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Did I Help in the Creation?
Now, I’ll give you a minute to put your jaw back, and to give me a little break by employing your “willing suspension of disbelief” (WSOD) during this article. For some books or movies, a person will not be able to enjoy the story until he does this (WSOD). One example is a story on time travel. Even though you might not believe time travel will ever happen, you can still enjoy the story by doing a WSOD.
Also, to help you try to like me again, I’ll mention my belief that if I helped in the creation, it would automatically and logically follow that you helped, too.
Now that we got all that out of the way, let’s go ahead with my ideas and my philosophy on this subject. There are two main reasons why I think we might have helped in the creation: 1) I believe I existed before during many eons of time (sources will come later), and 2) I don’t think I sat around doing nothing during the billions of years the earth and everything therein was being developed. I don’t think God permits such slothful behavior. Imagine the negative habits developed, doing nothing over such a long period of time.
My next phase of arguments involves God’s use of angels. We know from the Christian Bible that angels were used to send messages and help out with the mortals. So I ask, “Why does God need angels?” It is supposed that God merely spoke, and the earth and heavens were created. It is assumed that God spoke man into existence. In other words, in one instant He created the intricacies of the double-helix dna in all its billions or trillions of arrangements, instantly ready to put the right color hair where it goes and for how long, instantly ready to grow the right material for the eye in its position, with associated muscles to move it, and ducts to water it, and specialized molecules to accept and transmit images successfully to the brain. He also seemed to anticipate the orchestration of a sneeze, that would - on a tickle from the nose - include the sudden and forceful contraction of the torsal diaphragm and closing of the eyes, for the purpose of extracting mucous from the nose. The instant creation of these biological mechanisms, to me, shows unlimited power. If God has such unlimited power, why did He use angels to help out the people in this world? Because He uses angels, this tells me He needs help. Or, at least He wanted to give those entities something to do to keep them from being bored. Either way, He uses angels.
Next, I believe angels are humans, whether future or past. Watch this conversation from Acts, where it was thought that Peter was dead: Acts 12:12-16 says, “And when [Peter] had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying. And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda. And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate. And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel. But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished” (Italics added). Note that it was believed that when someone dies, they become an angel.
Another way angels are described is by using the term “stars.”
Rev. 12:4-12: “4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
. . . And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
Note that “stars” and “angels” are used synonymously, once in verse 4, and once in verse 9, referring to those who were cast down to earth.
One Old Testament prophet seemed to be reminded that he was a “star.” (It also hints - as does Jeremiah 1:5 - that we existed before we were born.) Job 38:4-7: “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”
Sons of God are evidently humans as described below:
Gen. 6:1-2: “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.”
Job 1:6: “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.”
All these passages link the concept of “angel” to “man,” “man” to “sons of God,” and to “stars.” This puts “men” as participating in the war in heaven, hinting that “men” were doing certain tasks while awaiting a mortal body.
These, and my philosophy presented above should serve as a plausible argument for my position, but I will add one more element that should help someone to at least understand why I think this way: The church I believe in teaches that Adam was Michael, and that Adam helped to create the world. I did a word-search for “Michael” in the scriptures, studied the nature of his tasks, and noted that he seemed to carry a role, or purpose. His role, I concluded, was that of care-giver for the human race. This fits the role of Adam, as he is our "patriarch." Gabriel seemed to have a role, too: to announce or direct the affairs concerning the birth and life of Jesus. So, if Adam, being a human being, helped to create the world, what did he contribute? His contribution had to be finitely minimal, as he wasn’t like God the Father or Jesus Christ. Therefore, How did they do all that work, with just Adam helping? I think Adam represents us, or at least he was the foreman in charge of the rest of humankind, as we all participated in the creation and in directing the process of evolution, with the goal of creating the ideal body for mankind.
I say “. . . process of evolution” because of a certain scripture in Genesis 1:20-21: “And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”
Here, it sounds like birds came out of the waters, one way or another.
My religion also teaches that we can become gods of sorts, and that we can create worlds. See Matt. 5:48, where Jesus invites all to become perfect, like God. Also Matthew mentions the word “perfect” and “treasures in heaven” (Matt. 19:21-29). John, in 17:21-23 suggests that believers can be like Jesus and God: “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”
Revelation 3:21 talks of sitting down on God’s throne, just as Jesus will do: “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”
What better experience in preparation for creating worlds, than helping to create this one? And if I’m going to create a world, I know I’m not going to speak anything into existence. I think my power will be defined by the number of “angels” who faithfully follow my mandates. (Seeing as how I can’t get many people to do that, it will probably result that I will not be a god.)
Above, I suggested that God may not have spoken everything into existence. Here’s one evidence of that: Gen. 2:7-8: “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
8 .) And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed” (italics added). Also, see my quote above about birds and fowl coming from the waters. In this scripture, it is a little more specific, in that God formed Adam from the materials of the earth. It also mentions that He planted a garden, wherein He had put the man He had formed. By the way, it could be that material has existed forever, as evidenced in Gen. 1:2: ". . . And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." Verses 1 and 2 provide an introduction, a setting. The creation starts with verse 3. Therefore, it seems that "the waters" existed before God started His creation. Which is okay! When I organize things to make an invention, it can still be said that I created the thing invented.
As I said before, I am unique among my fellow-believers in that I am presenting something that isn’t doctrine. But I believe that there is such a thing a doctrine that’s not yet revealed or understood. For example, when the Children of Israel are restored to their lands, there has to be some direction and laws established in order to bring about that event. It is something that is not yet revealed.
If you consider this blasphemy, remember that I’m not preaching it; I’m only thinking out loud. I’m also not slamming your religion or your views. However, time will tell whether I’m right, or whether I’ll be taking lava showers. Meanwhile go easy on me; I’m a creative thinker, and they say that the lack of creativity stifles positive progress. For those who do not believe in a god, see my articles entitled “Do the Innocent Really Suffer?” and “Proof of God’s Existence.” Also, “Ex Nihilo and Big Bang . . .” may help. I’m not here to convert you or change your view. I only hope to help you to expand your current horizons. I believe doing so will help bring more peace to our minds that otherwise would not be able to accept or understand the reasons for the maladies and problems we face. I have done this, and it has helped me to arrive at the point of accepting what appears to be opposite views and opinions. My belief is that some day, science and religion will agree on all points, and everyone from all religions will see eye to eye.