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60 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
and perfect CHARACTER, could be
absolutely relied upon
to carry
out His SUPREME PURPOSE throughout the en tire, vast, endless UNI–
VERSE!
The question might be raised: Could not God have known,
in advance, what Lucifer and the angels under him would do?
Doesn't God know EVERYTHING? The answer is NO. If God were
to have known in advance what choice they would make, He
would have had to FORCE them to make it - taken away from
them power to think, to reason, to have a choice, to make deci–
sions. God does not CHOOSE to know, in advance, what YOU or
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will be thinking, reasoning, deciding, tomorrow or in the future.
He gave these Spirit beings, as He gives us, the power to think for
ourselves, to choose, to make decisions. Otherwise we should be
nothing more than automatons, doing what we are compelled to
do. He simply did not
choose
to know. His PURPOSE includes the
development of CHARACTER in His created beings.
All
that had happened caused God
to
now UNDERTAKE THE MOST
STUPENDOUS CREATION OF ALL-
that of REPRODUC/NG HIM–
SELF!
The ultimate creation ofGod Beings in His God Family–
superior to angels!
Reproducing HIMSELF??
Now carne the
CROWNING PINNACLE
of even God's un–
matched creative POWER! Now carne the very zenith of all Divine
accomplishment! Now carne a project so
incredulously transcen–
dently
AWESOME it is hard for the human mind to grasp.
How could
the great GOD-
self-existent,
before
all else, CRE–
ATOR of all else, reproduce HIMSELF into multiplied
millions
of
others JUST LIKE HIMSELF - Divine, supreme in power, perfect in
character- each by his own choice
perfectly
like-minded with the
Father, each having so set himself that he CANNOT SIN?
The next chapter will reveal HOW God planned to carry out
this incredibly AWESOME feat of
reproducing Himself