69. ABOUT THE FALL OF THE SPIRITS
 (The Lord:) “But just as it happened on the smallest scale with man, falling into sin and hence ruining his nature, so a very similar event took place once at the creation of the pure spirits out of God.
 Once the thoughts and great ideas arising therefrom out of God had found the necessary consistency to form a being endowed with limitless intelligence, in God’s arch-primordial form, conscious of its free independence, the first thing to fully liberate them was to give and show them the opportunity to free action, in what way to become free, and free through acting.
 But how is it accomplished? Should one only, as it were say to them: you are now alive, as if out of yourselves, and you can do as you please? Here it is questionable whether such beings, whose life is without experience, would be able to front up to any kind of free activity. Yes, they shall rather, like a voracious polyp, be consumed by satisfying their being with a corresponding nourishment and do nothing else, as you can observe and experience such quite natural phenomena with very spiritually unawakened people; because their sole concern is to fill the belly, and all their actions are focused on the best possible satisfaction of this body part.
 Another might say: Let them be told what to do in accordance with their intelligence, and they shall start acting accordingly! Good, I say; supposing however that the still leisure-prone beings, having gone forth from such disinclination towards action, have not and cannot be awakened yet towards action, on account of which the sense for complete inactivity starts to pre-dominate, stopping the beings from voluntary action; what then? They can then certainly be forced by omnipotence, obviously indwelling the Creator!
 Granted; where however would this leave absolute
independence of action, through which alone a created being can attain to independent, free voluntary action? Behold, without the aforementioned full independence, every created being would remain a machine springing into action only through the intelligence of the manufacturer!
 From this you can see that there neither can, nor must be any question about a compulsion; because only machines act under a ‘must ‘, of which machines unfortunately, together with the Earth itself, there are still too many and crude ones upon Earth. Also infinite space is filled with such ‘must’ machines. Because all the countless suns, earths and moons are purely machines, together with all physical beings upon and within them, just as the human body in itself is nothing but an artful machine which can be set into manifold motion by the soul’s free will.
66. FALL OF THE SPIRITS; ADAM AND ORIGINAL SIN
 (The Lord:) “It is the fall of the first-created spirits or the free and animated ideas of God within infinite space that is the great separation of which Moses says: ‘And God divided the light from the darkness’. How this is to be understood in its true and fully right correspondence, I have already made abundantly clear to you; the consequence of which is the necessary material world which, in large and small units such as suns, earth and moons, together with everything upon them, is spread out within infinite space.
 Concerning Adams’s fall however, this has already more objectivity of course than the so-called fall of the angels, yet is still correspondingly analogous to the fall of the angels. Only with Adam an actual law comes already to the fore, whereas with the fall of the angels, no such commandment could yet be involved, because at that stage only a start had been made with the development of the beings to be liberated, and therefore no intelligence outside of God existed to whom such law could be given.
 Wherefore, with the so-called fall of the spirits a necessary imposed division took place, whereas the Adamic one, proceeding out of himself, was already a voluntary one and therefore not an enforced one, but an act of free will of the first carnal man, free in all psychical spheres. On the whole however it nevertheless is a foreseen act out of God’s secret order which, whilst not an absolute compulsion, nevertheless is a permitted one, under “thou shall: or thou shall not”, allotted to man’s free will on account of his stabilization, won through his own action.
 The difference is that between an infant that has to be carried from one place to another, and a robust man who has been walking quite solidly for a lengthy period.
The Lord explains:  “Moses is by no means concerned only with the history of creation as regards earth and heaven and the created beings, but almost exclusively with the initial shaping of man’s heart and reasoning power, wherefore he connects it with the history of mankind. […]
 Whoever knows about the correspondence between the material world and that of the spirits can learn from this how the material world originated from the spirit world or how and from where the suns and finally, the planets and all life on them came into existence.
 But this is not quite so easy, for one must be spiritually fully awakened to comprehend all this.” (GGJ II, chap. 215)
Meaning of the metaphor of the creation of heaven and earth
The Lord resuming His explanations of the Genesys of Moses, emphasizes that in order to fully comprehend Moses, “one must have a good knowledge of the whole nature of man and full cognition of God”
 By “Heaven”, which Moses cites as first created, is to be understood the intelectual power, set by God outside of His eternal spiritual center. This is like a mirror which has the capacity to receive and reflect external objects. […]
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