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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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made them immortal spirit beings who cannot die. What God
gave them was
THIS EARTH
as their abode and opportunity to qual–
ify to possess and beautify the entire
UNIVERSE.
Their penalty (they are still awaiting final judgment up to
now) was disqualification- forfeiture of their grand opportunity,
perversion of mind, anda
colossal earthwide CATA CLYSM
of de–
struction wreaked upon this earth.
As a result, the earth carne to the condition briefty described
in Genesis 1:2 - (the Hebrew words "tohu and bohu" here mean
waste and empty, chaotic and in extreme confusion) with water
covering the whole face of the earth, in deep darkness. Lucifer
was created a perfect bringer of
LIGHT.
Now he became author of
DARKNESS,
error, confusion, and evil.
So the rebellion of the angels that sinned (11 Pet. 2:4-6; Jude
6-7; Isa. 14: 12-15; Ezek. 28: 12-17) brought this extreme cataclysm
to the earth.
And in all probability it did more!
Whatever God creates is created in perfect condition. The
other planets were not created as dead hulks of waste and empty
DECAY-
like our moon and Mars. We do not yet know too much
about the other planets, but every evidence so far indicates this
same state of decay.
We have already covered the awesome, incredible
POTENTIAL
OF MAN.
Originally, this potential of being put over the
UNIVERSE
was the potential ofthe angels. But they disqualified themselves.
God did not create our moon and the planets in this state of
waste and decay. The evidence of what God does reveal strongly
indicates that the entire material universe was created when the
earth was created. As just stated, God is
NOT
the author of waste,
decay, and destruction, but Satan is.
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seems, therefore, based on
what is
now revea/ed,
that a similar cataclysm of destruction most
likely happened to the surface of our moon and the planets at the
time it happened to this earth! And all this was caused by the re–
bellion of Lucifer and his angels! But notice what God did next.
In Psalm 104:30, "Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are cre–
ated: and thou renewest the face ofthe earth."
Back, now to Genesis 1:2, "And the earth was [became] with–
out form and void [Heb.
tohu
and
bohu
-
chaotic, in confusion,