GOD judge THE GOVERNMENTS OF MAN.
1. God said: When a man hath young children, he make just laws, in order to teach them discretion, justice, harmony and consideration, in regard to one another.
2. But, when his children attain to be men and women, man no longer hold a law over them, for they become his equals, as brothers and sisters.
3. Even so, in the ancient times, provided I you*, O man, with governments and laws for different nations and peoples.
4. Nevertheless, I said unto you*: Let your*** government be as a father over the people, and not as a separate matter against them.
5. But you hast disobeyed my commandments; your*** government is as one thing, and thy people as another thing. That which should be one entity, you hast made into two.
6. Thy government hath become a separate self from the people; and the people are as servants, supporting the law-makers, who trade in projects and schemes for their own profit and glory.
7. Since the earliest days, all the governments of man have drifted into this.
8. When a government no longer fill''' the grade, according to the advancement of the people, behold, your*** God withdraw''' his heavenly protection from that government. And, straightway, the people run into anarchy.
9. Lay not the blame of anarchy and revolution and assassinations on the people; my judgment is against the government in all cases. These conditions of vengeance are but the fruit resulting from the government's divergence from the will of Jehovih, and the march of His light.
10. As, for example, the offspring of inharmonious parents, or of parents wrapt up in selfishness, are lower in grade than their predecessors, even so do the subjects of a king decline in grade in proportion to the prevention of liberty and the neglect of general instruction.
11. Judgment is rendered against government wherein it providenot liberty to the people, and neglect''' providing means for the development of the talents created with all.
12. In these respects, O man, governments are measured and graded by your*** God. And, whenever a government set up itself to enforce and strengthen itself by violence against justice unto the multitude, behold, I turn away from that government; and I call away my Lords and holy angels.
13. And, thereupon, drujas come upon that people, and the people fall upon their government, and destroy it.
14. If a government be a king only, and he have no holy council [parliament], then the responsibility of the shortness is wholly his.
15. But, if the king have a holy council, then the responsibility for shortness lie partly with the king and partly with the council.
16. Judgment is rendered against them, not only in this world, but in the es world. And each and every member of such council should be bound in the first resurrection until he hath made amends unto all his people for the shortness he manifested on the earth.
17. Hear the wisdom of your*** God, O man, and consider the way of righteousness in the governments of mortals:
18. The nearer the twain are to being one, that is, the government and the people, the nearer they are like unto my heavenly kingdoms.
19. The more diverse the government is from the people, the farther it is from the kingdom of your*** God.
20. Let this be a guide unto you*, O man, in prophesying the change and the overthrow of governments: According to the square of the distance a government is from Jehovih (which is Righteousness) so is the quickness of its coming change or destruction.
21. Think not these matters are governed by chance or accident: Jehovih is Perfect Righteousness: the all Everlasting.
22. He is All One. For a people and their government to attain to be all one with each other, this is great strength, with a long existence and internal peace.
23. This, also, should you consider, O man: All governments are tending toward oneness with one another. This is the march of Jehovih. None can stay Him.
24. Consider, then, what is wisdom between governments: To make themselves reciprocal toward one another.
25. A government that set up itself for itself, and against other governments, is a selfish government. And your*** God rate it the same as a selfish man, being diverse from Jehovih and His kingdoms.
26. Judgment is rendered against such a government. Neither my Lords nor my holy angels should bless that government.
27. Governments that practice affiliation, to bring about reciprocal brotherhoods between governments, are on the right road toward the Father's everlasting kingdoms.
28. Flatter not thyself, O man, that these matters can escape the observation of thy God. The affairs, legislations, laws, treaties, and all things whatsoever that governments accomplish, are known and recorded in the heavens of the earth. And the leaders, kings and councils, should, soon or late, face them; and they should judge of their own fullness or shortness in serving Jehovih in righteousness and wisdom.
GOD DECLARETH AGAINST THE GOVERNMENTS OF MAN.
1. God said: Whoso live with Jehovih is free from Jehovih. These need no man's government; for they practice righteousness, peace, love, industry and wisdom, with due regard to one another.
2. Such is the Father's kingdom on earth. In which there should be no laws made by man; neither should there be leaders or rulers.
3. The progress of man is toward this; the progress of the governments of man should shape toward such a consummation.
4. The time was, when laws were requisite unto all things, even to the manner of a man coming in and going out of a house; and to every occupation that man followed; with licenses and taxes regulating them; the time of apprenticeship to a barber, to a weaver, to a lawyer, to a preacher, to a physician, to a smith, and to all other trades and occupations, with examinations and passports [diplomas] to practice within the king's dominions; with rates for fees and rights and privileges.
5. But these laws and governments were for the past eras; they were righteous in the first place, for they shaped man's judgment, toward perfecting himself.
6. But, behold, a new time is in the world; from the acquisition of knowledge a new liberty hath been born into the world. And it cry out on every side: Throw open the doors unto all trades and occupations; behold, the multitude are sufficiently wise to judge themselves as to who they should patronize.
7. Judgment is rendered against the laws and governments of man in all cases where they prevent the liberty and choice of man to his avocation and knowledge.
8. It is not sufficient for you* to say: Behold, the public will be taken advantage of by ignorant pretenders. You hast no right to say what the public will suffer, and thus base a law on prospective damage.
9. When the public have suffered, and when they, themselves, demand protection by such laws, then should such laws be made. To make such laws beforehand, is to sin against Jehovih.
10. It was said of old: You should keep holy the Sabbath day. And it was defined what a man should not do on that day.
11. Judgment is rendered against that law; nevertheless, I put not aside the practice.
12. But the time hath now come when man should judge himself as to whether he will or will not keep any day sacred.
13. Moreover, man should not, henceforth, be accountable as to whether he keep or not keep any day as a sacred day. Yet, this accountability should be unto all men, whether they fulfill in wisdom and righteousness their utmost capacities.
14. There was a law of circumcision; but I render judgment against that law also, for it hath fulfilled its time. This law, I put aside in practice. But I give it as a permission to the adult, that he may or may not fulfill the circumcision according to his own judgment.
15. Judgment is also rendered against infant baptism; and I put aside this law also, and I make it an abomination before Jehovih.
16. Nevertheless, when a child hath attained to fourteen years of age, and it choose of its own accord to be sprinkled with water, to conform to the rites and ceremonies, then that child should be thus baptized in the name of Jehovih, but not in the name of God, nor any Lord, nor a Savior, nor an angel.
17. This is wisdom, O man, to have no law or government between man and wife.
18. This is ignorance, to have a law between man and wife.
19. Yet, because there are bad men and bad women who do marry, it hath been found necessary to have a law between man and wife, as regard their duties.
20. But consider how wrong it is to have a law between a good man and a good wife, as regard her duties. Better is it for them to be thrown upon their own love and judgment.
21. After such manner gave I governments and laws unto all peoples. To the bad and evil-minded, rigid laws, with many details; but to the wise and good, I come now as an emancipator, saying: Go you****, without laws and government, fulfill your destinies according to your own judgment, that you**** may be an honor and glory to Jehovih.
22. In kosmon, man should not be longer driven in yoke and harness, but should stand upright before Jehovih, practicing his highest light with rejoicing, being a free man, and a brother to his God!
23. Behold, the Uzians have a custom of eating bread, and drinking wine, saying, after the manner of the worshipers of Baugh-ghan-ghad, of old: Eat of this, for it is my flesh; and, drink of this, for it is my blood, signifying, that that they do, was commanded by me, God of heaven and earth.
24. Judgment is rendered against this custom, with abhorrence; moreover, it should be, henceforth, known as blasphemy against Jehovih.
25. Thy God never commanded man to eat flesh and blood, nor pretended that bread and wine were flesh and blood, nor commanded them to be eaten in remembrance of the flesh and blood of any man born of woman.
26. Also have they a custom of decorating and draping themselves in crape, and characterizing the same as a sign of mourning for the dead.
27. Judgment is rendered against such custom, but without prohibition.
28. Jehovih created alive, and Jehovih take life away, for all things are His.
29. Remember your*** Creator with wisdom; and neither in your*** dress nor habit should thou censure Him for what hath been.
30. Neither curb you the full sorrow of your*** heart and your*** soul, because your*** brother or sister, son or daughter, or father, or mother hath passed away.
31. But remember, Jehovih is over all His works, and providewisely unto the living and the dead.
32. Jehovih hath said: To man I gave an earthly body that he might learn earthly things; but death I gave to man that he might rise to the inheritance of My heavenly kingdoms.
33. He appoint''' a time unto all; to some an hour, to some a year, and to some a hundred years; every one fulfill''' to result in wisdom and happiness, and for the glory of the Almighty.
GOD SHOWETH HOW HE HATH WROUGHT.
1. God saith: Behold, the work of my hand, O man: As you findest an old house, no longer habitable, you sendest workmen to pull it down, and then, you sendest laborers to clear away the rubbish.
2. And, afterward, you bringest builders, and they lay a new foundation, larger and broader than the old one, and, thereon, they build you* a new edifice, adapted with new improvements unto the increase and requirements of your*** family.
3. Even so, hath your*** God labored, for hundreds of years, to prepare unto the generations of this day.
4. For I saw, beforehand, that man would circumscribe the earth, and that all the nations and peoples thereof would become known to one another.
5. And I beheld also, that, in the coming time, which is now at hand, the old edifices of doctrines and creeds and religions, as of the Brahmans, Buddhists, Jews, Ka'yuans, Kriste'yans and Mohammedans would not fulfill the requirements of man.
6. And now, behold, O man, the wisdom of Jehovih previously: He had permitted corruptions and contradictions to creep into the sacred books of all of the said great religions, purposely and with design, so as to make easy the work of your*** God.
7. And when I saw that the coming together of nations and peoples would require a new religious edifice, I perceived, also, that the old ones must be cleared away.
8. And, behold, I, your*** God, went to work systematically, inspiring man to accomplish even what man hath accomplished.
9. I raised up scholars and infidels against these religions; inspiring them to attack the corruptions and contradictions in the sacred books of all these peoples.
10. And, in the same time, that I sent infidels against the Jewish bible, I sent infidels against the Hindoo bibles, and against the doctrines of Brahma and Budha and Ka'yu, and against the Kriste'yans and Mohammedans.
11. And I made the beginning of the work of these infidels and scholars to correspond with the discovery of Guatama by Columbo, and I kept them at their work for three hundred years, which was up to the time of the establishment of the republic of Guatama, which I, your*** God, provided to be untrammeled by an established religion.
12. After my workmen, the scholars and infidels, had thus undermined the old edifice, behold, I sent laborers, under the name of merchants and traders, to commence clearing away the rubbish.
13. And, because of their desires in money-getting, they considered not the religious edifice of any people, and they provided comity relations withersoever they went.
14. For a hundred years, these, my laborers, have been at their work, stripping off and clearing away the prejudice of nations and peoples against one another.
15. And then, behold, I came with my builders, and I prepared a new foundation, broader and wider and firmer, for an edifice adapted to all the nations and peoples in the world.
16. First, I sent my miracle-workers forth into every quarter, saying unto them: Whatsoever was done by the ancient Gods and Saviors, do you**** even so, and greater. For I will show, unto all the world, that no man nor God is worthy to be worshipped because of miracles.
17. And they went forth at my command, and my angels went with them, doing wonders.
18. They healed the sick, by the laying on of hands; they restored the blind to sight, and made the deaf to hear, and have brought the supposed dead to life.
19. They have caused writing to come on stone tablets, and on paper, in the light of day, by unseen hands.
20. They have caused ponderous bodies, without mortal contact, to move, and to beat time to music.
21. A child hath lifted eight full-grown men with her little finger.
22. They have passed full-blown flowers and plants through boards and tables, unbruised and uninjured, and, yet, there was neither hole, nor opening in the boards and tables.
23. They have made stars of light that spake with audible voices; they have made pillars of fire by night, and pillars of cloud by day.
24. They have caused the spirits of the dead to appear as if in flesh and blood; and whilst thus appearing, talking face to face with their mortal kin, who saw them, heard them, and, by the subject of the discourse, proved them to be the very angels of heaven, returned to their earth-kin and friends.
25. For the time of one generation your*** God hath thus kept open the gates of heaven; working through mortals, by the angels of heaven.
26. My testimony and my witnesses are hundreds of thousands. I hide not the work of my hand and of my angels in a corner; I extend them abroad over the earth; I manifest in the cities and country places; I prove unto all peoples, that common men and women can do the miracles for which Gods and Saviors have been worshipped.
27. Yea, I give these powers unto good and bad men, and unto good and bad women.
28. For I show miracles in order to break down the worship of miracle-workers.
29. For I will have none worshipped but Jehovih. And I have inspired angels to this end, and to the end that good works and wisdom should be, henceforth, the means of resurrection in heaven.
30. And I have shown also, that only by harmony and the union of many, can any great good come unto the generations of men.