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Lesson 1

Theory of Absolutes

 Creation of the Universe

By: Thomas Lee Abshier, ND


There is no God but God the Father.   

Isaiah 45:5-7 (KJV) I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and CREATE EVIL: I the LORD do all these things.

The evil that we struggle against is spiritual.

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.    

I shall develop two competing theories about the spiritual foundation of the creation.

1) The Father separated Himself from the impurity of the pre-creation void, and was and is pure, good, and without flaw.  God the Father, begot the Son, who created all matter, life, and the spiritual powers of good and evil.  In this version of the theory, God dances alone, there are no other Gods, He is God of the entire universe.  He alone is good, and the darkness has been swallowed up in the light and goodness of the Father.  The Father overcame evil, and He desired to have peers, companions who were fully of His nature, and shared His experience of existence.  Integral to the experience of relationship is the struggle against hardship and for survival.  The struggle against evil defined the Father as good and pure.  Without having experienced, and overcome evil, we can have no deep compatriot fellowship with the Father.  Thus, the need for us, as His children, to overcome evil in a true, life and death struggle.  To accomplish this design criterion for the universe, God begat the Son, who created and controls the Kingdom of Evil.  The spirits of evil fully permeate the fabric of the creation, but they are only identified as evil when the polarity of spirits, such as creation and destruction, illusion and fact, desire and aversion, etcetera become imbalanced.  Evil arises as a perversion of truth.  The spirits of nature all function together to produce the manifestations of the natural world.  Every natural spirit operates in a dynamic tension with every other spirit.  Evil has no independent existence, other than as a superimposition upon the creation.  Evil is ultimately under His control, but God has allowed evil to attempt to rule the creation.  Every spirit has its own mind, personality, abilities, affinities, and desires.  Each spirit has the ability to go outside of the natural boundaries of its assigned position, but it must break out of its natural boundaries by force or seduction.  The spirits use theft, lies, greed, fear, pain, and pleasure to break free of their natural place.  Men must become wise in defending against the trickery and assaults of evil.  Evil and good battle for the minds and hearts of men.  Thus, evil serves as the “other lover”, the temptress who seeks to seduce man into loving her instead of the goodness and character of God.  Thus, God has given man a real choice, the choice of loving the kingdom of evil or the kingdom of God.  The existence of evil also gives man an enemy to overcome, and in the process of resisting it, he develops Godly character.  Men have free will, to the extent that they are aware of the possibilities of choice.  Those who consciously choose evil over Godliness receive a stronger punishment as feedback for their rebellion against God.  But, as the rebel hardens his heart to reproof and stronger correction, God may leave a man, and allow him to follow his own desires and heart to his destruction.  God created the creation to raise up children with Godly character so as to satisfy His nature and desire for a mature Love-Relationship.  He calls to us to follow him, and rewards Godly character.  He allows evil, and authorizes it to challenge us in areas where we are weak or reversed in character.  The universe repays sin with death, because God does not allow imperfection (unGodliness) to remain in His world.  The death penalty is delayed, but it is sure – all who sin must die to cleanse the creation of their impurity.  God has created evil with a hunger for the taste of suffering and death.  Every man who sins puts himself in bonded contract with the spirits of evil to give them his life.  Thus, the creation is either filled with men of pure hearts, or they are eliminated by the sacrifice of their lives.  In essence, evil is the cosmic garbage collector.  It desires for all things unGodly, tempts men to follow its ways, and then takes their life if they follow the temptation.  But, a repentant heart, and a substitutionary death is adequate to satisfy the contract with evil established by a pure God.  Jesus lived a pure life, and was murdered by evil, but without cause.  If I believe He is the Son of God, lived a sinless life, that He died as a substitute for my sins, then His death is appropriated as a substitutionary payment for my sin.  My faith in His perfection, His sacrificial love for me, and my desire to walk in His way, cleanses me of the contract with evil that requires my death.  I am therefore clean before God, and I may enter into the presence of the Father with Jesus as my advocate and Savior.

The second scenario is not Biblical, but is presented as a simplistic scenario that illustrates the forces in play between good and evil.

2) There was a pre-creation universe where evil and good battled for supremacy.  The Father purified Himself of evil, and then created the Son, who was able to create the universe containing matter, life.  The Son allowed the spiritual powers of evil from the Dark Side, the “Not God” to penetrate into His world, and attempt to seduce man and take ownership of His creation.

I believe the former theory is true, because it has explicit Biblical textual support.  But, I shall develop the second theory more fully because of its ease in understanding the battle between good and evil, and the necessity of a Savior.  With that prelude, I begin the development of the theory of the battle between the spiritual realms of God and Not God.

The Epic Struggle – God and Not God:

Understanding the Theory of Absolutes begins with the pre-creation environment.  Within this primordial sea of spirits compete the forces of life and death, consciousness and sleep, order and disorder, light and dark, freedom and tyranny, worlds in formation and worlds in dissolution.  From this environment of spiritual duality comes the God of our universe – God the Father.

The Father’s commitment to life, love, and liberty distinguishes Him from the war for spiritual domination from which He arose.  The Father could at any moment forget to maintain the universe, betray His commitment to all that is good and lovely, and return to the eternal struggle of the spirits.  But instead, He maintains the universe, and offers His children (the spirits of men, to whom He gave life through the Son) the opportunity to live in the same light, love, and freedom He attained.  The Father purified Himself of the darkness, desires, and character of the spiritual milieu.  Desiring companionship and satisfaction of his love-nature, He chose to create a world where His children could choose to participate in that same joy and goodness he achieved through his perfection and purification.  

The Father created us as spirits with the same nature as Himself, but without His wisdom, vision, and power.  He has limited our power to the capabilities of the human frame and limits of the natural world.  As men, we have minimal ability to add to or destroy the spiritual edifice of the creation.  Such power and authority is reserved for those who have reached a place of trust and maturity.  

As we grow in Godly character, we are given more authority.  But, attaining spiritual maturity requires the experience of temptation, and resisting it.  Such maturity usually requires effort, wisdom, and sacrifice.  Ultimately, we are choosing to love Him and His Law, which is the equivalent of and making the life choices that reflect the purity and perfection of the choices He made to become the eternal, pure, and good God that separated Himself from the darkness of the primordial spiritual void.  In short, to develop the maturity and character of the Father, we must master the temptations of the darkness and the corresponding seductive pleasures of women, gold, and power.  Our character must be sanctified, just as He sanctified Himself by His choices.

We cannot give certainty to this precursor state and genesis of the Father.  Nevertheless we shall use this conjecture as a foothold upon which to begin the process of analysis of the purpose of life, the need for a savior, good and evil; the construction of mass, time, space, and energy; and the forces operating in the human psyche.  The nature of God, His limits and heritage, and the environment from which the Father arose gives us insight as to the limits within which the creation must be designed.  This foothold gives us a conceptual anchor upon which to begin framing the Theory.  After this assumption we shall use the Holy Bible, experiment, and reason to deduce how mind and matter organize and relate as they manifest the worlds of name and form.

We have little direct evidence about the origin of the sea of spirits in the primordial space.  We do not know how they played for domination, the content of their consciousness or the desires that drive them.  We do not know the forces they exert, and we do not know how they move in response to those spiritual forces.  Nevertheless, we will hypothesize that our present world, and the spirits of evil that operate in it, reflect and manifest the same character as the spirits that the Father confronted and overcame.  

As humans we experience time, motion, action and reaction, and cause preceding effect.  This experience forms our expectation of natural and lawful sequence and logic.  But, as we look for the origin of the spiritual realm, the space of primordial spirits, we cannot use our logic to come to a satisfying answer as to the origin of that realm.  Such a creation would be the “first cause.”  

The “first cause” is not preceded by a cause that produced it.  Such a concept is simply beyond the ability of the mind to grasp.  All attempts to glimpse the first cause and understand its nature are met with frustration – no human corollary to this sequence exists in nature or the mind.  Thus, we cannot give metaphorical understanding to the first cause – we can only follow an infinite regress of hypothetical precursor states, each of which require another precursor to generate that state.  The first cause is one of the truly unfathomable mysteries of the creation that require faith, and we shall openly incorporate this faith into the Theory.

Another fundamental mystery is the existence of consciousness.  We do not understand its origin, substance, or mechanism; we only see and know its capabilities and content.  Consciousness includes all thought and sensation (which includes the 5 senses and emotion).  The fact and experience of consciousness are axiomatic, as no further parsing or cause can illuminate deeper, more elemental, or prior generative states.  Thus, consciousness, experience, and creation will be assumed as facts beyond which no further penetration of elemental source may be deduced from our perspective.

The pre-creation universe from which the Father arose is considered in the Theory because it is close enough to our experience of the creation that we can make some reasonable assumptions and inferences about that pre-state.  But being realistic, we do not have enough points of parallax from which to generate a pre-creation hypothesis about the genesis of God with a great deal of granularity.

Another popular concept about God is that He is all things, or alternatively, that there is nothing but God and His creation.  In this theory, God is the entirety of the creation, creatures, and actions.  All things good and evil are within His creation, all things operate by His authority or permission, and all things work together for His purpose.

Another school of thought holds that there is no evil, just the appearance of evil, and it is all God’s play.  Still others believe God is good, Satan is His enemy, that evil penetrated the world to tempt man, and that man’s disobedience to God has brought a curse and confusion upon men, and separation from fellowship from God.

The Theory of Absolutes incorporates elements of all these theories.  I assume that God faces the same type of challenge to fight evil, death, and darkness as we do.  If He arose from the primordial environment which sought to dominate and tempt Him, then we must likewise engage the struggle between good and evil to attain the same maturity as He.  

God created a good world where there was no evil, no duality or possibility of making moral choices, except one.  God created a porthole for evil to enter.  He gave man the opportunity to act as a moral agent in one extremely defined and overtly identified dimension.  Man could choose to honor God and His commands, or rebel and choose alternative actions, not authorized by God.  And, by operating outside of the domain authorized by God, man became subject to the confusing messages of evil.  Thus, by eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, man chose to disobey God, and in so doing he authorized the spiritual forces of sin, evil, temptation, and trickery to operate in his life.

The entry of sin, evil, and Satan into this world was intentional, and part of God’s plan for man’s maturation into a worthy companion for God.  To be in a satisfying love relationship with God, man must have free moral agency, and choose to be in relationship with God, and make that choice when there is a truly desirable alternative love choice.  God allows Satan to roam to and fro throughout the earth, tempting men to join his Kingdom, and love his law and ways.  Satan tempts men with pleasure of every kind, but he uses illusion and cover to disguise the full cost of that relationship and allegiance.  God desires that men choose Him, and His way, but he forces no one to love and marry their lives with His.  We are His children, and He can allow bad things to happen as lessons, or the circumstances of life may.

This is God’s world, and He has total control, total ability to allow or not allow anything to happen.  Thus, God could be blamed for everything that happens, but structure and forces involved in life are more complex than that.  The issue of God letting bad things happen to good people disappears when we realize that God has created a world where evil must be combated.  God does not make bad things happen, nor even desire than they arise in our lives, but such events will naturally enter into our experience if we have not perfected ourselves on all levels.  Evil will continue to attempt to dominate us, to pull us back into its service and domination.  God has allowed evil into His good world for the purpose of teaching us His character.  If He were to protect us from all evil, when we had not learned to master it ourselves, we would not grow and there would be no drama to life.

The evil of the primordial spirit world has penetrated the good creation God made, and that same spirit of evil operates in our lives.  Thus, we experience pain as a natural part of the events of a world where evil plays.  We can choose to view pain as a curse from God, or as our personal opportunity to mature and overcome the evil of this world.  This world experience is our cross, and we must walk a path similar to the journey of Jesus Christ.  We must face temptation, and develop Godly character.

The Father overcame the temptation to participate in and embrace the disorder and tyranny of the primordial spirit-space.  His nature is a perfect balance of law and grace embodied as love which can only be satisfied by relationship.  He created the world, and populated it with men who had spirits of His nature, who could truly resonate with Him, and love Him as an equal love partner.  His nature is love, and full satisfaction of that love nature requires love given freely, in the presence of a true choice to love Him or another.

The choice given man is: 1) to Love God, His Law and Way, with its initial pain and denial but long term pleasure, or 2) to follow the Dark Side of the Force, the “Not God” realm with its immediate satisfaction of the lusts of the flesh for gold, women, and power, and its associated long term slavery and decay.  Every man must make this choice at every point of temptation.  The two realms continually call for allegiance and worship, and men at each moment must choose one or the other.  God desires that men love Him, choose His way, and follow His Law, but the pull of the flesh draws many down the path of darkness, like sheep to the slaughter.  

Thus, God created a world where men of limited spiritual vision were tempted by spirits to follow ways opposite to the Father.  God desires that men choose Him as the person-spirit-object of affection, above a relationship with the spirits of the outer darkness.  But this play must be presented in a way that is convincing to God, Man, and the Forces of Darkness.  In other words, the game of life can’t be rigged, pretended, or sham played – it must have real consequences, where men choose their own spiritual destiny based upon the character, choices, and habits of their lives.

The creation, as a place of training, and selecting men with a heart for God, and it must necessarily be inhabited by the very evil that the Father purged from Himself.  Thus, the creation must be constructed in a way where the Father can maintain His purity, yet allow men to recapitulate His journey of purification from the spirits of tyranny and chaos that inhabit the spiritual sea.

The Father maintained His purity, while creating a world inhabited by the dark side of the force, by creating the Son.  The Father created the Son by the creative declaration, “I AM, that, I AM”.  By His intention, He projected into the spiritual chaos of the pre-creation darkness, the existence of the Son.  The Son was of the exact nature of the Father, and He could accurately state, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.”  The Holy Spirit is the mediator of communication between Father and Son, and between God and Man.  The Holy Spirit is the carrier of Truth and the counselor of righteousness.

Hypothesis: The spiritual universe is conservative and zero sum.  

If the universe started out as nothing (void), then it will continue to be nothing in summation.  The creation can exist only as one half of a polar opposite.  Conservation is a necessary implication of the zero sum nature of the universe.

In the big picture, the goodness of God is balanced by the evil of the “Not God”.  The two large halves of the spiritual universe balance each other.  Good acts are included in the oneness of God, they are part of His universe.  And, when men sin, they associate with the Not God and become part of that Kingdom.

Conservation implies that nothing is gained or lost.  When we sin, the cause and effect sequence goes to eternity – it allies us with the Dark Side.  The death of Yeshua was the balancing atonement for our errors of thought, speech, and action.  As humans, we cannot reach the perfection of God, and the spirits we embrace in our error make us unclean.  The Father cannot allow us into His presence in this state, and in reality, we are not of His Kingdom.  The sowing and reaping is completed when we accept Jesus’ suffering as payment for our debt of suffering we owe to the Dark Side for our sin.  We can stay in the Kingdom of God, even though we have sinned, when we are cleaned, and the debt of suffering is paid.  The conservation of good and evil are thus maintained.

Both evil and good have an effect that must see itself to completion.  Jesus suffered and died on the cross, but that credit was not used by His account.  He had no sin, and evil tortured and killed him without cause.  He left an open balance of suffering on his account that could never be exhausted.  By accepting the pain and injury on the cross, the spirits of sin have received their pain, their blood, their pound of flesh, and the sinner is free, released of the requirement to join the Kingdom of Not God when the physical body loses its anchor in God’s Kingdom.

God established this method of redemption because the acknowledgement of Jesus’ blood as powerful, as payment in kind for our sin, is the equivalent to acknowledging Him as perfect, True, divine, and His life as the way of Truth.  Without the explicit or implicit recognition that His way, His way of living life, His Law, His way of being and relating, is the Right way, there would still be present in the human heart the belief that I/me am the measure of Truth and righteousness.  When we recognize that Jesus’ way of being is the way of Truth and Life, we have a new spirit, a new center, a new man has arisen within our hearts.  This is the spiritual rebirth; this is the washing that makes us clean and fit to enter into the presence of the Father.

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