate the Gaza Strip, displacing about 10% of the number of those displaced in New Orleans.
“The Eye of the Storm” is a book documenting how nine of the ten most destructive U.S. storms in U.S. history happened right after U.S. presidents took some action against Israel’s right to its own land.
The worst “evil” God brings us is good. It is for our benefit. It is as beneficial as spankings are for disobedient children. God does it to bless us, to spare us from the worse suffering our consciousness would sink into if God did not distract us.
“Sometimes upheaval, even to the point of terrible pain, will benefit the faithful. I will never allow anyone to suffer unless he is able to benefit from it, and escape his fear.
“I want to show you something.”
God pulled out his Blueprints of Future Possibilities.
He opened them up to a man who was wonderfully righteous.
VerseScout: Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
Because he obeyed God so faithfully, and because God’s rules have, for their purpose, making men successful in every thing good for men that men try to do or create, this potential man was a world leader.
VerseScout: Job 29:2 Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me; …7 When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street! [Ed: the “city gates” were like Washington DC today; where rulers handed down judgments, where cases were brought.] 8 The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up. 9 The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth. 10 The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth. 11 When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me: 12 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. 13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy. 14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem. 15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame. 16 I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out. 17 And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth. …21 Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel. 22 After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them. 23 And they waited for me as [farmers wait] for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain. …25 I chose out their way, [made decisions for the people] and sat chief, and dwelt [led] as a king in [leads] the army….
And yet this righteous man was full of great fear!
VerseScout: Job 3:25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. 26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.
We could see God’s heartbreak over this man’s crippling fear, even though the man was only, so far, potential.
VerseScout: Ecclesiastes 1:18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
But what could any of us do to help the man? What could God do? Fear feels like Hell. It is not playing too loose with language to say fear is Hell, as profoundly as God is Love.
VerseScout: Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
God said, “When My Promises aren’t enough, there is another cure for fear for My People. That cure is to let My People experience what they are most afraid of. Then, when they are in the deepest pain of what they fear more than anything else in the whole world, I will give them the most wonderful experience they ever could have imagined: My Presence. I will come to them, and make myself known to them, and teach them, and comfort them, and bless them.”
Wow! Should that potential ever happen, I hope our video crews will be ready and on the ball! That movie will make us cry whole rivers!
VerseScout: Job 35:9 …the multitude of oppressions…make the oppressed to cry…10 But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night; [joy even during tribulation] 11 Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?
Safety from victory over the storm: Matthew 14:25 …Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. …28 And Peter…said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
Job’s longing to talk to God: Job 13:3 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God. …22 [Job to God:] Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me. 23 How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin. 24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy?
Job 23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat! 4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. 5 I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me. 6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me. 7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge. 8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: (Also 9:34-35, 16:21, 31:35)
Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, (God answers Job for the next three chapters)
Job 40:1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,
VerseScout Relevance Report: Only lack of faith in God can deprive man of joy in any physical circumstances. God’s presence in the midst of tribulation is the “song in the night” we are offered. [35:9-11] With that “song”, we are able to walk safely even through a violent storm on the ocean with no boat, nothing physical holding us up more substantial than water. [Matthew 14:25-31] Job’s suffering was his nightmare come true, 3:25, but Job repeatedly [9:34-35, 13:3-24, 16:21, 23:3-8, 31:35] said an answer from God would be his dream come true, and that is what God gave him. [38-40] After we experience God’s consolation in the middle of experiencing what we had feared more than anything else, we are no longer much afraid of anything.
“If men become so evil that they want to harm others, then I will allow them to become my tools of healing, instead of using natural forces. But I will allow upheaval only to the extent it will actually benefit everyone.
“In this way I provide the maximum possible freedom, to obey or rebel, to love or hate, to help or hurt, while at the same time I preserve absolute safety for all!”
VerseScout: Job 1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he [Job] hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. 12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
VerseScout Relevance Report: God even answers Satan’s prayers, though limited to what He can turn into a blessing for Job. The fact that God’s respect for our choices is so great that He even indulges Satan, is an assurance of how willing God is to answer our prayers as we walk with Him!
How ironic, and how majestic, that fear is Satan’s greatest victory, and yet God used Satan to release Job from fear, and let Satan think it was his idea! How merciful even to Lucifer, to let him accomplish nearly every wicked thing he imagines, so that he can see for himself their emptiness! So that he is not able to say “if only I could have ____, then I would be happy!”
God does answer all good prayers! Not just what He pre-approves! God invites us to be creative when we pray. It was Peter’s idea to walk on water, Matthew 14:29. Even when God isn’t crazy about what we ask, Luke 11:8 indulges “importunity” [persistent, brash, shameless demands]: God dotes on us, anxious to spoil us as much as any parent his child. God even grants many of Satan’s requests, Job 1, though no more than He can turn into good for His people, Romans 8:28.
Elijah had no more inside track than we do, according to James 5:17. God didn’t tell him what to pray for, any more than He told Peter to ask if he could walk on water. But Elijah cared so much about the evil of his generation, that He begged God for 3 years of no rain, believed God would answer, and used it to end worship of a cruel rain “god”.
God wants us to “fear” Him, Ecclesiastes 12:13, in the same way we “fear” electricity if we violate its rules. God doesn’t want us living in fear, as Job was according to 3:25, so that God had to put Job through what he feared most so he could learn there is a “song even in the night”, 35:10.
But no assurance in the Bible that God will answer our prayers is as dramatic as this passage in Job 1, where God even tries to engage Satan in a friendly conversation! But Satan prays for a cruel test to prove Job is as phony as Satan is – and God generously indulges even that request!
Exactly what was Job so afraid of? If his physical suffering is what he had so “greatly feared”, why did he imagine God would even allow it?
The only logical scenario implied is the one Satan articulated in chapter 1. If Satan’s accusation accurately articulated Job’s fear, then we see Job was terrified that he was only righteous because God had made it easy to be righteous; and that if calamities came, he would not have the moral strength to remain righteous! In other words, he was afraid he would be tested. Satan said Job would fail such a test. Job’s own dialogue, for example 13:3, indicates Job was worried that he might have overlooked some terrible sin that would explain such terrible suffering.
The scene in chapter one, where the Sons of God come before God, and Satan comes among them, can be interpreted in two ways: either as a singularity, (it happened only that one time in all the world’s history), a parade which no other place in the Bible confirms, or it is a graphic way of describing what happens all the time, every day. Don’t the Sons of God appear before God every day, in prayer? And doesn’t Satan come among them, in the form of our doubt? If this is what Job 1 describes, then Job was simply praying, and thanking God for his blessings, but also expressing fear for his own weakness, should he face serious trials. How about you? Have you ever feared that you might “backslide”?
Actually there is one other time in the Bible where Satan stands before God, accusing a man who is also before God: Zechariah 3:1-5. But the outcome is the opposite. In Job, Satan’s request to indulge a famous, wealthy world leader is granted. In Zechariah, God rebukes Satan for accusing a religious leader dressed in filthy rags, and clothes the man and commissions him to finish his work.
“In other words, I will give mankind considerable freedom, but not absolute freedom, to do wrong, so that their choice between doing right or wrong will be real. But their safety will be absolute. And their freedom to choose right or wrong will be absolute, even when I limit how much they can act on their choices.”
VerseScout: 1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels [Gr: choices; will] of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
“But I foresaw a new, greater danger, where more than one Consciousness exists, than when I was alone. When I was alone, there was little consequence from how long I took to swing back and forth between boring inactivity and intense creativity. No one was hurt if the exhaustion from intense creativity drove me to the brink of oblivion for a very long time before the boredom there drove me back to creativity. No one cared if the weariness of creating caused me to lay aside projects before I had completely removed the problems from them.
“In other words, when I was alone, there were no deadlines, so idleness was not a problem.
“But I foresaw that after I created many souls, it would be. I foresaw that souls would be affected by each other, so that the actions, and creations, of each soul would benefit or disturb other souls.
“Therefore souls would not have the infinite leisure to linger at the lips of oblivion, waiting for a prod from boredom. I saw that I would have to create other incentives besides mere boredom, or the horrors of errors, to prompt souls to love one another through diligent service one to another. I saw that I would have to create souls with built-in incentives to love which I Myself lack, to ‘make up for’ the incentives to Love which I enjoy, which they cannot have.
“As I explained, it is easy for Me to Love all things and all souls, because I created them out of My own Breath, and Consciousness is naturally inclined to love what it creates itself.”
VerseScout: Genesis 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Ephesians 5:29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
VerseScout Relevance Report: Our natural inclination to love what is ours is illustrated by how it satisfied Adam that his wife was taken from his own body, and by many verses about the “cost” of sacrificing what is our own for others and for God. The presumption that God’s consciousness shares much of the nature of ours, though not its limits, is encouraged by how often Jesus used familiar human relationships to illustrate how God thinks.
“I can’t give souls that advantage, since only One can create all. So to give souls the same incentive to Love that I have, I gave them almost the opposite, from what I have, in capacity: I severely limited their intelligence! So that in order to achieve what is in their heart to do, they will need the intelligence and skills of others! I created souls likewise dependent upon Me for the intelligence and power to satisfy their desires. If souls will work together, and with me, as a single body, united in heart and purpose, then nothing will be beyond them!
“So I have really not limited the intelligence of the human race, acting as a body and with Me, but I have only limited the intelligence of individual humans living out of harmony with each other and with Me.
VerseScout: Genesis 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
VerseScout Relevance Report: The sin of Babel was not men working together, but working against God; in fact, in competition with God! God here states that to the extent men are united, “nothing will be restrained from them”. God wants to help men who work together and with Him; in fact, He not only wants to “work together” with us, He wants us, united as in a body, to be His Bride! (Revelation 21:9-10, Ephesians 5:23-32)
“Another way I created humans with natural incentives to Love is by giving them the capacity to give birth to the bodies of other souls. The birth process will require great time and energy, requiring parents to invest heavily in their children, causing parents to love their children. As an incentive for humans to be willing to begin this investment, I have made the production of children the most wonderful of all physical pleasures. As an incentive for parents to be grateful to continue this investment once begun, I have made baby humans my Ambassadors from Heaven, molded out of fresh pure Joy, simple enough to soften very hard hearts.
“I could have made it even easier for mothers to love their babies by giving them great pain in the birth process, so that the mother would see her child as valuable enough to be worth great sacrifice. But I have not made Adam’s wife with that incentive; she will not need it, if she obeys me.
VerseScout: 1 Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
VerseScout Relevance Report: Eve did not obey God, so God added that incentive to love. Even with it, many mothers are just barely able to love their own children enough to refrain from murdering them!
This is not historically new. Chemical abortions have been around from earliest times, even though, then as now, they pose considerable risk not only for the baby but for the mother. What hatred for a baby, that mothers are willing to risk their own lives to kill their own baby! In pagan cultures throughout history babies have been freely murdered after birth.
In China a lake was found by missionaries into which locals threw their babies to drown and then float, bloated, until they were fully decayed. In Rome during Bible times Romans left their unwanted babies outside the city wall to die of exposure. Christians saved and adopted many of them. In ancient Mexico, Aztecs ritually sacrificed babies and children to their demon “gods”. Aztecs cut open their chests and pulled out their still beating hearts. This was graphically depicted in Apocrypha, a 1996 movie by Mel Gibson. Around ancient Israel, pagans threw their babies and children into the red hot brass arms of their demonic “god” Molech, using loud drums and chants to drown out the screams.
Today it is either dismemberment or scalding with acid, through abortion. In the past, pagans murdered their children after they were born.
1 Timothy says childbearing has the capacity to “save” women. This makes sense if we remember Paul is talking about Eve’s fall and what followed, so it must be the pain of childbirth which God gave Eve, that is the aspect of “childbearing” which Paul says can “save” women.
Women are not told this to shame them! To the contrary, this suffering ought to be appreciated as God’s gift which probably accounts for the general perception of the world that women have greater capacity to love than men.
Does Scripture support that perception? Well, it tells husbands to love their wives (as if they are more in need of being told) twice as many times, Ephesians 5:25 & Colossians 3:19, as it tells wives to love their husbands, Titus 2:4. Does that count?
On the other hand, when Titus 2:4 mentions the need wives have to be taught to love their husbands, we find they also need to be taught to love their children. The weakness fathers should watch is provoking their children to wrath, Ephesians 6:4, while the weakness of wives is to not love their children.
Of course these clues are a different kind of analysis, and they counter the idiom “a mother’s love” as a picture of absolute love, but they are consistent with our abortion rate, and the specter of abandoned and “sacrificed” babies and children in pagan societies. Although here in the U.S., mothers receive plenty of pressure from boyfriends and parents to murder their babies, while plenty of pastors look the other way while their own congregations vote to support the business.
“I created many other elaborate systems of interdependence between humans, and between humans and angels, to help you Love. I realize it is still possible for my children, all of whom I love deeply, to choose not to love each other. But I have created, for all of you, every possible reason to Love.”
We were humbled by the Love God had shown in creating us with all the right choices as easy for us as possible. We were humbled that God had spoken to us, not at all like Beelzebub who pretended to be our moral superior, with understanding far above us – which would have been natural for God who truly is our superior without having to pretend – but as a Friend who simply wanted us to understand! We took comfort likewise in God’s preparations, which we read in the pages of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, that we might eventually share this information with humans.
Our original question had been “how is it possible for a soul to choose not to obey God?” God had given us much understanding.
And now God summarized:
“And so the reason it is possible for a soul to choose not to obey me, is simple: it is because I challenge souls to forsake oblivion for creativity. To forsake the chains of Self for the freedom of Love. To forsake inaction for involvement. To forsake Death for Life.
“Death requires less exertion than Life. Thus My requirements always require exertion. For humans, My commandments will require physical exertion, beginning with the most basic exercise of their physical bodies necessary for them to grow and become healthy and strong enough to function, and at times culminating in the necessity of physically suffering. But even when no physical exertion is required whatsoever, spiritual exertion will always be required. Understanding will always require effort.”
VerseScout Relevance Report: The following passages show how God rebukes those He loves, knocks down the high and mighty, but builds up those who are beaten down. God challenges everyone. No one has grown so great that God says “OK, you’re done. You can just coast now while you are waiting to die so you can come to Heaven.”
VerseScout:God challenges everyone – Luke 1:46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, …48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: …50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. 51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: …22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. 23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
Matthew 15:22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. 24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. 26 But he answered and said, It is not meet [right] to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. 27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. 28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
John 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. 66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. 70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?
VerseScout Relevance Report: God challenges everyone. He rebukes those He loves, takes no lip from the politically powerful, but encourages those who are beaten down, so that they may stand strong enough to endure more of God’s challenges. Jesus gave Peter the most awesome praise one might imagine, and in the next paragraph brought his soaring pride crashing to the ground. Jesus seemed to rebuke the Canaanite woman with the most withering insult anyone could imagine, only to lift her up in the next sentence with the sweetest comfort, the most encouraging praise, anyone could imagine. After an entire chapter of speaking over the crowd’s heads, and after they left with Jesus’ disciples, Jesus turned to His apostles and practically invited them to leave too! When they stayed, Jesus challenged them further!
If God did not, would not consciousness itself eventually exact a worse penalty? Doesn’t God’s rebuke soften the barbs of Reality in the same way parents absorb some of the demands of human survival so their children may thrive?
“The most profound lesson of all this is that this struggle within every soul is not between that soul’s will and My Will. I do not impose rules upon any soul which are for my benefit, at the expense of what will benefit that soul. The struggle is between the conflicting inclinations of each soul. This struggle is embedded in the inescapable nature of consciousness.”
VerseScout: Job 35:6 If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him? 7 If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth he of thine hand? 8 Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; and thy righteousness may profit the son of man.
God leaned back. His eyes nearly closed. God’s Bedtime Story was finished.
“I just want to be left alone! Why doesn’t God just leave me alone?” I heard the plaintive cry from the borders of Hell. Now I understood the answer.
God created us as dependent upon each other as possible. Every soul who chooses not to contribute, to the whole Body of souls, that wisdom and skill which God gave him to share, immeasurably hurts all of us.
But it hurts himself most of all! It places him at the door of Oblivion, and instead of being driven back from that abyss towards creative, problem-solving work, he chooses instead the worst nightmares of his God-deprived imagination.
“I leave relatively alone those who flee from Me. At least for now. The torment, perceived by those who complain that I won’t leave them alone, is mostly from reality and from the conflict between the competing purposes within their own souls. My intervention is only to help lessen the pressures of reality and their internal conflict by patiently showing them the most direct escape from their suffering. Those who hate Me, hate because I challenge their myths and addictions in which they vainly trust to deliver them from their suffering. But I do not cause their suffering. My intervention lessens their suffering, if not their hate.”
VerseScout: Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Hebrews 12:4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. 5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
“Although I do create some pressure upon the hell-bound to spare them the worst of their created horrors, and if possible to coax them back to Me, the primary pressure upon them is the very nature of Consciousness itself. Their only hope is not further retreat, but Love. Without love, they are destined to Die while still alive.”
VerseScout: Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
VerseScout Relevance Report: The struggle between our physical desires and our higher purposes is illustrated by a runner. His stomach could care less whether his legs win a race. Neither do his legs care, for that matter. But the runner must ignore the rumblings of his stomach and the screaming of his legs in order to reach what his will has determined is a higher purpose.
Most of the host nodded off to sleep as soon as God finished speaking. It was not only God who was exhausted! But I couldn’t sleep until I had finished recording my notes for my diary. I looked for a couple of brothers too animated by revelation for sleep just yet, as I was. I found my two dear friends with whom my adventure of understanding Hell began. We talked it over.
“Right”, said Dr. Kaw-tawn. “It is not the suffering, but the willingness, that is love, and that is wonderful. The suffering itself stinks.”
“And God would never impose suffering upon another, and call it love or wonderful”, added Dr. Shaw-mah.
“But”, said I, “the demons regularly accuse God of imposing suffering upon them.”
“Their suffering is the farthest thing from love or wonderful”, commented Dr. Shaw-mah.
“Their suffering is very real, and very tragic,” added Dr. Kaw-tawn, “but we know it naturally results from conditions they have chosen. We beg to help them, but they refuse us. And in fact they accuse us of increasing their suffering by our efforts to help!”
“Indeed”, observed Dr. Shaw-mah, “we attempt to rescue them from their ultimate suffering – their nightmarish imaginations screaming, surrounding them on the lips of oblivion – by shining a light on their nightmares to assure them they are not real. But they have so much faith that their next nightmare will be a sweet dream, that they accuse our light of being the source of their suffering, while complaining that a god of love wouldn’t allow so much suffering!”
I marveled at their demonic rage against our evidence that their “religion” is devoid of power or authority, results or reason. As I reflected on this, a glowing I saw in the corner of my eye directed my gaze to God’s worktable, where God’s Future Plans were laid open. The glowing came from the title page of the chapter called “Cain”. I wondered what that meant.
“Interesting,” I observed, “that both for God at one end of the spectrum, and demons at the other end, there is suffering. Is, therefore, suffering inevitable, for consciousness?”
Dr. Shaw-mah’s eyes brightened. “Surely it is. But what difference! The suffering which is the cost paid by love for another, how glorious! How life-filling! The suffering of terror of living nightmares, how horrible! How tragic!”
Dr. Kaw-tawn was confused. “Then is it the destiny of lovers to suffer the work of trying to rescue haters from their suffering?” “Yes,” I answered, “for as long as one of them will still, as God put it – here it is in my notes – ‘rage when…reality…intrudes again…lash out, desiring to destroy, desiring that all the living share his perceived misery.’ Or for as long as they ‘hate the purest, the most innocent, the most responsible for the interaction that makes life continue, but which also knocks loudest on the door of Oblivion which he keeps trying to shut behind him.’
“But of course there was a ‘time’ before Lucifer fell, when God still suffered for the joy of Wisdom. And were there no souls in rebellion now, there would still be plenty to create, plenty of good to concentrate on, through which we may stretch ourselves and grow.”
Dr. Kaw-tawn mused. “There should be some principle here which can guide us more efficiently in working alongside God to help our lost brothers.”
Dr. Shaw-mah began, “The key is the level of complexity which our minds are willing to address. Picture a soul at the middle point between the suffering of creative love, and the suffering of nightmarish hatred of reality. As the mind addresses and resolves the problems which have caused it to suffer, the mind can tell itself it now has less to do, in which case it can coast, which of course means coast toward death. OR the mind can determine to accept new challenges, not waiting for the goad of suffering, but creating new wonderful things and conditions.”
Dr. Kaw-tawn continued, “God told us He had all eternity to finally become bored enough to turn back, bored, from oblivion, to love, but we cannot take that long. So God can shock us back into mental activity with problems.”
I added, “You mean, with problems whose unresolved condition already causes us pain. The problems are always before us, challenging us, but if we do not reach out to embrace them in love, before their unresolved condition hurts us, then God can reconfigure them so their condition hurts us enough to reach out faster to solve them.”
“Interesting.” Dr. Shaw-mah noted. “Very interesting. It is when everything seems to be going right, that we are in the greatest danger!”
We all laughed. “Yes”, I said. “Our natural inclination – the natural inclination of consciousness itself – is towards spiritual death when everything seems to be going right! Love alone resists this natural inclination of consciousness to lose its grip on reality.”
Dr. Kaw-tawn considered. “We have observed our lost brothers invent imaginary foundations for action to replace God’s Laws, and imaginary foundations for philosophy to replace God. They have, in a word or two, invented false Gods. This must be the natural culmination of the inclination of consciousness to lose its grip on reality.”
He hadn’t finished his thought, but his next sentence choked before it could begin. He struggled several long seconds before he could force his voice to function again. “This must, therefore, be a common, ordinary end result we should often expect to see among the Fallen.”
We were horrified. It was a long time before any of us could speak. Finally I spoke, impressed with the gravity not just of the condition of the Fallen, but of our own.
“For ourselves, to keep our dark spots from growing, perhaps the thing we need to focus on is to remember all these things. To not forget all that God has given us, all He has taught us to do, that we may be vigilant and not coast beyond the periods of rest He has appointed.”
VerseScout: Deuteronomy 8:1 All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers. 2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. 3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. 4 Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years. 5 Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee. 6 Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him. 7 For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; 8 A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey; 9 A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.
10 When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee. 11 Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: 12 Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; 13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; 14 Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; 15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; 16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; 17 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. 18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. 19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. 20 As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God.
VerseScout Relevance Report: Catastrophe is what shocks a dying consciousness back to life. People ask why a God of Love would allow “evil” in the world. This is the answer. It takes great self discipline and spiritual maturity to have everything going well and yet to still love, to still be reaching beyond one’s own needs to serve others, to be a blessing to others.
Adam didn’t have it, so God increased his stress level. Not to end his life in judgment, but in love, to keep him from dying indeed.
Dr. Kaw-tawn pondered. “Although God does create some pressure upon the hell-bound to spare them the worst of their created horrors, and if possible to coax them back to Him, the primary pressure upon them is the very nature of Consciousness itself. Their only hope is not further retreat, but Love. Without love, they are destined to Die while still alive!”
VerseScout: Romans 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
VerseScout Relevance Report: See how “the flesh” is equated with “death”, v. 6, and “enemy of God”, v. 7-8. Notice v. 6 doesn’t merely say “to be carnally minded LEADS TO a future death”, but that it “IS death”. In other words, a death while one yet physically lives. V. 11 isn’t merely equating the physical with death and the soul with life, but by talking about elevating the body itself from death to life, we see God is speaking about the consequences, for both body and soul, of choices made by the consciousness.
V. 13 says it is possible to “mortify the deeds of the body”. “Mortify”, in Greek, , (thanatoo) means “to put to death; metaphorically, to make to die i.e. destroy, render extinct; by death to be liberated from the bond of anything, literally to be made dead in relation to (something).” So God has made it possible for us to be liberated from the bonds (chains) of our sin-inclined “flesh”. But only “through the Spirit”, not if we “live after the flesh”.
As God leaned further back to rest, relaxing but not closing His eyes, those of the Host still awake replayed God’s story in their minds several times and took notes, quietly, worshipfully.
That is, until a thought struck all of us, about the same time. It was about God’s incredible vision of “forsaking the chains of Self for the freedom of Love.” The thought: how, is it possible for one part of us to find freedom, by deserting the interests and needs of another part of us? How many parts of us are there??!”
God’s eyes opened wide again. He sat straight up. “That’s right”, God said, restoring everyone to wakefulness. “The consciousness which each of you have, and which I have, behaves as if it has competing personalities within each center of consciousness.”
What? Competing personalities within each of us? OK, I’m ready to listen. Shake out the sleepy dust, eyes.
“We’ll talk about that later”, God said. “For now, it’s been a long day. Go to sleep.”
God promptly rested again, and we obediently laid down to sleep. No one said a word, but no one’s eyes came anywhere close to closing! Our eyes were all about as wide as halos!
We watched each other’s eyes to see if we were thinking the same thing. We stared at God to see if we could see any extra Gods where before we saw only One. We stared at each other, looking for any extra faces, hands, wings, any clue at all TO something more which had been heretofore hidden.
God just laughed softly to Himself and relaxed a little more.