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57. APPEARANCE OF THE FIRST PRIMORDIAL MAN
 Say I: “Dearest friend, for this I have actually given you quite a clue, by presenting the effect of poverty upon people and nations; but it cannot be disputed nevertheless that Moses’ Creation story, when applied literally to the natural world, would be the most obvious crassest nonsense for any man moderately familiar with nature’s ways and therefore having to declare the good Moses as a first class fool.
 But he who takes the further course of Moses’ books somewhat more seriously than some of the Greek poet Alsop’s fables, must discern that Moses’ with his language of correspondence concerns only first man’s primeval development upon Earth, and hence not at all the story of the Earth’s and Heaven’ creation with all the creatures upon and in the Earth; hence concerning itself in the first instance and almost exclusively with man’s first primeval emotional and intellectual development; wherefore he also at once interpolates human history with it.
 The story indeed can have been only the sequence of intelligent human development and not a mute created nature, which has remained constantly the same right up to this time, and shall also remain so till the end of all time.
 Such is the case also with the Indian Books, in which first the creation of the pure spirits and later the fall of same is treated of, under the heading ’The wars of Jehovah’, only then passing to the creation of the material world and the animals and finally mankind.
 All this is to be taken only spiritually, and explained mainly in terms of man’s moral development.
 Whoever is guided by the spirit and is familiar with the correspondence between the material- and spirit world, to him it is then also possible to discern how the material world has gone forth
from the spirit world, and how finally the suns and planets and satellites and all the creatures upon them came into being.
 But that is not so easy, because it means having to be fully awake in the spirit. For only the arch-primeval witness to all becoming and existence can light up yonder labyrinths for you, behind which no mortal eye has penetrated till now.
 However, beyond everything, that the age of the human race in completion, like it is today, still agrees with the calculations of Moses, also according to matter and time, you can be fully sure of.
 There certainly were upon Earth, long before Adam a genus of strong animals which, if not in shape but much more by instinctlike, nevertheless very sharp intelligence, resembled the mind of
the subsequent human species. Today’s elephant, although physically much more imperfect, is a variant thereof.
 These large animals also already cultivated the Earth and therefore were forerunners to man. The Earth was inhabited by them many millions of years before man.
 Through these large animals, the Earth’s stony ground first had to be softened and made fertile for precious fruits and animals, until it became capable of bringing forth man’s sensitive nature, in accordance with Gods plan of eternal divine order, as laid into preincarnate nature souls, already living freely within the Earth atmosphere.
 After the Earth’s ground was fully prepared, only then a most powerful soul was called from its free atmospheric nature to form a body for itself from the richest loam, according to the archprimordial form of God indwelling the soul. And the first, most mature and powerful soul did so, as urged from within by divine power; and the first soul so-to-say entered a powerful body well organized by herself, enabling her to fully behold all the material world and the many creatures that were before her.
 But the large animal race, together with its precursory creation, had long since for the greater part already disappeared from the Earth, when the first man in his godly majesty greeted the wide Earth. Notwithstanding this, remnants of these preinhabitants shall still be found in all periods upon and in the Earth, although mankind shall not know what to make of them.
 The wise man nevertheless shall thereby be lead to the conclusion that the Earth is older than the short time indicated by Moses, for which reason Moses shall fall into disfavor for a time. But other wise man shall be awakened by Me, through whom Moses shall then be set in his fullest light, and from thereon it shall not take long for the full kingdom of God to seize hold upon Earth, and death shall forever disappear from a renewed Earth. Before then however much trouble shall yet come over the Earth.
 Yes, the Earth’s soil shall indeed have to undergo multiple manuring with the blood and flesh of men yet, and only through such spiritual manure, a period of physical immortality shall set in, like at the times of Adam the era has begun, when the soul was able to build herself from the fat clay humus a perfect body in its God-shape. (GGJ Book 5, chap. 57)
14](Ther Chief Priest:)[…] Does not Moses say: ‘God formed the first man out of clay, and breathed into him through his nostrils?’ Does it not clearly follow from that, that everyone’s body, being the completed habitation of the soul, must be there prior to the soul itself? For what and where would the soul be without the body? Therefore consider well, you young Galilean, where you are standing, and before whom!”
15] I said: “Apart from the fact that you are a chief priest here through worldly protection, and not through a higher spiritual vocation, and apart from the fact that we are assembled here, in the old conference hall of the temple, I yet tell you quite openly to your face, that you judge about spiritual matters much worse than a blind man does about colors!
16] If God breathed a living soul into the completed body of Adam through his nostrils, the soul evidently was in God before, and could not have been elsewhere, because God is infinite in His Being, and nothing can, strictly speaking, be outside Him.
17] However God Himself being eternal, cannot contain in Himself anything temporal and passing, or just coming into being, but what is within Him is eternal, like unto Himself, He can only place outside of Himself, so that they can be seen, in order that they may obtain a natural independence. And when He does that, then is this issue from Him an act of creation and for that being who is a thought of God, placed as it were in freedom external to Him, through His Power and Wisdom, there first begins the period (or rather state) of permitted self activity, for the acquiring of a permanent, independent existence, as it were outside God, even although actually within Him.
18] But if that is the case, how should I in My spirit and in God not have been here before the prophet wrote his texts?!
19] Besides that, you are still greatly mistaken if you think that spirit and soul are one and the same thing. Man’s soul is a spiritual product out of matter, because in matter there is only a spirituality under judgment, waiting for its deliverance the pure spirit has however never been under judgment, and every man has his spirit given to him by God, which carries out, does, guides all in the man-to-be, but unites itself into a unity only when the soul, from out its own will, has completely passed over into the recognized order of God, and has thus become an entirely pure spirit. (3 Days in the Temple, chap. 21)
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