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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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sions with self-will, and, 2) revealed plainly to them H1s
TRUE AND
RIGHTEOUS
w
AY.
But God of necessity allowed them free moral
agency in accepting God's right way, or turning to contrary ways
of their own devising.
What was God's
ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE
for the angels? Beyond
question it is that which, now, because of angelic rebellion, has
become the transcendent potential of humans!
As the testing ground, and opportunity for positive and active
creative accomplishment, God created - brought into existence
- the entire vast material universe.
God now created not only matter, but with and in it energy
and such laws as man has discovered in the fields of physics and
chemistry. God formed matter to be present in both the organic
and the inorganic states.
And so we come now to that which is revealed in Genesis
1:1:
"In the beginning [of the physical universe] God created the
heavens and the earth."
As previously stated, in the King James English language
translation (AV) will be found the word "heaven" in the singular.
But this originally was written by Moses in Hebrew. And in the
Hebrew the word is in the plural- "heavens "- thus including not
only our earth, but the entire material
UNIVERSE.
It
is therefore indicated that
at that time
-
after the creation
of angels - the entire universe was brought into existence at the
same time as the creation of our earth.
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find strong indication of
this in other biblical internal evidence.
The Peñect Creation
The original Hebrew words (the words originally written
by Moses) imply a perfect creation. God reveals Himself as Cre–
ator of perfection, Iight, and beauty. Every reference in the Bible
describes the condition of any completed phase of God's creation
as "very good" - perfect.
This first verse of the Bible actually speaks of the original
PHYSICAL
creation in its entirety - the universe -
including
the
earth, perhaps millions of years ago - as a perfect creation, beau–
tiful and perfect as far as
its
creation was a finished, completed
work. God is a perfectionist!