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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL 149
his angeis, ÜOD IS REPRODUCING HIMSELF THROUGH HUMAN
BEINGS!
The super archangel Lucifer was the supreme pinnacle of
God's creative power in a created being. When he turned to rebel–
lion, it left ONLY Goo Himself who could be utterly relied on
NEVER to deviate from God's WAY- God's GOVERNMENT.
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is im–
possible for God to sin - because He WILL NOT!
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now became
God's purpose to reproduce Himself through human beings.
That required
the development
in human beings ofGod's own
holy, righteous CHARACTER.
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was necessary, for this purpose, that
man be composed of physical matter, that he CHOOSE God's gov–
ernment, reject Lucifer's (now Satan's) self-centered rebellious
way, and strive to overcome it. God's PURPOSE in having put
humans on earth can be achieved only by man coming to choose
God's GOVERNMENT as God's way of life - to reject with utter fi–
nality Satan's way, completely overcoming it.
So God created MAN out of physical matter. God created in
man a MIND like God's, though of course inferior, because it was
composed of physical brain, empowered with intellect by a spirit
(essence) in each.
Although the holy and righteous CHARACTER to be developed
within man must actually come from God, each human must
make his own decision. He must make his own choice to reject
Satan's WAY, strive against it, and to obey God's GOVERNMENT.
Adam was compelled, therefore, to make the choice. God
purposely allowed Satan opportunity to confront Adam with his
way of rebellion. But He did NOT allow Satan to get to Adam
first.
God Himself instructed Adam in Goo's WAY- the way of the
GOVERNMENT OF ÜOD based on the LAW OF ÜOD, just as Lucifer
and his angels had been first instructed in the ways of THE GOV–
ERNMENT OF ÜOD.
Then God allowed Satan to confront Adam. Satan got to
Adam through his wife. Satan subtilely deceived Eve into ms–
BELIEVING what God had taught them. Adam followed her in
choosing rebellion and rejecting God's rule and government over
them. They took
to themse/ves
the knowledge of what is good and
what is evil - deciding for themselves right from wrong.
Then, something happened to the minds of Adam and Eve -