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God obviously had to do something about the state of the world. But He also had to remember to leave the human portion of responsibility up to us.
So God can’t just destroy this world and start over. He has to work with human beings to restore everything back to its original state.
And, hey, what do you know, God tried to start working with human beings immediately. And then later again. And again. And again. Throughout history, God has worked with central figures to restore this world. Now, it may all seem ‘fictional’ at first, but as the timeline gets more modern, it will most definitely become historical.
But looking at the central figures, there seems to be a common theme, or rather, a common formula in each of them. This time, we will discuss that formula, and how it fits into each central figure.
If Adam and Eve had reached perfection without falling, they would have only been relating with God.
But Adam and Eve fell. The moment after they fell, they were in the midway position. This is where Adam and Eve had the original sin but didn’t commit any subsequent good or evil actions. At this moment, they were relating with both God and Satan.
As a consequence, all future descendants (or all of us) are in the midway position. It’s best to think of this as a slippery slope:
Why is this? Technically, since we are all descendants of Satan’s lineage, Satan can claim us. But, since God is also technically the Creator of human beings, he can claim us too. So we are stuck in the middle.
As you do more and more good conditions in a row, it becomes easier to do good conditions. Likewise, the opposite is true: the more bad conditions you do, the easier it becomes to do them. You will go to God’s side if you make good conditions and Satan’s side if you make evil conditions.
(Side note: think of ‘conditions’ as ‘deeds’ or ‘things’. The Divine Principle has an odd way of using the word ‘conditions’, but people like me become so used to it that we use the word in our everyday lives. Neat, huh? Also, we explained this before but: good – doing things for others, even at your own expense; evil – doing things for yourself at the expense of others. Good thing to keep in mind.)
So that’s all obvious stuff. But there’s actually one more type of condition. When one loses their original position or state, they have to make a condition to be restored back to that state. These are called Indemnity conditions.
(Another side note: very odd usage of the word ‘indemnity’, I know. Just think of it as ‘conditions of restitution.’)
Now that you know the word indemnity, you can use it in several terms: Restoring our original state through conditions is called restoration through indemnity. The condition made is called a condition of indemnity. God’s work to restore us to our original state is called the providence of restoration through indemnity.
This shouldn’t be too confusing so far. But get this: there are three types of indemnity conditions.
The first kind is a condition of equal indemnity. Probably the most obvious of the bunch, this is where
This happens all the time when making acts of restitution or compensation. But I’ll give you another example: if two people once on good terms get into a fight and now hate each other, the equal indemnity condition would be to make up and talk about it until they get to a situation before the fight.
I’d say this is pretty equal (indemnity condition = value lost) and fair.
The second kind is a condition of lesser indemnity. This means
Here’s an example: say you were a 6-year old child, and you were running around the house and knocked down an expensive vase ($1000+?) and broke it. Now, the obvious way to make this condition of indemnity is to pay $1000, but a 6-year old likely won’t have that kind of money. So I’m sure the child has to do something, but it certainly can’t be to pay $1000. And I’d think the parents would be forgiving about it.
Why does God give conditions of lesser indemnity? Like in the example here, sometimes, it is near impossible to fulfill a condition of equal indemnity. So God will take a condition of lesser indemnity as if it were a condition of equal indemnity, as long as it is pure and sincere. It’s either this reason or God has mercy on us.
The third kind is a condition of greater indemnity. This means
Here’s an example. Say you were driving around, trying to find parking, and find this perfect spot. But you didn’t read the signs. Parking cost $1 an hour, but when you come back, you find this $65 parking ticket on your windshield. Because you didn’t read the signs correctly, now you have to pay this ticket.
Why does God give greater indemnity conditions? Usually, once you have failed to fulfill a condition of lesser indemnity, you now have to fulfill a condition of greater indemnity. This is to make up for your own failure as well as the indemnity condition you were trying to make beforehand.
Who should make indemnity conditions? We all should. This is our portion of responsibility, on top of other things (Three Blessings, not falling, etc.).
The problem with the ‘make good conditions, make indemnity conditions, avoid evil conditions’ mentality is that in pretty much all cases, you will lose. To truly be restored to our original state, one should receive the new Adam that is to come.
As I said before, the problem is, God can’t just send the new Adam in an instant. Central figures at least have to fulfill the Foundation for the New Adam before it can happen.
How do we fulfill the Foundation for the New Adam? Good thing there’s a formula:
Easy, right? Let’s talk about what these parts mean.
The Foundation of Faith is the vertical part of this formula. It’s the ‘Love God above all things…’ part of this formula. Luckily, there’s also a formula for this:
Ah, yes, gotta love the Divine Principle, right? Making things so simple with formulas. Now let’s talk about each of them.
The central figure is the person that is going to be doing the condition. It could be you. It could be me. It could be one of the many central figures in history. But if you’re doing the condition for the foundation of faith, you’re the central figure.
The object of the condition is what you’re offering to God. This could be a number of different things, as we’ll see later. But whatever it is, make sure you’re offering it pure and holy and uncompromised. It also helps to put in some gratitude and love. I’ll explain why later.
The time period (numerical period of indemnity) is just how long you’re doing it. Again, this depends on the offering, but interestingly enough, they tend to be, throughout providential history, a selection of a few numbers.
Now that we got the foundation of faith down, let’s talk about the Foundation of Substance. This is the horizontal part of the formula. It’s the ‘love your neighbor…’ part of the formula. Is there a formula for this one, too? Kind of, but it just requires one thing.
In this part, there’s usually two people. One is closer to God than the other. Let’s call the one closer to God Abel, and the one relatively farther away Cain. For this part of the formula to work, broadly speaking, Cain must serve Abel and thereby remove the fallen nature. That’s it! (We’ll discuss it in detail later, though).
This formula of the foundation for the new Adam appears literally everywhere in the rest of the Divine Principle. Keep this in mind, because every central figure’s framework can fit in this formula. But this doesn’t mean only central figures in history do this. You yourself can do it, too!
For the foundation of faith at least, just follow the formula. Prayer is a prime example of this. The central figure is yourself, the object is the prayer, and the time period is however long you’re praying.
For the foundation of substance, you can look at this situation with every human being you interact. If the person you’re interacting is closer to God than you are, you can serve, love, and respect them and thereby remove fallen nature.
One more thing, though: why do we have to do conditions anyway? God loves us all equally and wants to give us love and blessings. At least he should. Sure, we have our portion of responsibility, but it doesn’t mean God can’t love us and bless us.
I guess you can sum it all up with one picture:
Satan will accuse God if no condition is made. He will think, oh, this person did nothing? Why am I not receiving blessings, too? So God has no choice but to wait for you to make a condition. Also, this is why it helps to do it pure and holy and uncompromised, because otherwise, Satan might accuse you for that too.
Why is the foundation for the new Adam structured like this anyway? Because this is actually the path that Adam should’ve gone.
Let’s look at Adam’s intended foundation of faith. The central figure was Adam. The object was keeping the Word (Commandment, Three Blessings, etc.). The time period was his set growing period where he could fulfill his responsibility. If he did these three things, Adam would have established the foundation of faith. Which leads me to the next step…
Adam’s intended foundation of substance: if he established the foundation of faith, there would be no fallen nature to remove. So what does Adam do in this situation? Easy: become one with God.
How do you do that? Remember when we talked about the fallen natures? Just think of the opposite of each of them, and bam, you have the original natures:
1) See from God’s viewpoint
2) Stay in proper position to receive God’s love and blessings
3) Keep the order of dominion
4) Multiply good
Once he did that, the First Blessing would have been done. But, as you know, he didn’t do it. So the key now is to do these steps again, with slightly different circumstances.
Now, what do we do? The problem is, this all sounds great, but if you try to do these by yourself, you’ll almost never succeed. So how do we accomplish this?
Simple: believe, love, and unite with the New Adam when he comes. Once you do that, understand God’s words and Heart throughout history and fulfill your responsibilities (Three Blessings, not falling, etc.) Once that happens, you can restore the indemnity conditions in the providence of restoration.
Easier said than done, though. And if this is too hard to believe, I can’t blame you. At least we can talk about how this worked throughout providential history.
God started working to restore human beings as soon as possible. So he started within Adam’s family. Let’s take a look at the formula:
The Foundation of Faith
The central figure, for all intents and purposes, should be Adam. But… it wasn’t Adam. Why? The thing is, since Adam was serving two masters, God and Satan, if Adam offered something to God, Satan can claim it too. In this case, the best thing to do here is to symbolically divide Adam into good and evil. Adam had sons named Cain and Abel. One of them will represent good and the other will represent evil, for symbolic purposes, and they will be the central figures.
Now how does God decide which son represents good and which son represents evil? Let’s see: “Both Cain and Abel were the fruits of Eve’s fall; hence, their relative positions were determined according to its course.” (p. 190)
The first fall was Eve’s spiritual fall with the archangel. This happened because of Eve’s desire to enjoy and have her eyes opened like God at a time which did not permit it.
The second fall was Eve’s physical fall with Adam. This happened because Eve felt guilty and wanted to return to God.
Both acts were unprincipled. Yet, in comparison with each other, the second one was a little more forgivable than the first. The first fall should have never happened in any circumstance; the second fall was supposed to happen, but only when the time was ripe.
Therefore, God made Cain (the older son) represent the first fruit of Eve’s love, representing ‘evil’, in a position to relate with Satan. God made Abel (the younger son) represent the second fruit of Eve’s love, representing ‘good,’ in a position to relate with God. This pattern happens again and again in providential history.
The object that Cain and Abel were supposed to offer was a sacrificial offering.
Wait what? How does that make any sense? The problem is, when Adam and Eve fell, they fell all the way down, below the formation stage.
They were at a place where they could no longer receive God’s Word directly. But there has to be some object for the condition. So, for symbolic purposes, Cain and Abel were to offer sacrificial offerings as a substitute for the Word.
It’s not very clear what the time period was, but it should have been near immediate, plus the preparations for the offerings.
Here, the foundation of faith is a symbolic offering. By completing it, it fulfills an indemnity condition to restore the natural world and human beings. (p. 195)
So what ended up happening? Both Cain and Abel made their offerings, and God accepted Abel’s offering but not Cain’s. This is because Abel stood in a proper position to God. So the foundation of faith was successful.
God didn’t reject Cain’s sacrifice because He hated Cain. Since he was in a position to relate with Satan, he just had to do one more thing to justify the offering’s acceptance, which is…
The Foundation of Substance
Cain just had one more job to do: remove the fallen nature through Abel. To remove the fallen nature, all one needs to do is take a course that reverses the course of the fallen nature that was acquired through Adam and Eve.
So we go back to the 4 original natures again:
1) Since the Archangel failed to love Adam and instead envied him, he failed to see things from God’s viewpoint. Therefore, to restore this, Cain (representing the Archangel) should have seen things from God’s viewpoint, loving Abel (representing Adam).
2) Since the Archangel did not receive God’s love from Adam and instead tried to seize Adam’s position, he left his proper position. To restore this, Cain should have received God’s love through Abel, thereby maintaining his proper position.
3) Since the Archangel claimed dominion over Eve and Adam, he reversed dominion. To restore this, Cain should have obediently submitted to Abel, thereby rectifying the order of dominion.
4) Since the Archangel tempted Eve and Eve tempted Adam, they multiplied evil. To restore this, Cain should have been receptive to the intentions of Abel and learned God’s Will through him. Through this, he can multiply goodness.
Here, the foundation of substance was a substantial offering. By completing it, it fulfills the actual restoration of human beings and the indemnity condition to be restored as good children and the restoration of their parents. (p. 196)
So this was all supposed to happen. What actually happened? Three words: Cain killed Abel. Cain basically reenacted the fall through his fallen natures, and the foundation of substance was not fulfilled.
This must have been so frustrating for God. He was so close to being able to send the New Adam! Because of this, God’s providence of restoration in Adam’s family was for naught.
If Cain had successfully laid the foundation of substance, things would have been so different. Cain would be the hero, and the foundation for the new Adam would be fulfilled. The new Adam would have come in Adam’s family! But ugh, I guess we have to wait until God finds someone else.
Lessons Learned from Adam’s Family
1) God has absolute respect for the human portion of responsibility. There’s no guarantee here that Adam’s family would have done it; it all depended on Cain and Abel.
2) Even though Cain killed Abel, God had to continue the lineage somehow. So there was another son, Seth, who continued the lineage. This shows that one day, God’s purpose of creation will definitely be fulfilled.
3) Fallen people must constantly seek for an Abel-type person. By honoring and obeying [him/her], we can accomplish God’s will, “even without understanding every aspect of it.” (p. 198) Interesting.
Now, if God could only find someone else that was faithful to Him…
But nah, that’s for the next post. Bottom line is, God tried to work with human beings as soon as possible, so He tried in the next generation. If they succeeded, all would have been good. But because of their failures, God has to wait until he can find another central figure to work with again…
It’s important to remember those formulas (I sound like a math teacher now, I know), as the same basic framework will appear again and again. At least it makes things easier to remember.
Anyway, for the next post, we will talk about who God found next. As always, thanks for reading, and see you next post!
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