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Teachings Concerning God

    

       You would like for me to enlighten you concerning God, but what can I tell you that you would understand?  Most of you do not understand the lowest creatures around you.  You do not even understand yourselves to the correct degree.  You cannot comprehend the composition of the smallest stone, or the most insignificant worm of the fields.  You do not know the facts of the most commonplace objects that you see everyday, and yet you would ask me to teach you about the Supreme Being, to give you understanding of someone purely spiritual! 

      Unfortunately, for the majority of you, due to your materialistic mentality and/or religious confinement that is impossible, since you lack all conceptions required to enable you to grasp these mighty truths.  Only by changing your way of thinking, and accepting the fact that the first step of your spiritual progress is a spiritual education, can you ever hope to comprehend these teachings and benefit both spiritually and physically from them.  Having said that, there is one thing that each of you can reason out for yourself by logical thinking and that is - There must be some cause for the existence of everything and everyone in Creation.  It's absurd and extremely illogical to believe that Creation "evolved" from an absolute nothingness or that Creation created itself!  Doesn't the word Creation logically imply that there must be a Creator? 

      Precisely as it is impossible to conceive of a clock without assuming the existence of a clock maker, it is impossible to conceive of the greatest and most accurate timepieces of all, the Universes (yes, there are many Universes) without assuming the existence of a great Master jeweler who built these timepieces with their billions upon billions of wheels, all of them so perfectly geared and running so accurately, that the astronomers of today can calculate what the exact relative positions of the various wheels will be thousands of years from now.  The Creator of these timepieces, whose greatness, origin and composition surpass the grasp of the human mind, is known to you as God.  It should be obvious to everyone that a God must exist.  Only a fool would say there is no God, a fool who is being deceived by the Evil Spiritual Powers of Darkness. 

      As to the nature of God, that is something which I cannot explain to you, any more than I can explain the cause of the divine existence.  If God Himself tried to explain these truths to you it would be like trying to explain the calculations of a planet's orbit to a five year old child, who would naturally lack all knowledge of astronomy and mathematics and of all the principles, formulas and equations involved.  If it takes astronomers months to calculate the orbit of a single planet or star, a child unfamiliar with the first inklings of science and math would be driven mad, if it were attempted to teach him something utterly beyond the reach of his understanding.  In the same way you would be driven out of your senses if God were to try to fill your mind with ideas which are quite incomprehensible to you and which your understanding could not assimilate.  You have been created with a limited mental capacity.  I suggest that you accept this fact. 

      Putting these two questions aside, there is much I can teach you concerning God that you may not know. 

      Your own reasoning teaches you that God is a creative spirit, endowed with a will, Who orders all things sagely, and similarly, you are convinced of His omnipotence, wisdom and greatness, so far as the human mind is capable of grasping the same.  Many of you know the way in which He rules the world; you know His wonders and His love and mercy for His creatures.  What I can teach you is a more precise knowledge of the truths to be found in the original Holy Scriptures relating to God and His attributes, and to call your attention to erroneous ideas, falsehoods, fantasies, and absurdities contained in the false teachings of the various false religious cults, which include all the religions in the world today. 

      The fact that God is a spirit is one thing on which most religions agree.  A point on which they do not agree, however, is whether or not this spirit has shape.  Many people think that shape is associated with matter only, but not with spirit.  This is a mistake.  Material forms are images of spiritual forms, and since all material things have form and shape, so too, have all spiritual things, and so also, has God.  In fact, everything and everyone, in either the material or the spiritual world, has shape. 

      Beauty is perfection of form, a statement that is equally true of the realm of the ethereal.  (Ethereal energy is exceptionally delicate and refined spiritual energy.)  God is the perfection of beauty, and therefore, also the perfection of shape.  God as an integral, thinking and planning being is a personality, and there can be no such thing as a personality, an "ego" without form or shape. 

      God as the highest spirit differs from all created spirits, and difference is possible only where distinguishing features exist.  Again, features can exist only where there is shape and form.  God's shape and form, His appearance, is that of a man, though He is not human nor is He similar to any created spirit in composition.  He created humans in His image. 

      Inasmuch as God possesses shape and personality, He is not omnipresent in the sense in which you understand the word. 


      It is true that He is aware of all things and of all events through the force that emanates from Him, because everything in existence owes its being, its perpetuation and its functions solely to the force disseminated by God.  Through His power He maintains contact with everything that exists, nothing can escape His notice.  Also, His spiritual messengers, the angels, report to Him what He desires to know concerning everything and everyone that exists, but as a personified spirit He is not everywhere at the same time.  It is impossible for any spirit to be located in two or more different places at the same time. 

      The many references in the original Holy Scriptures, as well as the ones carried over into the falsified scriptures known to you as the Bible, relating to God are not figurative or allegorical, but literal, with the reservation that what you accept in a material sense should be accepted in a spiritual one as applying to God.  God's throne and God's habitation do exist.  God is also able to visit all parts of His Creation in person.  You are of course familiar with many historical accounts, in which it is mentioned that God has come and gone.  These are not fables or myths. 

      Regarding God's Creation I can tell you that God has planned its government and is the absolute ruler of all spirits who exist.  Spirits of God stand watch over each human being in Creation and they report on whatever happens.  Each of you has a Recording Angel and also a Guardian Angel that are always present and report to God on your every thought, word and action on a regular basis.  Consequently, nothing can take place with any human without being known to God, and for this reason you speak of God as being omniscient.  In this you are right, although in one respect you exaggerate His omniscience, perhaps through fear of detracting from His greatness. 

      Many religions teach that God also knows how humans will act of their own free will at some future time, but in this respect they are incorrect.  God knows everything that has taken and is taking place.  He knows the past and the present.  He knows the thoughts of the spirits He has created, and as for the future, He knows those destinies that He Himself has planned for His creatures, but He has no foreknowledge of those future events which men and women may shape by the exercise of their free will.  He does not know beforehand what a created spirit of His will do of its own will in all circumstances.  For this reason He tests His creatures.  To do this would be superfluous and to no purpose if the outcome of the tests were known to God beforehand and God does not do anything without a purpose. 

      Any foreknowledge on God's part of actions within the control of His creatures would have to be predicated on laws making future decisions compulsory and thereby, eliminating the exercise of free will.  To assert that something will depend on the free exercise of will, and yet be predestined, is in itself a contradiction.  Anything of which God had a definite foreknowledge, would necessarily happen, because even God's knowledge is subject to His eternal laws, for example, the law that two and two make four applies to God as well as to every other spirit. 

      In the absence of anything that might serve as a basis, there can be no knowledge or foreknowledge, not even on the part of God, because even He is bound by the axiom; "Nothing exists without a reason."  If God knew to a certainty how His created spirits were going to act of their own free will in future situations, there would have to be a reason for His knowledge, and the only possible reason would be, that God so forcefully influences the exercise of that free will, that only one course is left open.  This, however, would eliminate any freedom of choice on the part of His creatures. 

      Ignorance of future decisions made by His created spirits, does not indicate that God is in any way imperfect, but is the necessary outcome of the freedom of will, the greatest gift God could have bestowed upon His creatures.  Just as there are many things which God cannot do because they are self-contradictory, as for example, not even He can make two and two equal five, so He cannot create a free agent whose future actions would be bound to occur. 

      Freedom to decide, and being forced to decide in a certain way, are two things that conflict inherently, and absolute certainty that an event will take place invariably presupposes that it must take place.  This is a truth that none of the "theologians" can refute, let them write what books they will to prove the contrary.  Their conclusions are fallacies that serve only to bewilder mankind!  They are completely in the wrong when they assert that for God there is only a present, and not a future, and that everything that is going to happen, even the voluntary actions of His creatures, is an accomplished fact in His eyes, and therefore known to Him. 

      No more than a house that you may be planning to erect is already built, are the events of the future accomplished facts with God.  I would like to add in conclusion that the very idea of freedom of choice means that there is a question whether the events dependent on such choice will occur at all, and if so, just how they will occur. 

      If you have a logical and reasoning mind you know that I am telling you the truth about this, as I have done in everything else.  You have had and will have plenty of proof of the fact that I am a truthful person, you will accept this proof if you can think for yourself.

      And if you are not one of the manipulated, mind-controlled people who are under the power of the false religious cults and/or absurd scientific theories in the world today, you will recognize this proof. 

      When I tell you that God has no foreknowledge of the voluntary actions of people, I am not detracting from His greatness, it is the false cult religions who would dishonor God by teaching the contrary and thereby picturing Him to mankind in an incorrect and evil way.  There are many people who deny the existence of God because they cannot conceive of a deity capable of creating beings, knowing them with absolute certainty, to be predestined to everlasting suffering and misery. 

      Among many other incorrect teachings that religions teach is the doctrine of eternal damnation.  According to this "doctrine" God has created billions of human beings with the full and unalterable assurance that they are to be everlastingly damned.  Such a God would not be a God; he would be a devil.  Not even the most degenerate human father would knowingly send his child to unending torment and yet the false religions ask you to believe that your Heavenly Father, with His infinite love and mercy, is capable of a degree of barbarity which in a human father would be unthinkable. 

      God sends His trials in order to learn how people will act when put to the test, and what course they will choose.  He seeks to learn how people will think, speak, and act in the hour of their greatest adversity.  For that reason, all trials to which He subjects people would be mere farces, if He knew their outcome in advance. 

      Obviously, God Who knows the hearts of His creatures full well can foretell very closely what course they will decide upon, and some people also have this faculty to a great degree.  If you know the character of a fellow human, you are able to predict with reasonable certainty how he will behave and decide in any given circumstance, but all of this is mere conjecture, and is not the point at issue.  I was speaking of an infallibly certain foreknowledge of a course of action which is determined by the exercise of free will, and such unerring foreknowledge is possessed by no spirit, not even by God Himself.  Consequently, God cannot foresee that some or a great many of the spirits He has created will forsake Him, and naturally He cannot know in advance which of them will do so.  He knows only that there is a possibility of such defections, by reason of the fact that the spiritual beings He has created are free to act as they might choose. 

      If God had the positive foreknowledge, as the false religious so-called doctrines teach, that beings which He creates will abuse their liberty of action by deserting Him, He would not have called them into existence at all but would have created only those who would forever be loyal. 

      There are two other grave errors in the conception of God entertained by the false religions and of these I will speak very briefly, because they will be discussed at greater length in another chapter. 

      The so-called Christian religions teach of the union of three persons in one Godhead, maintaining that there are three Spirits, each of which is a true Deity, but which, when united, are one God as to substance.  This is a piece of human fallacy and is an outrageous absurdity!  There is no union of three persons and no Trinity in the sense in which they teach.  God is an individual person.  Only the Creator is God.  All other spirits are God's creatures.  None of them is the Creator's equal. 

      Furthermore, as I stated above, the false religions teach of a God Who inflicts eternal punishment and they teach of an everlasting Hell.  Hell is not everlasting.  God has eternal Love!  He does not condemn any creature eternally.  All those who have incurred the guilt of deserting Him will ultimately return unto Him.  That is the truth, as I will prove to you in another chapter. 

 

 

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