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So, how far did we humans fall?
Of course, we’re not talking aboutphysicallyfalling, but if you interpret the question another way, it gets you really thinking.
I’m sure we can all agree that there is evil in this world. Or, if you don’t have standards of good and evil, then you can at least agree that this world isprobablynot the best it can be. So it begs the question… what happened? There are two options: either it was like this all along, or something went wrong in the beginning…
If we’re going to build on the previous posts, the first option won’t make much sense. If our whole purpose of life (initially, at least) is to fulfill theThree Blessings, and there is this so-called “evil” in this world that is stopping us from doing so, how does that make any sense? How would you explain the original mind and the evil mindinside every person? If those two things are perpetually in conflict with each other, how are all of us going to achieve something good?
You could see the battle between good and evil as a challenge that we must overcome. But really, if it was always supposed to be this way, a perpetual battle between good and evil, how are we ever going to achieve theKingdom of Heaven?
The Principle argues that given all of this, it can’t be that good and evil both existed all the way from the beginning. After all, if it did, then we’d have to conclude that God Himself is evil, since in that case, God technically would have created evil. So let’s tackle the second option instead. Something went wrong. And we have to find what that something is.
But before we can do that, we need to lay down a few postulates:
- God is our parent.
- We are His children.
- The goal for us is to become more like God (i.e., become parents).
- God cannot create the universe by Himself.
This is usually what I picture when I hear "God is our Parent and we are His children." I mean it in a more figurative/spiritual sense, though.
All of these, except for the last point, have beenexplained before. The last point makes things interesting and probably confusing. But let’s put these points together and see what happens.
It’s probably best to think of what’s upcoming as a story at first, because frankly, it’s going to sound ridiculous hearing it the first time.
(Another note: There are a lot of references to the Bible. If you don’t read it, don’t mind it—again, I’m using it because it can teach us some important lessons. If you do read it, great, you can read it again and see the connections.)
In The Beginning...
...God was all alone. Then, there was the universe.
Wait… yeah, you’re right, there’s a huge gap between those statements. You see, God could’ve designed every element of the universe, down to the most minuscule detail, by Himself. But that’s a lot of work. So he needed helpers to assist in creating the universe.
He could’ve made these helpers robot-like, doing everything he says and commands.
I can't draw robots, and you all know it.
But that would be too boring. Honestly, though, I don’t think God is interested in that. If hispurpose of creation(and ours, too) isjoy, and joy can only be achieved throughGTA and FPF, where the subjects and objects are both (in this case) autonomous, creative, and free-thinking beings, then why would God have any satisfaction in entities which do everything he says, like a robot would?
So I’d think he’d be more interested in creating autonomous, free-thinking, creative beings that can help assist in creating the universe. Let’s call themangels.
Disclaimer:this is probably not what angels looks like
So these angels helped create the universe. But there was one angel that was the leader of them all, anarchangel—let’s call himLucifer.
Back when there were only angels, “Lucifer was the channel of God’s Love to the angelic world,” which basically meant that he “virtually monopolized the love of God.” (p. 63) Which sounds so great, doesn’t it?
And it probably was. Until human beings came about. Apparently, God created human beings to be their children (in a spiritual/figurative sense), while He only created angels as, basically, His “servants”. (p.63) Of course a parent is going to love His children many more times than his servants.
So yeah, humans. At some point in time, there has to be two people, who are, for all intents and purposes, our first ancestors of humanity. I’m not saying that these two humans existed as the only people on the earth at that time, but rather, these two people were the first to have an eternal spirit. Let’s call themAdamandEve.
We’re almost done introducing all the pieces to the puzzle. We just have one more thing, which comes in the form of a story, which comes from the Bible. I’ll try to summarize it as best as possible:
Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden. In the Garden of Eden, there were two trees: The Tree of Life (ToL), and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (which will now be abbreviated to ToKoGaE, among other things, because that is a mouthful). The ToKoGaE had a fruit(s?) on it.
Now, Adam and Eve were given two “commandments”. The first, which is not really a commandment, but more of a roadmap to life, wasThe Three Blessings(be fruitful, multiply, have dominion). The second, which was pretty much a commandment, was to not eat of the fruit of the ToKoGaE, becauseon the day that you do, you will die. Whoa.
But then this serpent comes along, and tells Eve,hey, you should try this fruit, saying it’ll open your eyes and make you become more like God. So Eve tries it, tells Adam to try it too, and Adam tries it too.
Then God comes along, at which point Adam and Eve cover theirlower partsbecause they are now ashamed of their nakedness. God ask what happens, Adam says its Eve’s fault and Eve says it’s the serpent’s fault and the serpent says it’s Eve’s fault. Nobody takes responsibility, Adam and Eve are banished from the Garden of Eden, and now we are all descendants of this mess that happened who-knows-how-long-ago.
And now we have all the pieces of the puzzle to put it together.
Don’t get it? I didn’t think you would.
Let’s explain this simply by first decoding the symbolism and metaphors you might notice.
- TheToLsymbolizes perfected Adam, or “a man who has fully realized the ideal of creation.” (p.55)
- TheToKoGaEsymbolizes perfected Eve, or a woman who has fully realized the ideal of creation.
- Thefruitsymbolizes the love of Eve.
- Theserpentsymbolizes an angel, or more specifically, Lucifer, because who else would know exactly what God’s intentions were? Certainly an animal wouldn’t. Now does it make more sense?
No? Okay then. I guess we have to go really in-depth.
Going Really In-Depth
If you enjoyed the full channel of God’s love for quite some time, and then suddenly one day, these human beings come along, whom God loves many more times than you, how would you feel?
Exactly. You’d feel that it’s unfair that you’ve been with God for a much longer time, and you feel like you’re not getting the love you deserve. You may feel envious, or even jealous, of these human beings.
That’s exactly how Lucifer felt. In reality, God’s love toward Lucifer didn’t change—it just seemed like it did in comparison to the amount of love Adam and Eve received.
But wait… envy? Jealousy? Now how would that be possible in a world before any evil? Well, if you have intellect, which I’m sure Lucifer did, he can probably tell that God loved Adam and Eve more than himself. And, if you have desire (more specifically, the desire for love), of course you’re going to want what Adam and Eve has.
Envy and jealousy aren’t inherently evil—they can be good, for example, if it can motivate you to do better. It’s just that in our current context, envy and jealousy usually do more harm than good.
Here is the best analogy I can think of for this situation:
Imagine you have an office job where you have worked for 30 years. You’re the boss’s favorite employee, and you often win the “Employee of the Year” award. But you still have a cubicle for your office.
One day, two people, who are about 22 and straight out of college, show up to the office, presumably as new employees. Instead of getting a cubicle as an office like you, they each get their own office rooms, with glass doors and walls, a wide, shiny desk, and tons of open space. The boss seems to have new favorites.
How are you going to feel in this situation? Of course you’re going to be jealous! You’ve been working here for 30 years, and all you get is a cubicle, and it’s been their first day here, and they get glass office rooms? Of course you'd think that’s unfair.
You could go a number of ways from here. But what did Lucifer do? Well, he had some kind of intricate plan…
Lucifer's Intricate Plan
You see, Lucifer knew all about the “commandments” that God gave to Adam and Eve (The Three Blessings, don’t eat the fruit). He knew that not fulfilling those commandments was equivalent to not fulfilling your portion of responsibility. Out of selfish desire, he wanted to “grasp the same central position in human society as he enjoyed in the angelic world, as the channel of God’s love.” (p. 64) So how would he get this back?
Let’s sidetrack a little bit here. I’ve explained most of the symbols already, but there’s one more that I haven’t really touched on: what doeseating the fruitmean?
It’s painfully obvious if you think about it. The fruit symbolizes the love of Eve. God told Adam and Eve thaton the daythey ate the fruit,they will die. (They didn't, but that's another post for another time.) After eating the fruit, Adam and Eve covered theirlower parts.
What’s the one thing that, if you've never done it before, you’d do even if it meant risking your life, that would make sense in this context?
It’s okay if you didn’t get it at first, but come on, thecovering your lower partsis a dead giveaway. Now everything makes sense.
Adam and Eve covered their lower parts after having sex because that was the source of their shame. That’s why they were naked and not ashamed before, and naked and ashamed after. God gave them the commandmentdon’t eat the fruit, which basically meant don’t have sex before maturity, or, fulfill theFirst Blessingbefore you fulfill the Second.
But wait… we did also say Lucifer ate the fruit with Eve. But Lucifer is an angel, a spiritual being… and Eve is a human… how is that possible?
Apparently, if you have all your spiritual senses open, it’ll feel just as real, or equivalent, to using your physical senses. So basically, contact between a person and a spirit will feel exactly the same as contact between two people. Our spiritual senses were never meant to be closed, and theirs was completely open. More on that another time.
So, when you put it all together…
Lucifer wanted everything to himself. What would be the best way to do that? To take over. How do you do that? First step: tempt and seduce Eve.
Eve was oblivious to Lucifer’s plan. Eve only knew that she had to obey the commandment. So she did. Or at least, she tried to. Eve told Lucifer that she needed to obey the commandment, but Lucifer said something along the lines of “but it’ll make you open your eyes and become more like God” (which is true in some sense), and continued to tempt her.
So if you’re an innocent girl oblivious to all of this and you’re continuously tempted, what are you going to do? Eve finally gave in, and just like that, a common base was formed, andGTAwas performed. This is called theSpiritual Fall.
Step 1 was complete. But let’s be honest, Lucifer wasn’t looking to get a girlfriend. He didn’t want to be on an equal level with Eve. He wanted everything. So what would happen next?
Eve would feel dread and guilt from her conscience. She knew that Adam was intended to be her spouse, not Lucifer. To her, it seemed like uniting with Adam was her only hope of returning to God.
So what did she do? She tempted and seduced Adam. She played the same role that Lucifer played when he was tempting her. Adam would say the same thing Eve said, that they needed to obey the commandment, but eventually, the deal was done. A common base was formed, andGTAwas performed. This is called thePhysical Fall.
Together, the Spiritual Fall and Physical Fall make up theHuman Fall. And this is what the big picture looked like now:
Lucifer finally had everything: he created aFPFcentered on himself. God, who was supposed to be the original parent of Adam and Eve, was now out of the picture. And we are all descendants of this lineage up until this day. And oh, Lucifer was given the nameSatanafter he fell. So we are all descendants of this satanic lineage.
(Side note: things might have been different if anyone had actually taken responsibility. Things would have been different for sure if only Eve fell. I am leaving a big gap between what happened then and the times today, but I promise, that will be covered another time.)
I know that was a bit ridiculous, but it made more sense to me than any other story of the beginning that I’ve heard. I think this makes more sense than eating an actual fruit that would lead to this world today, at least.
You can believe that this actually happened, some long, long time ago. You can also just believe that this is a story that teaches something. Or you can just not believe anything at all and go on with your life. I guess we’ll all only know for sure when we die.
If Adam and Eve didn’t fall, they would have fulfilled theThree Blessings. This means they would have dominion (loving care) of all things. This means they would have dominion over the angels as well. If Lucifer just waited until they fulfilled the Three Blessings, he could have received much more love than he had before. But that didn’t happen…
The Human Fall was, really, humanity’s descent into ignorance. After this, humanity became increasingly ignorant of God’s Will and His plan for us.
One potential objection: I don’t think the fruit was set up to test Adam and Eve’s obedience. Think about it as if God was our parent and we were His children: would you set up something for your children where you clearly state thatif you do it, you will die, just to test their obedience?
Adam and Eve wouldn’t risk their lives just to eat an actual fruit. As the Principle explains, “it must have been something so extraordinarily stimulating that even the fear of death did not deter them from grasping it.” (p. 54) Sex can fall under that category.
One more thing: if it wasn’t for the Fall, love and sex would have been precious, evensacred. You can’t fulfill the Second Blessing without sex. But because sex was the very act of the Fall, people up until this day have regarded it with “shame and even contempt.” (p. 59)
That’s why many religions “emphasize the need to purge sin regard fornication as a cardinal sin, and have taught the virtues of chastity and restraint in order to curb it.” (p. 61)
And one more deep statement to cap it off: “We may be able to eradicate all other evils by establishing moral codes through religion, by thoroughly implementing various educational programs, and by reforming the socio-economic systems that foster crime. But no one can prevent the plague of sexual promiscuity, which has become increasingly prevalent as the progress of civilization makes lifestyles more comfortable and indolent.” (p. 61) Wow.
So how will this problem be solved? That’s another topic for another time.
I know this was a heavy topic, but it’s one of the key parts of the Divine Principle, and it had to be mentioned. For the next post, I’ll try my best to explain why God made it this way, the consequences of all of this, and anything else along those lines.
Thanks for reading, and see you next post!
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