|Do you really know why you were born? Do you realize God has a
purpose being worked out?...Most fail to understand that purpose! Read this booklet, you
will be surprised.
NO LONGER do news commentators,
top military men and scientists say "if there is a World War
IIInow they speak only of when, and how it shall come!
Leading world scientists say frankly they are frightened!
With atomic bombs by thousandswith other newly-invented means of mass
death and destruction said to be even more horrible than the hydrogen
bombimagination-defying weaponsan appalling picture is presented
which ought to make everyone SHUDDER!
No one thinks, now, that MEN swayed by passions and
partisanship and greed, and with competitive national aspirations and interests to work
for and protect, will be able to prevent the world-cataclysm which experts tell us may
blast human life from the earth!
Gloomy picture? Yes, but its REAL! Its the
picture we have to FACE!
This is the world we shall have to LIVE INor DIE
WHY Does God Permit Such Horror?
Is it any wonder so many peopleif and when they do
begin to think of the Almighty in this connectionask: "WHY if
there is a God, does He permit war? WHY does God allow
such unadulterated HELL on earth among men?"
"Surely," they reason, "if God is goodif He is LOVEHe
would not wish people who are innocent victims to endure this indescribable
anguish and if He is ALMIGHTY, then He certainly could prevent
it? Why doesnt He?
Of course, thats a slightly unbalanced conception of God. It emphasizes
His love, His tender mercy and compassion, and His powerbut it overlooks Gods righteousness
and His wisdom; and it fails utterly of understanding Gods great PURPOSE
in putting human beings upon this earth!
But people have a right to the true answer!
War, of course, is not caused by the Almighty. It is caused by
ambition and greedby the wrong thinking and acting of men, swayed by human passions.
It is the result of evilof SIN. Still,God
The PURPOSE Being Worked Out
Former Prime Minister Winston Churchill actually gave the
answer when he said, regarding the war, before the American Congress: "There is a PURPOSE
being worked out here below." Of course, he implied a HIGHER POWER,
above, doing the working out! World War II was really a part of the working out of that PURPOSE!
But man, it seems, fails to understand that PURPOSE!
Naturally, it has to do with the Plan of Redemption. But even that Plan is
not very widely understood today, nor rightly preached!
WHY, let us ask, and understand, should man need
The popular teaching is that one is "saved" at the time he
accepts Jesus Christ as personal Saviour. Well, WHY is it, then, that God
does not then and there remove him from this unhappy world of SUFFERING?
Why not take him immediately to his happy reward? WHY, after he
is "saved," must he live on in this life of suffering?
WHY is it, that once a man is converted, "many
are the afflictions of the righteous;""all who will live
godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution;" "it is through
much tribulation we must enter the Kingdom of God." WHY?
WHY, 1st) does God permit the world to suffer so
much; and 2nd) WHY must even converted Christians go on
WHY is there such a thing as sin? We hear it came from the
"original fall of man." Well, WHY the fall? WHY
didnt God prevent that?
All these questions we shall answer. Let us come to UNDERSTAND
these basic and most important questions of all life.
WHY did God create the human family? WHY
did He make us different from and superior to all other creatures?
God is Supreme CREATORnot supreme Destroyer!
Satan is the Destroyer!
What is Gods work? For He does workJesus, you know, said,
"My Father works, and I work." His work is that of CREATOR!
God, then, creates!
Now look about you. Look at all the species and forms of living creatures.
How many of those whom God created and started living are able to think, plan, devise, and
then bring about, by making or creating, that which was thought out, designed and planned?
What You Can Do
Of course none but God Himself can create in
the strictest sense of bringing into existence that which did not even exist. But changing
existing materials, and putting them together in a new and different wayin other
words, MAKING thingsis akin to actual creating and often called
How many creatures can think, plan, design, and then execute the idea into MAKING
things? By instinct beavers build dams. But all these dams follow the same pattern. The
beaver cannot think out some new, different pattern and make some new and different thing.
Ants may form ant hills; gophers, snakes and rodents dig holes; birds build nests. But
they always follow the same pattern. There is no originality, no thinking and designing of
a new idea, no new construction.
Man can design and build great dams such as Grand Coulee. Man can build the
great tunnels under mountains or the Hudson River. Man can invent and build automobiles,
airplanes, battleships, submarines. Man alone, of all God created, is capable of
approaching real CREATIVE powers.
But God has limited man's powers!
Why Mans Powers Are Checked
It is only now, twentieth century A.D., that man at last
learns about the use of atomic energy. Now man is experimenting, striving desperately to
develop jets, rockets, and means of flight and transportation which might take him to
Why has man been restrained?
Are we blind? Look at what man has actually done with the things God
has allowed him to devise and to make. Thousands of years ago he learned to deal in iron,
steel, and other metals. He made implements, constructed buildingsbut he also made
swords and spears and went out to DESTROY!
Man learned how to organize his kind into cities, groups, nations.
But to what use did he put the organization he controlled? He organized the
able-bodied of his men into armies, and set out to conquer, to destroy, and to acquire by TAKING,
not by producing and creating. And, even in those peaceful cities, states and nations not
at war, those men who run the government seek greedily to fatten their own pockets at the
expense of their fellows, and the smell of graft and illegal influence ascends to high
Man invents and makes ships that carry him over seas, then he arms them and
turns them into weapons of conquest. He makes tractors, trucks and automobiles, then
converts them into armored tanks. He learns how to build airplanes and fly swifter than
any bird, then bends all his scientific, inventive, and creative genius into producing
mightier carriers for atomic bombs, swifter jet and rocket fighters. He discovers that the
powers God gave him allow him to produce explosives, so that he could move mountains if
necessarybut soon he is exerting the most frenzied energies of his nation, at cost
of billions of dollars, endeavoring to develop atomic bombs faster than his enemy. and
then producing the hydrogen bomb, a thousand times more destructive!
A philosophic country doctor once said to me it was his belief that
everything mans hand ever touched of Gods creation man had polluted, befouled,
besmirched, and ruined. That statement seemed radical then. But I have been observing,
since he said that over twenty years ago, and I am almost persuaded he was right.
For example: GOD gave man the wonderful grain of
wheatthe perfect food, containing every element needed to nourish man, and in
perfectly-balanced alkaline-acid proportion; and now, in his greed for million-dollar
profits, the big flour miller grinds up this precious wheat, takes it apart, ruins it, and
sells it to us in a form that produces rheumatism, colds and fever, kidney diseases,
impaired digestion, heart troubles, and ills too numerous to list here. The sugar refiners
do the same to sugar. Today it is almost impossible to obtain any food, unless a farmer
raises his own, which has not been rendered partly or wholly foodless, often poisoned, by
man. Thus man DESTROYS health, which is only another way of saying he
I need not go further. Just look about you, and observe. If you are a
thinker, youll see how man, endowed with a portion of Gods actual CREATIVE
POWERand the only being which has itturns this power
of devising, planning, inventing, and producing into DESTRUCTIVE
Science Running Amuck!
Look at the great factories of American industry, of which
we boast. Here hums and roars the CREATIVE activity of mankind! Man has
made some slight approach toward actual GOD-powers, and GOD-activity,
in his tremendous industrial development.
But there is one deadly fault with all this.
Man has learned to exercise scientific, inventive and mechanical powers in
excess of his development in ability to direct the product of his efforts into right and
And in that he is defeating the very purpose of his being!
WHY did God place mankind here? WHY did God
endow humanity with a slight proportion of Gods own creative power? WHY,
in a word, were you born? And WHY were we born mortal?
WHY has God allowed mankind to turn his near God-like mind
and powers into perversion and destruction? WHY has God allowed mankind
to bring on himself all this sorrow, unhappiness and suffering?
Many attribute all this rebellionthis SINto what
they call the "original fall of man."
A Repairing of the Damage?
Lets dare frankly to examine the common teaching
about that "Fall."
The common teaching, as believed and taught by most denominations, is that
God created man perfect and complete, in the very image of Godand
placed him in the beautiful Garden of Eden. It is believed that GODS
CREATION WAS FINISHED, COMPLETED! Everything was perfect.
And God was able to do all this, and to start our first parents out all
right, when lo and behold! Satan succeeded in invading that peaceful and blessed retreat.
He successfully overthrew the man. Satan succeeded in thwarting Gods
willupsetting Gods Plan for a happy and peaceful life for his perfected
humansalienating the man and woman from Godintroducing the dreadful
consequences of SINmarring, wrecking, Gods creative
And now, according to this popular view, Gods plan for a happy life and
beautiful environment for His created humans was all disarranged! Now God had to commence
all over again, and formulate a new Plana PLAN to
repair the damage!
Redemption, then, is pictured as Gods PLAN for repairing
the damage caused by Satan in that "original Fall" of man!
And ever since, God has entered into a furious CONTEST with
Satan. For six thousand years, God has desperately been trying to redeem
humanityto save, and RESTORE mankind back to a condition as good as
God had originally created him, before the "Fall."
Whats WRONG With This Picture?
Thats the popular idea being widely preached today!
WHATS WRONG with that picture? When stated so plainly,
we can see quite clearly something is wrong!
What are we going to do with the "fall of man?" If this popular
teaching is correct, it makes Satan more powerful than God. It makes Satan able to wreck
Gods perfected creation, to thwart Gods will.
And, after God in desperation has devised a Plan of Redemption, and spent
some six thousand years trying to restore the original Edenic perfection, where does this
picture leave us today? Why, with Satan winning the contest by a pitifully lopsided score!
At least half the people who populate this earth today know nothing about
Jesus Christare blinded by false heathen religions! Only a very small percent
of humanity could claim today to be "saved."
Cant we see that at every turn this belief presents Satan as more
powerful than GOD? WHAT, then, IS THE REAL
Could GOD Be Responsible?
Now if Satan did not succeed in thwarting
Gods will, wrecking Gods perfected and completed Creation, then the only
alternative is to say that it all happened according to Gods willexactly
as God Himself originally planned!
But do we DARE make God Himself responsible?
We have but two alternatives! Either Satan got in there against
Gods will, and in so doing proved himself mightier and more cunning than Godor
else God Himself planned and permitted it all!
LETS UNDERSTAND THIS!
The True ANSWER to These Questions
The real answer was brought out by Job. "If a man
die, shall he live again," Job asked,and answered: "All the days
of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Thou shalt call, and I
will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands!" (Job
The latter part of his quotation, most often overlooked, is the key to this
whole riddle! Read it again!
"Thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands!"
STUDY THAT! Job knew he was merely the work of Gods
Hands! Merely a piece of divine workmanship in the Hands of the CREATOR!
Merely a piece of plastic CLAY in the hands of the Master Potter! And in
calling us forth from the grave, in the resurrection, God is having a DESIRE
to FINISH this WORK OF HIS HANDS!
Even the RESURRECTION, then, is a final completing of GODS
Adams Creation NOT COMPLETED!
Now we come to the WONDERFUL TRUTH!
The first chapter of Genesis does not record a COMPLETED
creation at all!
Adam s creation was not finished!
Read that amazing statement again! Be sure you understand it!
CREATION is still going on!
SALVATION is not a "repairing of the
damage,"a frustrated effort of God to restore man back to a condition as
good as Adam, before the "Fall"!
Satan did not break into the Garden of Eden in spite of Goddid
not do one single thing contrary to Gods great PURPOSE!
All that has happened had been planned before of GODand all is
progressing exactly as GOD WILLS.
Oh, what a WONDERFUL TRUTH!
What God actually is creating in us humans is the SUPREME MASTERPIECE
OF ALL HIS WORKS OF CREATION! Millionsyes, billionsof
perfect, SPIRITUAL CHARACTERS! It is a spiritual creation. And
God is bringing it about in two phases! This DUALITY, in fact,
carries through every part and sequence of this tremendous work of creation!
The model, from which the finished spiritual product is to be
moulded, is material substancejust mortal, human CLAY!
The creation described in Genesis 1 is the first phase of this
creationthe MATERIAL creation, only. And that is merely the beginning
the bringing into existence of the SUBSTANCE out of which a model
may be moulded for the finished Masterpiece!
God formed man, not out of Spirit, but "of the dust of the
ground." To the man whose creation is described in Genesis 1, and 2:7, God said,
"DUST thou art." Not immortal spiritjust DUST.
Man is MORTAL, not yet immortal!
Adam did not have Gods HOLY SPIRIT!
He was a PERFECT physical specimen, yes! Whatever GOD
creates is perfect, not imperfect. But what God created, in Adam, was a FLESHLY
MANa mortal man of flesh and blood!
Adam, in other words, was not complete!
One vital thing was lackingand this one thing he was made to NEEDto
hunger and to thirst for! the indwelling of GODS HOLY SPIRIT.
But God provided for that. In the Garden of Eden was one "tree"
which would have supplied it! And this, God freely offered the man. But Adam and Eve had
to make a CHOICE between this "tree" which would have given
them LIFEGODS SPIRITthe one thing that would fill that
void, that longing in the souland the "tree" which symbolized the ways of SIN.
Adam made the wrong choice as, of course, God knew he would! HE NEVER RECEIVED
GODS SPIRIT! OUR FIRST PARENTS NEVER RECEIVED IMMORTALITY!
Rather, they were driven forth from the Garden of Eden, lest
they now take also of the tree of LIFE and eat, and gain immortality
REDEMPTION IS CREATION
Creation was not completed, as described in Genesis
1. Rather, what God is creating is a SPIRITUAL CREATION, and God has
mapped out a DEFINITE PLAN, allowing SEVEN THOUSAND YEARS
for the process!
In His great purpose, the physical and material comes first, and
always is the type of the spiritual. A day is as a thousand years to
God, and a thousand years as a day. And, as Gods revealed Plan is allotted
seven thousand-year "DAYS" for its completion, so God
used just seven 24-hour days for the present creationthe MATERIAL
creation described in Genesis 1!
So the seven literal 24-hour days are a TYPE of the seven
thousand-year "days." And in this seven- thousand-year period, God Himself has
deliberately ALLOTTED to Satan the first SIX of those
days for his labor of deceptionbut the SEVENTH millennial
day shall be the SABBATH of The ETERNAL our God, and in
it Satan shall not do any work! God has set a limitation upon him! Satan shall be
chained for that coming thousand years! (Rev. 20:1-3).
Christ Jesus will return to earth IN PERSON, as King of
kings and Lord of lords, and "the earth shall be FULL of the
knowledge of the Eternal" (Isa. 11:9)to HIM shall the
Gentiles seek (Isa. 11:10), and the final GREAT harvest of souls
shall be reaped! Yes, THATS the GOOD NEWS of the KINGDOM
OF GODGood News the devil does all in his power to suppressGood News
Satans ministers deny! But praise God! the light of HIS WORD still
shines for those who will see!
So now lets look briefly at REDEMPTION. What is
"By GRACE are ye saved through faith. . . for we
are His workmanship, CREATED in Christ Jesus unto good works,
which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them!" (Eph. 2:8-10). Notice,
there are GOOD WORKS to salvation! WHY do the preachers
always stop quoting at verse 9, never reading this 10th verse!
The "we" in New Testament language always means Christiansthose
truly converted. WE, then, are GODS workmanship.
Yes, "CREATED,"now being createdto what
objectiveto WHAT PURPOSE? Note it! The PURPOSE
Satans ministers DENY today " UNTO GOOD
Unto perfect spiritual CHARACTER!
Now Paul here is not speaking of Adams creation, 6,000 years ago. He is
speaking of Christians, NOW, being createdUNTO
GOOD WORKS! We are HIS WORKMANSHIPthe Creator is still
creating! He is moulding, fashioning, CHANGING us, transforming us
to His own noble, righteous, holy, spiritual CHARACTER! Yes, creating in
us this perfect CHARACTER!
Salvation, then, is a PROCESS!
The Purpose of Our Living
But how the god of this world would blind your eyes to that!
He tries to deceive you into thinking all there is to it is just "accepting
Christ,"with "NO WORKS "and presto-chango,
youre pronounced "SAVED"!
But the BIBLE reveals that NONE is yet
"saved"! "He that endureth unto the end, the same SHALL BE
saved" (Mat. 24:13). Jesus, alone, of all humans, has so far been SAVED!
By the resurrective power of GOD! When Jesus comes, at the time of the
resurrection of those IN CHRIST, He then brings His reward with Him!
Christ, as the Lamb of Godour Saviourwas "slain from the
foundation of the world"it was all planned of God from the beginningyes,
even before the "Fall" (Rev. 13:8).
Those called, now, in this present age to salvation, were chosen before
Adam was created! "According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of
the world." And WHY? "That we should be HOLY
and without blame before Him IN LOVE" (Eph. 1:4).
Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature" (II
Cor. 5:17). Yes, a NEW CREATION!
"And be renewed in the spirit of your MIND!
and that ye put on the new man, which after GOD IS CREATED in
righteousness and true holiness" (Eph. 4:23-24).
It all begins in the mind. Repentance, the first step in salvation,
is a change of mind. The receiving and indwelling of the Holy Spirit is a renewing
of the mind. Gradually, through Bible study, learning to live by "every Word of
God," being continually corrected, keeping in constant prayer, the very MIND
OF GOD is placed within the yielded man. And thus the NEW MANa
holy, spiritual CHARACTERis CREATED in
righteousness, and in true holiness!
Born Again. . . HOW?
In this NEW CREATION God works in man, the
man must be "BORN AGAIN."
God made Adam solely out of MATTER. Jesus said to Nicodemus,
"That which is born of the flesh IS flesh!" Then He explained
we must be born againnot again of the FLESHnot again
entering our mothers womb, as Nicodemus thought He meantbut born of The SPIRITBORN
OF GOD! As we were born of the FLESH from a fleshly human
father, so now we must be born of the SPIRIT by GOD, the
heavenly SPIRITUAL Father.
And this process is brought about, in Gods great PURPOSE,
by a man first coming to see HOW WRONG are the ways of mortal humans,
thinking and living CONTRARY to the revealed LAWS OF GOD!
The first stage is REPENTANCE! Surrender to Almighty God!
God sent His Son Jesus Christ into the world as a human being, to pay for us,
in our stead, the penalty we have incurred by the transgression of Gods
spiritual Law. So the second step in our salvation our SPIRITUAL CREATIONbeing
BORN of the Spiritis to accept Christ Jesus as personal Saviour,
being baptized for the remission of sins. Then Gods PROMISE is that
we shall receive HIS HOLY SPIRIT. And that is the entrance of the very LIFE
of Godthe impregnating "germ," so to speak, of eternal lifethe
begettal of the life of GOD. We then compare to an unborn babe in its
mothers womb. And, after the experiences of the Christian life, if we overcome,
grow in grace and knowledge, and endure unto the end, then at the time of the
RESURRECTION, this MORTAL shall be instantaneously CHANGED
INTO immortalitythis flesh and blood body shall BECOME a SPIRIT
body! Then, and not until then, shall we be FULLY BORN OF GOD.
Then, and not until then, shall our CREATION be fully COMPLETED!
But we now are the "clay models," in the Hands of the Master
If in this life our thinking, our ways are CHANGED
until we really do becomein characternew creatures in Christ Jesus,
conformed to HIS WILL, then that clay model, worked over, fashioned and
shaped as God would have it, is finally turned into the FINISHED SPIRITUAL
Begins and Ends in Christ
This ENTIRE CREATION begins in Christ,
and is finished BY Him!
God created all things by Jesus Christ (Eph. 3:9). Jesus was the
workman, then, who created the original Adam. But our SPIRITUAL creation
begins in Him, too. He it is who became our living ) Examplewho came into the world
to lead the wayand become the first-born from among the deadthe FIRST
completed, perfected spiritual MAN! Now notice:
"But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the
suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by the grace of God should taste
death for every man. For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by
whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their
salvation perfect THROUGH SUFFERINGS" (Heb. 2:9-10).
Look at it! Turn to it, read that in your own Bible!
Jesus, the captain or LEADER of our salvation the one
who led off, setting us an examplethe only one so far
completedeven HE was made perfect, and THROUGH
"Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience BY
THE THINGS WHICH HE SUFFERED; and being made perfect, He became the
author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him" (Heb. 5:8-9).
There it is again! Jesus is the author of our salvationHe WROTE
that salvation BY HIS EXPERIENCE, and that was the first writing
of it He was the first human ever to achieve itto be perfected,
finished as a PERFECT CHARACTER!
Jesus LEARNED! He SUFFERED! But out of it
Do you see?
Do you begin to UNDERSTAND?
Satan did not upset Gods Plan. All that has happened, God
foreknew and permittedfor a PURPOSE! Redemption is not
a repairing of the damagenot a restoring to a condition "just as
good." No, that was merely the beginningthe material
creation. Redemption is the great SPIRITUAL creation! In it, God is
creating in us something infinitely superior to Adam before he sinned.
Do you see now WHAT God is creating, in you and me?
He is creating something higher than angels or archangels! He is creating the
supreme MASTERPIECE of all Gods creation . . . HOLY,
PERFECT SPIRITUAL CHARACTERS!
And what is Character?
What CHARACTER Is
Perfect Character, such as God is creating in us, is a
person finally made immortal, who is a separate entity from God; who, through
independent free choice has come to KNOW, and to CHOOSE,
and to DO, what is right.
Inanimate rock will roll down hill by power of gravity. Water runs in its
channels through creeks and rivers into oceans. Great planets, some many times larger than
the earth, must travel in Gods ordained course. These things are marvelous
examples of the creative power of God. Yet these things are inanimatethey
have no mind, no free choice, NO CHARACTER!
Dumb animals do not sin. They do not know enough to sin! They act by
instinct, or according to training of others. They do not have this Character!
CHARACTER is the possession and practice of love,
patience, mercy, faith1 kindness, gentleness, meekness, temperance, self-restraint,
and right self-direction! Character involves KNOWLEDGE, WISDOM, PURPOSE,
ABILITY, all properly controlled and developed, and through independent CHOICE!
Holy, righteous CHARACTER is something even God cannot
create instantaneously! It is produced, or developed, only through EXPERIENCE!
Experience requires TIME, and CIRCUMSTANCES! And so God
creates Time and God creates Circumstances which produce character!
And so God first formed out of the dustout of 16 elements of
matterthe flesh-and-blood man, in the IMAGE of God(and
"image" means form, or shape, not composition). And through seven thousand years
of experience, God is taking the human family through a process, the result of which, even
"as we have borne the image of the earthy (mortal Adam): we shall also bear the
image of the heavenly"Christ Jesus immortal, "second"
Adam(I Cor. 15:49).
Yes, once fashioned, shaped, moulded according to Gods Purpose, even WE
shall be LIKE HIM, for we shall see Him as He is!
WHY All This Human Suffering?
There are just two broad principles of
lifeGods Way, or Gods Law, summed up in the Ten Commandments, and
Satan's way of competition, greed, vanity.
All sufferingall unhappiness, fear, misery, and death, has come from
the transgression of Gods Law! Living by that great Law of Love,
then, is the only way to peace, happiness, and joy.
God placed man on this planet to learn that lesson to learn it
through generations of EXPERIENCE!
Yes, we, too, LEARN by suffering! God has REVEALED
the TRUE wayHis revelation always has been available to man! But
man, given the right of free choice, always has turned his back on God, and on Gods
true WAY. And even though man as a whole still refuses to see or learn
the lesson, he has written this lesson indelibly in the history of human experience!
We learn through EXPERIENCE! And through SUFFERING!
This, then, is the very stuff CHARACTER is made of!
And that's why we are not taken immediately to our rewardaway
from all the unhappy circumstances of this worldjust the minute we "accept
Christ," and are converted. Yes, thats why "many
afflictions" visit the righteous, even as God sent affliction upon Jobthough the
Eternal delivers us out of them all! Thats why God permits Christians to
sufferwhy God even chastens every son whom He loves! It strengthens
usdevelops us into the CHARACTERS God is creating! It teaches us to
rely on Godand reliance on God is the very foundation of Character.
Jesus suffered, was made perfect through suffering!
Paul suffered! WE sufferto the end that we shall learn. We are
being created, in true righteousness and holiness, unto GOOD
WORKS! Unto perfect CHARACTER!
And so it is that in His matchless WISDOM God has permitted
man to sin. God permits nations to go to war! For almost 6,000 years God has permitted
Satan to sway this world, to deceive it into transgression of His Law, that it might learn
by reaping that the results of Satans way are not good! The RESULTS
are the staggering mountain of woe and human misery, the fear, the heartache, the
injustice and the suffering in this world today! A comparatively few true Christians have
learned that GODS WAY is good!
The DANGER of Hugeness
God has given us powers approaching the creative, that
we might learn, through them, and through years, centuries and millenniums of experience,
to CREATEnot to destroy! That we might learn to direct creative
powers into peaceful, useful, PRODUCTIVE channelsnot toward
harmful, destructive, evil results.
The PURPOSE of life, then, is not to learn to
create, devise, plan, and set in motion more and greater forcesbut
to learn to control the powers at our disposalto learn to guide them into
beneficial usesto learn to direct them toward DOING GOOD, to
produce peace, and happiness, and joy! In other words, to develop Godly CHARACTER!
Once this great principle is seen and grasped, it will be realized that the
quantitythat is, the vastness of the creative development, is not the true measure
of value or the yardstick of real progress. The important thing is the direction
of that development.
Thus, the greater the nations industrial might, the greater is its
retrogression if that productive energy is directed toward destruction and evil.
Thats another way of saying that POWER alone is good
or evil according to how it is used. Power uncontrolled, or wrongly directed, becomes DANGEROUS,
and the greater the power the greater the danger and the evil.
Money, in this world, is power. The love of money is only a form of
lust, and when the power of money is directed lustfully, it becomes, truly, a root of all
But MONEY is not evil. Employed in right, useful, wise and
godly channels, money becomes a great blessing, and the more so used the greater the
We were not put here to see how GREAT man can develop the
powers GOD permits him to utilize. The important thing is RIGHT
DIRECTIONWISE CONTROLPROPER USE! So far as mere SIZE
goes, all the great industries and projects of all nations combined are not a
drop in the bucket compared to the greatness of the POWER OF GOD! (Isaiah
We are here for the express purpose of learning how to rightly direct the
vast powers of GOD! Powers so tremendous the mind of man could not now
conceive! If we are faithful in little things, God will entrust us with BIG
things, later on, when were born into His Kingdom! This life is the training ground.
Now what powers are at your disposal! And how well are you
learning to control and properly direct them?
What YOU Can Do
Well, start out by looking at your temper! Some
tempers are mild, and others are quite powerful. Are you learning to control, and rightly
Your voice is another. Do you use it like a wild, raucous, snarling
animalyelling, accusing, cursing perhapsor are you controlling it and training
it to speak softly, kindly, courteously, and only letting forth its real power when
theres purpose in it?
Your personality is a power, if you develop and train it so as to charm,
influence, persuade others rightly, to bring pleasure and encouragement and sunshine and
inspiration to others, and to lead them as they ought to be led. Most people let their
personalities stagnate. They never do one thing to improve or develop themyet a
charming, captivating, and persuasive personality is one of the greatest forces for GOOD
with which an all-wise God endowed you.
The Power of Money
Your moneyyour incomeis a power God lets you
possess. Do you employ it only for the necessities of keeping alive, and for selfish
pleasures and desires?
The first tenth of every dime or every dollar is NOT YOURS.
All of it belongs to God, and that first tenth God reserves for His own usefor His
God has directed every one of us not only to pay His first tenth, but also to
GIVE, liberally of generous offerings besides. They can be used
to bring happiness and good to others, in addition to yourself and immediate family.
And if you are honest with Gods tithe, faithful and generous with
additional offerings, then you are employing the power of money toward the purpose for
which you were born.
And God always prospers, now in this life, the honest and faithful
THINK For Yourself
From hereon, THINK FOR YOURSELF!
Think out your own problems, according to your own circumstances. What powers, what
opportunities, are now in your control?
Perhaps, through your job, your profession, your business, you have really
important powers to wield. Perhaps you have not much more than just your own self.
Analyze for yourself your own position and circumstances. Ask yourself, how
are you using the powers you may have to use?
And ARE YOU DEVELOPINGGROWING in self-control,
in ability to restrain impulse, wrong desire, selfish motive, or vanity? If you had some
really great POWER thrust into your hands to directperhaps thirty million
dollarsperhaps a vast manufacturing industry with many subsidiaries would you
be able to direct and wield that power as you know GOD would have it
Are you sure? Well, the test is this:
If you are now rightly directing little powers in your
control, such as your temper, your voice, your passions and emotion, or your present,
possibly small, income, then you probably could be entrusted to control properly at least
a slightly larger power. But if you have not yet learned to control and constructively
guide even these little powers God has permitted you to use, then you are not at all
qualified or fit to handle greater responsibilities!
Dont ask God for more money, more powers, bigger opportunities. First,
demonstrate your ability wisely to use the power of a CREATOR over the
little powers and opportunities you now have. If you are not faithful even in the paltry
unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to your care the TRUE RICHES, and
the GREAT powers of God? But, if you are faithful over what God has
already given you, He will say to you some day:
"Well done, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful
in a very little, have thou authority over MUCH!"
The True Repentance
Mankind, swayed by human nature, the devil and his demons,
has followed the beaten path of destructionof polluting, perverting, destroying
whatever he has been allowed to handle and use and control. He has perverted the sacred
Word of God, polluted his own mind, dissipated his body; he has failed to train or has
mistaught his children; he has manifested resentment, envy, and hatred toward his
neighbor, sought to get the best of his neighbor in a deal; tried to get more out of life
than he put into it, which is destruction rather than construction; perverted the human
food supply; turned scientific and technological developments into engines of destruction
until now, unless God steps in, he would annihilate human life from off the earth!
Soon, now, Jesus Christ is coming again to earth, to FINISH
His tremendous spiritual creation on the SEVENTH millennial day, just as
He finished that of the present world on the seventh literal day. Satan will be restrained
a thousand years. As Christ healed the sick and preached the Gospel on the literal
Sabbath, so He will heal up these ugly wounds of the whole world during His Millennial
He shall rebuke strong nations, until they all beat their swords into
plowshares, their spears into pruning-hooks, and the nations learn war no more but
rather find the way of PEACE!
Competition shall be abolished. The premium will no longer be on GETTING,
but on SERVING. A man will no longer be adjudged successful by what he HASwhat
he has been able to amass for himselfbut rather by how well, and how much he has
servedby how much good he has contributed!
People at last will find the Way to peace, the true source of
happinessthey will be filled with JOY! They will learn Gods
laws of health, and they will be vigorous, filled with joyous vital energy! They will be
active; they will come into a prosperity we can hardly imagine now! And they shall find
salvation, and ETERNAL LIFE!
After a thousand years of this, we shall all look back and COMPARE:
We shall compare the actual RESULT of six thousand years of
being deceived into living Satans way of competition, of strife, of jealousy,
bitterness, envy, greed, and vanity, with the HAPPINESS, the WORLD
PEACE, the PROSPERITY, and the energized JOY of
one millennium lived by GODS LAWS!
We shall have learned our lesson!
We shall have learned that all Power, all KNOWLEDGE and
WISDOM, all GOOD, comes alone from God. We shall have
learned that we are not, ourselves, even capable of knowing which is the right
waywhich are the TRUE valuesunless we go to GOD
for that knowledge, and permit Him to reveal it. We shall have learned that the POWER
to become strong and noble characters also had to come from Godthat we have had to
receive EVERYTHING from Him! But we ourselves shall have learned these
truths, and made our own decisions! We shall have had to WANT
this righteousness of God with such fervent and burning desire that we have been willing
to FIGHT our own selves, to suffer trying to control and to master our
selves, and finally to throw ourselves on Gods mercy, trusting in HIS
power, in order to overcome!
GOD is the PERFECT character, and His
purpose is to create in us, by development and with our consent and active determined
effort, His very own perfection until we become like HIM!
Why You Were Born
The PURPOSE of life is that in us God is
really re-creating His own kindreproducing Himself after His own
kindfor we are, upon real conversion, actually begotten as sons (yet
unborn) of GOD; then, through study of Gods revelation in His Word,
living by His every Word, constant prayer, daily experience with trials and testings, we
grow spiritually more and more like God, until, at the time of the resurrection we shall
be instantaneously CHANGED from mortal into immortalwe
shall then be BORN of GodWE SHALL THEN BE GOD!
For the word "God" comes to us from the Hebrew word
"Elohim," which means the Ever-living, Eternal Creating, All-Powerful, Governing
KINGDOM. "Elohim" means one Godnot many gods.
But that ONE GOD is a KINGDOM. There is but one
true CHURCHone Church, but many members! (1 Cor. 12:20).
So it is with God.
As an illustration, there is the mineral kingdom, the plant kingdom, the
animal kingdom; and we might segregate it and designate the human kingdom, in this
material world. Spiritually, there is the angel kingdom, and, high above all, the KINGDOM
OF GOD. A humanflesh and bloodcannot enter into the Kingdom of God
(John 3:3-6), but one BORN of God can!
Do you really grasp it? The PURPOSE of your being alive is
that finally you be BORN into the Kingdom of God, when you will actually BE
GOD, even as Jesus was and is God, and His Father, a different Person, also is
The first beginning toward fulfilling your PURPOSE
on earth is to REPENTrepent of these wrong ways, customs and
practices. Accepting Jesus Christ as personal Saviour, truly, means letting Him "who
went about doing GOOD" live your life for you henceforthjust
as He would live it! It means living henceforth by every Word of Godmaking the Bible
your guide, your AUTHORITY in life. It means you now begin to develop CREATIVE
instead of destructive powers. You are setting out on a training to become CREATORto
When you fully grasp this tremendous, wonderful TRUTH, your
mind will be filled with transcendent JOY and GLORY! It
gives a NEW MEANING to life so wonderful youll never comprehend the
full heights of its splendor!
It means, of course, total renunciation, denial, of those injurious things
and ways which have falsely seemed so bright and alluring to this world.
But your eyes will be open at last to the great deceptionthe scales
will fall from your blinded visionyoull see the meaning of life, its great
purpose, as you never dreamed it could be! Giving up the "bright lights" of this
worlds evils, temptations and pitfallsits snares and delusions which have
glittered and then ended only in sorrow and sufferingis but emerging from gross DARKNESS
into the splendor of TRUE LIGHT, and of happiness and joy FOREVER.
KNOWLEDGE is of no value except as it is used. Not
the hearers, but the doers of the law shall be justified. The command to STUDY
is for the purpose of putting the instruction into action that we may "show"
ourselves approved unto God. And it is written, "A good UNDERSTANDING
have all they that do His commandments." Since the purpose of the knowledge
is to do, the doing is the condition to acquiring right knowledge. Bible study is
of value only in proportion as the knowledge revealed is incorporated into your character
in actually living it.