Message 13

The Relationship Of Man To The
Creation Of The World And The Origin Of Life

    I am here, Jesus;     
    I will first say that there are so many men and women on the earth who believe or assert that they believe that through their own efforts they can develop those soul qualities which are necessary to bring them in accord with the soul of the Father, that I find that the task of convincing these persons of the errors of their beliefs will be a very great one; and this task will not be confined to those who have given real and deep study to the mysteries of life both on earth and thereafter, but also to a much greater number who have a kind of smattering of this supposed knowledge which the wiser or more learned publish to the world as a result of their investigations. 
    It is more difficult to convince the ignorant who think that they know the laws of being and the plan of the workings of God's universe than to convince those who have given sincere, thoughtful study to the same, because the latter, generally, as they progress in their investigations become convinced that the more they should know as a result of their investigations the less they really know.
    I do not know just what is the most important subject for comment tonight relating to these matters, for there are so many, all which I must at some time instruct you about, but I will write tonight about 'the relationship of man to the creation of the world and the origin of life.' 
    Your Bible says in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, etc., out of a void, and continued that creation until there was a perfect heaven with all its glories, and a perfect earth with inhabitants of every kind all perfect and made just as an all wise and all powerful God would create, and as a climax to all, man, who was so perfect that he was made in the image of his Creator. 
    Well this story is just as good and satisfactory as any that has been conceived and written by man and is just as worthy of belief, but as a fact it is not true, for there never was a time or period when there was a void in the universe or when there was chaos.
    God never created anything out of nothing, but His creations such as are perceived by and known to men were merely the change in form or composition of what had already existed and always will exist as elements; though there will undoubtedly be changes in form and appearance and in constituent elements in their relation to one another.
    God was always existent, a Being without beginning, which idea the finite mind, I know, cannot grasp. But it is true, and so also everything which is in the universe today always existed, though not in form and composition as they now are. And as they are they will not continue to be, for change eternal is the law of His universe - I mean as to all things which may be spoken of as having a substance whether they be material or ethereal. Of course, His truths never change, and neither do the laws by which the harmony of the universe is preserved and continued perfect.
    Now the earth on which you live did not always have an existence as an earth, and neither did the firmament and the great galaxy of planets and stars, but they were not created out of nothing. And neither was there chaos, for in God's economy of Being there is never any chaos; which if it should be would mean the absence of the workings of His laws and harmony.
    But the earth and the firmament were created and at one time they had no existence as such, and at a coming time they may cease to have such existence, and this creation was in an orderly way according to design with no element of chance entering into it. And such creation was not through what your wise men may call accretion or evolution, that is, self evolution, for every new or additional exponent of growth or manifestations of increase was the result of God's laws which He operated in the creation of the creature.
    There is no such thing as self evolution or that development which arises from the unassisted growth of the thing developed. And this applies to all nature as well as to man. To grow, to become nearer perfection, implies the decay and disappearance of some elements which have performed their missions and work in the growth of the thing created, and never do the same elements continue in the development of that which the laws in their operations bring to greater and greater perfection.
    But in all this work of creation there are laws of disintegration and apparent retrogression operating, as well as laws of positive construction and advancement. And again these former laws do not operate by chance, but by design, just as do the latter class of laws.
    The All Creator knows when, for the purpose of bringing forth the perfect creature, be he man or animal or vegetable or mineral, the laws of decay and retrogression as well as the laws of advancement and increased effectiveness, shall operate; and He never makes a mistake in setting into operation these laws and never pronounces the result of His work, 'Not Good.'
    As has been said, a thousand years are as a day with God, and while for many long years it may appear to man there are retrogression and delay in bringing to perfection a creature of the Creator's works, yet that apparent retrogression is not such a fact but only a course or method adopted for bringing forth the higher or greater perfection. 
    I know it is difficult to explain these workings of creation to the finite, earthly mind, but you may grasp some conception of what I desire to make known. Man in his creation was not the slow growth as were some of the other creations of God, but was from and at the beginning made perfect, with the exception of the qualities of Divinity and immortality. He did not grow from a lower creature as some of your scientists have proclaimed by the slow process of evolution and this a self evolution resulting from inherent qualities which were developed by experience, but he was created the perfect man.
    I will stop for the present. 
    Your brother and friend, Jesus  

Discourse continued...

    I am here, Jesus; 
    I come to resume my discourse of several nights ago. 
    As I was saying, man is the creature of God made in perfection and instantaneously, as it were, not having a slow growth as other creations, and when he was created he needed no evolution or additional attributes to make him the perfect man. His physical body was perfect, and also his spiritual body and his soul. 
    He had in addition to these three constituents a gift which by his disobedience he forfeited, and which was never restored to him until my coming, and which when possessed by him made him more than mere man. As to those things which were made constituent and absolute parts of him they were perfect and no evolution was necessary to give them any increased perfection. Man then was a more perfect being than he is now or ever has been since his fall from his condition of perfection. 
    After his disobedience and the consequent death of the potentiality of partaking of the divine nature of the Father, which is the gift above mentioned, man was left in a state where he depended exclusively upon the qualities which he then possessed for his future happiness and freedom from those things which would cause him to lose the harmony that then existed between him and the laws governing his being. 
    The greatest of all the qualities bestowed upon him was that of the will power, which was wholly unrestricted in its operations. Although when exercised in a manner which brought this will in conflict with the laws controlling this harmony, man had to suffer and pay the penalties of such violations. But notwithstanding that these perversions of the exercise of the will brought the sins and errors which now exists on earth, God did not place any limitations on this exercise. 
    Man in his creation had bestowed upon him appetites and desires pertaining to his physical nature, as well as desires of his higher or spiritual nature, and they were all intended to work in harmony and not in antagonism; and in such workings man was kept pure and free from sin, which is merely the violation of God's laws of harmony. But after the first disobedience which is the greatest demonstration of the power of man to exercise that will even when God had forbade him to do so, and after man lost this great potentiality that I speak of succeeding disobedience's became easier.
    And as these disobedience's occurred man lost to a great extent the desires for the spiritual things and the animal or physical part of his nature asserted itself; and then instead of exercising these appetites which belonged to the physical nature in such a wise way that no inharmony would ensue - and here let me say that even after the fall it was possible and even expected that man would exercise these appetites in the way mentioned - he indulged them beyond their proper functions and increased such indulgence until he commenced to find, as he thought, more pleasure in such indulgence than in the thoughts and exercise of his higher nature and the aspirations which belonged to it. 
    This deterioration of man was not sudden, but gradual, until at one time he became in a state or condition of being bordering on that of the lower animals, and in fact, because of this increased indulgence of these appetites he seemed to be transformed into the lower animal; but yet he remained man, a being created in the image of his Maker.
    And from this position of low degradation or degeneracy man slowly commenced to progress towards the attainment of his original condition before the fall. 
    Never in all this time was his freedom of will taken from him nor attempted to be controlled by God; but always the laws of compensation worked and man suffered as he continued to create sin and evil.
    But as man on earth continued to degenerate and to permit what is sometimes called his animal nature to dominate his spiritual nature, many men died and continued to die and their physical bodies went back to the dust of which they were created and their spiritual selves became inhabitants of the spirit world where they were freed in a longer or shorter time from the desire to exercise these animal appetites; and the spiritual part of man again asserted itself until many of these spirits became free from sin and evil and in harmony with the laws of God controlling their natures and conditions as they existed before their degeneracy before the disobedience commenced.
    And these spirits thus made free and in their spiritual dominance commenced to try to assist men living on earth to direct their will in such ways as to rid themselves of submission to these appetites and to become again a true man as in his creation state minus the potentiality that I have mentioned. But these efforts on the part of spirits have been slow in their effects, and while men in individual cases have been almost regenerated, yet as a whole the progress has not been as rapid as is desirable. Sin and evil still exist in the world, and men's perverted appetites and desires still control them to a large extent. 
    Of course, this progress from the bottom of degeneracy has taken place in some parts of the earth faster than in others, and hence, you have your distinction between the civilized and the uncivilized races or nations. But this does not necessarily mean that the civilized people, as individuals, have made greater progress in the manner indicated than have the individuals of some of the so called uncivilized nations, for it is a fact that among some men of the former nations are perversions and manifestations of perversions of these appetites that do not exist in the latter nations.
    Advancement in the intellectual qualities do not necessarily mean progress in the spiritual asserting itself over the perversions of these appetites, for will is not a thing entirely of the mind, and neither are these appetites and desires because back of the mind are the affections usually called the heart's desires which is the seat of these appetites, and from which these desires arise; and as they arise the will is influenced by them, and as the will is influenced come positive thoughts and deeds. 
    It is not surprising that your scientists believe and preach the doctrine of the evolution of man from a lower species of animal or from an atom or from something that they cannot just understand or give a name to, because in their studies of the history of mankind and of the created world they find that man has developed and progressed amazingly from what appeared to have been his condition in some ages past. But history does not extend to the time when man was in this lowest condition of degeneracy, and hence, all the conclusions that these scientists reach are based upon facts sufficient unto themselves which show the progress of man only after the turning point of his degeneracy. They have no facts, and of course when the word 'facts' is here used it refers exclusively to the material things of nature showing them the gradual decline of man from his state of being a perfect man to that when his retrogression or degeneracy ceased and his progress of return to his former estate commenced. 
    So if the scientists will believe and teach that man instead of evoluting from an atom or some other infinitesimal something or from a lower species of animal than man, evoluted from his state or condition when he was at the bottom of his degeneracy to which he had descended from the perfect man, then they will believe and teach the truth and their theory of evolution will then have as its foundation or basis a fact which now it has only a speculation. 
    This in short is the history and truth of the creation of the universe of man of man's fall and degeneracy and evolution and progress and through all this creation and subsequent existence runs life, permeating it and always with it, and the origin of life is God. 
    I have finished and I hope that you will find some instruction as well as entertainment in what I have written. I will come again soon and write you another truth. 
    The fact that you waited for sentences to be formulated to express my thoughts merely means that I was manipulating your brain so that the proper expression or idea could be conveyed to your hand as I wrote it. 
    You have my love and blessings, and I am more interested as time passes in you and your work. Keep up your courage and your desires will be fulfilled. 
    Your friend and brother, Jesus