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ESSAY 10 - Manifestation

And now to the final explanation of the paradigm. And then in the following essay - on to the proofs, but remember the only goal now is to comprehend - not to necessarily believe. We have covered where and when we are, and now on to who we are. This is:

3. An analogy of "Manifestation".

This deals in part, with who we are, as a race. And who we are ties into when we are. To clarify the Biblical Paradigm: Adam was the first man. In actuality, there were a Thousand Adams, simply lost to history. All the Adams were pre-historic. The question is what is an Adam? Or for that matter what is a man? To be a first man means to be distinguished from the animals. Man has certain unique characteristics such as language, humor and abstract thought. These are all facets of man's unique intellect that distinguishes him from the animal. No animal could understand the simplest explanation that the sun stands relatively still and that the earth circles about it, nor even that 2+2 equals four. (Yes, there are tricks of counting by horses and dogs.)

The greatest of all abstract thoughts is the comprehension of God. This is what truly distinguishes man from the animals. Therefore, the first to Recognize God is who we call the First Man, or Adam. Because God is Infinite, and Man finite, it is God that must Reveal Himself to Man. Man is incapable of discovering his Creator on his own. The pot can never comprehend the potter. Thus it is, in the scheme of things, that God chooses One to reveal or manifest Himself through. This One we call a Manifestation of God.

To give an analogy, consider Betelgeuse, a red giant and the largest known star. If someone were to point into a telescope mirror and say:

someone else of a literal mind might reply: And then if the first one were to break the mirror, and on a subsequent night pick up a different mirror and say to the skeptic: The skeptic could reply: Many analogies of this type could be given such as the image that you see on one TV or on another, or the light that appears in one lamp, or another, all being the same energy or having come from the same source. To say that it is the president on this TV, and the same president on that TV is understandable. There is but one God (as there is but one Betelgeuse) and whether He selects one Mirror, or another, in which to appear, He remains the One God. God is Infinite. (There is no comparison between Infinite God and finite Betelgeuse). There is no way that Betelgeuse could be contained in a mirror, and no way that God could be contained in a Mirror. Yet, all we know of Betelgeuse or most other stars, is what we see in the mirror, and all that we know of God is what we see in the Mirror (the Manifestation) of God.

To look at the mirror and say,

To look at the Mirror (the Manifestation) and say, But to think that Betelgeuse can be "contained" in the mirror, is illogical. And to think that God can be "contained" in the Mirror (Manifestation) is illogical. But, nevertheless, this is what those who believe in Incarnation, believe. Those who believe that Jesus was God incarnate believe that God was contained within Jesus. But, what Jesus, was, was the Manifestation of God, not God incarnate. If the distinction is not important to you, then not to worry about it. None of us comprehend the nature of God nor our relationship to Him, and certainly not the Manifestation's relationship to Him.

But anyway, according to this paradigm, God Manifests Himself (makes Himself known unto men) through some individual that He selects. The distinction here, between this and Christian Theology is that God can Manifest Himself as often as He likes. The Manifestations have told us that God selects only one individual at a time (on any given planet) and usually about once every thousand years. Since God makes Himself known to all His Creatures, given the billions of planets throughout the Universe, it is possible, even probable, that many Manifestations must be occurring simultaneously.

The key to all this is that the ONLY thing that we can know about God, is what God tells us about Himself, through His Manifestations. But, the key also is, that we must recognize the Manifestation. Some individuals do recognize the Manifestation, and because of His influence on their lives, whole civilizations come to pay at least lip service to His Station. Those who do not truly see the Light, confuse the Lamp with the Light. They begin to worship the Messenger, instead of the Message. If the Light appears in a different Lamp, the spiritually blind will not see it, but may continue to do obeisance to the Lamp that has now been extinguished.

Each of the Manifestations always have innate knowledge. They know ALL the answers. But Their hearers are not capable of hearing all the answers. The teacher of first grade students, may know just as much as the teacher of sixth grade students, but the first grade students are just not ready to understand sixth grade ideas. Each of the Manifestations brings two sets of Teachings:

Thus it is that Adam taught that there was a God.

Adam also gave social teachings regarding Later, there came another Manifestation of God, Who reinforced and enlarged upon the Spiritual Teachings of Adam. Abraham said, "Yes, there is God, but God must be worshipped as a Spirit, not as the idols that you make with your own hands." There is an interesting story regarding this in the Qur'án (Koran). Abraham's father's profession was as an idol maker. One day when the father returned he found that Abraham had destroyed all the idols, except the largest one.

Today we define, as animism, the ancient form of worship practiced by the followers of Abraham. Many people, like the early natives of North America, recognized the Great Spirit as being in Nature, in the Trees, the Wind, the Water, and so forth. There are many interesting things that one could write about Abraham, but this essay is becoming overly long already. The Bible tells how Abraham had three wives. And each was promised to become the mother of nations. The Bible tells about the descendants of one wife, Sarah. But other nations track their lineage to the other wives.

Abraham established a new social order. He sent his brother in one direction with His brother's sons and their wives and flocks, and He Himself went the other way with His son's and their wives and flocks. This was the beginning of Nomadic Tribes. Where before, the largest social order of the Adamic period had been that which we sort of picture as a cave man with his several wives - there was now a much advanced social order where there were Nomadic tribes consisting of several families. When a tribe of the new social order with its many males met in conflict a family organization of the old social order with one male, it was a wipe out for the old social order.

Later came Moses. The people had returned to idol worship (the story of the Golden Calf).

Moses also taught a larger social order. Rather than just nomadic family tribes, the Children of Israel were organized into 12 Tribes. There were thousands of people in each Tribe. When an organization of this newer more inclusive social order with thousands of families met an organization of the old social order with but a few families it was again a wipe out for the old social order. Moses also gave many other social teachings, both in the Ten Commandments, and Books of the Law. But we will have to pass over these.

In due time, there came as promised by Moses, the next Manifestation. Jesus. For Who was He, if not the one Promised to the Jews? And He taught a new Spiritual Teaching, that God is a God of Love. And he taught a new social teaching, upon which there were built city-states. (Render unto Caesar that which belongs unto Caesar, and unto God that which belongs unto God). This lead to a much stronger social order that allowed for the organization of people who were not even related to each other as had been the 12 Tribes of Israel.

And He, Jesus, promised unto them Another, the Paraclete, as understood by those who recognized Muhammad. And Muhammad brought a new and Higher Spiritual Teaching.

Monotheism: Philosophically comprehended by the Christians and Jews of Europe, as a result of the Crusades, and then spread to Judaism and most of Christianity although the Mormons are still not monotheistic. Muhammad also brought new social teachings regarding the establishment of Nations for which even secular historians recognize Him as the source. The law that we call Blackstone Law, or the Common Law of Europe is not to be found in the Bible, but rather is in the Qur'án. When organizations of the new social order met organizations of the old social order, it was of course a wipe out for the old social orders.

One could write volumes on all these matters.

The latest of the Manifestations to come, are the Twin Manifestations (One immediately after the Other) of the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh. They have brought a new Spiritual Teaching, They have also brought new social teachings. There is so much more that could be written about Other Manifestations such as Buddha, Krishna, and Zoroaster. There is so much more that could be written, about the New Teachings, and the Destiny of the Human Race. However, the point is that with each Manifestation of God mankind has progressed towards a higher and more inclusive social order as we now approach the time for the unification of the planet, and indeed Bahá'u'lláh tells us that the next Manifestation will come to "unite the worlds". So, this is the new paradigm of about who we are: A view quite different from the Christian view. The new view is that we are at 'The Beginning', rather than at 'The Ending'. It is a view in which we are having our relationship to God being progressively taught to us by the Manifestations of God, rather than a view in which all truth has already been revealed. It is a view in which we are at the beginning of maturity, rather than at the end. It is a view in which once again the Manifestation of God has come to Mankind. It is a view that it is the responsibility of every individual to recognize the Latest Manifestation and to serve Him. This is the ONLY salvation for us either individually collectively because, whether we desire it or not, we are ALL the servants of God. (Obedient or disobedient, and that is who we are).

This is the paradigm you have been asked to comprehend. For acceptance there needs to be proof, and for that we shall continue in the next essay with - the Most Conclusive Proof.

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