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148 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
tion that Adam's NATURE, as God created him, was
not
evil, hos–
tile and diabolical. There may have been the physical and mental
nature of self-preservation and such things. But
NOT
the evil na–
ture of SELF-centeredness.
We need to realize that God created Adam and the human
race for a PURPOSE. We need to have clearly in mind, at this point,
WHAT that purpose is.
Angels had inhabited this planet before the creation of man
(11 Peter 2:4-6). These angels had
sinned.
God had set over them a
king- Lucifer, a super archangel- to govern them with the GOV–
ERNMENT OF Goo (lsaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel28:11-17). All this has
been covered in detail in previous chapters.
This super king, Lucifer, was, of all created beings, supreme
in created perfection (Ezek. 28:12, 15). But, remember, holy and
righteous CHARACTER is something that
cannot
be created in a per–
son
instantaneously by jiat.
It
must be
developed
in an independent
entity through a process in which one comes to recognize the right
way from the wrong, to
choose
the right and reject the wrong even
against self-desire.
The great Lucifer and the angels who followed him (appar–
ently a third of all angels) were originally created as Spirit-com–
posed beings, immortal. But in order that they have personality
and individuality as independent beings, it was necessary that
they be provided with faculties for knowing, thinking, reasoning,
and making their own decisions and choices.
These angels followed their king Lucifer in the decision to
turn
from
and rebel
against
the GOVERNMENT OF God - God's
WAY OF LIFE. That is THE WAY of
LOVE-
outgoing concern for
the good of others - the way of humility, obedience to and !ove
for their MAKER, of giving, serving, cooperating, and sharing. They
turned to THE WAY ofvanity, lust and greed, ofrebellion,jealousy,
and envy, of competition, strife, and violence, of resentment, bit–
terness, and destruction. Obviously the other two thirds of the
angels and archangels have remained holy, loyal, and obedient to
Goo's government.
But now, to carry out God's PURPOSE for the inhabitants of
this earth, to accomplish the grand and awesome PURPOSE
throughout the entire universe that could have been Lucifer's and