EZINE 2, December 2011
SO GOD, WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?
By Otto Engelberth
Last September, Mary and I celebrated our forty-sixth wedding anniversary. To commemorate the occasion we spent a few days at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe Vermont. While there I took several walks on the mountain trails that are used for cross country skiing in the winter time. The spectacular views punctuated by the quiet sounds of babbling brooks and birds chirping make for an incredible environment for reflection and meditation.
If you have read my book titled "Is There a Creator", you know that I operate from the perspective that God's Holy Spirit resides in me and He is in continuous communion with my subconscious mind. When I'm in the meditation process, I am conscious of some of that conversation. On one occasion, I was sensing that we were in a deep discussion. On impulse, I asked God, "What's it all about, what's the big picture, what is your primary purpose in this beauty that I am enjoying, and what do you plan to accomplish?"
At first you may be thinking that this is a presumptuous question for a human to ask the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. But think about it, wouldn't it be helpful to know the lay of the land where we are taking our life's journey?
About ten minutes later I became aware of His answer. God's answer was, "It's all about the angels." My first response was to say, "That can't be right, it doesn't make sense." I was floored, because I had been under the impression that mankind was the purpose of God's creation. He then said, "Trust me; it is all about the angels. Search the scriptures and I will show you what I mean."
In my mind, I reviewed all of the references about the angels in the Bible in the light of God's answer. The more that I thought about it, I realized that the angels are the catalyst behind God's plan. Rather it is the fallen angels, those led by Satan in rebellion against God, who are what it's all about.
It's all about them because the fallen angels' conflict with God came about long before mankind was created and will not be finally resolved until one thousand years after Jesus comes back to earth to set up His Kingdom.
On the other hand, mankind was expendable because God seriously considered totally wiping out all mankind in Noah's day because of their rebellion. This was only some fifteen hundred years after He created them.
The Bible indicates that the angels have been around for a very long time. There are a lot of them. They have accumulated a lot of knowledge. They don't die. They can exist in many different environments. They have been in God's presence in heaven, they know God and they know Jesus. They know God's plan for mankind and Jesus' role in that plan.
Prior to the creation of mankind, the angels who rebelled against God were the spiritually dominant influence on earth. The Earth was their only domain. These rebellious angels are called Demons and their leader's name is Satan.
So it's into this environment that God creates mankind. He places them into a pristine protected environment on earth referred to as the Garden of Eden. He instructs mankind to multiply and have dominion over all of the living creatures on earth. The only indication that God gives of Satan's presence on earth is a tree that He planted in the center of the Garden. God calls this the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil" and instructs Adam and Eve not to eat of its fruit because they will understand good and evil and this will cause them to die.
It is at this point that some questions come to mind:
1. God doesn't want mankind to understand good and evil, but He facilitates the process by planting the tree. Why is that?
2. Satan wants mankind to understand good and evil. How is this to his advantage?
3. Did Satan introduce the concept of evil into the universe at the time of his and the Demon's rebellion? If so, does he have a monopoly on evil and its propagation?
4. What makes mankind suited to be a key part of God's plan for subduing Satan and his Demons?
5. Could it be that Satan and his Demon followers need humans to be their hosts in order to be fully functional?
6. Why was it important for God's Son, Jesus, to become a human in preparation for His ruling the earth and facilitating Satan's capture and incarceration in Hell?
7. Did the eating of the forbidden fruit change mankind's DNA causing him to age and die?
Have you pondered these questions? If so, let me know your thoughts via the email address Otto.Engelberth@gmail.com Then, as Paul Harvey used to say, I'll be able to write "The Rest of the Story" in a future Ezine article.