EZINE 3, April 2012
SO GOD, WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?
(The rest of the story)
By Otto Engelberth
Sorry about leaving you hanging after EZINE 2 with all of those questions.
A retired minister, after having read EZINE 2, commented that there was a person in his congregation who just could not understand how God would allow bad things to happen. Have you had the same question?
This point of view assumes that God, being all powerful and all knowing, would only create perfection. And further, if any part of His creation was imperfect, He would immediately correct it. However, this is not the picture of creation that the Bible portrays and we observe.
Rather than a clean tidy package envisioned by those who think that God would not allow bad things to happen, the Bible describes the Creator's plan that has the complexity of a "Star Wars" movie plot. Instead of interplanetary warfare with space ships and space stations and characters portraying good and evil like Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, the Force, and Obi-Wan Kenobi; the Bible has its own list of created beings, locations, and time line.
If we were going to produce a movie of the Bible's description of reality, its title would be, "The Big Picture", and it would look something like the following:
Scene 1 In the Beginning, God
All stories have a beginning and the real world is no different. Rather than beginning with a blank screen, it begins with a Spirit who is the creator and sustainer of the universe. The reason that it begins there is because the Creator, whom we'll call God because of who He is, always did exist and always will exist.
In addition, God is all powerful, knows everything past, present, and future, and has the unique capability to experience events that He already knows all about in real time. Given all of this, God has a unique perspective on the concept of time since He has been and will be around forever.
God has character, personality, and emotions.
God is a multi-faceted spirit. He exists in three forms: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We'll see how all this becomes important as the plot unfolds.
And finally, before we think of second guessing God, we need to recognize that He does not think like we do. Because of his knowledge, experience, and capabilities, His perspective is different from ours.
Scene 2 God Creates Angels
Somewhere in the expanse of time, God created spirit beings that are called angels. They were created by God to serve and have fellowship with Him. There are a lot of them. They are unique individuals. They don't die. They don't reproduce. They know God. They know some of His plans. God empowers them in their service of Him.
Angels are not robots; they have their own free will. Prior to the creation of mankind, a particularly gifted angel named Lucifer (also referred to as Satan and Devil) led a rebellion of one third of the angels against God and His character. With this rebellion Satan introduced evil into creation. He and his followers, referred to as Demons, became God's adversaries from that time forward.
As we'll see later, this adversarial relationship turns to war when God creates the earth. This is when Satan, knowing God's plan for earth, establishes a spiritual dominant influence there to thwart God's plan.
Scene 3 God Creates Material Things
Wow! It's awesome. If you don't believe me, just look at the sky on a clear night. If you want to be more impressed, look at it through your telescope or binoculars. Astronomers tell us that there are thousands of galaxies that contain billions of stars and planets.
The size of the universe is mind boggling. It takes thousands of years for light to travel from distant stars to our eyes. What this means is that the star that we see probably has moved to a different location since the light we see left it.
Equally mind boggling is the fact that all matter is made up of molecules that are made up of atoms that in turn contain a nucleus and orbiting electrons. Oh, in case you haven't heard of electrons, they are the things that provide the power for your lights, your TV, cell phone, and computer.
The Planet Earth's Ecosystem
Next, the scene shifts closer to home, the earth on which we live; the planet that orbits around the sun once per year and rotates on its axis every 24 hours; the planet that is relatively unstable given that it is an 8,000 mile wide ball of molten lava with solid cover that varies from 2 to 75 miles in thickness. And on top of the solid earth's cover is enough water to be 7,000 feet deep if the earth's surface was all the same elevation. Above the earth and water is a 30 mile high layer of gases known as the earth's atmosphere. One more thing; the earth maintains its shape and we don't go flying off into space because of a mysterious force called gravity.
Question: was the water always on the surface of the earth, or could it have been in the atmosphere or possibly below the earth's surface? The reason I ask is that the Bible says that Noah's flood was the first time it rained.
Could it be that prior to the flood the earth's atmosphere had the characteristics of a "hot house" all around the planet? If that is true, it would explain the relatively uniform distribution of coal, oil, and gas deposits on land and under the oceans.
Scene 4 God Creates Life
It's in this environment that God created physical life; first the plants, then the sea life, followed by the birds and the animals.
God Creates Man - The Original Plan
The next scene gets really interesting because it is about our ancestors. The Bible says that God created a man, whom He named Adam, in His image, using soil of the earth as raw materials. Later, God, thinking that man would be lonesome, created a second person named Eve using a part of Adam's body as raw material.
The Bible implies that God's original plan was for man not to experience death, but to live forever in God's presence. In a later scene we'll see how God has a "Plan B" for achieving man living in His presence forever.
Since God is a Spirit, it appears that the image part that we share with God is our spirit and mind. I find it interesting to contemplate how much knowledge God imparted to man when He made him. Apparently Adam and Eve were created with little or no knowledge because God placed them in a pristine place called the "Garden of Eden" and God spent time with them daily. In those daily sessions, God taught them about himself, His character, and how they were to carry out their role of having dominion over all living creatures on earth.
God wanted man to be his friend. As such, man could not be a robot or slave because man had to have a free will to be a friend. This created a problem because Satan, knowing God's plan, had positioned himself and his demons as the dominant spiritual influence on earth. As the dominant spiritual influence, and being Gods adversary, Satan was well positioned to foil God's plan for man.
God, knowing Satan's intent, gave Adam and Eve a "heads up" by planting a fruit bearing tree in the middle of the Garden. This tree is referred to as "The tree of the knowledge of good and evil". God then warned them not to eat of this tree's fruit because if they did they would gain the knowledge of evil in contrast to the good God was teaching them. They would not only know evil, but also be attracted to it and its source, Satan. This would cause Adam and Eve to be in rebellion against God and that would result in them being doomed to die.
Man Chooses a Different Direction
Yup, you guessed it. Satan convinced Adam and Eve that it would be beneficial for them to know about evil and its perpetrator. Satan did this by portraying himself as man's friend while his real purpose is to destroy man by turning them away from their creator.
So Adam and Eve ate the forbidden tree's fruit. This act of rebellion against God brought big changes for them. They and their descendants became citizens of Satan's kingdom. They got kicked out of the Garden, they had to work to provide for themselves, and they were now doomed to die. In addition, they had the added responsibility of giving birth to children and raising them to become responsible next generation adults.
God still was available to have a relationship with those who wanted to have a relationship with Him. But as time went on, not many people did. At the time of Noah, he was the only person on earth who walked with God. That's why God chose him to build the big boat on which Noah, his family, and selected animals survived the flood.
This would be a good time for us to buy some popcorn, and reflect on the movie's plot. Some questions that may have come to mind are:
1. Why did God create mankind to be a prize in God's struggle with Satan?
2. Is mankind in this situation by design or was it an afterthought?
3. If it is by design, what makes man effective in that role?
4. What does it mean for mankind to be "Citizens of Satan's Kingdom"?
Are you curious about the answers to these questions? Oops, we are all back in our seats, I guess it's time for the next scene.
Scene 5 God's Spirit Dwells With a Nation
This scene marks a major turn in God's approach to reconciling his relationship with rebellious mankind. That new approach was to set aside a nation of people to whom God would make His presence known.
About 350 years after the flood, God chose a man, named Abraham, to be the person whose descendants would become the nation with whom God's spirit would reside. The Bible says that Abraham was chosen by God because Abraham believed God.
For the first four generations, Abraham's family functioned like a nomadic clan in the region we know as Israel. Note that Abraham's grandson was originally named Jacob, but was renamed "Israel," and that became the name of the nation.
Because of a severe drought, Jacob and his twelve sons and families - about 70 people in all - migrated to the Nile delta in Egypt as guests of the Egyptian king. About 430 years later, they had become slaves of the Egyptians, and their number had grown to more than 600,000 men plus women and children.
It was at this point that God determined that Israel was ready to become the nation with whom He would dwell. He recruited Moses to be the person that God would use to free the Israelites from Egyptian bondage, organize them into a nation, and lead them back to their promised land in what is now Israel.
God was able to use Moses because he believed God and was willing to do what God told him to do. Following God's instructions, Moses delivered God's ten plagues that convinced Egypt to let the Israelites leave Egypt.
After they left Egypt, Moses, following God's instruction, set up the nation's system of government, legal system, and laws and rules. These laws and rules were wide-ranging, covering property rights, taxation, public health and personal hygiene, the people's relationships with each other, and their relationship with God.
Their relationship with God centered in a movable structure referred to as a "tabernacle." It housed rooms and utensils for various animal, bird, and grain sacrifices that were offered as a substitute death to cover the people's guilt for the wrong they had done.
In one room, called the Holy of Holies, was a gold-covered box, referred to as "The Ark of the Covenant." The box's lid had two gold cherubim facing each other with wings outstretched. The top of the lid between the two cherubim was called the place of God's mercy where God's Spirit dwelled with the Israelites.
However, even with God's presence among them, most Israelites did not believe God. Of the 600,000 men who left Egypt, only two actually entered into the present land of Israel because they were the only ones, besides Moses, who believed God's promise to enable them to conquer the land's inhabitants.
In fact, over the next 900 plus years that are described in the Old Testament, many generations of Israelites chose not to believe God. Most often they found it more appealing to worship man-made images called idols. Eventually, they were conquered by neighboring nations and the Ark of the Covenant was lost.
It's interesting to note that God revealed to the Israelites that this was the real deal by doing supernatural things in their presence. Events like the plagues that God brought on the Egyptians: the Nile river turned to blood, the plague of frogs, lice, flies, animals dying, boils, extreme hail, locusts, three days of darkness, and the death of the Egyptians' first born males.
After they exited from Egypt with the Egyptian army in hot pursuit, God parted the Red Sea so the Israelites could walk across it on dry ground. After they crossed the sea, they looked back and saw the Egyptian army drown as the water closed in on them.
In the wilderness they ate the manna and quail, and drank the water that God provided them. They saw the cloud by day and the nightly pillar of fire that God used to guide them. They felt the earth shake and heard God speak to Moses at Mount Sinai.
As the next scene unfolds, we'll see God put his mark on the next phase of His plan by the use of supernatural events as well.
Scene 6 God's Son, Jesus, Conquers Satan on Satan's Turf
At this point in time, it looks like Satan has the upper hand in his struggle with God. For the most part, man seems to be content being citizens of Satan's kingdom. But God wasn't done yet. In fact He had given the Israelite prophets more than 200 clues about what His next move would be.
The prophets foretold about the coming of the Messiah – Jesus - the Son of God. They predicted where He would be born, what He would be called, where He would grow up, where He would die, how He would die, where He would be buried, and that He would come back to life on the third day after He died. They even predicted, to the exact day, when He would be hailed king by the crowds on Palm Sunday.
And most important, they predicted the purpose behind Jesus' death and coming back to life. It was God's "Plan B" that would conquer Satan's hold on man and make it possible for man to have an eternal life spent with God.
God's plan for doing this revolves around His decision to personally become a man and experience what it is like to be man in a world dominated spiritually by Satan and his demons.
About 2,000 years ago, God accomplished this by becoming the biological father of a child conceived by a young Israelite virgin named Mary. She gave birth to a baby boy whom she named Jesus.
While in a human body, Jesus would experience Satan's temptations but would not give in to them. The Bible says that Jesus was without sin. This is important because it was God's plan from the beginning that Jesus would pay the penalty for man's rebellion by dying in their place.
Jesus would prove to mankind that He was God's Son by performing many supernatural miracles observed by thousands of people. Included in Jesus' miracles were the healing of hundreds of people's sicknesses and mental illnesses, restoration of their limbs, eyesight, hearing, and ability to talk.
On two occasions Jesus fed thousands of people by expanding one person's meal in such a way that they were all fed with several meals left over. On another occasion He walked on water, on another He turned water into wine, and on another He calmed a violent storm by His verbal command.
Jesus even brought dead people back to life. His most dramatic raising of a dead person occurred just a few weeks before His own death and resurrection. This occurred when Jesus raised His good friend Lazarus even though he had died and his body was decomposing because it had been in a tomb for four days.
Eventually, God would allow man, under Satan's influence, to whip and beat Jesus and then kill Him by crucifying Him. However, on the third day after Jesus died and was buried in a tomb guarded by soldiers, Jesus rose from the dead. After this He was seen by more than 500 people. And finally, His followers observed Him ascend into Heaven 40 days later.
Scene 7 God Lives in Man
When Satan's followers killed Jesus, Satan thought he had won. However, when Jesus came back to life, He not only conquered death, Jesus conquered Satan as well. God now has the upper hand on earth and the end game had begun.
What started with just a handful of followers two thousand years ago, now number more than two billion people who call themselves Christians because they identify with Jesus' death and resurrection.
How did that happen?
The reason that Jesus' death and resurrection was such a game changer is, because in doing this, He paid the penalty that we deserve as citizens of Satan's kingdom on earth. What makes this so powerful is that Jesus did it because God loves us. Wow, what a contrast, Satan wants to destroy us but God wants to save us from certain destruction!
So what are the mechanics of how this happens? When God sent Jesus to be born as a man on earth it was His first step in setting up God's Kingdom on earth. The next step was for God to provide a way for us to give up our citizenship in Satan's kingdom and to become citizens of God's Kingdom on earth. However, since we could not earn our new citizenship in God's Kingdom, Jesus did it for us by paying the price so that it could be ours as a free gift. All we need to do is renounce our citizenship in Satan's Kingdom, confess that that citizenship is offensive to God, ask God to forgive us of our actions in that role, and accept the free gift of eternal life that is ours as a citizen of God's Kingdom on earth.
What is cool is that citizens of the Kingdom of God have a "Bill of Rights." Included in this Bill of Rights are some really great things:
1. We have the promise of eternal life in the presence of God.
2. We have God's Holy Spirit living in us 24/7, facilitating our spiritual rebirth.
3. We have fellowship with God; He loves us and calls us His friend. God responds to the requests that we make in the name of Jesus.
4. We have access to God's power and wisdom.
5. We are free from guilt because we have been forgiven.
6. We are adopted into God's family, becoming siblings of all of the other citizens of God's Kingdom.
And finally, God lets God's Kingdom citizens play a major role in His end game with Satan. Our role in this end game is to share the good news about citizenship in God's Kingdom with everyone everywhere on earth. And for those who decide to become Kingdom citizens, we are to assist them in confirming that decision in a public ceremony called baptism. And finally, we are to teach the new citizens how to live lives of eternal significance.
Scene 8 Setting the Stage for the End-Game
At this point we are on the edge of our seat. We recognize the scenery. We are living in the moment depicted in the movie.
We've heard about Satan's efforts to destroy the citizens of God's Kingdom. How they have been killed by stoning, eaten by lions, killed by gladiators, firing squads, and in gas chambers. They have been imprisoned, beaten and beheaded. All of this in spite of the fact that God's citizens displayed the character of God: love, kindness, generosity.
We've seen the dramatic growth in the world's population. We are told that the earth's population reached one billion in the year 1811. Two hundred years later it's at six billion. Where in the past, communication was slow and local; now we can communicate real time with most people on earth. Where in the past, knowledge was local and limited to the elite; today it doubles every 24 months and is accessible to most people on the planet. In the past, education was available to the wealthy; now it is available to most people in the free world.
In the past, economic transactions were private; today they can be monitored by governments. In the past, pictures had to be painted; today we can observe what is going on, real time, anywhere in the world. In the past, most people lived their whole lives within a fifty mile radius of where they were born; today it is common for people to travel anywhere in the world in less than a day.
We've observed that most of the growth of knowledge and its application have occurred in societies that operated on the basis of God's principles and values. If God was instrumental in this happening, He must have had a purpose for its use in His end game with Satan.
The Bible says that the end game's outcome for Satan and his demon followers is that God's angels bind them and throw them into a painful prison called Hell. With this sneak preview, let's see how this movie turns out for citizens of God's Kingdom as well as those who choose to remain citizens of Satan's kingdom.
In order to set this scene's plot you have to be aware that it is actually made up of three parallel subplots.
Parallel Plot # 1 - The ancient Nation of Israel is Satan's target during the end-game.
Did you ever wonder why so much of today's news is about a small country named Israel that has Jerusalem as its most well-known city? After all, this country is only 64 years old and it only has a population of little more than five million of the world's total population of thirteen million Jewish people, on a land mass the size of the state of New Jersey.
The Bible has much to say about present-day Israel and the times we are living in. The prophet, Ezekiel, writing more than 2,500 years ago, foretold that God would disperse the Jews throughout the world, let them endure intense persecution, and eventually He would reestablish His people as a nation in the land we now call Israel. That happened in the year 1948. Ezekiel said that the cities would be rebuilt, the nation would prosper, and the land would yield bountiful crops.
Ezekiel also foretold that God would set a trap for a group of nations made up of ancient peoples that reside in the areas we now refer to as Libya, Ethiopia, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, the Arab nations, and Russia. The trap will be sprung when they attack Israel with the goal to destroy the people and gather the plunder.
Ezekiel described Israel as being alone in defending themselves. None of the nations of the world will come to their defense. At this point God will step in and destroy eighty-five percent of the attacking armies. Ezekiel wrote that God will do this to show His greatness and bring honor to His name.
If you are a student of what is going on in today's world you will recognize that the stage is being set for this prophecy to be fulfilled.
Parallel Plot #2 - Satan Consolidates His Forces; One Dictator Dominates the Nations of the World
As we have seen earlier in the movie, Satan has chosen our world to be the place where he and his Demon followers would do battle with God and His Angels. The allegiance of each person who ever lived on earth became the method of keeping score in this battle. Satan was succeeding big time until God's Son Jesus came on the scene and overcame sin and death for those who wanted to become citizens of God's Kingdom. That was the turning point in the battle.
As time went on, more and more people have chosen citizenship in God's Kingdom over Satan's kingdom. With development of technology, soon all of the people on the planet will be made aware of the option to join God's kingdom.
In this plot, we see Satan and his Demon followers losing their battle with Michael, the arch angel, and the angels who have remained loyal to God. This battle's loss results in Satan being forced to retreat with all of his forces to our planet earth. In panic mode, Satan turns his attention to consolidating his dominance of planet earth. His plan is to destroy all the citizens of God's Kingdom and all of God's chosen people, the Israelites. As we will see, Satan plans to accomplish this by actually living in and controlling the person who becomes the leader of the world.
The prophet, Daniel, foretold the succession of five major world powers that we now know as Babylonian, Persian, Greek, Roman and one that has not happened yet. The one that is yet to happen is the revived Roman Empire in the form of a ten-nation confederation.
A leader, in whom Satan himself dwells and controls, will rise and absorb three of these nations and take control of this confederation. The Bible calls this leader the Antichrist because of his and his confederation's satanic inspiration. This person will become the dominant world leader. His control of society will be so complete that he will require all people to pledge their allegiance to him by affixing his symbol on their hand or forehead in order to buy or sell anything. (Note that electronic currency and embedded computer chips have now made this possible.)
The Bible says that this mark is represented by the number 666 and refers to this mark as "the mark of the beast." Those who accept this mark must know that it represents allegiance to Satan because their acceptance of the mark dooms them to eternal damnation. So, in effect, accepting the mark will be the reaffirmation of their citizenship in Satan's kingdom.
Those who refuse to accept the mark of the beast will not be able to buy or sell, or work for wages. They will be doomed to almost certain martyrdom. As we will see in the next parallel plot, God has a plan to protect members of God's Kingdom from being exposed to this terrible time.
Parallel Plot #3 – The Great Escape for Citizens of God's Kingdom.
While Jesus was on earth, He said that there would come a time when the believers who had died as well as those who are alive would be quietly withdrawn from the earth and transported to Heaven. The duration of this event will be so quick that the only thing that those who remain will notice is that all of the citizens of God's Kingdom are gone.
Jesus was asked when it would happen and He indicated that only God knew the exact date. However, Jesus did say that all of the people on the earth would be exposed to the Gospel before it would happen. He also indicated that the generation that saw the reestablishment of Israel would experience the withdrawing of the believers from earth. The stage is set for this event to happen in our time.
Jesus said that the reason for removing the believers is so that they will not have to experience the terrible times called "the great tribulation" described in the next scene.
Scene 9 The End of the End-Game
With the removal of the citizens of God's Kingdom, the world is a different place. Satan has total control of his citizens who remain. Evil runs rampant and life on earth becomes chaotic. Devastating wars are the norm as the Antichrist consolidates his rule over the nations of the earth. The use of nuclear weapons in these conflicts results in famine and disease.
God adds to this chaos by causing natural disasters on the earth that are unprecedented in their scope. Massive earth quakes, volcanic eruptions, and a large asteroid that strikes the ocean will result in great loss of life and ecological damage. The Bible foretells that conditions will be so bad that without God's intervention, all mankind would be wiped off the earth.
Through all of this, the only thing that remains as a reminder of God on earth is the nation of Israel. In case you were wondering why God left them on earth, it's because they did not recognize Jesus as their Messiah when He lived among them on earth. They were looking for someone who would free them from the Romans. Their leaders were so engrossed in keeping the Law of Moses that they completely missed the prophecies that foretold of the suffering Messiah.
Now, fast forward to the present scene, some of the Israelis recognize Jesus as their Messiah. The prophets foretold that there would be 144,000 of them, 12,000 from each tribe. God protects these people as they go about proclaiming the good news of what Jesus did for them when He died on the cross and was raised from the dead. Because of their ministry, many people choose to become citizens of God's Kingdom. Unfortunately, this choice results in their being beheaded by the followers of the antichrist. The good part of this story is that join the believers who are already in heaven.
With the withdrawal of God's citizens from earth and the martyrdom of later believers, all of the people who remain are Israel's enemies. The only thing holding them back from attacking Israel is the memory of the destruction of the Middle Eastern armies that had attacked them back in scene 8 of this movie.
The Antichrist gets around this fear by developing a plan to destroy Israel from within. He presents himself as a peacemaker and negotiates a seven-year peace treaty with the leaders of Israel, guaranteeing Israel peace with the world for seven years. Included in the terms of this treaty is a new status for the holy city of Jerusalem. Israel gains the right to rebuild their temple on the holy mount and to bring back the animal sacrifices that were a part of their belief system over 2,000 years ago. In exchange Israel accepts Jerusalem becoming an international city.
At this point, the Antichrist establishes himself as a person to be worshiped; making Jerusalem the center of that worship. He mimics Jesus' death and resurrection when he comes back to life after being fatally wounded. Three and a half years into the treaty, he breaks the treaty by going into the Israeli temple and setting himself up as their Messiah. From that point forward the Israelis suffer intense persecution.
At the end of the seven-year treaty, Satan decides that he is now in the position to wipe out the nation of Israel and with it all reminders of God on earth. He brings in a two hundred million man army from the east and assembles them for battle in a place called Armageddon, located in the north of Israel. The world has never seen an army of this size before. The people of Israel have no chance for survival.
It's at this point that God intervenes. The whole world witnesses Jesus' arrival on earth with a whole host of angels and kingdom citizens. Jesus destroys Satan's two hundred million man army. The angels round up Satan and his Demon followers, bind them, and lock them up in a place called Hell.
After all of this is accomplished, Jesus stays on earth and rules tribulation survivors justly with a firm hand from Jerusalem. In case you were wondering, the reason Jesus brings the Kingdom Citizens with Him when He comes back to rule the earth is so that they can rule with Him.
The Movie is over and it's time to reflect.
What happens to the citizens of Satan's kingdom?
Oops! You may have noticed that this story is not complete. We were never told what the ultimate outcome is for those people who chose to keep their citizenship in Satan's kingdom.
Suppose that this is the type of movie that gives the viewer the option to pick their own ending. How would you have the story end for them? If you are like me, your choice of ending gets personal; you may have friends and family members who are part of this group; maybe you are there as well. Keep in mind that you don't have the option of having them cease to exist because they have a soul that never dies.
You may recognize the endings for this group that other viewers have chosen. One popular scenario is that their future is determined by the things that they did with their lives. They get points for the good things they have done and have points deducted for the bad things. A variation of this ending has them going to an intermediate place on their journey to their final destination; with the next leg of their journey being determined by what other people do on their behalf. Things like giving money, praying, or going through some ceremony. And finally, another variation to this last variation has the individual in this intermediate location being given a second chance to earn their way to a destination called Paradise.
Unfortunately, that's not the ending for Satan's kingdom citizens that the Bible describes. After they die, there is no second chance. Their destination is sealed. They have become a casualty in Satan's struggle with God.
However, they have one last thing they will do before spending eternity in Hell with Satan and his Demons. One thousand years after Jesus sets up his rule on earth, they will be raised from the dead so they can be judged by God. One last thing they do before going to their final destination. They get down on their knees before God and acknowledge that He is truly God.
I would guess that the reason God has them do this is to humiliate Satan. Imagine what it will be like for Satan in Hell. All of the people who have joined him there will know him for who he really is.
After writing the script for this movie, it's now clear to me why creation is all about the angels, more specifically, Satan and his Demon followers. I must admit that I felt some disappointment that we humans are not the center of the universe. I guess that assumption comes from the natural human tendency to think that life is all about us.
Also, it occurred to me that it doesn't seem fair that we have citizenship in Satan's kingdom by default. But as I thought about it, a lot about life is not fair and is beyond our control. We don't pick our parents and siblings. We don't get to choose the genetic makeup that is the blueprint for our physical and mental characteristics. We don't choose our time in history. We don't choose the country of our birth citizenship.
Our situation is what it is. We have no choice but to "play the hand that we have been dealt" in the game of life. The movie's purpose is to provide you with the context in which that game is played.