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58 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
waste and empty]; And darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And the Spirit ofGod moved upon the face ofthe waters."
God now RENEWED the face of the earth, preparing it to be–
come the abode of
MAN!
But
WHY?
Why
God Created Man!
Here is a truth perhaps never before understood by man!
Here is
AWESOME TRUTH!
Look, now, at the situation as God must have seen and con–
sidered it. God has given us minds
like
the mind of God - only
inferior and limited. God made us in His image. after His likeness
(form and shape). only composed of matter instead of Spirit. But
God says to us "Let this MIND be in you, which was also in Christ
Jesus" (Phi!. 2:5). We can learn to think His thoughts after Him.
If we have His Spirit, we can learn to think, to sorne degree, even
as HE THINKS!
How must God have looked at this situation after the colossal
debacle of Lucifer and the angels that sinned?
This LUCIFER was the supreme MASTERPIECE of God's cre–
ative power as a single, separately created Spirit being! He was
created the most perfect in beauty, mentality. knowledge. power,
intellect and wisdom within the almighty power of God to create
in a being, with power to think, reason, make choices and deci–
sions on his own. God knew that no higher, more perfect being
could be created as an initial creation.
Yet this superior being, trained and experienced at the very
throne of the GOVERNMENT OF Goo over the universe. had re–
sorted to wrong reasoning and made a diabolical perverted deci–
sion. He worked on the angels under him until he turned their
minds to rebellion also. This, incidentally. might have taken Luci–
fer millions of years. In all probability he had to begin perverting
the minds of his angels one at a time. at first. He had to cause
them to feel dissatisfied, wronged by God, and inject into them re–
sentment and bitterness.
When Lucifer allowed thoughts of vanity. jealousy. envy. lust
and greed, then resentment and rebellion. to enter and occupy his
mind, SOMETHING HAPPENED TO HIS MINO!
His mind became per-