We've now been in France for three weeks and I can see how Europe is quite different from the USA where we stayed for one year (to apply for and get a ‘green card’). Here are two small, personal examples of the downside up (more than upside down, right?) kingdom of the false god of this world. (2 Corinthians 4:4 and John 12:31)
One is a speeding ticket with a price tag of 45 Euros plus a point on the driving licence if I pay within 14 days - otherwise it will become 180 Euros. This is from an automatic radar trap with associated camera which noted that my speed was 96 km/hour in a 90 km/hour road. There is a 5% leeway which would make for a speed of 94.5 km/hour without a fine. This is an example of micromanagement by the Government over the people. It is also likely that high level government officials can freely violate these laws without cost. I had to go to a Tabac (tobacconist shop) to facilitate payment of this fine and even the shop assistant was desolated on my behalf even though I hadn't brought the topic up. In America I have not yet come across automated radar speed traps; but there is always a state trooper at the bottom of a long steep hill on the interstate highways toward the end of the month! Another ‘but’, at least, it means that there is a real person and a programmed camera is not sufficient to fine you – there are so many of these auto speed check cameras in Europe.
In America there are prayer rooms and water fountains in the airports but in Europe the only option is to buy bottles of water for 3 Euros and the prayer room was outside the security area - this was in Dublin, Ireland.
The other example was from a mistake of the telephone company (France Telecom - called Orange since 2013 July 1) that cut the line thereby cutting not just the phone line but the internet as well. It took them 2 full weeks to restore their mistake. This is an example of a company that has no real competition and can set mediocre standards without fear of going bust. I have experienced a similar thing with regard to purchases outside France. Last winter while we were still in France I bought a small gas heater to be able to rapidly take the chill off cold mornings as there was no ducted central heating in the house where we were staying. I could find them for just over 2 Euros/ each from the UK and ordered 20 of them but they never arrived. I contacted the supplier and they sent a second lot and then found that they were being turned back at the border. It seems that we were not allowed to buy from another country but only from France where the same can of butane was around 5 Euros. By then it was over the coldest part of winter so we didn't buy any at all. Also in France our English car, after a certain time period, could not be insured and to make it insurable would require it to go through regulations and procedure (not to mention time) more than the car was worth.
We have become accustomed to live in a world where these kinds of things are tolerated and we find ways around it and factor it in to our expenses. We tend toward acceptance of regulations whose main purpose is to enforce compliance and stifle competition from entrepreneurs. This has been fostered in us from our school days where we are taught to conform and comply. It is interesting that in many European countries 'home schooling' is actually forbidden and failure to comply can result in your children being taken away and becoming the property of the state. In America home schooling is allowed and will probably become a trend that will increase as more personal responsibility is returned to the people from its present usurpation by government.
The artificial structures of pyramid, hierarchical form that we are so familiar with are manifestations of the modus operandi of the angelic realm. These structures mean that the power of a single individual can be multiplied many times over and the one at the top of the pyramid can easily enforce compliance. Of course they can keep their position as long as they are compliant with the structures that are above them until the ultimate head of the overall pyramid structure which is the false god of this world.
This angelic realm is the one that was created to be in the servant position. Mankind is in the position of children as implied in the passage of the Bible that we are in the image of God. The difference between the love of parent toward the child is of a different quality than the love of master toward the servant (and vice versa). Jesus clearly stated that he did not come to be served. This is the origin of the 'Fall of Man' in that the Archangel Lucifer recognized this difference and wanted to have this higher quality of love without going about it in the right way. Even though he received the same amount and quality of love as he did before the creation of mankind he perceived that he had a reduction. (Like the parable of the laborers in the vineyard: Matthew 20:1-15) If Lucifer, the Archangel, had overcome that feeling and stayed united with and loyal to God then mankind would have fully matured to become like a visible and tangible manifestation of God and he, Lucifer, would then have received tangible love from countless manifestations of the intangible God. This is the very fundamental aspect of why the One God who is best described as intangible mind (definitely beyond time and space!) came to create mankind in His direct image that there would be an object partner of Love and, through this, Love could be expressed in an entirely new way. A little bit like the difference between the intangible joy that can be achieved by imagining to do something with the more substantial joy that can be attained from actually doing that and seeing the finished manifestation of what you have now created and experiencing interaction with it. Remember here that a fundamental quality of love is that it requires at least one other to manifest. Love cannot be fully manifested by any entity on its own. Rev. Moon gave the example of a famous opera singer alone on an island without any audience. In this case the person is far less likely to sing loudly simply because there is no-one there to appreciate it.
Doesn't this sound like a more solid reason as to why God should create mankind than to declare that He made mankind simply because He could and He wanted to. Yet this is the reasoning that I have heard given by a pastor of the James River Church of Springfield, Missouri. They have 11,000 worshipers every Sunday over three campuses, by the way, so they are quite a significant church.
To understand the fundamental role of mankind as God's children is something that we really need to solidly connect with. As I've mentioned before, in earlier essays, that the fundamental purpose of creation is better summed up by 1 Corinthians 3:16 rather than the normally quoted John 3:16. What do you think? Then the situations that I described at the start of this blog will simply be seen as fundamentally inappropriate and totally unacceptable. These attitudes previously accepted as normal with this new understanding will quite naturally atrophy and die. The world will then become like a One World Family centered firmly on God.
Herein lies the reason we do need to connect with the Lord of the Second Coming and the Eight Great Textbooks. The Exposition of the Divine Principle is one of these; a link to the 3-color version is on the Home Page and to a fully indexed one on the Resources Page. Please check it out – The Bible will then take on a new significance and it will become clear which parts are to be taken literally and which are figurative.
Thank you for reading this. As ever I look forward to hearing from you.
Peace, Love and Power in Christ! (Christ who, most fundamentally, is True Parents)
This was first written more than two years ago now. I’ve since had further experiences in the USA which confirm my understanding of this Nation as a special nation in the sight of God. I’d like to share that in the next blog.
I came to Christ through the Lord at His Second Coming. I have been connected with what some would regard as a ‘New Age cult’ for more than 40 years. I want, through this blog site, to share what I’ve come to understand, and show that it stands up to scrutiny, and criticism.