Relationship of Man to the Creation of the World
This mediated message deals with the true relationship of man to the creation of the world. It looks at the Bible story of creation of man and shows how the whole creation process is governed by design and implemented through a series of laws. Humans are unique among God’s creatures in that their soul is made in God’s image. For related information, go to this page and the articles listed there.
The True Relationship of Man to the Creation of the World, and the Origin of Life.
(January 15th, 1916 | Received by James Padgett)
I AM HERE. Jesus.
I come tonight to tell you that you are in a very much better condition than you have been for some time. Your rapport with us is so very much greater that I feel that I should write you a message upon an important subject which is vital to the salvation of man from the sins and errors of his life on earth, and I will write a portion of what I desire to write.
Well, I will first say that there are so many men and women on the earth who believe, or who 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 the task of convincing these persons of the errors of their beliefs, or assumption of 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 of which I must at some time instruct you about. But I will write tonight about: “The True Relationship of Man to the Creation of the World, and the Origin of Life.”
Your Bible says that, 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 was created 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, EVERYTHING WHICH IS IN THE UNIVERSE TODAY ALSO HAS EXISTED, THOUGH NOT IN FORM AND COMPOSITION AS THEY NOW ARE. AND THEY WILL NOT CONTINUE TO BE AS THEY ARE, FOR CHANGE ETERNAL IS THE LAW OF GOD’S 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. IF THERE WERE, THIS WOULD MEAN THE ABSENCE OF THE WORKINGS OF HIS LAWS AND HARMONY.
BUT THE EARTH AND THE FIRMAMENT WERE CREATED. 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 MANIFESTATION 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 OF 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.
For the purpose of bringing forth the perfect creature—be he man or animal or vegetable or mineral—the Creator of all knows when retrogression as well as the laws of advancement and increased effectiveness shall operate. He never makes a mistake in setting these laws into operation, and He never pronounces the result of His Work, “Not Good.”
As has been said, a thousand years are as a day with God. And while it may appear to man for many long years that there are retrogressions and delays 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 OF SLOW GROWTH, AS WERE SOME OF THE OTHER CREATIONS OF GOD. RATHER, HE 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 BY THE SLOW PROCESS OF EVOLUTION, AS SOME OF YOUR SCIENTISTS HAVE PROCLAIMED—AND THIS A SELF- EVOLUTION, RESULTING FROM INHERENT QUALITIES WHICH WERE DEVELOPED BY EXPERIENCE—BUT HE WAS CREATED THE PERFECT MAN INSTANTLY.*
I will stop for the present.
Your brother and friend,
Throughout this paragraph, by “man,” Jesus is not referring merely to the physical bodies of our first parents that were perfected slowly over time, or to the spiritual bodies contained within these physical bodies, but more precisely to the perfect souls that were implanted instantaneously into these preexisting, perfected Hence, whenever Jesus and the Celestials refer to “man” in their messages, they intend it to be understood that what makes man a human being, unique, and the highest of God’s Creations, is the very special creation of the soul itself. For, in addition to the soul being found only in man, of man’s three composite parts (the physical body, the spiritual body and the soul), only the soul was and is made in the very image of God’s Own Soul. Therefore, the “perfect man” came into being only upon God’s bestowal of the soul. And it was this implantation of the soul that occurred instantly, not the creation of the bodies of our first parents which were already physically perfect as the evolutionary result of a long period of growth and development of the species from which they evolved.
An important writing on this subject was given by Jesus through his second chosen mortal instrument, Dr. Daniel G. Samuels. The writing is currently available as “New Testament Revelation 6,” an excerpt of which is included herewith for corroborative purposes:
…Man, as he is considered ordinarily, is a creation which passed through what you would call a long period of development, as have all of God’s creatures during that period of the earth’s development which enabled living beings to come into existence and survive.
Man’s nature is therefore both animal, or material, in accordance with the conditions of his physical being, and spiritual, at the same time, in accordance with the soul qualities and attributes given to him at the time God bestowed a soul upon him. In short, man’s nature is dual. And, thus, we have man with animal passions and feelings, and interrelated with these are those emotions and feelings which belong to his spiritual nature as a result of having received a soul. The Bible’s reference to the creation of man refers to the creation of man in the image of God, or to the time when God, the Great Soul, conferred upon man a soul and made him the greatest of His Creations ….
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