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1 Samuel 2
22 Eli was now very old, and he heard what his sons were doing to the people of Israel.[f] 23-24 “Why are you doing these awful things?” he asked them. “I’ve been hearing nothing but complaints about you from all of the Lord’s people. 25 If you harm another person, God can help make things right between the two of you. But if you commit a crime against the Lord, no one can help you!”
But the Lord had already decided to kill them. So he kept them from listening to their father.
14 Those who are evil say
to God All-Powerful,
“Leave us alone! Don’t bother us
with your teachings.
15 What do we gain from praying
and worshiping you?
16 We succeeded all on our own.”
And so, I keep away from them
and their evil schemes.
Exposition of the Divine Principle
3 Color Edition-The Red part
Part 2 Chapter 1
The Providence to Lay the Foundation for Restoration
THE PROVIDENCE OF
RESTORATION IN ADAM’S FAMILY
For the providence of restoration to be
accomplished in Adam’s family, the members of his family had to make certain
conditions of indemnity to restore the foundation of faith and the foundation
of substance. On these two foundations, the foundation for the Messiah was to
have been established, and the Messiah could have come to Adam’s family.
1.1 THE FOUNDATION OF
To restore through indemnity the foundation of
faith, fallen people must set up an object for the condition. For Adam’s
family, this object was a sacrificial offering. To restore the foundation of
faith, there must also be a central figure. Yet nowhere in the biblical record
do we find Adam offering a sacrifice. Instead, his sons Cain and Abel offered
them. What was the reason for this? In line with the Principle God gave Adam
two sons, representing good and evil, and set them in positions where each
dealt with only one master, God or Satan. After setting up this arrangement,
God had the two sons offer sacrifices separately.
Since Cain was the first fruit of Eve’s love,
signifying Eve’s first fallen act of love with the Archangel, he was chosen to
represent evil. Therefore, he was in a position to relate with Satan. Since
Abel was the second fruit of Eve’s love, signifying Eve’s second fallen act of
love with Adam, he was chosen to represent goodness. Therefore, he was in a
position to relate with God. God received Abel’s sacrifice because he stood in
a proper relationship with God. Also, he made the offering in an acceptable
manner—through faith and in line with God’s will. In this way, Abel
successfully laid the foundation of faith in Adam’s family.
1.2 THE FOUNDATION OF
Had Cain fulfilled the indemnity condition to
remove the fallen nature, God would have gladly accepted his sacrifice. The
foundation of substance would then have been laid in Adam’s family. To remove
the fallen nature, a person must make an indemnity condition in accordance with
the Principle of Restoration through Indemnity, by taking a course which
reverses the process through which human beings initially acquired the fallen
nature. The Archangel fell because he did not love Adam; rather, he envied
Adam, who was receiving more love from God than he. This was the cause of the
first primary characteristic of the fallen nature: failing to take God’s
standpoint. To remove this characteristic of the fallen nature, Cain, who stood
in the Archangel’s position, should have taken God’s standpoint by loving Abel,
who stood in Adam’s position.
The Archangel fell because he did not respect
Adam as God’s mediator and did not receive God’s love through him; rather, he
attempted to seize Adam’s position. This was the cause of the second primary
characteristic of the fallen nature: leaving one’s proper position. To remove
this characteristic of the fallen nature, Cain, who stood in the Archangel’s
position, should have received God’s love through Abel, who stood in Adam’s
position, respecting him as God’s mediator. In this way, Cain should have maintained
his proper position.
The Archangel fell when he claimed dominion
over Eve and Adam, who were his rightful lords. This was the cause of the third
primary characteristic of the fallen nature: reversing dominion. To remove this
characteristic of the fallen nature, Cain, who stood in the Archangel’s
position, should have obediently submitted to Abel, who stood in Adam’s
position. By accepting Abel’s dominion, Cain should have rectified the order of
dominion. The Archangel conveyed to Eve his evil will that it was permissible
to eat of the fruit. Eve in turn conveyed this evil will to Adam and led him to
fall. This was the cause of the fourth primary characteristic of the fallen
nature: multiplying evil. To remove this characteristic of the fallen nature,
Cain, who stood in the Archangel’s position, should have been receptive to the
intentions of Abel, who stood closer to God, and learned God’s Will from him.
Thus, Cain should have made a foundation to multiply goodness. Instead, Cain
killed Abel. In murdering Abel, Cain repeated the sin of the Archangel. That
is, he re-enacted the very process which had given rise to the primary
characteristics of the fallen nature. Adam’s family thus failed to lay the
foundation of substance. Consequently, God’s providence of restoration through
Adam’s family could not be fulfilled.
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