Introduction

The Angel Diary as reviewed by a Mere Mortal

It’s amazing how much you can learn from an ordinary angel’s diary!

What was the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil? What hung on the Tree of Life? What was it like for God when He was alone, before He created angels and men? What “burns” in hell? Why did Lucifer, the smartest of all creatures, smart enough to know he would lose, smart enough to know he would suffer Hell, knowing what he was doing, defy God?

The answers to these and many other “unanswerable” questions are given with so much supporting Scripture that you will have to pinch yourself to remember it is, technically, “fiction”.

From before Creation, when Lucifer pulled off his spectacular coup against intelligence, creating Hell’s torments, through the joys and questions of Adam and Wo-man – Eve’s maiden name, the insights of Abel and the jealousy of Cain, the great civilizations of the giants and demigods, the sermons of Noah, and finally the horrors of the Flood, this Diary reveals it all. We have our facts on the authority of an angel.

A fictitious angel, but an angel nonetheless.

For an angel, however, Comunicius’ naiveté is often surprising. For example, Comunicius can’t understand how men can complain about suffering – either their own suffering, or the “suffering in the world”. Doesn’t God grant the prayers (unspoken as well as spoken) of each man to live as he pleases? If a man chooses to jump off a cliff, how does God wind up the one to blame when the stubborn, foolish man finally splats against reality? This is the sort of thing that makes angels roll their eyes.

Comunicius, the angelic Keeper of the Diary, witnessed the rebellion of 1/3 of the angels, the creation of the world, and the first millennium and a half of human history, before his diary was swept out of his hands by the turbulence of the Flood carving out the Grand Canyon.

His restored, reconstructed Diary is enhanced by a “VerseScout” computer report which pops up when some Scripture is similar to something Comunicius wrote.

This novel story also includes a computer “who” produces “VerseScout Relevance Reports” that apply the reported Scriptures to our lives today. The computer has so much personality that sometimes it even slips into first person, and makes admissions such as “I know this sounds controversial, but hey, I’m just a computer.”

It’s amazing how similar the “days of Noah” were to the “days of Nowa”.

VerseScout: Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noe [Noah] were, so shall also the [second] coming of the Son of man be.

Comunicius and these Scripture-laden computer reports give us a picture of time from Creation to Noah’s Flood, and put into perspective its application to us today.

The Diary of Comunicius can draw every Christian into a better understanding of and a closer walk with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And it could just as well be a manual for any person interested in better understanding the God of the Bible.

Comunicius gives powerful answers to God’s critics, capable of preparing readers to refute Lucifer’s accusations.

VerseScout: 1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.
VerseScout Relevance Report: “Answer” is the KJV (King James Version) translation of the Greek (apologia), which is why theologians use the word “apology” to mean what the Greek word means: “verbal defense, a reasoned statement or argument”, even though today “apology” has come to mean “an excuse for embarrassing behavior”. Comunicius’ answers are no embarrassed weaseling out of uncertainty about God’s rationality! They are a powerful “apology” in the Greek sense.

Comunicius may be a fictitious angel, but the truths portrayed through his diary stem from the solid foundation of God’s Word.

In fact, there are so many truths in this “fiction”, that it really doesn’t fit existing fiction categories. It needs its own. What other fiction makes such definite assertions relevant to traditional theology and historical fact that it provokes readers to debate whether or not they are true? Comunicius’ reports are appropriately categorized as “True Fiction”.

Comunicius gets a bit controversial at times. When he tells us what kind of fruit hung on the Tree of Knowledge, at least he does not oppose positions taken by traditional theology. But when he reports what Hell fire “burns”, well, many will find his reports rather hot.

What readers have said about The Prehistoric Angel Diary:

“Thank you for the opportunity to view your manuscript of The Angel Diary. I have found it to be an exceedingly interesting book. It reminds me of C.S. Lewis’ ‘Screwtape Letters’. It is of that excellence of quality. Your theories shine with purpose. Of course I am a strong believer in the King James Version and have had many scrimmages over it. It is still the most tried and true, and all others are just a counterfeit. So it blesses me that you use King James, and it also blesses me that you write out the Scriptures. You cover many important topics such as ‘The Life of the flesh is in the blood.’ While I take this writing to be ‘fiction’, it is truly thought-provoking with your support from Scripture. May God use this as a tool in your hand to promote the Gospel and to showcase the defeat of our enemy, Lucifer, the once cherished angel who now awaits his final destination – the fires of Hell.” — Dr. B. L. Rice, Bible College President, pastor of Commerce Community Church, West Des Moines, Iowa

“What I’ve read so far I like. It’s a good book. I have it almost read. My husband has read more of it than I have. I have to keep fighting him for the book.” — Rhonda Paine, Des Moines Iowa (Church background: Fundamentalist)

“I think it’s delightful.” — Kris Hoover, Des Moines, Iowa (Catholic)

“I’m liking it. I can’t read it straight through; Steve is reading it the same time I am and he keeps losing my book mark. I like how much Scripture it has.” — Kay Stroh, Indianola, Iowa (Baptist)

“I like it. I think it is a good starting point for conversation with an unbeliever.” — Pastor Jewelly Rice, Des Moines, Iowa (Charismatic)

“I used to wish I had lived in Bible times and been with people like Jesus and Noah. But in ‘Noah’s Favorite Sermons’, [Book 3], you hit a lot of nails on the head, and I thought about how controversial Jesus was, always arguing with the authorities, and now I’m glad I didn’t live then, because I’m afraid I would have been like ‘Sister Nice’, and would not have stood up for Jesus, but would have gone along with the religious leaders.” — Thelma Leach, my mother (Assembly of God)

Dave Leach published the Prayer & Action News from 1986 to 2015. That, plus his cable TV show which he hosted from 1995 to 2015, his candidacies for public office, and his controversial, Bible-quoting stands against abortion and sodomy, have gotten him media coverage from local newspapers to CNN International, and have gotten him listed in Who’s Who in Media and Communications and Who’s Who in America. He owns the Family Music Center in Des Moines, Iowa. His degree is in music education. Not “a denominational kind of guy”, he has been on the music staff of a variety of churches, and performs as a musician in churches as well as in secular settings. Contact him through www.Saltshaker.US or Pilgrim@Saltshaker.US

Chapter 1: Beelzebub’s Amazing Choices  Part One: Before Time – “The Cause of Hell”  What was going through the mind of Heaven’s top angel, to explain his rebellion against Heaven? It is hard enough to understand why any human would turn away from Heaven, even for a moment. An interview with Satan.

Chapter 13 The Tree of Grace – Part 3: The Two Trees

Day Six, a few minutes before Sundown

Eden functions just like Heaven, except that it is made of these new elements composed of Breath. It functions the same in that all that lives in it are interdependent, to a degree only God could have conceived. Just like the Body of Heaven.

Sure, if harm were to come to some species, most other life would be able to continue, just as our Body still lives and functions even with our brothers incapacitated. But it would be crippled, just as the loss of a limb, or organ, in a particular physical body, would reduce its full potential; and like our Body has been crippled, by comparison with its potential.

That’s just like God, to create a system whose very structure encourages, if not requires for its very existence, Love.

And that is how two wonderful trees interact with one another to sustain the humans of the future – although they are not designed to be used by humans quite yet.

One Tree offers Eternal Life, and the other Order, to the spiritual “body” into which humans are designed to grow. Their respective functions are like the heart and brain of a physical body. As the heart propels life-giving blood to every cell, while the brain coordinates the entire body so it may move with one purpose: even so one Tree offers life, and the other Tree offers to unite Adam and Wo-man and all their descendants into a single – well, I’m still not sure exactly what God means by this word, but a single “Bride”.

VerseScout: Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

The Tree of Grace offers wisdom to humans. The same wisdom by which God made the worlds.

VerseScout: Proverbs 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, … 16 Length of days is in her right hand;…18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: … 19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
VerseScout Relevance Report: Verse 16 even attributes “length of days” to this “Wisdom”, just as Genesis 3:22 says the Tree of Life in Eden had the capacity to make men “live for ever”.

Wisdom of course is not some mere capacity of a human brain. It is a connection with God. It is an aspect of God. It is God reaching down to hand man not “just” Infinite Life, but Infinity itself. That is, that Wisdom by which God made the worlds, is God. God Himself. Wisdom is not merely information to be learned, but a Person to be Found and Known.

VerseScout: Hebrews 1:1 God, …2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, …by whom also he made the worlds;
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. …14 And the Word was made flesh….
VerseScout Relevance Report: Proverbs 3:13-19 records the offer of a Person named Wisdom who offers every good thing, and Who founded the Earth – the description which Hebrews 1:1-5 and John 1:1-4 gives to Jesus.

Although God gave Adam and Wo-men life from the first Breath of Life He breathed into them, the Tree of Grace is more than mere existence. Without God, our fallen brothers can still exist, land “live” in that sense, but they are like a branch broken from a tree which still exists but which no longer grows or interacts with the tree.

VerseScout: John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. …4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: …
Romans 11:17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
VerseScout Relevance Report: Jesus is even called a Tree! He is called the Vine, of which we are the branches, John 15:1-8; and also the olive tree, into whose root we branches are grafted in, Romans 11:17-18. Perhaps the Tree of Life of Genesis and Revelation are the same Tree, Jesus, into which we are invited to be grafted in as branches.

Of all creation, the Tree of Grace was the most costly to God! For this Tree has, for its fruit, the very living Flesh of God, containing the very Blood of God!

VerseScout: John 6:50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. (See also verses 40-58.)
Revelation 2:7 …To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. 22:2 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. …14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city,
VerseScout Relevance Report: Jesus’ flesh is given for our Eternal Life-giving food, John 6:40-58, just like the fruit of a tree, John 15:1-4, and Jesus is the source of our Life, John 1:1-4.
We can’t imagine how alike, physically, the Tree of Life, and the Shed Blood of Jesus Christ, may be. But these Scriptures show that they both offer the same life-giving, sin-covering properties. If they offer the same Gift, and we know one of them cost God dearly, how could the other not be costly? They behave as two analogies of the same reality. Perhaps this is a clue to Revelation 13:8 (“…the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world”, although the passage probably means the Book of Life existed from the beginning but the Lamb was slain much later). Genesis 3:22 describes a physical “Tree of Life” offering the same Eternal Life which Jesus offers.

To be more specific, the flesh and blood were the flesh and blood of the Word of God, the Physical Manifestation of God.

VerseScout: John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
VerseScout Relevance Report: There is only one way the Tree of Life can be a way to Eternal Life while at the same time Jesus is the only way: and that is for Jesus, and the Tree of Life, to be one.
Further circumstantial support for this presumption is the similarity between Jesus’ 12 apostles and the Tree’s 12 fruits, and the fact Jesus spent much time in a particular Garden. Adam sinned and was taken out of the Garden. Jesus was taken out of the Garden for our sins.
In Revelation 2:7, only those who prove themselves will be allowed access to the Tree of Life, just as Adam and Eve were denied access after they failed to prove themselves.
Proverbs 3 likewise compares access to Wisdom with the acquisition of treasures, which requires people to “prove themselves” through work and commitment.
“The fruit of the righteous”, “desires fulfilled”, and “a wholesome tongue” are called “a tree of life” later in Proverbs 11:30, 13:12, and 15:4. In these verses, the phrase seems to describe a little taste available, of The Tree, in a fallen world.

Neither of the Two Trees is ready to be eaten. God revealed the location of the other Tree to Adam and Wo-man but told them not to eat its fruit now.

God is very serious about desiring that Adam and Wo-man trust and obey Him, because God wants wonderful things for them – all the power in the universe, which God created just for them – but without trusting and obeying God, any power at all would be harnessed to destroy.

Such is the offer of the Two Trees.

It is not only trust and obedience that must be firm before handing over the keys to such power: it is discipline. Discipline must be a habit like walking and breathing. Without discipline, the best intentions, at the steering wheel of such power, must destroy.

VerseScout: Mark 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Hebrews 10:26-27 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
Luke 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
VerseScout Relevance Report: Mark 11:23 is a glimpse of the enormous power God offers us. Hebrews 10:26-27 is a warning of the judgment that follows misuse of it. Luke 12:47-48 explains the mercy of not giving too much information, or power, to people apt to misuse it.
The Tree of Life was available to Adam before he sinned, though he could only find it by walking with God. After he turned from God, the Tree became unavailable for the rest of Adam’s physical life. Revelation 2:7 says it will again be available after our physical life, if we walk with God during our physical life.
The limits God placed, on the availability of the Tree of Life to man, illustrate the limits of God’s “patience” with man, or of the limits of God’s mercy for our sins, or of the limits on Jesus’ shed blood to wash away sins. They are an outline whose details are filled in with Scriptures about Blood, Hardness of Heart, the Unforgivable Sin, etc. God’s many wonderful promises are thus locked away behind the door named Bible Reading.

There can be no lovelier route to the Trees. It begins amidst the Flowers of Love with the creation of Eve. When we saw her, we stopped worrying about any human soul ever even thinking about choosing to leave Heaven!

Wo-man’s beauty, her grace, her kindness, her intelligence were enough to dazzle Adam for as long as time could possibly last! There is no possible way Adam could ever stop thanking God for such a blessing, trusting God who had given such a blessing to obviously always want the best for him, and obeying God’s advice about how to keep such a blessing!

Next the route leads through the Fields of Faith with God’s request that Adam trust His warning about the other tree. What a simple command! With Wo-man to keep him satisfied, what could possibly tempt him to disobey?!

The Valley of Decision is where man may reach up to accept what God brings down. When God designed robots, He called them animals. God made man a reflection of Himself, with the power to choose and create.

What more could man possibly want than God offers?

Over the Valley of Decision towers the other Tree.

Then finally, on the other side, there it is, the Tree of Grace, by the Rivers of Living Water.

Chapter 12 Man!

After all the wonderful plants and animals were created, God gathered us all around, with a big grin on His face, and said He was saving the best for last.

God said that the very fact the best was being saved for last would be an analogy, for any rebel who questions why God does not give everything they ask exactly when they ask for it.

Good things need preparation, He explained. The better they are, the more preparation they need. But good things are always worth waiting for. Good things, taken before their way is prepared, would only be bad things. And was this next thing going to be good!

Then God scooped up some dust, rearranged its elements into what appeared to be a most beautiful animal, and then breathed into it a Soul which reflected the very Face of God!

Dust contains an amazing mix of all the elements that exist, complex beyond the power of any angel to recreate. And not just dead elements, but plant and animal life. All God needed for the physical body, He found in the dust.

We suddenly understood that those six days of creation glory were all planned around the preparation of this pile of dust.

Not that God needed dust or He could not have found what He needed, but God wanted His new creature to feel at home, walking the ground of Earth, surrounded by the stellar glories which had, by God’s Hand, been used to manufacture this amazing dust out of primordial water.

The creature’s soul, however, was made from the elements of Heaven, so that the soul might always know its home is there.

It was the inside of the Soul which astonished us, more than the body which was amazing enough. We saw that all the physical things God had fashioned out of His Breath faced the possibility of extinction, through accident or design, and re-formation into new creations. But the Soul seems indestructible, eternal, reflecting the very essence of God Himself!

I don’t mean the soul actually is indestructible. I mean rather that it is marked by God for eternal protection from destruction. The really remarkable thing about the soul is what it is about it, that inspired God to mark it for eternal protection.

It has something to do with its power to choose.

God calls the soul and its body “man”, and “Adam”, which means “red in the face”, because of his thin hairless skin that allows the color of his blood to show through.

God created the man out of red earth, and that hue is in the man’s skin. We could see from the manner of construction that Adam’s descendants had the potential for lighter and for darker skin. As red earth is a medium color for earth, Adam’s chromosomes were arranged for the maximum potential for variety of color in his descendants.

How different than all the other animals: the fish with their tough, colorful scales, the mammals with their soft bright hair, the birds with their lovely, delicate feathers, the reptiles with their thick, hard skin!

Man’s physical appearance showcased the grandest miracle of all creation: blood! God had said “it is good” after all He had made, but God really liked blood.

VerseScout: Genesis 1:4 God saw the light, that it was good…. 10…Earth and…seas…was good…12 [plants]…was good… 18 [sun, moon and stars]…was good…. 21 [fish] was good…. 25 [land animals] was good…. 31 [everything, including man]…and, behold, it was very good.

He told us “look at this. This is special. This is special. Life is in the blood. See how universal it is! All living flesh has some form of it, without which it cannot live!”

VerseScout: Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. 12 Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood. 13 And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust. 14 For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.
VerseScout Relevance Report: The preceding Scripture speaks of physical life; the following Scripture speaks of eternal life. Our physical bodies must not consume physical blood without great hazard to our health; but our Souls cannot live without the sustenance of God’s Life poured out for us.
It had to be hard for the Jews, raised by the command of God to never drink blood, to hear the Son of God telling them they had to drink His blood! Not just accept the salvation His blood provides, but drink it!
This is actually the same message we find in Ecclesiastes 1, that all is “vanity and vexation of spirit”, KJV, meaning in Hebrew that the universe is made of the Breath of God, which is sustained, or finds its purpose, through the Holy Spirit.
VerseScout: John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 48 I am that bread of life. 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

“Blood is different, of course, from one animal to another. Only vertebrates have hemoglobin. But even the life of plants flows through a substance which serves them the way blood serves animals and man.

“Now watch very carefully, as history unfolds, what I do with blood. I have made it a living analogy of how I nourish all souls. Through blood I explain the cost of Love. Through blood I will explain the cost even I must pay, for My love.”

A cost? Of love? A cost even God must pay? If God must pay it, how much more the rest of us? That was a really troubling thing to hear.

VerseScout: Matthew 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

“It is the key to a Heaven from which no soul will ever again depart!”
What a glorious purpose! A guarantee that men would never leave Heaven, as angels did! But men are on Earth. Does this mean men will never rebel on Earth, either?

There had been so much intelligence packed into every cell of all the plants and the animals, that I had forgotten they lacked Souls. But when I saw the Man, and saw him talk with God, I realized he was special.

God announced that through Man he would fill heaven with His Children. We were ecstatic with joy, for God’s sake as well as our own, at this news. But not so ecstatic as we were when he next said “I have made you to be Ministering Spirits, and now I send you forth to serve Man, who shall be my Heir, and who shall inherit Salvation. I will be sure to praise you before men. I will tell men of the wonderful service you give them.”

VerseScout: Hebrews 1:13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
Psalm 103:19 The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. 20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels [messengers, whether human or Heavenly], that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. 21 Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. 22 Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

It was not long before we saw what Adam could do, which no animal could do. He was able to imagine possibilities.

Adam longed for fellowship with a creature of his own kind, as he saw the animals had. While each animal had many of its own kind with which to frolic – flocks of birds, schools of fish, herds of grazing animals, a congress of baboons, etc. – Adam had not one single creature of his own kind!

Why, Adam wondered?

VerseScout: Gen 2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
VerseScout Relevance Report: The verse does not explicitly tell us who noticed Adam had no mate – maybe it was only God and the lack never occurred to Adam. Except that “there was not found” implies that the one who noticed had been looking. Neither God nor angels needed to look; they already knew. It must have been Adam. And the strong desire for mates among humans today suggests Adam had it too, and was deeply disappointed that there was none. It even suggests that during that long work of naming animals, with their mates, (remember that male and female animals have distinct names, so all animals must have had mates as they appeared before him) all Adam could think about was “where’s mine?”

The very fact that Adam had the capacity to wonder was a clue to us that God had something special in mind for Adam – the ability to love! We understood how the capacity to wonder was a requisite for the ability to love. The capacity to wonder was, in turn, an element of another Gift we now perceived manifesting before our eyes, a Gift God had not given to any other earthly creature. A Gift confined until now to angels.

Indeed, we quickly understood this Gift was to become our link to all Creation. Until now, all God had created was beautiful, entertaining, and awesome. But now, upon the giving of this Gift to Adam, there was, for the first time, a Creature, a Created Being, with whom we could have Fellowship!

This Gift was the ability of Adam to visualize something that did not already exist, and then to desire it, and then to ask God for it. We coined a new word for this Gift: Prayer.

VerseScout: Matthew 8:28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? 30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. 31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. 32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
VerseScout Relevance Report: This shows that demons had the power to visualize possibilities not already realized, and to pray for them; it even shows Jesus was willing to answer the prayer of demons! How much more must the angels of God have this capacity, and Jesus the desire to satisfy them!

We saw how much more beneficial this was to Adam, to have less than he needed but then to have the capacity to Pray for it, than had God made him with all he needed in the first place, with nothing more to imagine or pray for, the way God had made the animals.

We saw that through Prayer, Adam was actually Creating in the same manner as God, and with the same power – God’s, though without direct control over it. This process of creating, we saw to be a source of satisfaction in itself, a key even to meaning in life.

VerseScout: John 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

We saw also how this process of asking of God, and receiving, depended on God’s willingness to sacrifice the effort and energy to rearrange the rest of the Universe to accommodate this request. Such sacrifice constituted evidence of God’s Love, which inspired reciprocal love in Adam.

No animal could visualize an alternative to reality, and decide the alternative would have been better, or wonder why God had not made it so. That capacity not only to visualize an alternative to reality, but to prefer it, is the beginning of the ability to tell right (what is preferred) from wrong, or good from evil. And without all these capacities, there can be no capacity to love, we realized as we cataloged Adam’s potentials.

An animal can only return “love”, which is not real love. An animal has to capacity to love, or do good for, its enemies.

VerseScout: John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Matthew 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
VerseScout Relevance Report: Animals sometimes lay down their lives for their young, for each other, and humans. But there is no clear evidence that conscious individual choice enters into it; in fact the very predictability of “animal altruism” by certain animals in certain situations points to their “programming” as the cause. Loving their enemies is a level of love never observed among animals.
Humans are able to love even their enemies, and even to lay down their lives for their enemies. The fact that humans do not do so consistently or predictably proves the act is by individual choice.
The degree of affection of which animals are capable, is described by Jesus as the limit of affection shown by the worst of men.
Jesus said the greatest love is to die for one’s friends, but then his act was far greater: He died for all His enemies!

God responded to Adam’s unspoken prayer for companionship by fully satisfying him! We expected God would create an instant civilization of men, as He had of animals. But no, God has planned something better, we soon realized.

In the first place, Adam did not pray for an entire civilization. He desired just one female, with whom he could not only have fellowship but children. Even before God responded we figured out that Adam desired this so much, that one female would so satisfy his desire for love, that he would not care about an entire civilization buzzing around him.

In the second place, this desire of Adam was an opportunity God had used to strengthen Human Love. The animals may have enjoyed instant fellowship, but they could not say they were all related to each other. Only a few animals of any given kind would in the future be able to claim common ancestry, and even those few lacked the intelligence to grasp the concept.

But if things proceeded as they were beginning, we realized all future humans would be able to say they came from the same common ancestor!

That they were all “brothers and sisters”! We saw this as a great incentive to Love, because it is always easiest to understand that which is most like oneself. We saw how that would make it easier for humans to love each other.

God was giving humans a tool for developing love which He had not even given angels!

VerseScout: Matthew 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
VerseScout Relevance Report: The fact that angels do not marry strongly suggests they do not have babies, which in turn suggests that they were all created at the same time, and are not related in the physical sense that humans are.

But God was doing something even more to unite all humans in one common ancestry. Not only would all future humankind proceed from the union of the same male and female, but even the female would proceed from the male!

VerseScout: Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. 19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. 20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. 21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 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. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
1 Corinthians 11:11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. 12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.

We discussed all these possibilities as God sedated Adam and cut flesh from his side to make a woman. God told us, “notice the bond that will now exist between man and woman. Adam shed his own blood so that his bride might exist. This will make the man love the woman, seeing how much of himself is in her; this will make the woman love the man, seeing how her existence is owed to him. Love leads the lover to sacrifice, and the recipient of the sacrifice is led to love.”

VerseScout: John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Luke 7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. 48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. ….50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

God continued, “See how Adam’s sacrifice, from out of his side, makes the existence of his bride possible? I, too, seek a bride: a congregation of souls who will live in Heaven with me, for all eternity, and never repent of love. I love these two souls, and I will love their children, so much that I, too, am willing to cut open My own side, if that is what is necessary to make the existence of my bride possible! I am even willing, should it be required, to face the surgery without the anesthetic.”

We wondered at such strange words! God, cut open? God, in pain? How could such a thing be? Such a thing obviously could be, since God told us it could.

We tried to imagine what sort of “bride” God visualized.

VerseScout: John 19:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. 35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.
Revelation 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Isaiah 62:5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
Isaiah 49:18 Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.
Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

We had noticed how carefully God had removed Adam’s rib, leaving intact the periosteum – the membrane surrounding the bone, and peeling out the rib. Soon we understood why, as we saw the rib begin to grow back.

We learned that the periosteam contains cells that can manufacture new bone, and rib bones are the easiest to grow back because the attached intercostal muscles provide a rich blood supply.

God said, “In the same way that Adam’s rib was taken from him, and yet is being replaced by a new rib, a part of me will be removed and yet will be quickly restored.”

We couldn’t even react to this statement. It was so far beyond us. I just wrote it down, and turned down the corner of the page so I can find it again, if more explanation comes later.

God taught all the animals how to procreate, as well as quite a number of amazing things, such as how to navigate annually to distant parts of the Continent, despite brains and sense organs far from adequately equipped for the task. God made them dependent on Him to guide each of them throughout their lives. God did not give animals the capacity to question or disobey. Rather, their obedience was so “automatic” that each animal in each species, from the greatest to the least, behaved uniformly.

That is, of course there were varieties of personalities, to make them interesting. But there was nothing like the range from very good to very evil which exists among angels because of the choices they have made.

Only Man, of all on Earth, was given the capacity to Obey. To man alone, God said, “be fruitful and multiply” with conscious words, with the desire for but not the certainty of man’s conscious, willful obedience.

There are other differences. We saw God’s design for human reproduction.

All other animals will nurture their young for a very brief time: from no time at all to a few minutes, to a few months. Man, alone, will be required to nurture their young for ten years or more before they will be self sufficient!

What love God is requiring man to perfect, as a condition of his own survival! God has special plans for man!
God made animals with little capacity to teach their children, beyond a few months at most. Nor do animals have much capacity for learning with age. An animal one year old and the same kind of animal 10 years old will not only have about the same level of skill, but will have about the same skills. Not so man! God created man with capacity to learn, and to teach, and to choose areas of learning, for his entire life!

Not only is this a blessing in itself, but it will be a powerful incentive to an even greater blessing: monogamous, lifetime relationships between husband and wife. “Marriages”, we call them. Commitments for life, which are conscious choices in a manner beyond the capacity of animals, and beyond the experience of angels.

VerseScout: Matthew 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

The reason the capacity to learn and teach for life will encourage lifetime marriages is that children will require parental instruction for many years, and will greatly benefit from parental instruction for many more years; while parents will greatly benefit from the joy of their children when they are young, and the wisdom of their children when they are mature. Man has so much capacity to continue teaching and learning, that even grandchildren will suffer without stable relationships with their grandparents.

The greatest blessing of all, to which all this will lead, is the preparation for Heaven!

Animals, by contrast, mate with whomever is available, which may vary from year to year, or even day to day. What little capacity they have to teach their young is exhausted quickly.

In fact, God made man so dependent on monogamy that if man were ever to even try to be as polygamous as animals, their very bodies would disintegrate with corruption and disease. Man was made dependent on monogamy for his very health!

No animal could honestly have said, as Adam said, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (God liked that, and said He would be sure to put it in His book.)

Before Adam said that, he acknowledged the special way God made Adam’s mate, or rather, wife, the woman: by taking flesh from Adam’s side rather than dust from the ground from which He had fashioned all other life. He said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Wo-man, because she was taken from man.”

VerseScout: Genesis 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 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. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

As wonderful as it was that God had given Adam the power to visualize, which Adam had used to co-create his wife with God, we marveled at the irony of his ability to want anything he did not already have, when he had only begun to taste the delights of what he already had!

Thousands of fruits yet to taste! Beauty in unnoticed clouds, sunrises, flowers, animals – more beauty than could ever fit in a thousand years of study, thrills, joy, and thanks to God!

Not only is it impossible for Adam to see more than a fraction of all the beauty around him – for example, while he is looking at flowers he cannot also look at clouds – but with his powers of imagination he is able to see little or nothing at all of what he has while he is creating what he has not! In that sense he is far less aware of his surroundings than animals, although he of course interacts with his environment far more.

Yet God still faithfully created beauty just to wait for Adam’s glance, so that wherever a man might happen to look, there it is!

But why did God take such care to create beauty even where Adam could not look? Beauty under water, or in a microscopic world too small for him to see, or on distant planets, or star formations too faint for his weak eyes (compared with ours), or in the infrared spectrum, or the ultraviolet spectrum, or the spectrum in which the Light from God’s Face shines, or even in such more familiar worlds as the world of smells known to Adam’s dog?

Yet one more world of beauty worthy of note here: the world of dreams. What magnificent colors, shapes, images, sounds, stories, and adventures await Adam’s first night of sleep, almost none of which will he remember even if he tries hard!

When I asked God about these things, He answered, “That beauty which man cannot or chooses not to see, will not you see it?”

“Yes, but”, I asked, “am I wrong in perceiving that all this that You have just created, was not for us, since we already had a wonderful universe, but for man? If so, then is it not ironic that only the thinnest slice of all this beauty You have created for him can possibly be appreciated by him?”

“When I was alone, before I created angels,” God pointed out, “not even the thinnest slice of the beauty I created was appreciated by anyone! And even now you have the capacity to see only the thinnest slice.”

I felt sorry for God, that there was a time when there was no one to praise Him. Then just as quickly, I felt ashamed of myself for elevating sentient life so highly in my estimation, that I imagined its acknowledgment of God could be of such value to God that its absence would disappoint Him!

But God was gracious beyond imagination.

“Although I do not need your praise to know joy, it is my greatest treasure when you and your brothers give it.”

I wept at God’s humility in assuring me that His greatness did not lessen His appreciation of my poor gifts!

He continued, “But when no one appreciates what I have done and created, I still appreciate it. I find great personal satisfaction in making all things excellent. I pack quality and intelligence into everything I do, because it pleases Me.
“I have made Adam in Our Image. He, too, will take great pleasure in doing all things well, even when there is no other man to understand or appreciate it, although he will take even greater pleasure in giving to others.
“One day Adam will build a house. And in a time when he has many descendants, he will reserve to his own eyes a room so personal that he will invite no one in. He will even drive out insects, so that even they will be denied a glimpse of its beauty. (Translator’s note: apparently this description is of a “Man Cave”.) Even Wo-man will avoid it, because the concept women have of beauty includes being clean. Yet Adam will delight in making it beautiful, for his eyes alone.”

VerseScout: Mark 7:37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.
Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Ecclesiastes 2:24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.

I marveled. Not only was it beyond human capacity to see all the beauty God had created for man, but it stretched human capacity to remain ever conscious of appreciating it – or in other words, of acknowledging its source – or in other words, of thanking God for it. But since thanksgiving is the doorway to happiness for man, there is every reason for confidence that man will always stretch his capacity to give it.

Day seven – God is resting from His labor. He ceased working.

VerseScout: Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

I would understand if the reason God is resting is because He is tired. It wore me out just watching Him work! But the only reason I am sure of is that He is done. Creation is finished.

That is, at least this stage of it. God has already said there will be more to be done, later, regarding this “blood”.

VerseScout: John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

I have no idea whether all the First Week’s work actually tired God, but I can tell you this: the degree of intelligence God packed into the creation of the universe, the Earth, and all its life, is as far beyond my comprehension as is God Himself! Not to mention the future planning that went into designing everything from hatching an egg to however God is going to turn Adam and Wo-man into His Children! That is, into souls eternally committed, as if in marriage, to God’s Love in Heaven, so that never again will souls choose to abandon Heaven! Not to mention this “blood” thing, about which I have no clue.

Still, the idea that anything could tire God is difficult to swallow. He certainly doesn’t look or act tired. But I know He rested, because He said so. And normally it is difficult to rest if you are not at least a little bit tired.

VerseScout: Psalm 121:1 A Song of degrees. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
VerseScout Relevance Report: “Slumber” and “sleep” translate the Hebrew words ivn num and jwy yashen. Num (slumber) is defined as “to slumber from drowsiness, figuratively it can mean inactivity or laziness.” Yashen (sleep) means to be slack (“lacking due diligence; slack in duty or service”) or languid (“drooping, feeble, weak, indisposed to exertion, ‘the body is languid after excessive action, which exhausts its powers’”). By implication, the word can mean to sleep, to die, or to grow old, stale, or inveterate (established, set in its ways, inflexible).
In other words, God neither gets careless from the temporary stupor of exhaustion-caused sleep, or from the permanent physical debility of old age.
For some reason not one English translation draws a distinct difference between the two words.

God certainly didn’t go to sleep, of course, the way we do. He did not retire from consciousness. He did not cease watching over us all. God only rested.

This is very important to us, that God never ceases watching over us, and it will surely be very reassuring to the man too.

Chapter 13 The Tree of Grace – Part 3: The Two Trees Both of the trees were obviously designed for human consumption, but for several reasons the angels are discussing, the humans aren’t ready to eat them. They need to wait just a little, but there is nothing terrible about waiting a little.

Chapter 11 Evolutionists from Hell

As God stretched out the boundaries of the universe in all directions from the earth at the speed of light, Hell was pushed with them, remaining beyond the borders, in the Outer Darkness. Of course, our communication with them was still instantaneous.

They told us, “What do you mean, God ‘created’ plants only yesterday? Why, they have taken a billion years to evolve!”

Sarcamson shot back, “Do you measure one year as one orbit of the Earth around the Sun, or do you measure it by the number of orbits that I roll my eyes while you talk?”

We corrected him. Or at least we tried. “Sarcamson, you have to be more considerate. Can’t you see they’re living in a time warp? They’re so far away from God, that a day of watching God at work probably does seem like eternity to them.”

Sarcamson apologized to them. But the shallowness of his repentance was suggested by his eye rolling when they explained how God had not created the sphere of water out of which came the universe, but that it had sprung by itself out of a single point.

That’s right: they say God didn’t do any of this at all, but it all appeared on its own! To our incredulous requests of them to develop their scenario, they said the universe had been compacted within a tiny infinitesimally small point since God was a boy, held in its compacted state by tremendous forces of gravity! But finally it exploded, as a result of “forces we do not yet understand”, into the universe we see today! God had nothing to do with it, they say! All God did was take the credit!

Sarcamson asked them exactly where this point was located, so that we might watch it to see what surprises might pop out next.

“We don’t understand that, either”, they explained.

“Why doesn’t that surprise me?” he inquired.

To our astonishment that they could persuade themselves the entire universe could squeeze into a point, they said, “Well, it’s even easier to understand how the entire universe could be squeezed into a point, than something smaller, since there is so much more gravity in it to do the squeezing!”

Oh, well.

They have imaginative explanations for the formation of celestial bodies out of all this “globby soup”. They claim, for example, that stars formed from vast clouds of hydrogen when the gravitational pull of the hydrogen overcame its gas pressure, and the clouds collapsed into high density bodies. It doesn’t bother them that there is no way the gravity of a cloud of hydrogen could overcome its gas pressure. For some reason they won’t accept the original existence of huge bodies of water which compact easily.

Not to mention the fact that we watched God make those stars out of water, and they did too. Miracles occurred right before their eyes – so they closed their eyes and dreamed! But that’s what hell seems to be all about.
My friend Gandal stopped by. He had been hanging around Hell. I asked him the latest on the age of plants.

“300 million years, 2 hours, and 3 minutes.”

“How did they come up with so precise a figure?” I asked.

He said, “Well, when they told me the plants were 300 million years old, that was 2 hours and 3 minutes ago.”

Well, as I said, the farther one recedes from God, the faster time travels, but this is ridiculous! I mean, it is one thing to be infinitely restless, completely without peace, so that seconds seem like ages. It’s another thing to miscount the orbits of the Earth as having been billions, when it has not been one! They challenge not merely God. They challenge the established rules of addition and subtraction!

And that’s another thing. They are telling each other that the creation of the universe, which took place on the fourth day, supposedly took place over the past 15 billion years! That is, during the past 25 billion orbits of the earth around its sun!

We’re talking now the end of the fourth day, when the earth has not quite completed 1/365th of its orbit around its new Sun, and they actually allege 12 billion orbits have already been completed!

If you’re wondering why the number of billions changes every time it comes up, ask them! They’re not our figures! If they can come up with an explanation why they can’t repeat the same wild figure twice in a row, let me know what it is.

It is amazing to listen to their favorite “experts” pontificate on the age of the universe. One will offer his “documented proof” that it is 17 billion years old. All will agree. A minute later another will prove it is 7 billion years old. They will all agree that the earlier figure has been changed, and thus made even more accurate. The next will say it is 30 billion years old, and the rest will be so grateful to now have the truth.

But let someone step forward with some of the irrefutable evidence that it has been four days, and they will say that disagreeing with them is not “scientific”, but “is being religious”, and religion is “irrelevant” during scientific discussions. Evidence is “unscientific” if it disagrees with them. Good “science” requires censoring evidence that disagrees.

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We have been watching with admiration the creativity of God in making so many cycles in the Universe that match the character of His Breath. (Or, as it is also called, His Spirit.)

We see electrons orbiting around nuclei, chlorophyll circulating within the bodies of plants, air and water circulating around the Earth, moons orbiting planets, planets orbiting suns, stars orbiting galaxies, and galaxies orbiting around the Earth. Yet for all the stability God has created in the universe, by making it out of the most stable material possible outside Himself – His Breath, the universe is so far from monotonous!

Sunrises and sunsets, for example, could come one after another a million times in a row and never become boring, because every one looks different and beautiful! Why? Because God’s breaths themselves are never perfectly identical, although they are always essentially of the same components.

Why, just see nature’s perpetual dance! Sunrise, sunset! Winds whirling around continually, then returning whence they came! Rivers running into the sea perpetually, yet the sea never gets full, but God carries their waters back to whence rivers begin!

God has made all things full of…what would be a good word to describe it? Labor. That’s it. “Labor” is a good word. “Labor” seems to be, somehow, the essence of creation.

VerseScout: Ecclesiastes 1:8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

Day five – Out of the particles God has created, He has now created living creatures even more intelligent than plants! He created fish, great and small, able to navigate the waters; and all manner of flying animals able to navigate the air!

Most miraculous of all, God created them with the ability to reproduce themselves!

But God didn’t just create a few of them and wait for them to reproduce until they filled the earth. God filled the earth with them instantly! God did not create a single blade of grass and wait years for it to multiply and cover the meadow, but He painted entire hillsides with its soothing green!

It would not even have been possible to create just one or two of each plant and animal, because they were so dependent upon others for their survival. For example, whales need the company of other whales: and not just one other whale, but entire pods of them, in order to be complete. How marvelous, and considerate of the needs of the smallest creature, is God’s creation!

VerseScout: Genesis 2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
VerseScout Relevance Report: Implied in this verse is that all the animals already had mates, and that none of the animals were a suitable mate for Adam.

What love, that not one of these, not the smallest of them, was created without its needs being provided!

But God did not completely fill the earth with plants, birds and fish. God left plenty of room for all of them to grow and multiply.

We watched the rest of our question of a couple of days ago being answered before our eyes. We watched birds eat berries which contained seeds, and we watched them leave their “droppings”, which still contained the live seeds, miles away from where the berries grew!

And God created flying insects, such as bees, to spread pollen on stamens in the course of producing a wonderful golden substance called “honey”.

When God solves a problem, the result is always, truly, sweet!

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And now our fallen brothers are at it again! They say God didn’t create the plants, birds, and fish, but they “just evolved”.

When we asked what “evolve” means, they defined this word as “the chance creation of living things by dead elements randomly banging together for billions of years”!

“You mean,” we queried, “if you bang two rocks together long enough, they will turn into a fish?”

“Yes, yes!” They were so excited that we understood. “Or if lightning strikes water long enough! Doesn’t it make perfect sense? If you have lightning striking water for two or three billion years, why, can’t you see it’s just INEVITABLE that out of all those lighting strikes, one would hit just right to turn some of the water into a fish?”

“OK, let me double check something”, I once asked them. “If you were flying around and found an abandoned wing cover, would you assume an angel had flown by there, or would you assume some rocks had been banging together and evolved into a wing cover?”

“Obviously, that would prove an angel had flown by there.
But what’s your point?”

We found ourselves unable to even continue our conversation without some bold new strategy.

Remember that word we had to coin to describe the particular variety of “amazing” which Beelzebub had shown?

Well, that same variety of “amazing” was what we faced in this conversation.

But desperate curiosity drove us to want to continue the conversation as long as possible, to answer why such incredibly intelligent beings could believe such stupidity.

How could we do that? Not by yelling “that’s stupid” and flying away.

After a few angelic conferences, we came up with a strategy. We would use temporary deception. We would pretend to understand them, and agree with them long enough to keep the conversation going, while we probed their thinking, to see if we could find some flaw in it which we could expose to them, that they might be restored to the truth.

This was a controversial strategy, because it required deception, even if temporarily. There was the risk that the deception might become permanent, through our inability to explain our logic to them; after all, we had already failed to explain things even more basic.

But our purpose was to deliver them from their own deception, and to restore them to The Truth. To deliberately leave them in deception seemed less honest than trying to free them from deception. So we decided to take the risk.

We made up a new word for our strategy: “sarcasm”.

Here is a typical example of our sarcasm:

“Wow, I see what you mean about all that rock banging. And how animals evolved from plants, by, how did you say it? By banging rocks into plants? Or was it banging plants into each other?”

“Well, actually, they weren’t big rocks. Just little tiny ones, so little you can’t see them. You know, the atoms. They are just little rocks banging around all the time, and yet they make up the most complex living structures. So you can see how rock piles, banging into each other at the molecular level, might evolve by chance into a hill here, a mountain there, and if they bang around for enough billions of years, surely one of those bangs might produce the Sears Tower.”

“The what?”

“Oh, never mind. But the point is that all this banging around is already occurring at the molecular level, so it’s perfectly rational, and even to be expected, that a protozoa might one day evolve into a field of clover.”

“You’ve made it clearer than you can know. And now I see how yet another protozoa, the brother of the first, might bang around into a bumblebee.”

“Yes! Now I think you understand! Just exactly!”

“Not on the first bang, of course, but over billions of bangs.”

“Yes! Yes! Here, let me offer you a discount on a membership card to our fellowship!”

“How long is it good for? A year?”

“No, no! It is good for all eternity!”

“I’ll think about it. But meanwhile we are not saying, of course, that in any particular year, of the three billion, we might expect a protozoa to bang into a bumblebee.”

“Of course not. Only that, in any one of those billions, it will surely happen.”

“So we could never expect just the right bang at any given time. Like, we could not say ‘that protozoa has been banging around for four billion years already, which is the required number, which means that tomorrow will be the day it turns into a bumblebee.’”

“Oh, of course not. It might be tomorrow, or in another million years. And remember, the protozoa never evolves directly into a bumblebee. It goes through stages: first a dust mite, then into a flea, then a tick, then an ant, then a fly, and finally a bumblebee. And there might be a million more steps, each one taking thousands of years.”

“Oh, right. I forgot. I certainly never meant to insult your intelligence by suggesting you are so gullible as to believe a protozoa might turn into a bumblebee with a single bang.”

“Thank you. No, I am certainly not that gullible. I am fully aware the bumblebee has had to evolve for many years, just from a very similar insect, such as a wasp.”

“And meanwhile, the clover, and other pollinated flowers upon which the bumblebee feeds, have likewise been evolving for many years from similar flowers.

“We can all agree it would be absurd to imagine that a species could evolve into an entirely different species in a single week!”

“Yes, yes!”

“Hmmmm.”

“What? What’s wrong?”

“Oh no! I see a problem that I can’t figure out!”

“Surely not! What is it?”

“Look at these flowers that cannot live for even one season without the bumblebee, and without which the bumblebee could not live for even one week. Why, these flowers, and bumblebees, had to evolve the same week! But how could they, if the steps of evolution between their present forms, and their previous forms, were gradual?

“In other words, if their previous forms were dramatic, like if you can imagine the bumblebee was a grasshopper only last week, and the clover was a strawberry only last week, then you have the capacity to imagine how they have succeeded in evolving in time, before they both died. But if Evolution requires gradual changes over much longer periods of time, the two cannot logically exist! It almost seems easier to imagine that God created bumblebees and flowers a couple of days apart.”

“I see what you mean. Well, I guess we simply need to acknowledge the operation of Macro Evolution. It turns out that a species can evolve into an entirely different species in a single week, after all.”

“You mean call it the Theory of Revolution?”

“Good choice! Hey guys, listen to this! ‘The Theory of Revolution’! Isn’t that a great name?”

See what I mean? Sarcasm doesn’t work with these guys.

Day six — God created all kinds of animals on land! From tiny insects to giant dinosaurs!

Then we watched as small animals caught the last of the seeds we wondered about in their fur and carried them, again for miles, before releasing them!

We marveled at the capacity of plants to serve as food for animals; especially, of the dependence of so many animals on just one type of plant for nourishment, and at God’s incomprehensible scheduling in providing just those plants to just those animals just when they are needed!

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But nothing astonished us more than the latest reports from Hell. Some of our “religious” fallen brothers are at least acknowledging God as creator of all creation, but saying each one of these “days” is really about a billion years! That is, not a billion years at the edge of the universe during a literal day on Earth, but a billion Earth years!

I know time is dragging for them, but….!

In other words, they’re saying the plants were created, and then a billion years later the sun was created! They have more faith than I do! I only have faith that God can do miracles. But they even have faith that plants can do miracles!

We said we would love to learn from them how plants lived for a billion years without the sun, but they were too busy to answer.

We offered to listen to their explanation of how pollen and seeds managed to transport themselves for billions of years without animals and insects, between “Day Three” and “Day Five”, but the only answer they gave us was smoke signals, which, unfortunately, we couldn’t decipher.

Nevertheless the smoke signals, independently of whatever meaning they may have carried, were interesting to watch. Cute little wisps of smoke they were, drifting out of their ears.

Chapter 12: Man! God saved the best for last. A body made of dirt, a soul made of Heaven. How different from the animals! Watch what God does with blood.

Chapter 10 Days 2-4: The Universe

Day two – Evening We sensed that what we were watching was not just some pretty ball of water. We anticipated that each tiny section of that water had a purpose beyond just being water. We saw what much of it had turned into already, and we braced for more surprises.

After we had been enjoying the light show quite a while, God smiled at us, and said to the Earth, and to the Heavens around the Earth, “Let there be an expansion in the middle of the waters, dividing the waters below the expansion from the waters above the expansion.”

VerseScout: Genesis 1:6 And God said, Let there be a
firmament (Heb: properly, an expanse, i.e. the firmament or (apparently) visible arch of the sky) in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

As God concluded His commandment, He lifted His finger off space, which then immediately expanded faster than I could throw a halo!

Literally!

The frontiers of space – of Heaven – exploded!

The effect on the Earth was that its contraction instantly reversed. Instead of matter being sucked in more tightly by gravity, matter was being blown back out by water pressure. All the “Black Hole” conditions of the first day reversed. Now we call it a “White Hole”.

The water was expelled in three distinct layers.

First, the water at the surface, which had undergone no atomic transformation but remained water, spread out in an even layer surrounding the expanding mass. (The Outer Darkness remained beyond it.) We began calling it the Waters Above.

Second, the water around the middle of the Earth, which had become a fiery mass through the fusion of simple elements such as hydrogen and helium, expanded outwards into the new “expanse” between the waters above and the waters below.

It did not all stay together in a single mass. Rather, it began breaking apart into xillions of individual fiery masses, at considerable distances from one another. We began calling it the Lower Heaven.

Third, the water at the center of the Earth, which had undergone the most transformation, into hundreds of new elements, (including some water which had not been transformed), stayed at the center. It immediately cooled as pressures subsided. We began calling it the Waters Below.

VerseScout: Genesis 1:7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
VerseScout Relevance Report: Notice that the firmament, with water both below and above it, is called “Heaven”. But on the First Day, the space above all the Waters was called Heaven.
The only way it would be possible for the same “Heaven” to have been above all the waters on the first day but below some of the waters on the second day would be if the waters which became the “waters above” rose up through Heaven so that the same space which was above the waters on day one, was between the Waters Above and the Waters Below on day two.
This would be a reasonable assumption if that “space” were the Earth’s atmosphere. Then the “waters below” would be oceans, and the “waters above” would be clouds.
But Genesis 1:14 says the sun, moon and stars are “in” the firmament. (The Hebrew agrees with the KJV.) Certainly the sun, moon and stars are not “in” the Earth’s atmosphere!
Can we read “in” as “looked like they were ‘in’ to cave men”? Or as “were actually above, but were visible through”?
Not if we take the Word of God literally. However, if we theorize that the entire universe began as a ball of water, whose interior was stretched, leaving the water in the center and the outside separated by the expanded Heaven, then we theorize that the sun and stars are literally “in” the firmament.
This cosmology (theory of how the cosmos began) of Comunicius, really quite different than the cosmologies taught by newspaper scientists, finds agreement in “Starlight and Time”, a book by General Relativity scientist D. Russell Humphreys, Ph.D. (1994, Master Books, Inc., PO Box 726, Green Forest, Arkansas, 72638.) The book offers enough math to interest the most advanced mathematician, enough Scripture to interest the most serious Bible scholar, and enough plain language to interest the most average reader.
Among the points of agreement between Humphreys and Comunicius are the size of the sphere of water necessary, the distortion of time during black hole or white hole conditions, and the distance, and time-warping properties, of what scientists call the “Event Horizon”, and which Comunicius calls the “Light Horizon”. Of the Event Horizon’s time-warping properties, Humphreys writes, “It appears to be another ‘trade secret’ of general relativity, unpublicized by the adepts, that black hole theory supports this astonishing possibility.” (page 110.)

The Light Horizon in Reverse. The waters were expelled with such force that even the powerful light of the clusters of water in fusion could only shine a short distance towards the center, before the photons arced back towards the outside.

Light behaved as if gravity had gone into reverse, and now light could shine in only one direction – out! The Light Horizon, the line beyond which light could not at first reach, 450 million light years from the Earth, was in reverse, allowing light from the center to flood outwards but not allowing light from the outer reaches in. So the Waters Below, in the center, which now we began calling Earth, remained dark.

VerseScout: Genesis 1:7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven….
VerseScout Relevance Report: Notice that Comunicius applies the name “Earth” to a smaller mass after the second day than at the beginning. He writes that originally, “Earth” meant a ball of water two light years in diameter out of which came the entire known universe; but after the second day it meant a tiny portion of that mass that was only one 22nd of a light second in diameter.
The Bible certainly did not prepare mankind for those dramatic proportions, before mankind had learned how massive stars, suns, and constellations are compared to our “tiny” planet. And the Bible does not say (nor does it deny) that the suns, stars, and planets were made out of any of these “waters”. But it does clearly say the “waters” were together before the second day, and that the Earth was stripped of the “waters above”, which left the Earth smaller that it was originally.

The Light Horizon began “slowly” moving towards the Earth as the Waters Above rushed out to meet it.

The farther the Waters Above soared away from the center of the Earth, the faster time, and light, traveled in their vicinity. The relationship between the speed of light and the speed of time remained constant: 186,000 miles per second. But a trillion seconds passed at the edge while only one passed in the center, at first, although that ratio began equalizing.

The Light Horizon remained the favorite playground of The Host while on break. Now, as I walk towards it, from inside, friends out at the edge can see me as clearly as when I am across it. But I can’t see them until I reach it. When I am across it, I can still see floods of light racing towards me from the Earth, and I can see that light reflected off my friends farther out.

As soon as I can see them, I see that time where they are is racing, millions of years to my minutes, but at least it is going the correct direction (forwards). As I approach them, their time appears to me to slow down, until it matches mine when I reach them.
But my friends tell me that from their perspective, while I was starting from inside the Light Horizon, time around me seemed to be going backwards, but slowed down as I neared the Horizon, until it completely stopped as I crossed it. Then my time seemed to them to reverse, resuming the correct direction, and to speed up until it finally reached normal speeds as I reached them!
Back in the center, after several hours of darkness, the plasma cooled as pressures decreased, until atoms formed again.

Day two – Morning
As clusters of fiery waters thinned out and separated, the expanse became transparent. At the same time, gravity lessened, allowing light to shine farther back towards the separating center. No light beyond the Light Horizon could get to the center, but light from fiery masses very near the very center could reach the center.

It was glorious, to watch how dramatically, how quickly, parts of the center cooled, once the enormous pressure and gravity was reduced! It was glorious also, to see what interesting elements had been formed from the pressurized waters, which were now cooling and taking on interesting shapes.

Of all the displays, how beautiful were the colors! The black and ultra-violet of the expanding Waters Above, the reds, oranges, and yellows of the fiery clusters between the waters, and the greens, blues, and browns reflected from the hardening minerals and cooling waters in the center!

VerseScout: Genesis 1:6-8 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
Genesis 1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth…fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
VerseScout Relevance Report: An earlier VSRR has already presented some Biblical evidence that the “firmament” means interstellar space (the outer space between the stars). But the traditional view is that the “firmament” is earth’s atmosphere: the waters below are the oceans, and the waters above are the clouds. Carl Baugh thinks it was a cloud canopy like on Venus that completely covers the sky and blocks out the stars.
Genesis 1:20 has traditionally been understood to identify the “firmament” as only Earth’s atmosphere, since birds fly in it. But on closer inspection of the Hebrew, birds fly in “the face of” the firmament, not the body of the firmament, in which suns and stars hang. The word “open”, in the KJV, comes from the Hebrew פָּנֶה “face of the”. Several other verses describe the “brightness” of the firmament, and how it “shows” God’s glory. On a clear day, air doesn’t “show” humans anything. (Continued in Appendix M, The Firmament.)

Day Three – Evening

After several hours, several of the fiery masses nearest the center, their gravity reduced to a fraction of their former pressure, cooled to the point where they stopped giving light. Some of the departing masses farther away were still blazing, but the White Hole conditions were still too powerful for their light to reach all the way back to the center. Hence the Evening of the Third Day began, and darkness enveloped the surface of the Waters Below.

VerseScout: Genesis 1:2 …darkness was upon the face of the deep…. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. …8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
VerseScout Relevance Report: The first day began in darkness; then light was created, so that the first day consisted of evening and morning, or night and day.
The second day likewise began in darkness, and light appeared midway through it, so that the second day likewise consisted of first night, and then day.

By now we are using the word “Earth” to mean the hard cool sphere at the center which God was concentrating on most.

Although much of the water had changed into other elements, a considerable quantity remained unchanged.

God pulled up the ground at the bottom of the water on the Earth until it stood, in places, a mile above the waters. An immense “continent” now covers about half the planet, while water covers the rest. Great oceans of water also flow beneath the dry ground.

Then God commanded a new form of life to emerge – a form of life composed of those new versatile particles. Grass, trees, flowers, and all manner of “plants” came into full bloom!

Perhaps a greater miracle than the initial appearance of mature plants out of nowhere is the existence, within them, of seeds which appear to contain, within a very small number of particles, intelligent design beyond the comprehension of an angel! Within a tiny seed the size of a leaf stem is enough “intelligence” not only to grow into a great plant capable of holding many angels, but to teach that great plant how to interact with its environment with almost as much adaptability as our own bodies!

Very humbling, I dare say!

But many of the seeds have a problem. While some seeds are capable of transporting themselves miles away from their mother plants, by wind, or sometimes by mere explosions from plants produced by changes in humidity, other seeds appear to not be provided with any means of transportation, doomed to fall by their mother and grow in a choked clump, never to spread throughout the Continent.

The most beautiful of the plants, the flowers, appear to be doomed never to reproduce themselves! We can see the pollen God put in them, and how naturally it is designed to interact with the stamen to reproduce itself. But God has not provided any means for the pollen to ever reach the stamen!
Another problem, or so it appeared, was that God had created these plants with a need for a steady, intense physical light, but no steady light was able to reach the Earth because of the White Hole conditions; and even if it could, it was not intense enough. Without such light, these plants seemed doomed to slowly wither and die.

We inquired of God about this matter. He only smiled and said, “I’m not finished yet!”

Day Three – Morning

About that time, more light from fiery clusters a little farther from the center, which had not yet cooled, began to reach the Earth as the White Hole forces began to exhaust themselves.

(The farther matter was expelled, the less intense gravity was, at the center.)

The Waters Above, rushing outwards from the center, had just passed the Light Horizon, and the Horizon began racing towards the center as fast as matter raced away.

We saw this and looked at God inquisitively. He just grinned.

We appreciated the physical light which now reached the Earth. The plants were beautiful in it. Soon the waters from between the Waters Below and the Waters Above would be passing the Light Horizon, and time would be rushing backwards, outside the Horizon, at the rate of billions of years for a day on the Earth, for as long as the Earth remained within the White Hole.

God began moving cooled, dense masses in the vicinity of the Earth. Their placement between the Earth and departing, light-giving masses, cast the Earth in the darkness of shadows again, ending the Third Day. The Evening of the Fourth Day began.

Day Four – Evening God began separating the dark masses around the Earth into other planets, and into one much larger mass in the center of all of them. Had its mass been in the form of a gas, like hydrogen, its pressure would have been too great for its gravity to pull it together into a tight ball. But because it was water, once it was set in place, it began compacting under its own gravity to gradually resume the process of light and heat-producing fusion.

As it was just beginning, the Light Horizon reached the surface of the earth, dashed to the center, and disappeared. Several angels, trying to squeeze in one last Horizon Crossing, following it from opposite directions, crashed into each other as it ended. Our laughter was interrupted when someone pointed up with astonishment.

Pinpricks of light from 14 gazillion stars showered the young planet Earth! What glory! What variety! What color!

We saw great clusters of stars – the galaxies. The milky transparent gasses – the nebulas. Every imaginable shape and size!

Until this point, the Light Horizon had made it impossible for their light to reach the Earth. It had also defined the “time warp” that separated the Earth from the outermost stars.

We watched the light traveling from the stars farthest out, and those nearest, and marveled at God’s intelligent design. We saw that the light just now arriving on the Earth had begun its journey “20 billion years ago”! And that the events we can see now, by the instantaneous light of God’s Face, will not arrive on the Earth for another “20 billion years”!

All in a day’s work, for God!

We had been watching the Earth so much, that we hadn’t been paying attention to the wonders God had been accomplishing during those “20 billion years” of galaxy formation. Pretty sophisticated! Real class!
I had to get used to the fact that side by side with light first arriving from 20 billion years ago, was light just first arriving from a star only 4 light years away. But of course it was because of the Light Horizon. As the Horizon passed the farthest star, the light of the farthest star followed the Horizon right to the Earth.

Light couldn’t have gone that fast, had gravity, along the light’s path, been constant. But when the Horizon was half way between the two stars, for example, the gravity upon the farthest star was so much weaker that “10 billion years” had already passed, so the light had plenty of time to travel that distance.

I still struggle with the concept of time racing backwards. But logic requires me to admit something like this must happen, if I accept the fact that differing gravity causes the speed of time to vary, and the fact that it is possible for angels under differing gravity to communicate.

Example: From the Earth, I call Threemsha, who is working on a star where electrons orbit three times as often as on Earth. He says “hello” in what, for both of us, is the present. I am on the phone for an hour, while he is on the phone for three hours.

Then we say “good-bye” in what, for both of us, is the present.
Somehow one of his hours has to go backwards in relation to my time, in order for us to both be in the “present” after his three hours and my one hour.
His are real hours. During the conversation, he talked three times as fast, and thought three times as fast.

It was the same with the “20 billion years” of Stellar growth to one Earth day. If time didn’t really travel backwards, then in some other way, our equations must take into account that electrons at the edge of the universe orbit 7 trillion times while electrons on the Earth orbit once, and light at the edge travels 7 trillion times as far as light on the Earth, during the same period of EST (Earth Surface Time).

However, these time inequities generated by the black and then white hole conditions appear to be at an end. Now time at the center is almost as fast as time at the outer edge, and light is moving a lot slower. However, the stars are still stretching out, racing away from the center at the speed of light – which, though not fast compared with my halo throwing, can potentially add up after a few thousand years.

My mind was stretched to its limits just trying to grasp all these miracles, let alone aspire to create even one single tiny electron! As my head swam with all this information, I could not help gazing at God, tears clouding my view, and asking, “How can One so great, love one so insignificant?
“More intelligence went into the construction of a single water molecule, than all the angels of Heaven will ever possess! And yet you allow me to make my home with You?

“Thank you, my God! I worship you! You are worthy to receive more honor and praise than I have the intelligence to offer!”

VerseScout: Revelation 5:11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. 13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. 14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

Day Four – Morning

Soon the largest body of water nearest Earth had compressed into fiery fusion and was sending its plant-sustaining rays to Earth just as the Earth’s rotation allowed those rays to shine upon the land. From this point on, the Earth’s rotation would determine the boundaries of Evening and Morning.

It takes 8 minutes for light to reach the Earth from the Sun, and over a second to reach the Earth from the moon! That’s as slow as a paralyzed tree! Why, if we showed up for work that late, we would be fired!

However, it’s the fastest thing in the physical universe.

The sun bathes the earth with a warm, strong light that seems to be just what the plants were designed to feed upon. All the plants have perked up, and are thriving. That answers part of yesterday’s question.

At night, the moon, rotating around the earth, reflected a fraction of the sun’s light back to the dark side of the earth, providing a cool, restful, lovely light.

Chapter 11: Evolutionists from Hell The Earth hasn’t even made it around its sun once, and the demons are already saying it’s been around 20 billion times! Experiments in sarcasm are conducted by God’s angels.

Chapter 9 The Beginning of Time [Part 2]

0 AT (After Time) The Beginning! Before, there was only God, and we swam in God. There was no “place” distinct from any other “place”. Now God has made a “place” distinct from God’s presence in general. He has named it “Earth”.

Some new force from this huge, yet small, place draws us “down”. We call it “gravity”. It seems related to the wave upon which the Host now travels.

God distinguished a second “place”: “Heaven”, where God’s glory is most visible, and where we have our homes. Not that there was no Heaven before; but now it is a “place” distinct from this other “place”.

This feat required the creation of a new substance called “matter”. It is composed of particles which are not as versatile as Lovatons. But through their rearrangement and movement, they can form hundreds of distinct “elements”. Or they can become “energy”. (Although not pure spiritual energy like what intelligence and love are made of; just physical energy.)

Along with Space, God has begun Time. Time, along with gravity, warps the space around the Earth. When we have more leisure, it will be great fun to just slide down its slopes, and then fly back up to slide down them again.

But God is keeping us very busy! We are working now in this new “Time”, which requires of us that we complete our tasks “on time”, “before we run out of time”, and “quickly”.

What strange, new, wonderful concepts! I wondered if this “Time” were part of God’s plan to fill Heaven with souls who would never choose to leave?

In respect to this invention, (Time), which offers a wonderful application in the orderly arrangement of diary entries, I have gone back through previous diary entries and marked them “BT”, for “Before Time”, to distinguish them from what has come.

When there was no space but God, who is infinite “mass” and infinite energy, that which later became “time” stood “still”. There was no “time” other than Eternity. But we now understand that The War, when our lost brothers retreated from God, was when time began to move, relative to them.

God made matter, space, energy, and gravity out of His Breath. God breathed this whole universe into existence.

VerseScout: Ecclesiastes 1:2-11 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. [Heb: “Breath of Breaths, all is Breath.”]
Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
VerseScout Relevance Report: The Hebrew word lbh (Hebel, translated “vanity” in the KJV), v. 2, literally means “breath”. Strong’s defines it: “Emptiness or vanity; figuratively something transitory and unsatisfactory.” This is a huge mistake! This verse is not a whine of dashed hope, but a shout of joy! To say “the universe is made of breath” is to imply its source: The Breather! The universe compared to God is like breath compared to a Breather. This is no cry of despair for those whose trust is in God!
Hebel means virtually the same as the Greek word (pneuma) which KJV translates “spirit” in the New Testament.
We have no theological or scientific reason to doubt that God quite literally breathed the universe into existence, just as Genesis says God “breathed into [Adam’s] nostrils the breath of life.”

In that way He guaranteed perfect balance between variety and stability. Stability, because all that is was exhaled from Him, giving uniformity to its composition. Variety, because with each successive breath the elements come out rearranged enough for us to see continual movement and change.

Too little variety would have bored us. Too much would have hopelessly confused us. God gives us the perfect balance, resulting in endless beauty and adventure.

God’s cycles of breathing became the model for all matter and all systems created with it. As breaths are exhaled, then inhaled, endlessly, even so electrons orbit around nuclei, sound spreads in waves, and waters circulate around the Earth.

VerseScout: Ecclesiastes 1:4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. 5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose. 6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. 7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
VerseScout Relevance Report: Translators turn these verses, beginning with verse 2, into Nihilism out of step with the whole rest of the Bible. GW and ISV say “all” is “Absolutely pointless!” ERV and NIV: “Everything is so meaningless.” BBE: “All is to no purpose.” CEV: “Nothing makes sense! Everything is nonsense.” “Life is useless, all useless” is the translation of the version named, ironically, the Good News Bible.
Perhaps the confusion is over the word “all” in verse 2. Even if lbh had some Nihilistic meaning, like “vanity”, “All is vanity” does not mean God is vanity, or breath: in ordinary speech, God is the understood exception to the phrase “all is ____.” For example, “all is lost” does not mean God is lost. When the Second Law of Thermodynamics states that all systems degenerate from the complex to the simple, the understood exception is God. “All”, like “everything”, is ordinarily understood to mean “all things”, by which we understand “all CREATED things”, which we know does not include the Creator.
Knowing that lbh really means “breath” clarifies the hope embedded in these verses. As amazing, incredible, and beautiful as we find our universe to be, enabling us to do such wonderful, interesting things, our ultimate hope is in Someone as much more substantial than the entire universe as a breather is than his breath!

What glory! What beauty!

God’s Breaths proceed, one after another, forever, with almost no variation in their elements but much beauty and variety in their configurations from one to the next. In the same way, the waters comprising this beautiful planet vary little in their elements, but display so much variety and beauty in their ever-changing configurations, as gravity compresses them, that we cannot help but just stare at them continually, praising God in wonder!

VerseScout: Ecclesiastes 1:3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? …8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. 9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. 11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.
VerseScout Relevance Report: The pessimist looks at the cycles of nature and sees meaninglessness – an antique record stuck in a worn out groove. A normal healthy human looks at sunrises and sunsets and sees incredible, endless beauty; always the same elements, but arranged with infinite gorgeous variety.
Verse 3 is not some rhetorical question to which the presumed answer is “life is meaningless”, but rather it frames the question which the entire book answers. It is like a book title or subtitle. It introduces the topic of the book. Verses 4-11 describe the cycles of nature, which are like the oscillation of breath.
(See Appendix J for “What Matter is Made Of” (Ecclesiastes)”, a study of key words in Ecclesiastes, and a positive interpretation of its themes.)

God made matter by exhaling His Breath from His Holy Spirit. But God did not, then, abandon His Breath to let it survive on its own. He provided that the matter formed from His Breath would be sustained by His Holy Spirit, which is the Breath of Life of matter, and the hope and desire of all consciousness.

VerseScout: Ecclesiastes 1:14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity [breath] and vexation [Heb: uvor r@uwth: longing for, striving after, grazing upon] of spirit [Heb:רוּחַ ruwach: Breath of His Mouth in Ps 33:6].
Psalm 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
Romans 8:20 For the creature [creation] was made subject to vanity [without profit], not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
VerseScout Relevance Report: The phrase “vexation of spirit” means longing for the Word of God, or feeding upon the Spirit of God.
“Vexation” uvor means longing for, striving after, grazing upon, “an aspiration or desire one wants badly enough to actively pursue” according to the Dictionary of Biblical Languages. The masculine form of the word means to graze upon. 1 Kings 5:3.
“Spirit” cvr means God’s omnipresence in Psalm 139:7, the Word spoken by God that created the earth in Psalm 33:6, the Word by which Jesus will slay the wicked in Isaiah 11:4, the Breath of Life in Genesis 6:17. (For more detail, see Appendix J.)

Day one – Evening In the center of vast empty space, through which we can see clearly and easily, from one end to the other, God has created a tiny ball of solid water. It is rotating in relation to the space. The Spirit of God is moving across the rotating watery Earth, making the final adjustments on His next move.

VerseScout: Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
2 Peter 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing [Gr. “brought into existence”] out of the water and in [Gr. “through (the channel of the act)”] the water:
VerseScout Relevance Report: Could the Earth have been formed out of a solid ball of water? That is what 2 Peter 3:5 clearly says in the Greek, according to the Albert Barnes Commentary of the New Testament in 1868 even though Barnes found the idea incredible, living as he did before very much understanding of how fusion could turn water into all other elements. Dr. Russell Humphreys confirms the possibility using General Relativity calculations. (Continued in Appendix K, The Universe was Made out of Water)

The space near and inside the Earth was seriously warped. It was amazing to observe the effect of this warping on the speed of physical processes, like electrons rotating around their nuclei.
I did a simple experiment. I stood in the very center of the Earth, and had Rostufus stand at the very edge of the space. I counted the orbits of hydrogen electrons around their nuclei out loud to Rostufus, while he counted them out loud to me. He did all the work! Rostufus counted a few trillion orbits before the electron I was counting made it around its nucleus once!

(We chose the electron orbits of Hydrogen rather than Oxygen, because one of those little things whizzing around such a tiny space at 1,300 miles an hour is dizzying enough to count, without having to keep track of eight!) [Translator note: I could not understand the units in Comunicius’ diary, so I substituted the speed of electrons today.]

We repeated the experiment at many points between, and confirmed that time travels slower, the closer one is to the center. In other words, the closer one is to infinite mass, the slower time crawls. Trillions of times slower, at The Beginning!

VerseScout: Daniel 2:21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: … he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
2 Samuel 22:10 “…he bowed the heavens…”
Job 9:8 “…spreadeth out the heavens…”
Job 26:7 “He stretcheth out the North [Heb: “the hidden”] over the empty place [“desolation”, a good word choice for space] and hangeth the earth upon nothing”
VerseScout Relevance Report: The Bible says at least 16 times that God “stretched out” the Heavens, meaning the universe was previously less “stretched out” than it is now.
How much has God stretched the universe? Considering that on day three there were no stars and day four there they were, the stretching must have been pretty dramatic – enough to significantly affect time.
The meaning of “times” in Daniel 2:21 is broad enough to possibly refer to this.
The evolutionists’ beloved Big Bang Theory agrees that the universe stretched out from a single point suddenly, although evolutionists assume the Earth was not at the center of it, so they assume its formation happened ages after the Big Bang instead of at its beginning.
Dr. Russell Humphreys, with his background both in General Relativity and the Bible, shows the impact on time from the alternating Black Hole and White Hole conditions of the universe on the First Day, as he explains how distant starlight got to us from stars which today are 20 billion light years away.
On one point, the Bible and Big Bang scientists agree: those stars didn’t start 20 billion light years away from each other! (Continued in Appendix L, Starlight on a Fast Track.)

Of course, Rostufus and I are one with God, who is more infinite than mere mass can ever get, so we were outside the five dimensions of time and space anyway. Otherwise we couldn’t have
done the experiment.

VerseScout: Isaiah 34:4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. (Compare with Isaiah 40:22, God unrolled the universe like unrolling a tent to set it up for living in.)
Revelation 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
VerseScout Relevance Report: Five dimensions? The three dimensions of space, as we know it, are commonly called height, width, and length. But the physical heavens can be rolled up like a roll of paper. This means there must be some fourth spatial dimension, not counting time, wherein the three-dimensional space we know about is thin. Although we as yet have no perception, observation, or experience of such a dimension, general relativity calculations deal with it comfortably. (p. 67, 95, “Starlight and Time”, by Dr. Russell Humphreys, Ph.D. pub. Master Books, 1994.)
Science encourages Bible believers to take these passages literally, since science, while unable to add to our understanding of this additional dimension, is adamant that it exists. Albert Barnes, writing in 1868, though normally faithful to every “jot and tittle” of the Bible, wrote of the rolling up of the Heavens, “it never can literally occur.” He takes the turmoil as symbolic of mere political upheaval.
But what if God literally means what He says? What if literally “ALL the host of heaven” (all the stars)“shall be dissolved” and “shall fall down”? Does that describe the collapse of the universe into a massive Black Hole? (The traditional interpretation is that a few mere “falling stars” or comets are described!)
Whether that is the correct interpretation of God’s plans or not, we should be cautious about saying of what God has written “it never can literally occur.” What God did once, in two days, He probably remembers how to do again! Not that the scenario described in this book is now Gospel, but everyone must agree that the Bible, interpreted literally, says on day three there were no stars but on day four there they were. And Revelation says on one day there will be stars, and the next day they will be gone, which is pretty clearly a reversal of what God did at Creation.
If the literal interpretation is the correct one, it would certainly explain why Jesus calls those future days worse even than the days of Noah’s Flood!

We found electron orbit counting a practical way to compare time’s varying rates under varying gravitational conditions. Since gravity is exactly proportional to the speed of time, this standard allows us to compare the rates of time and gravity at several locations. We used Earth Surface Time (EST) as a standard.

I should say, we tried to use EST as a standard. Almost immediately we found it was slowing down, as Earth’s diameter began shrinking, its waters compressed by its enormous gravity. Although we had to continually recalculate EST, it remained a useful standard.

(Fourth Day Note: After the Earth was made so much smaller, by stripping it of the rest of the universe, I have come back to earlier diary entries to record comparisons. The gravity on the Earth’s surface on the first day was 300,000,000,000,000,000 times stronger than the Earth’s surface gravity on the fourth day. I have decided these smaller numbers will make this Diary easier to read than the charts we recorded, on the First Day, of hydrogen electron orbit counts.)

The more the Earth collapsed, the more the pressures increased. The molecules of water in the center, which were under the most pressure, were the first to change. The simple arrangement of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom, in each water molecule, broke apart and became ionized.

The next thing to change was the tearing apart of nuclei into neutrons and protons. We saw that the way things were moving, the next result of greater pressures would be the tearing apart of basic particles, creating a dense plasma of gluons and quarks, the particles of atoms nearly touching each other, in contrast with the vast space that separated them when the water was at its normal temperature and condition.

(Fourth Day Note: when not compressed unnaturally by gravity, atoms have so little matter in them that if an atom were as big as a tree, its matter would only be about the size of an acorn, including its nucleus in its center, and its whizzing electrons. And the empty space between atoms is even greater.

(VerseScout Plagarism Alert: When you read scientific words and concepts woven into this story which the author has never heard of and still has no idea what they are, they were probably borrowed from “Starlight and Time”, by Dr. Russell Humphreys, Ph.D. pub. Master Books, 1994. Dr. Humphreys assumes no responsibility for the result.)

Morning

As this process began, God smiled and told us He was going to create something wonderful! Then he looked back down at the receding waters, and commanded, “Let There Be Light!” God’s Word produced a change in the atomic structure of the water which, encouraged by the spiraling pressures, caused many of the atoms to explode with great force, sending out rays of a new kind of heat and light!

Unlike the light from God’s Face, this new light is made from certain water particles, and it interacts with certain other water particles. But its energy is not infinite, like the light from God’s Face, so whenever a photon interacts with a particle, its journey ends – or it bounces away in another direction. Therefore, the more dense the material which light strikes, the more quickly all the light is stopped. In other words, on the other side of dense material, this new light cannot reach, leaving dark shadow. How unlike the light from God’s Face, which instantly reaches every atom, and causes it to shine – not just to reflect light, but to itself become a source of energy rays!

VerseScout: Revelation 1:13 …the Son of man,…14 …his eyes were as a flame of fire; ….16 …and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. …25 …there shall be no night there.
Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
VerseScout Relevance Report: The sun was not created until the fourth day, yet light was created the first. If the source of the first day’s light was not the sun, what other possible source of light could there have been?
Theory One: After the sun goes out, light will be provided by The Lamb. Why not, also, before the sun was created? This same Lamb created the sun, John 1:1-5, Hebrews 1:2, Psalms 136:5, Proverbs 3:19, so He certainly understood how to shine.
Problem: the light of the Lamb, after the sun dies, will never go out, as contrasted with the light of the First Three Days, which was broken by dark nights. If the light of the Lamb is the source of light, what could account for darkness? Does God’s Face turn on and off? Maybe He gets tired and rests, and half closes His eyes, and that makes the light go out?
Theory Two: Although the Light from God’s Face surely shone for the angels before God created the Heavens and the Earth – surely angels were not blind – perhaps that light is not normally visible to physical eyes made of matter. Therefore Genesis was concerned with the new light source which humans would need. Although the sun wasn’t created until the fourth day, light of similar quality would have existed from the first day, intermittently, if indeed the universe began as a giant ball of water. All matter emits energy. We do not call most of it “light”, because it is not in the part of the spectrum which is visible to human eyes, or it is not bright enough for our eyes. But perhaps with angels’ eyes we could see it.
Theory Three: What Comunicius wrote actually happened.

This new light is slow! I can almost walk that fast! I wonder if it is fast enough to ever reach from one side of the Earth to the other? It is going to have to hustle, to make it while there still is the other side, the way the Earth is collapsing, faster than light! As the Earth collapses, its rotation increases proportionately.

(Fourth Day Note: In the Beginning, the diameter of the Earth was two Light Years. About 12,000,000,000,000 miles. It would have taken six years for light to circle the globe once. By contrast, the Earth, after the rest of the universe was stripped away from it, shrank to a scant 8,000 miles in diameter, around which light could circle almost 8 times in one second if light could shine in a circle.)

Light began first in the very center, and steadily spread outwards, as pressures further out reached the pressures which had triggered this process. One byproduct of this process was over a hundred new elements besides water!

By the time the Earth had completed about a quarter of a complete revolution since its initial creation, the light reached the surface! What a glorious display! It blazed a long time! Of course, time itself took a long time!

(Fourth Day Note: as measured by EST – Earth Standard Time, it took the Earth the same time to complete one revolution, on the First Day, as it did after the Fourth Day. Except that after the Fourth Day its speed of rotation was constant, but on the First Day it began slowly and gained speed as it compressed.)

The gravity of Earth was so strong, that the light could not travel very far away from it before gravity pulled the photons back to crash again into the Earth. We had to be within that distance to see it at all. But when we swam on the surface, we could see the light coming up through the water beneath us, in every color, as well as the photons raining down on us from up above. What a show! It gave the illusion of a sky which was one giant fireball, hovering over an ocean which actually was atop another giant fireball! Because Earth was dark from a distance, and because of the way its gravity warped space, we dubbed it a “Black Hole”.

The Light Horizon. At one point we took a walk to measure how far the farthest photons were traveling before arcing back. (Fourth Day Note: the calculation came out to 450 million light years.)

As we strolled right up to the line from outside, and stepped over it a ways, continuing our conversation with angels at the edge of space, a surprising phenomenon became apparent.

Our friends at the edge told us that as we approached the line, it looked like we had completely stopped, and that time around us had completely stopped, too! As we got to the line, they said we looked to them as if we had simply turned red and disappeared!

We, conversely, told them they looked as if time for them was racing towards infinite speeds, the closer we got to the line! But then after we crossed the line and looked back, it looked to us as if time, for them, was going backwards at infinite speeds! As we walked farther inside the line, their time appeared to slow down to almost the same speed as our own, but still in reverse!

It was so much fun, that most of the Host, when we were on break, took their turns racing, walking, or jumping across the line, while friends watched from the edge of space and the center of the Earth.

What good times! Such laughter and frolicking, against so beautiful a backdrop! An experience to remember!

God watched us enjoying the Light, and the other wonders that attended it. He turned to the Light, enjoyed it for a “long time”, and said “It is good!”

At least Hell’s angels allow God the credit for light. But they say it is evil, and God did it only to punish them! They say they loved the darkness, and God took from them the one thing they loved!

Actually they could hardly see it. God had moved Hell to the Outer Darkness. I’m not sure how they even knew about light. Apparently a few photons stuck to us while we were playing around, and fell off while we were checking up on them.

Light is really quite a remarkable invention. And complicated. The First Day was spent not just shining, but carefully helping infuse all matter with the Light it needed to hold together. We found it miraculous, in any case, that matter was able to hold together! But while we were merely studying it and running errands, God was the one doing it.

VerseScout: John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. ….9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

As I reflected on these things, I just stopped and stared, for
a “long time”, at God working. Sure, we already knew God was infinitely powerful and creative. But the more I comprehended of the majesty of this day’s events, the more respect I had for infinity, and the more awe I had at the ease and grace with which God stretched it!

God can do all that, and yet He still has time for me? God is that awesome, and yet He still loves me?

Meanwhile, the collapse was concentrating gravity so much, that light from the interior could no longer reach the surface. The Earth was dark again. Day Two had begun.

VerseScout: Genesis 1:2 …darkness was upon the face of the deep…. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. …8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
VerseScout Relevance Report: The first day began in darkness; then light was created, so that the first day consisted of evening and morning, or night and day.
The second day likewise began in darkness, and light appeared midway through it, so that the second day likewise consisted of first night, and then day.

Chapter 10 Days 2-4: The Universe  There wasn’t just “light”. There was a light show like no DJ could imagine. Plants, before the Sun. Where the sun came from.

Chapter 8 The Book of Life!

All of us had cried with God. We cried now not only for our lost loved ones, but for the Heart of God which, we now understood, had been broken for so long.

“Beelzebub, Beelzebub!” God had moaned, looking towards our former leader and encompassing his present followers in his thoughts. “How often I wanted to gather you under my wings, like a Seraphim gathers her Cherubim, but you would not!”

I have just got to try to meet with Beelzebub.

VerseScout: Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

We had all cried.

I was surprised at its effect on our joy. Our ecstasy was not the same. But it did not quite leave us. Rather, it deepened. It moved from emotion to something greater: a fullness.

Not that the suffering of our loved ones was what we needed to make our lives really full! Rather, the breaking of our hearts on their behalf stretched our hearts, by cramming them with greater love; and it was that which added fullness to our lives.

Or perhaps it was partly that, and partly because when tears tore off the veneer of superficial happiness we had enjoyed, exposing the bare love beneath it, we had a clearer glimpse of what it was that had really filled our lives.

God gave us a new word to refer generally to the entire mental and emotional process we had observed in our brothers: “evil”.

After our hearts had broken into tiny pieces and there were no more pieces big enough to break, God smiled upon us all with affection and announced, “Now we must take the next step in a plan which, through further thorns and trials, will finally lead to a Heaven in which every soul will be eternally safe from rejecting my Love!”

We all stared at God, of course. But that doesn’t cover our reaction. We thought God might have more to say about His plan, but He just got busy, leaving us to wonder.

Wonder we did.

A Heaven safe from more rebellion? We hadn’t even thought of the possibility of more rebellion! The rebellion we had already seen was unlikely enough! That it might happen AGAIN?

Yet the very moment in which so horrible a possibility invaded our relative calm brought with it God’s Promise that He had not only anticipated the danger, but brought it under control before harm could occur! And what a promise! That never again will any soul leave Heaven for Hell!

Or, wait a minute: he specified “every soul [in] heaven”. What is “heaven”?

But what “next step” might we anticipate? More education? Is there something more God can tell us that will better inoculate us against such a choice? Actually I couldn’t comprehend ANY of the remaining faithful Host needing any further education! But God knows.

When I looked again, I saw that God was writing on some pages He was getting ready to bind into a new Book. Maybe the Book contained the information we needed to inoculate us against rebellion.

I came close. The hard cover, laying separately on the edge of His desk, said “Book of Life”. In the pages I could see He was writing names. Except that I had never heard of ANY of the names I saw Him writing! I thought I knew all the Host! Yet God was writing down the names of souls I had not met!

I looked at the fly leaf. It explained that these are the countless names of the countless souls He would create on the Earth! Earth? What does that word mean? New souls? Baby brothers! We have never before had the thrill of watching a soul being created!

The fly leaf explains how every soul created will be entered into the book, meaning God will offer each soul Life. But no soul will be forced to accept it. It will be theoretically possible for any soul, by his choice, to have his name erased. “Theoretically possible”, we told ourselves; but as we nervously eyed our fallen brethren, we wondered: would any of God’s newly created souls actually choose not to live?!

VerseScout: Exodus 32:31 And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. 32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin – and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. 33 And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.
Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not [any longer] written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Revelation 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world [up through the moment the beast ascended from the pit], when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
VerseScout Relevance Report: Modern translations are evenly divided on whether Revelation 13:8 means there are people whose names were never written in the Book of Life.
But Exodus 32:31 and Revelation 3:5 say names are entered in the Book of Life which can later be blotted out. This must mean that the names of everyone were originally entered in the Book.
(Continued in Appendix I, the Book of Life)

God has lain down His Book, but now He looks even busier. Why, in fact, I have never seen God concentrating so hard on anything! Now it looks like He’s getting ready to say something. But whatever it is, it must be one of the hardest things He has ever had to say! What tension! What power is moving! What brightness is flashing!

What is that sparkling on His arms and legs? Why, I’ve seen that on my body and bodies of angels who work very, very hard, but never on God before! Why, those are beads of sweat! What could possibly be hard enough for God, to make Him exert Himself so? If God keeps working this hard for very long, He may actually need to rest afterward!

VerseScout: Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Exodus 31:17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. (Compare with Exodus 23:12, 2 Samuel 16:14.)
Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
VerseScout Relevance Report: It is common to assume Genesis 2:2 does not mean God actually rested in the sense of refreshing His tired body – it is commonly thought that such a conclusion would demean God, because full respect for God would assume nothing could come close enough to His capacity to tire Him in the least. Isaiah 40:28 is taken to confirm that reasoning. So 2:2 must mean God merely ceased his creating.
But the Bible says God “ceased” his creating at the beginning of the seventh day, and then adds that he “rested” the entire seventh day. The use of two distinct words tells us “rested” means something distinct from “ceased”.
Exodus 31:17 adds that God was “refreshed” in the same way that people are “refreshed”. Some translations say “rested”, “relaxed”.
Anyone inclined to think this demeans our respect for God’s omnipotence, only needs to take another look at the virtually infinite accomplishments of those six days! DNA alone should restore anyone’s respect for God’s majesty!
However, no one doubts that when Jesus suffered on the cross, that was very taxing, even for God. We also have the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25, in which a requirement of Heaven is that we work to accomplish twice as much as we thought we could. Can God desire that quality in us, and not have it in Himself?
Isaiah’s declaration that God does not “gasp” for breath, the literal Hebrew meaning of “weary”, justifies rejection of a scenario in which God had to check Himself into a hospital for extreme exhaustion.
But the popular assumption that God was not tired even a little simply is not in the Bible. The assumption certainly seems reasonable, but it falsely suggests that Jesus on the Cross was the first time God suffered for us. To the contrary, the very existence God gave us, and the glories of the universe God gave us to dominate, was costly. Our debt includes that cost, also.

Now He looks like He is opening His Mouth to Speak, while simultaneously He is picking up the components of the Book of Life and is beginning to bind them. As He takes a breath, all power and glory seems to be sucked into His lungs, and now He exhales! His voice roars with all the Fire of the Almighty! As it sweeps all creation, a throbbing and glowing possesses every particle of our bodies! I see it in the other angels, too, both here and in Hell.

Are we going to die? Are we going to be reborn? What is happening? I saw Beelzebub, terrified. Why have I put off meeting with him? Is it too late?

Our eyes met. In his eyes were a plea for reassurance. In mine was apology for not offering it sooner. What could I do? It was too noisy for words.

I waved at Beelzebub. I waved and smiled a smile of longing for fellowship, like in the old days. He half smiled in return. Gone, for the first time in so long a time, was his scheming, self-confident, in-control, calculating look. I had found him in a vulnerable moment. He was terrified! He was sure his time was up! Would there be another time like this again? But this is a bad time to talk. Way too noisy.

“Time”? What is this new word in my vocabulary? What does it mean?

All the Host looks like it is waving; like it is all part of a great flat surface marked with moving ripples. Nothing to do but watch, and ride this one out!

God’s Voice continues to roar! Blinding light flashes from His Mouth! We are forced to bury our eyes in our arms! For a long time – that word again – the roaring and light flows around us. But finally a new force pulls us “down”! What in the world is “down”? What is “world”?

We are aware that the terrible light has dimmed, so we open our eyes towards the source of this unidentified force. And there, hanging in nothing, is the hugest thing I had ever imagined! And yet it was such a tiny thing! How could a thing be so huge, and simultaneously so tiny? What new rules govern this new creation of God?

There is something familiar about that thing.

I must have passed out of consciousness. Here I am again. Awake. Fully alert. The roaring is gone, the blinding light dimmed.

The rolling waves have stopped, of the Host, but now the Host seems frozen in one of those waves, a majestic grand complex slope, rounded – no, words fail. But at the center of its focus was the huge sphere I saw before I passed out.

There was something fundamentally different about this sphere. Yet familiar. Well, yes, it was different in appearance from any sphere God had previously shown us. But its difference was more than mere appearance. It had something to do with that first impression I had, that it seemed huge, yet at the same time small. “Huge” and “small” came into my vocabulary with its creation. What is this new way of thinking, of attributing “size” – another new word – to created things?

Could it be – ? Nah.

That sphere. And the one growing in God’s Workshop – ? I had to know. I flew quickly back to God’s Workshop. The ball of tears was gone.

Framing the sphere was the Book of Life, as if the sphere were the picture on the cover of the Book.

Chapter 9: The Beginning of Time [Part 2: Creation] The new planet made of water, two light years in diameter: what that much mass does to time. How some of the water turned into underwater lights.

Chapter 7 Judgment

Jewstice spoke for many of us. “I would so much like to read the minds of my fallen former brothers as I am talking with them! I wonder if, then, I could be more helpful? But if not, I would just like to be able to face them without finding myself staring at such a senseless mystery!”

God responded, “Be patient. l will reveal every thought and deed of every soul, for the instruction of every soul. But not now. You must experience many more things before you will be able to understand what I reveal. For example, how will you understand what you read in another’s mind, before you can understand your own mind?

“For now, remember that I understand every thought of every heart, but even My perfect understanding doesn’t always unlock the doors of hearts.

“Your ignorance is actually beneficial to them. I cannot plead with them to tell me what they are thinking, so that I may understand, because they know I already know and understand their thoughts better than they do. But you can.

“And when you ask them to explain their thinking, that helps them, even when they do not answer you and pretend you have no right to ask because it ‘offends’ them, because it causes them to think about what they are thinking – or about the fact that they are not thinking.

“If they realize nothing else, they realize you really don’t understand their reasoning, which puzzles them because they think they are sensible. So it causes them to do a quick check of their own brains to see if they are still plugged in. It may not take them long, standing there staring at the pulled plug, to invent an excuse for blaming you for your inability to make sense of their irrationality, but just those few moments of staring at the pulled plug accomplish what I cannot accomplish without you.

“This benefits them, because, you see, most of their problem is not what they are thinking, but that they are not thinking. Instead of reasoning from evidence, they are imagining.”

VerseScout: Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. (Also Ge 6:5 De 29:19 31:21 1Ch 29:18 Jer 3:17 7:24 9:14 11:8 13:10 16:12 18:12 23:17 Lu 1:51)

I asked, “Do you mean You will actually show us all You know about each soul, so that we may better understand how You judge us? Have you recorded everything on Realograms?”

“I will do more than that”, God answered! “I will show everyone everything on Reveal-ograms, and then I will authorize you to judge with me!”

Astonishment, and trepidation at so great a responsibility, rumbled through the Angelic Host.

“I am not going to unilaterally impose My will on each and every soul for all eternity. You will review the evidence with Me, and we will not ‘close a case’ until each and every one of you is satisfied that My provision for each soul is the most beneficial possible under the circumstances.

“It is My Will that each soul understand the justice, appropriateness, and love of each provision for each soul, whether it be reward or punishment. This public review of all the evidence will not be conducted so that I may decide what should be done! I will do it for you.”

VerseScout: Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
1 Corinthians 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
VerseScout Relevance Report: Judgment By Consensus would be consistent with the principle of Mat 18:15-17, which says that a judgment of excommunication should not be a unilateral decision of clergy, nor even the majority vote of a congregation, but should be the consensus of all the members. (Continued in Appendix G, Judgment By Consensus)

“Yes, I know what judgment is just, fair, and merciful in each case. But at The Judgment, I will entertain objections. If anyone pleads for a more merciful sentence for someone than I suggest, I will consider it. We will all consider it, and discuss it until we all agree.”

VerseScout: Exodus 32:11 And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, …14 And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.
VerseScout Relevance Report: On Earth, God wants us to intercede for each other before Him. Why should we assume this precious characteristic of God will be forgotten on the official Judgment Day?
(Continued in Appendix H, Intercession on Judgment Day)

“But be sure of this: you will understand! Your tears will be wiped away! You will see that all things are perfect, after all!

“I, who have created all things, have also created a Happy Ending!”
Such pandemonium ensued such as I have not seen since Beelzebub, before his rebellion, sang his first hit! Not that we could imagine how such horror could turn out well, but we believed God.

VerseScout: Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
John 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing [no questions]. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
VerseScout Relevance Report: How can our tears be wiped away in Heaven, as we are eternally reminded of the fact that more people are eternally suffering the agonies of Hell, including our own loved ones, than are with us in Heaven?
(“Many” in Hell: Galatians 4:27, Matthew 7:13, 22, 22:14, 24:5, 11, Luke 13:24, 2 Corinthians 2:17, Philippians 3:18-19, Titus 1:10, 16, Revelation 12:9. “Few” in Heaven: Matthew 7:14, 22:14.)
Consider that shed tears for the lost are an entrance requirement of Heaven, Ezekiel 9:4-6. Abraham could hear the screams of the lost from Heaven, Luke 16:24-25. The thief on the cross is in Paradise partly because he was troubled by the other thief’s blasphemy.

Dear Diary: I was the last to leave. Some promises are so wonderful that they raise many questions. I walked home instead of flying, just to ponder them.

Our tears will be wiped away! God’s fires filled me at the very thought! I don’t doubt it will happen! In fact, something within me demands that it be true!

Of course, I can’t imagine how it will be possible. So now I will record my questions. But with no dread that this promise is wrong, but only anticipation to learn how it will become possible.

I can hear the screams of the lost from my mansion. I can see them in my memory. Will the barrier increase to block the sound? Will it wipe clean my memory?

That can’t be it because God has clearly indicated he wants us to care, and indeed to help reach them. Will God change?

God even said we will share judgment with Him. We will participate in the fate of the Lost as well as of ourselves. Will God give us such sensational experiences only to then wipe our memories clean? Will God make us forget all the Lost for whom I sacrificed my concentration, writing, resources, and prayers, so I won’t remember how terribly everything worked out?

Drunks pursue their amazing habits to forget all their troubles. Has God perfected that strategy?

God gives us whatever we ask, that our joy may be full.

Will this glorious condition be replaced with “pray for the lost, and when your prayers aren’t answered, God will make you forget what you prayed for, that your joy may be full”?

But what shall we ask, regarding the Lost? Shall we ask God to drag them back to God? To wipe their wills clean, which, as God explained, would snuff them out of existence?

God has wiped clean that solution from my wish list.

But how can I be happy while my former friends are miserable?

Will it become possible for us to become as happy that our sad brothers have exactly what they have chosen, as they are with their choices?

I felt a dark spot being burned away which I had not even noticed. What darkness has grown so large in me that I can feel its burning?

Of course! I had gotten so involved in nailing down every detail of what is going to happen later, that I had taken my mind off the tragic resistance to God before me, right here and now, which I have some opportunity to help overcome.

I wrote God’s Words in extra large glowing letters:

“Meditate on what is truly incomprehensible about the fate the lost have chosen. Not how long they will resist the Joy of My Presence; meditate on what could cause such resistance, even for a moment!

“Before you can comprehend how that can be for even a moment, it is meaningless to try to comprehend how that can be, for all eternity.”

Chapter 8: The Book of Life! Where is that huge growing ball of water, hovering in God’s Workshop, coming from? And what is God writing in that huge book?

Chapter 6 God will not crush Wills

“You have asked about the Barriers. Yes, they are connected with the wills of your prodigal brothers. You know they don’t prevent communication. Your sad brothers never stop pushing Me away, so I can never spare them from the natural consequences. And I have made a barrier that prevents you from shielding them from those consequences.

“Because were there no consequences, the Darkness they worship would become a black hole that would utterly swallow them.

“Not that you are excused from trying to help them. Do all you can to soften their hearts to truth. Encourage them to treat reality, which I fill, as their friend, not their mortal enemy. That is the mission of fire. Don’t try to spare them from fire, or from Truth, of from Love, or from Me, all of which fire is. They need more of it, not less. Persuade them to receive it with joy within themselves.”

“You understand, therefore, that the reason I allow conditions in which they suffer horrible torments has to be for some other reason than that their torture serves some benefit to anyone but themselves?”

We had not thought of analyzing God’s purpose for correcting. Now we were curious.

“Hell’s angels accuse me of torturing them out of all proportion to how much they have hurt Me. Which is silly since they haven’t hurt Me. Well, except by blocking my desire for good for them. But My Love for them is not turned to hate because they don’t love me back!”

VerseScout: Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

“It is vaguely true that I torture them, but only by not miraculously interrupting the natural consequences of the lies and cruel intentions they choose.

“I allow all of you to experience the natural consequences of your choices so that you may spiritually grow. They complain because I created consequences. But do you understand that if there were no consequences, choice could not exist? Do you understand that love could not exist?

Because love is the choice to improve the consequences for someone else even at the cost of unpleasant consequences for yourself.”

VerseScout: John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
VerseScout Relevance Report: The measure of whether love is real is not how nice the words or emotions are, but readiness to bless another at cost to yourself.

“Not that I created consequences just so people can love. I created consequences so you can create whatever you want. If there were no consequences – if nothing happened – no matter what you did or said, you couldn’t change anything, which means you couldn’t create anything. I created consequences because I wanted the most perfect existence for you because I love you.”

VerseScout: Genesis 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good….
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
Mark 7:37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.
VerseScout Relevance Report: It is God’s character to do all things well, so the angels’ existence before the Earth was also very good.

“Before I created you, I studied the nature of consciousness itself. It has characteristics which you and I share, and which cannot be altered. Its characteristics include consequences of choices that cannot be altered. The natural consequences I have created – that is, the qualities of the Fire in which you live, move, and have your existence – are designed to soften the impact of the consequences embedded in consciousness itself.”

VerseScout: Hebrews 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Proverbs 23:13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. 14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
VerseScout Relevance Report: Adults face many natural consequences of their actions in society. If they do not work, and no one does their work, they starve. If they violate the laws of their government, their government will punish them.
Parents shelter children by creating intermediary consequences to soften the impact of the consequences from which parents are unable to deliver their children.
A “rod”, in Hebrew, means either a large stick used to kill enemies in battle, or a walking stick, or a pencil-size stick used to write in wax. Obviously a child beaten with the first two will die, so the latter is meant. A beating with a pencil [unsharpened, obviously] can sting, but not kill.
Parent-created intermediary correction gives children time for millions of experiences and choices before facing reality directly.

“The time will come that I will explain my experiences.”

“Time”? What is “time”? I started to ask, but God’s gaze shifted to the Fallen.

“They say they haven’t hurt anybody physically, which is of course true, but only because I have not made angels able to physically hurt each other. Were they able to be physically cruel, they would apply all their creativity to it!

“Do you understand how irrational it would be for Me to impose cruel punishment upon souls just for the sake of repaying Myself for some sort of loss which can never exist? Or to make Me happy through the torment of those who tried but could not hurt Me? Or to satisfy some strange concept of ‘justice’ in which I am supposedly ‘Holy’ by some definition of ‘Holiness’ that renders me unable to look upon sin or have it in My Presence?

“Don’t you see me, always, not only having sin in My Presence, not only looking upon sin to analyze and heal it, not only creating conditions in which it may be chosen, but investing infinite energy doing so? Do you understand that it is sinners who cannot abide My Presence, who cannot comprehend Me, or stand to see Me – not the other way around?”

VerseScout: Luke 15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
Luke 5:30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? 31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. 32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
VerseScout Relevance Report: God follows us into the thick of our sin to bring us back Home!
“Holiness” is never defined in the Bible as inability to survive the presence of sin. That was the Pharisee’s definition of “Holiness”.
God is not “holy and just” in some sense that He melts like the Wicked Witch of the West if a little sin splatters in His presence. Nor does the Gospel message really say that Jesus died to appease a God so “holy” that our mistakes fill God with too much “wrath” for Him to stand being around you, so Jesus, who apparently must be much less “holy” by this definition, paid our penalty to satisfy God.

“Do you understand that I do not punish them in order to protect Myself from them because I can’t survive being near them?”

This was getting uncomfortable. Such an accusation seemed blasphemous. Grief showed on God’s face as He responded to it. Who would say such a thing? I followed God’s gaze just in time to see several angels lower their heads just out of sight, so I could not see who they were.

“Do you understand that punishment has only this one rational purpose: the correction of a self-destructive, rebellious attitude? Do you understand that I have never articulated any other purpose for punishment, and that I have no other purpose?”

VerseScout: Proverbs 23:13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. 14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
VerseScout Relevance Report: When the purpose of God’s punishment is specified, it is always rehabilitation and restoration, Deuteronomy 28, Proverbs 19:18, 13:24, 22:15 23:13-14, 29:15, 17. God compares His purpose for punishment with that of loving parents, in Hebrews 12, concluding the chapter by calling Himself “consuming fire”.

“Do you understand that I take great delight in you, but not because of anything you have done for me, given me, or made for me, but only because I love you and love to watch you grow? Do you understand that I do not love you more than your screaming brothers?”

VerseScout: Proverbs 29:17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
VerseScout Relevance Report: Most of the time, children are as incapable of restitution to their parents as parents are to God. Therefore, punishment of human children virtually never has anything to do with “paying a debt” or repaying parents for services provided.

“In fact, do you understand that only to the extent of My Love for them, can I have any motivation to punish them?”

VerseScout: Hebrews 12:7 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.
VerseScout Relevance Report: God says His Love lives in His Punishment. He says it frontwards and backwards: not only does His punishment prove His love, but lack of punishment would prove lack of love.

Sparky cleared his throat to ask a question. He looked really puzzled. “Uh, God, since You punish our lost brothers so much more than us, does that mean you love them so much more?”

God laughed. A few angels laughed, but others, including myself, found the point too plausible to so easily dismiss. God laughed even more at our hesitation.

“I love you equally!” He assured us. “My Love/Fire punishes you equally. They suffer so much more, because they produce so much more resistance, so that My Love flows through them so much less. You provide me so much less to burn, which enables My Love/Fire to wash you clean, and to flow through you, lighting you up like lights.”

VerseScout: Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

“I subject all of you to these conditions in proportion to something, but do you understand what My punishment is proportionate to, if not to how much anyone hurts Me?”

A hand raised.

“Yes, Sarcamson?” God gave Sarcamson a warning look, which he didn’t heed.

“What is Your punishment proportionate to?”

We laughed at Sarcamson raising his hand, not to answer God’s question but only to repeat it. Did Sarcamson do that on purpose? It is always hard to tell with him.

“I’m glad you asked.” God responded. “Especially you, Sarcamson, because you help me illustrate what I mean about correcting a rebellious attitude.” The host laughed.

“My punishment is in proportion to what it will take to heal rebellion. It is not for Me! Were I motivated by comfort for Me, I would kill the rebellious soul and make another one, as I already told you! Or do without! That would be easier! But I am motivated by Love.

“My goal is an attitude change, so that the soul will stop deliberately repeating mistakes, and in fact will become vigilant to avoid mistakes.

That is why punishment must proceed in intensity until the soul’s ‘spirit [of rebellion] is broken’. But not for Me.”

Sparky asked, “What is going through their minds – what are they experiencing – when all we see is Your Fire Power swirling around them, scorching them as it tries to flow through them?”

God answered, “Part of the operation of the Fire is to bring upon them every single evil which they conspire to bring upon others.”

VerseScout: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

“This makes it easier for them to empathize with their victims and reach the point where they cannot bear to wish such cruelty upon anyone – no longer for fear of retribution but out of compassion.

“These nuggets of compassion can potentially become chinks in their chains, eventually causing their chains to fall off, setting them free.

“The process of bringing upon them the evil which they conspire to bring upon others is of course painful itself, but nothing compared with the pain of a cracked and bleeding heart capable of bringing such evil upon others!

“But to the extent I see you already punishing yourself with sorrow over your mistakes, already alert to not making them again, I quench punishment. In fact, when I perceive you are actually sorrowful beyond what is necessary to achieve correction, I not only quench My punishment, but move the opposite direction: I encourage and comfort you, assuring you of My Love.”

VerseScout: Hebrews 12:12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13 And make straight paths [Gr: walk erect] for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way [Gr: dislocated]; but let it rather be healed.
VerseScout Relevance Report: After explaining to us that He punishes us because He loves us, God encourages us.

“I encourage those who are actually too repentant – so sorry that they become discouraged. Because too much sorrow can cripple a soul.”

VerseScout: Ecclesiastes 7:16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?
Romans 14:22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
2 Corinthians 2:7 So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. 8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.

“The difference is your intent. You do not intend to err. They do.
“You are sorry when you realize you made a mistake. It was an accident which you never want to repeat. They are proud, and especially proud when they think they ‘got away with it’.”

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: boulh boule, “volition, purpose”] of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
VerseScout Relevant Report: God judges our intentions, just as parents discipline and reward on the basis of a child’s “attitude”. Indeed, American criminal law requires, for a conviction, “criminal intent”. It is not necessary to prove that the accused meant to break the law, but if the accused can prove he did not intend the action with which he is charged, he will be found innocent.

Hope sprang within me as it occurred to me to ask, “But if the very purpose of fire is to correct, then You must expect that fire will fulfill its purpose! Meaning that our unhappy brothers will finally be corrected! Our fellowship restored!”

“Amen’s” were sprinkled throughout the excited applause. But God’s smile was not the smile of confirmation I expected.

Well, perhaps a smile of approval, but something in God’s eyes, something glistening, kept me from taking it as validation of my logic. I took it rather as approval of my intent.

I looked for my former dear friend Beelzebub. I saw him, and gazed at him with longing and anxiety.

God answered softly, slowly, sadly, “I offer purification, indeed. I offer love, light, truth, good, joy, freedom, victory over ‘impossible’ obstacles, purpose, and Myself, always.

“But you have seen your brothers reject all of these things, and continue rejecting them even at the cost of terrible pain.

“They have not forgotten the bliss which had been theirs! Yet they still reject it!

VerseScout: Hebrews 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. (See also 10:26-31)

“How is this possible, even for a moment? Yet it has happened, for many moments. We must ask, if they reject love, light, truth, good, joy, freedom, victory, purpose, and Me, even for a moment, what will happen between now and eternity to stop them from rejecting everything wonderful for ever?”

The possibility shocked and horrified me. I couldn’t be satisfied. I had to press my question. “But they can’t choose to suffer forever! They must inevitably succumb! Surely?”

God’s answer was to turn away to gaze upon the fallen with deep longing and glistening eyes. “I will not crush anyone’s will.”

There was a long pause. “I don’t want ‘swordpoint conversions’. That’s Beelzebub’s specialty.” God gazed long at Beelzebub.

“I will wait for love. No matter how long it takes.”

“Will I ever again enjoy the fellowship of any of my beloved brothers?” I pleaded. I didn’t want possibilities. I didn’t want profound understanding.

I wanted a clear, simple answer. And I wanted it to be “yes”.

God turned again and answered quietly. “You can still communicate with them. Please make the most of it as if the answer to your question partly depends on it. Because it does.”

The memory hit me like a Thunder Bomb that I was still putting off my talk with Beelzebub. Was God telling me that The Rebellion might be over by now, or at least its destruction reduced, had I gone to him earlier? Repentance and guilt flooded over me.

But God did not leave me wallowing in shame over the past. God took the opportunity of my shame to equip me for the future.

“Our mission is not simple”, God continued. “And I say ‘our’ mission because you really can help.”

VerseScout: Matthew 25:26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
VerseScout Relevance Report: It is common to think of God as so omnipotent that there is nothing we humans can contribute to Him of any value to Him, so it seems presumptuous to imagine there is anything we can do that God values.
But this parable shows God’s rejection of such thinking. Such thinking is exposed as an excuse for avoiding what God very much wants us to do.

“You see, I have made the power of Choice as strong as my Love.”

“Why?” I asked. “Why did you do that?”

God smiled. “What distinguishes you from me is your distinct will. Your choice. I cannot extinguish your will without extinguishing you. I have made your wills strong enough to resist Me.”

“For how long?” I asked. I was not concerned that I, myself, might ever resist God! But I understood God’s point that he was talking only hypothetically about me but in earnest about the Lost.

“For forever, if you choose.”

It was eerie how God kept saying second person “you”, meaning me, rather than the more comfortable “they”, meaning The Lost.

“Unfortunately,” God continued, “some will never allow themselves to be purified, ever.” God looked sadly at Beelzebub. Beelzebub, startled, looked up, met God’s eyes, and then backed away, hissing. Once again the uncomfortable thought returned, that a lot could hinge on my having a good talk with Beelzebub.

VerseScout: Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

God smiled at Beelzebub, and continued smiling as He returned to us. Although I understood His smile was an expression of His love for Beelzebub, and of His readiness to answer our questions, His smile during our meditations on the terrible torment of our fallen brothers was eerie.

My failing optimism was reduced to this last fleeting query: “Will any accept reconciliation?”

There was a long, awkward silence. This was no ordinary rhetorical question, because the correct answer was not at all clear. “You know, God”, I prodded.

“Do I? And you would like me to tell you? Whether or not I can answer that question, I won’t. I am not even going to tell you whether I know. Comfort can only make you complacent, reducing in your imagination the urgency of the mission before us. Our mission is urgent! Even if their resistance were to end as I finish this paragraph, it would be urgent! They are suffering! We don’t want them to suffer, even for a moment! On the other hand, if they are able to resist, even for a moment, what makes it any more likely that they will ever stop resisting?

“Yes, helping them choose love is costly to us. On the other hand, its very costliness deepens our love, because without cost, there is no love. The greatest Love is the choice to pay the cost of others’ hate.”

VerseScout: John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

I asked God, “One of my unfortunate brothers told me that Your ability to be happy while You are torturing them proves how little Love You have for them. How can I answer him?”

God smiled even wider. “Tell my precious prodigal that for as long as he chooses to shut his eyes, he remains blind, and there is little I can do to heal his blindness without removing his power of choice.

“He can blame Me for his blindness, or he can open his eyes. The choice is his. If his pain seems to him something for which someone ought to be blamed, let blame go to the one who wills it so and resists all offers to heal it! Not the One who created the power to choose between pain and joy!

“And if pain is his choice, why isn’t he thanking me for it, instead of blaming me?”

VerseScout: Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Proverbs 1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
Proverbs 3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. 23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

“Choice is Holy. It is what makes you ‘you’. I cannot remove any soul’s power to choose without making that soul cease to exist and turning it into another soul.

“I could make his brain see with his eyes closed, or I could force his eyes perpetually open, forcing him to see what he chooses not to. Instead I give him control over his eyelids so that he may choose.

“It is the same with his torment. I do not torture anybody! I offer Love and Life. He chooses to struggle against a hug. He chooses to scream at words of Life which correct the lies he prefers. He chooses to squirm against healing of the chemicals he has ingested. He chooses to create hate, and to wander along the shores of Death. Never mind the consequences of such choices: how can anyone have joy while so choosing?!

“Such choices are the direct cause of spiritual suffering and torture! It is impossible to suffer spiritually while choosing Love and Life, and it is impossible not to suffer spiritually while choosing Hate and Death!

“Meanwhile, how can I not be happy that my former friend has at least gotten for himself exactly what he has chosen? My preparations, that have made his terrible choice possible, without harm to you, have been immense, even for Me! I cannot help but be joyful that even with his terrible choices, all my backup systems are functioning exactly as I had planned, and he is getting exactly what he wants!”

Even when God points out what we have already seen, it is always so refreshing to have the jumble in our minds arranged into a sensible picture.

The Host was getting noisy. I perceived, though, that empathy for poor choosers was morphing into venting against poor choices.

“Choice is God’s Gift”, I heard behind me. “To choose failure is Hell’s wage!”

And, “Choice is Holy. Some choices are Hellish.”

I looked back to see a group of angels preparing wing stickers.

“Hate God = hug Hell.”

A thought occurred to me. I texted on my A-pod, “Choose trouble. You can always blame God.”

I looked up at God quizzically, thinking about His last point. Why would any soul choose Hell, and then blame God for creating it? I mean, doesn’t the fact you choose something mean you deem it to be desirable? What then explains any soul’s motivation to blame another for giving him what he wants?

At no point do these rebellious hearts see that where they are, they are by their choice?

I made eye contact with God and opened my mouth to ask. But before I could, His voice spoke within me as He smiled, “I will explain. But not now. You need to see more before you can understand my explanation.”

VerseScout: 1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
VerseScout Relevance Report: The dross of your gold will eat your flesh, James 5; indicating the Earthly gold you covet is a metaphor of the eternal gold which is your soul, and your love of Earthly gold is a buildup of impurity within your soul, which will eat your flesh as hot as any fire.

Something in God’s eyes suggested He was speaking from experience about rebellion. But there was never a previous rebellion! Was there?

Angels never rebelled before. Does God mean God had such an experience before God created angels, When God Was Alone? How would such a thing be logically possible? Would God tell us about that period?

“But isn’t there something You can do?” I asked. “Why do You allow their wills to restrain Your consuming Love? As if anything can restrain You! Their wills cannot restrain You unless You allow them to!

“Why don’t you just wash over all their resistance, force them to acknowledge the Truth, and swaddle them in love despite their thrashings, until they wear out, and relax, and then remember how wonderful love feels, and be grateful for it again? Then you can bring them back Home!”

I understood that what I was asking, I had already asked. But I tried to dress up my question better, because I really didn’t like God’s previous answer. Especially the part that put part of the responsibility for what troubled me on my own willingness to talk to people like Beelzebub who really hate me now.

God repeated the same answer, with a bit more detail: “I have made your wills the glory of all my creation. They are so much the essence of what constitutes ‘you’, or your ‘souls’, that to merely crush your wills would be to snuff you out of existence.

“I love your fallen brothers as I love you. I don’t want to snuff them out of existence. To crush all their resistance until they remember how wonderful love feels, but at the expense of wiping their memories, against their will, of all the evil they have imagined and chosen, and then to bring them home, would be to bring home recreated souls after killing the original souls.”

A question tugged at me which I dared not utter. But God turned to me and smiled, waiting – so, sweating heavily, I got it out. “I apologize for even thinking such a thing, because this idea is so incredible, so unlikely, so impossible, because it is so inconsistent with the omnipotence we all know is Yours! But you are describing Wills in a manner I have never considered before. By what you are telling us now, do you mean that these wills you have created are out of your control?”

God didn’t answer. God looked like He was waiting for me to finish. But I had no more to say. But seeing only patience on His face, concerns bubbled up to my mind that I had no intention of stating. Until finally, they forced their way out of my mouth, triggering gasps all around me:

“If you can’t control their wills, does that mean you are not Sovereign? Isn’t the very idea that You are not Sovereign, blasphemy? Doesn’t that demean Your Glory?”

God even smiled, He was so unperturbed by my question! He seemed pleased to have the question expressed in the starkest terms possible. As He has said, “A bold question invites a strong answer.”

“I created wills beyond my control, but I do not allow them to get out of control. Robots are easy. Even you can create robots. Even you can manage robots so they do not get in each other’s way. But the ability to create wills which can in turn create, and choose, and are not controlled, and yet which do not get out of control, and cannot do real harm to other wills, is the signature of Omnipotence.

“Of course, to create the power to choose is to create risk. I understood this when I created wills. But as I have already told you, without will, there can be no Love, no sacrifice of ‘self’ for the Body of which all wills are members, and therefore no ecstatic Joy.

“Robots cannot be programmed to experience these delights. They can be programmed to simulate them, but not to experience them. Only wills are capable of Love and Joy.”

I gazed at Beelzebub. I remembered what he had been, and marveled how far he had fallen, and at how proud he yet professed to be of his pathetic fall! What could a meeting with him achieve?

I asked, “Would it be better if Beelzebub had not been created?”

God answered, “Then he would never have experienced the delights of Me which he once knew! He served so faithfully, for so long! Was that not worth being created for? I cannot regret creating him! Life is such a precious thing, that even his pathetic life now is better than no life at all!

And of course I am able to turn even his evil into good for others. Nevertheless, because of his own ‘amazing’ choices, his experience of existence is so miserable, that he often wishes he had never been created.”

VerseScout: Matthew 26:24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.

God made an announcement.

“I am about to do something to make Love and Truth burn even hotter. I am going to formally repudiate all pretense of friendship with them or their cruel, irrational thinking. I am going to put a stop to any possibility that they might imagine I ‘tolerate’ their unholy ‘religion’! I am going to make sure each one of them fully comprehends my disgust with their hypocritical sense of ‘justice.’

“Yet even after I do this, don’t expect big changes.”

We couldn’t let the question go. It burned still in our hearts. “Do you mean most will still resist You?”

God was as determined to not give us the answer for which we longed, that would have lightened the desperation we felt about talking to souls who were extremely determined to avoid us.

“Meditate on what is truly incomprehensible about the fate the lost have chosen. Not how long they will resist the Joy of My Presence, choosing instead the torments of their imaginations; meditate on what could cause such resistance, even for a moment!

“What could possibly harden a heart enough to feel ‘offended’ by My Offer of Eternal Life?

“What could possibly close a heart to evidence that I am True, and that his ‘religion’ is a lie? A myth? And cruel?

“What could possibly injure a heart so much that it becomes enraged when a ‘God of Love’ is quoted, and calls My words ‘hate’?

“What could possibly deaden a heart to not care that its religion of choice justifies cruelty to the innocent by saying they don’t matter, and protection of cruelty by calling it ‘legal’?

“How can they care so much whether they are told they are right, and so little about becoming right?

“How can they care more about what they have a right to do, than about doing right?!

“They want Me to ‘tolerate’ what they ‘feel’ is right, and ignore the proof that they are wrong!

“Their test of what is true is whether a claim ‘feels true’, not whether it can be proved.

“They insist it is not them, but Me, who is ‘offensive’, because I tell them the truth, and not their lies that are offensive, which they cannot stand to have refuted! They tell me I have no right to be so ‘offensive’! If I were ‘loving’, I would feed them lies! Truth is rude!

“They whine, when I challenge them with evidence, ‘that is your religion, but I have a right to my religion too.’ They thus make official their choice of a false religion, documented false by the evidence they ignore, over true religion in touch with reality.

“They tell me, ‘Don’t you understand that when you say you are God and I am not, that offends me?’

How can anyone be so discerning over trivial differences like wrong doctrines, the wrong wing color, or who live on the wrong side of a line, yet so undiscerning around hearts black with evil?

VerseScout: Matthew 23:24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

“How can anyone tolerate cruelty in the name of ‘The Rule of Law’ or ‘Tolerance’ or the made-up ‘Religion’ of the group to which they have delegated their conscience?

“How can anyone blindly trust his group to tell him who to protect and who to persecute, in return for the group’s ‘amazing’ promise that I will bless him for obeying the group instead of Me?!
“Explain how that can be, for even a moment! Before you can comprehend that, it is meaningless to try to comprehend how it can be, for all eternity.”

“So now I am going to ‘offend’ them. I am going to proclaim how they have offended Me, along with Truth, Reason, Intelligence, everyone and everything decent! I am going to separate them from My alleged ‘tolerance’ and leave them in their Outer Darkness! I am going to answer their prayers – I am going to give them what they demand!”

With that, God passed out T-shirts.

We were excited! They had pretty neat slogans.

We pored over the T-shirts and picked out our favorites. A few stuck to my memory cells:

“You have a right to shoot yourself in the foot, and I have a right to point to your foot and scream.”

“You ‘feel’ you are right? You trust your feelings way too much.”

“If you think your religious ideas can be ‘true for you’, whether or not they are True, I have a bridge in Brimstone I would like to sell you!”

“You think wrong can’t be wrong ‘cause it feels so right? Just wait till the consequences roll in, and see how ‘right’ they feel.”

“Here’s a really different way to decide what to believe: evidence’!”
“You demand your right to not be offended by people telling you facts. I demand my right to state facts.”

“Your defense of your ‘religion’ is that you have a ‘right’ to believe it, in the face of reality? People who treat reality as an enemy wind up in the Funny House.”

VerseScout: Mark 6:11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
VerseScout Relevance Report: God doesn’t ask for blind faith, as every false religion does. God offers evidence, and appeals to reason. But when people refuse to hear evidence, or to think, there comes a point where God walks away, and advises us to.

We put on our new T-shirts and went for a walk among our sad former family.

I just wish, if they must curse, that they would at least use their own name.

They point up at us and curse, spitting out disrespect, hatred, and – here’s the pathetic part – threats! Yes, threats! Threats which they obviously have no capacity to carry out!

They promise to do the most horrible things to us for torturing them with our – our what? Our continued existence? I guess. Nothing we do for them is right, we learn. Even after going to the trouble of putting on new T-shirts for them.

Their blasphemies flow on waves of hatred, daring us to respond in kind! The closer we come among them, the more I feel their pressure.

Reason suggests, “Do they not realize, that were I to but flick my great toe against them in just response to their blasphemies against my Love, that they would tumble in pain from new, fresh injuries? How dare they, in their vulnerable condition, blaspheme those much stronger, not to mention more innocent, than they?”

But love answers, “Violence only injures, while giving them the satisfaction that we, too, hate!”

So we just walk among them, let them read our shirts, hear their pathetic threats and accusations, and remember with awe the terror their words once produced in us.

VerseScout: Psalms 2:1 Why do the heathen rage [to be tumultous], and the people imagine a vain thing [obsessed with worthless things]? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
VerseScout Relevance Report: Is it possible for souls to spew such threatenings despite having no capacity to carry out their threats, against souls who do not hurt them in any way?
(Continued in Appendix F: The Heathen Rage)

We still feel the waves of hate. But we love. We grieve for them. We cry for them. We stretch out our hands to them, which they try to bite and claw, (yes, even their fingernails are so unkempt that they have grown into claws), but they are so weak. So withered. So incapable.

Not incapable, by any means, of inflicting horrible pain, suffering, and torture! Just incapable of inflicting pain, suffering, or torture on anyone but themselves. So tragic.

“Let them experience the vanity of lying to others”, God decreed, “until they are saturated with it.”

I wrote to Sorrowful, a brother with whom I was especially close before he fell. He won’t talk to me now. I wonder if he will read my letter? (And if Sorrowful won’t talk to me, how much less Beelzebub?)

I wrote to him, “We have every encouragement to pray. We are poor, and sinful, and dying, and none can comfort us but God. At his throne we may find all that we want. We know not which is most wonderful, that God stoops to hear our prayers, or that [souls] are so unwilling to use so simple and easy a way of obtaining what they so much need.”

[Ed: whether or not this paragraph was ever read by Sorrowful, it amazingly found its way into Barnes’ Commentary, in its note on Matthew 18:35! Perhaps Barnes was inspired by Comunicius himself!]

Chapter 7: Judgment! God told His angels, ““Meditate on what is truly incomprehensible about the fate the lost have chosen. Not how long they will resist the Joy of My Presence; meditate on what could cause such resistance, even for a moment!”

Chapter 5 God’s Fireside Chat

We had thought that the clearest reasoning, and the tenderest love, could overcome our lost brothers’ barriers.

We had told ourselves, “they resist because we are not pure enough. They accuse us of ‘judging’ them, so there must be some arrogance in us, which we need to purify, and then they will receive us.

“They accuse us of not being ‘scientific’ but of proceeding by ‘blind faith’, so there must be some gap in our reasoning which we must more carefully close, and then they will be persuaded by our logic and their belief in God will be restored.”

Not so. In fact, we documented that their agitation and cursing increased in direct proportion to the irrefutability of our proof. It also increased in direct proportion to the purity of our love towards them.

When Brother Clumsy approached them, for example, they mocked him for his poor grasp of detail and for words which they were able to twist into “evidence” of unkindness. They were untroubled by him. They had “fun” at his expense, and even welcomed his approach for their sport. They even memorized phrases from his sermons and quoted him often to justify their hate.

God used his clumsiness! God used it to reach hearts with sprinkles of truth which were too hard for a full serving!

However, the most careful among us, the most faultless in our expression of love and reason, were resisted the way they resisted God’s consuming flames. They only made their barriers stronger. They did not quote us.

They would not hear us.

In other words, it wasn’t any trace of “hypocrisy” or “judgment” in us that turned them away; these qualities did not turn them away at all, but actually drew them.

It was the degree to which our hearts and words were pure and logical, that turned them away, because their rebellion was not against hate, but against love; not against ignorance, but against reason; not against superstition, but against science.

When we first perceived this phenomenon, we wondered if we should deliberately make ourselves at fault, that we might more easily approach them.

Several angels are committed to this strategy. They are so committed that they accuse us of being too hard-line, inflexible, “fanatic”, or unwilling to “compromise”; we, they say, are undermining the “credibility” which they are establishing among the Lost.

We call angels committed to this strategy “Moderates”.

As I noted, God can use them. But obviously God doesn’t model that strategy, so Moderates don’t seem to have a lock on the only approach that works.

We also observe that the demons’ acceptance of us, to the extent that our imperfection provides them material for excuses, does not translate into acceptance of Truth or Love, much less of God. And to the extent they will not accept Truth, Love, or God, we are little motivated to secure their acceptance of us.

We pray the situation is not this hopeless in every case. We are hopeful that at least a few among them may still respond to pure love and reason. It is for their sakes that we continue to try.

BT12 – We arranged a meeting with God. God is finally ready. Or, rather, God finally calculated that we are ready. We decided that we would meet instantly.

What will God say? Was our love for the suffering angels enough? Why had God required us to establish as much as we had by our own research rather than just telling us?

God is passing out Report Cards. Our theory about fire and suffering is marked “correct, as far as you have gone.”

The fire is blazing, crackling, warm, toasty. We stare into it, mesmerized. Its shapes are constantly shifting, so that its beauty never gets boring.

“This fire which your dear, precious, lost brothers find so painful of late, is mostly just reality”, God said.

“The pressures about which they complain are mostly just the pressures of life – the challenges, the opportunities, and the consequences of ignoring its demands. They say it burns them. But it is life itself whose challenges they resent.”

God continued, “Thank you for appreciating the Life I have given you! Thank you for returning my Love!”

I couldn’t help asking, “How can it be that You are thanking us?”

“Thanksgiving is the key to happiness.” God winked, “Don’t you think I have a right to be happy?”

“Was that hard, even for You – learning to be thankful even for us?!” Sarcamson asked.

God laughed. “See what I mean? Even the Devil would find delight in an answer like that, if I could shake him out of his stupor.

“Of course, I learned that lesson, about being thankful, long before I created you.”

His Words stirred in me a curiosity about what it must have been like before God created angels, back When God Was Alone. Will God tell us of that period?

“I love and bless all creatures continually. Most of what I do for each soul, no soul knows. I cause and orchestrate all experiences for each soul, that you may enjoy a holy balance between nourishment, challenge, and opportunity by working alongside Me.

“Your lost brothers turn their backs on me. They will not work, sing, play, or even talk with me. But I still work in them, and wait with yearning for the slightest hint of turning around. Should that happen, I will be there for them.

“But you! You are thankful for My work in you. You welcome my fellowship. We talk, play, sing, and work together, consciously. It is a great joy for me, as it is for you.”

I said, “I just can’t imagine that this same fire which warms me so comfortably, produces in them millions of degrees of heat! Is the difference only that we offer no resistance?”

God almost agreed. “You have resistance”, God reminded me. “In fact, almost as much as they do! But greater than your resistance is your willingness to allow Me to burn away all your resistance.”

God’s eyes glistened as another tear formed. Could it be that The Fallen trouble God in the same way they trouble us? But God is omnipotent! This has never made any sense. How is it possible that anything can hurt Him enough to make Him cry?
The eerie thing about it was that instead of looking at our fallen brothers as He spoke, He looked at us! Not just at us collectively, but at each of us, with a look of yearning, if not pleading.

VerseScout: Luke 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!
VerseScout Relevance Report: Jesus did not express the torment of rejection by the pagan nations surrounding Israel, but by the nation closest to readiness to return His love.

“Expect resistance. Determine to pay its cost without complaint, without demand, without surprise. Don’t resist their resistance.

“Don’t love it. Don’t tolerate it. Don’t respect it. Don’t pretend to. But love your brothers. Because only to the extent you love your brothers, despite their dark cruelty, can you survive the dark cruelty of your own hearts.”

VerseScout: Matthew 18:23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. [One talent is about 98 pounds of either silver or gold; at a good daily wage of the time, it would take 500,000 years to pay off that debt.] 25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. 28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. 29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
VerseScout Relevance Report: To forgive is to bear the cost of helping, imposed by the stubbornness of the one you help.

I would rank that among my least favorite messages from God. It was so unwelcome, that suddenly I felt more empathy with the Fallen than I had ever thought possible.

The knowledge of little tiny spots of darkness in me too small to see is OK. I am comfortable with the concept of traces of sin in me so microscopic that it doesn’t seriously matter.

But when God compares the darkness in “them” with the darkness in me, without any qualification to make clear how much less there is in me, or that there is any difference at all, and to see God weeping more over me than over them, I don’t know if I’m OK with that.

But after I smelled some acrid smoke blowing out of my ears, it hit me: God was trying to get me to empathize with the Fallen, by reminding me that I have darkness in me too. He didn’t really mean I have very much.
But then it hit me again: I am thoroughly resisting God’s warning to me.

God isn’t exaggerating.

This is scary. I am able now to empathize, not just through some theoretical similarity between my darkness and theirs. Now I know exactly how they feel. I felt exactly the same way.

I need to be more careful. I didn’t know I was capable of deliberate rebellion against God.

VerseScout: Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Mark 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

God smiled.

I wondered if God finds the work of saving us from our rebellion tedious? Are the twists and turns that thoughts, feelings, and desires can take as they jam themselves in the wrong slots interesting to God? Are the xillions of ways to repair them, multiplied by the xillions of us, complicated enough to keep God from getting bored?

God smiled as we studied our cards. Then He looked around at us for a minute and spoke.

“You have already learned that I can correct the sins in your lives with a gentle fire, when an unrestrained fire would be too intense, causing you pain.

“You know the difference is in your intentions. I know darkness in you is not deliberate. Therefore I can remove it leisurely, at a pace which is just intense enough for you to make discovery of the truth exciting, but not intense enough to hurt you, by quenching My Love/Fire before all darkness is consumed.

“You know My correction of them is unrestrained in the sense that it flows up to 100% of their capacity to absorb it without utterly destroying their very selves, but because you have not restrained your capacity, far more of my fire power passes through you than through them.

“I love sharing all that power with you. That’s why I made the streets out of gold.”

VerseScout: Revelation 21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

Of course! Why had I never thought of it before?!

“Gold conducts energy perfectly, without resistance, and without distortion. So that by merely walking on My paths, you are purified.”
God looked at the lost.

“That creates another difference”, God explained.

“They become spiritually exhausted. They rest not in kicking the points I am trying to get across to them, and I keep my points sharp so they have a chance to penetrate. Their injuries serve a holy purpose. Perhaps they will become injured enough to take a break from resisting Me.”

VerseScout: Acts 26:14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. [Gr: poison thorns, or ox goads – the sharp sticks used by farmers to keep their oxen moving. In those shoeless, sandal-clad days, kicks aimed at sharp things were very painful. A similar metaphor today could be “kicking the roses barefoot.”]

Deep sorrow showed itself on God’s face. It was brief, but so deep that it seemed like greater sorrow than that of all the Fallen in Hell. God turned to us with a deep sense of urgency.

“You realize, don’t you, that their suffering does not benefit Me? You understand, don’t you, that their pain does not bring Me some sort of compensation for the suffering or loss they have caused Me?”

We laughed with God at His joke, although as we did, His Face betrayed no levity. We understood God’s allusion to the myths popular among the Fallen, that they could pacify God’s wrath by suffering more. Or better yet, by causing others to suffer.

What could repay God, who already owns everything? And who can cause God suffering or loss, creating a debt to be repaid? But what point was God leading up to?

VerseScout: Job 35:6 If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? …7 If thou be righteous, what givest thou him?…

“You understand that their rebellion does cause me grief, but only because I love them and grieve when they suffer – that in no other sense do they have the capacity to cause me any manner of harm or unhappiness? You understand how easy it would be, if it were not for My Love, to correct the loss of function in Our Body by simply creating replacement angels for them, and giving them the cessation of existence they ask for as My Fire/Love recedes from them? Or simpler yet, if it were not for My Love, I could just stop caring about Our Body. There is no other reason I ‘need’ them, besides Love.”

It was obvious, once stated. And certainly humbling.

Beelzebub had been listening. Now he whispered furiously to his gullible followers, who quickly began jeering.

They jeered, that God made a mistake in creating us without first figuring out how to profit from us. Oh? God has needs which can be met by some kind of “profit” from outside Himself?

They mocked, that Beelzebub’s hordes cause God grief because of God’s stupid love. God hurt, by angels? Beelzebub can’t even touch us without God’s permission, let alone Him! I had half a notion to schedule my long-procrastinated interview with Beelzebub right then!

VerseScout: Job 1:11 But put forth thine hand now, [against Job] and touch all that he 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: Even Satan knows the power of prayer! Even Satan knows he can’t touch anyone without first petitioning God! God limits our power to hurt each other, to what He can turn into a blessing for each of us.

They jeered that they were becoming God and would soon take His place, since in Hell, they were the more quickly burning off their Bad Karma, after which they supposed they would “attain” to Nirvana, which they defined as the cessation of individual existence, or what drunks call “oblivion”. They had tricked God, they were convinced! They had tricked God into putting them in Karma-burning Hell where they would the more quickly be ready to give God some serious competition!

The more they jeered against God, Love, and Reason, the more they suffered. God laughed sadly and shook His head. I saw a tear form in His eye, and fall into the growing globe in His Workshop.

I marveled at the howling of Hell. If we had all eternity in Hell to repay Him, it is impossible to imagine what we could contribute, to God’s treasury, of any value to Him! We have power neither to hurt nor to help God.

VerseScout: Psalm 50:10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. …12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. … 14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: 15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
VerseScout Relevance Report: With what can we repay God that is not already His? Nothing. The only “repayment” God asks is for us to let Him give us more!
Does God benefit from praise? From us glorifying Him? Is that what God needs to sustain His self-esteem? That, too, is for our benefit, not His. It is like the honor children need to give their parents. Not to benefit parents, according to the 4th Commandment, but for the children: that they may live long. Parental commands are generally designed to keep children out of danger so they can survive to adulthood.

Chapter 6: God will not crush wills  God won’t drag anyone into Heaven. God wants no “swordpoint conversions”. God honors Choice enough to not emasculate it by stripping it of its consequences. God begins to explain to His angels how He reaches out to those who choose tragically.