CHAPTER XXII.

1. This was commanded unto the inhabitants of Shalam, to wit:

2. You**** should not persuade any adult to come into the Father's kingdom.

3. But you**** should say unto whoso come your way: Come and see us, and judge you, in thine own way, what is best for you* and for the world.

4. Others should come to Shalam, inquiring for curiosity's sake, and for the sake of relating mischievous falsehoods founded on a grain of truth.

5. Therefore, be you**** guarded, saying to such: The time of word-doctrines is at an end; examine you, and judge as you wilt.

6. Others will seek to convict you of self-righteousness. Therefore, if they inquire after this manner, to wit: Say you****, the Faithists are immaculate? or, say you****, all others are wrong? then should you**** answer them, saying:

7. Nothing mortal is immaculate; and, as to others, we are not their judges. Go you to Jehovih, and inquire of Him. Sufficient unto us is it to do all the good we can, having faith in Jehovih.

8. Some will seek to trap you on the subject of marriage, inquiring after this manner, to wit:

9. Say you****, celibacy is higher than marriage? or, is marriage the higher? What say you**** of marriage and of divorce?

10. To these you**** should answer after this manner: We are no man's keeper; neither say we whether celibacy or marriage is the higher. We give liberty unto all to serve Jehovih, on that matter, in their own way. One marriage only do we permit to any man or woman. And, though one or the other die, yet the survivor can not marry again. And, as to such as are married, they can, at the option of either one, return to celibacy, by being publicly proclaimed in the temple of Jehovih.

11. And if they inquire of you as to leadership, saying:

12. Who is the leader? Who is the highest? Who is the head? You**** should answer them, saying: Jehovih. We have no man-leader; no man who is higher than another. We are brothers and sisters.

13. They will press you, inquiring: Some men can do more work; some men are stronger; some men are wiser; now, therefore, how do you**** grade them that excellence may be known and respected?

14. To these you**** should reply, saying: All men are Jehovih's. He designed the strong ones to carry heavier burdens than the weak; He designed the wise ones to teach the less wise. Why, then, should we give any preference to one over another? They are not ours, but Jehovih's. Sufficient is it for us to do our own parts, with all our wisdom and strength.

CHAPTER XXIII.

1. In course of time, the first heirs of Shalam came to maturity and to marriageable ages. And since they had been guarded as to diet, and as to controlling their passions, they were unlike Uzians in their general characteristics.

2. Because they had never known to say: This is mine, and that is your**, they were without selfishness or selfish desires; looking upon all things as Jehovih's, and on themselves as laborers to render good unto others.

3. They said: We were created in order to help rescue the world from darkness, and to rejoice in our own lives, because of such good as we can do unto others.

4. Behold, we were orphans and castaways; Jehovih wedded us to all the world.

5. Having, therefore, wisdom and purity within themselves, and, withal, having sufficient association to choose from, they did choose and wed for love's sake.

6. Nor did any worldly ambition control their choice, or influence them in hope of any gain as to their wedded partners.

7. And it came to pass that the offspring begotten of these were indeed a new race in the world, as to wisdom, love, purity and spirituality, and new also as to beauty and shapeliness, the like of which had never been before in all the world.

8. And they were by birth so developed in su'is, that, when they were grown a little, education came to them without books. To see and to hear, either corporeally or spiritually, was all they required in order to accomplish wisely all things required unto mortals.

9. And, with them, the heavens were as an open book; the libraries of the heavens as the sound of voices full of wisdom.

10. And the angels of ancient and modern times came, and stood by them, and walked with them, revealing the past and the future.

11. And, now, the fame of Shalam and her people were spread abroad, and, lo and behold, colonies were springing up in the east, west, north and south.

12. Hundreds of forest places and unoccupied lands were purchased and put under cultivation.

13. The wisest and best people began to depart out of the cities of Uz. Many of the Uzians, lawyers, preachers and priests and physicians, gave up their callings. And they went forth, saying: Alas, what good have I produced in the world? O Jehovih, teach Thou me the way to work in one of Thy kingdoms.

14. And some of the rich gathered up their means, calling: Come, O all you**** poor and helpless! Behold, I have purchased land; come here, and build a colony unto Jehovih.

15. And judges and governors gave up their callings also, and went and joined the Faithists, founding and practicing Jehovih's kingdom on earth.

16. And kings and queens and emperors deserted their thrones, and went and dwelt with the poor.

17. So, colonies of Faithists in Jehovih spread in every direction, becoming the chief foundation of the state and of the world.

18. And, yet, none of these colonies were bound by written laws, nor had any of them leaders or masters, nor any government, save the Light of Jehovih.

19. Nor was one colony bound by the customs and commands of another colony; but all of them lived by the highest Light that came to them.

20. Nor owned any man, woman or child anything more than the clothes he or she wore; but all things were Jehovih's, in care of the keeping of the colony.

21. Nor was there buying or selling between the colonies; but they exchanged with one another according to production, and without any regard to value.

22. And whosoever came and joined a colony, bringing gold or silver or valuable goods of any kind, donated them to Jehovih, and not to the colony, to be distributed according to the light thereof for the Father's kingdoms.

23. Neither labored any one for the colony, but for Jehovih; nor did any colony hire any man nor woman nor child to work for them.

24. Such, then, was Shalam and her example before the world, of the Father's kingdom on earth.

END OF THE HISTORY OF SHALAM.

CHAPTER XXIV.

1. These are the records of the C'chiefs of the Faithists kingdoms:

2. Jehovih separated the people, the Uzians on one hand, and the Faithists on the other.

3. And He said unto the Uzians: Because I called, and you**** came not;

4. Because you**** said: Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven, and you**** put not forth a hand in My behalf;

5. Because you**** saw the multitude going after intoxicating drink and smoke and opium;

6. Because you**** rose not up, saying: Stay your*** hand, satan!

7. But shirked, granting licenses unto these sins;

8. And you**** have become a polluted people;

9. Given to drunkenness and to smoking and to all manner of dissipation;

10. Each one casting the blame on others, and hiding himself in self-righteousness;

11. Thus opening the doors of your houses of debauchery as a temptation to the young:

12. Behold, I am risen in judgment against you.

13. My holy angels I should withdraw from your cities;

14. And from your places of worship;

15. And from your government, and your law-makers and rulers;

16. For they have profaned Me.

17. Making laws and granting licenses to carry on evils, knowingly and willfully, for policy's sake;

18. Hoping for personal favor and gain.

19. For they knew that what was not good for one person, was not good for a nation;

20. And that, whatever sin indulged in, would, soon or late, bring its own punishment.

21. And they said: We derive a large revenue from the duties and licenses for these iniquities!

22. Thus hoping to justify themselves by compounding themselves.

23. And I said unto them: A revenue thus received should be expended in prisons and alms-houses, and should not be sufficient.

24. Because you**** granted licenses, and polluted the people, behold, the pollution should more than balance the revenue.

25. The criminals and paupers should be a greater burden than though you**** received no revenue.

26. Behold, I showed unto you that, as an individual could not sin against Me without, soon or late, becoming answerable unto Me, I showed you**** also that the same responsibility and result would befall a nation or a people in like manner.

27. For which reasons, and because of your evasions of My commandments, I called unto My God and Lords and My holy angels, saying: Waste not your time and labor more with the Uzians.

28. Nor answer you**** their prayers when they call on My name;

29. And, though their chief rulers and law-makers be in the throes of death, and they call, saying: O Jehovih, heal You our Chief Magistrate!

30. Yet, you**** should not go unto them, nor do them service more.

31. For they have become a conceited people, saying: There is no God, and Jehovih is void as the wind.

32. Behold, you**** should let them go their way; their cities should become full of crime, for angels of darkness should come amongst them, and no city should be safe from theft, murder and arson.

33. And vagabonds should travel in the country places, stealing and robbing and murdering.

34. And their great men should take bribes, and their judges should connive with sin; and the innocent should be confined to mad-houses.

35. And justice should depart away from them.

36. The employee should pilfer and steal from his employer; and the employer should hire others to look after those in his employ.

37. But all things should fail them.

38. For I will make them understand, I am the First Principle in all things;

39. And that I am Justice;

40. And that I am Purity;

41. And that whoso raiseth a hand against justice, purity, virtue, wisdom and truth, also raiseth his hand against Me.

42. I made the way of life like going up a mountain; whoso turn''' aside orgo downward, should ultimately repent of his course, and he should retrace his steps.

43. To a nation and a people, and to a government of a people, I am the same.

44. Righteousness should be first and foremost of all things.

45. Their governors and law-makers should be made to know this.

46. When they were a monarchy, I held the king responsible.

47. But when I gave unto the multitude to govern themselves, behold, I gave also responsibility unto them.

48. And they sought not to make laws for righteous government unto the whole, but sought to favor certain cliques of iniquities, and to make laws to protect them in evil manufacturies, and for traffic in tobacco and opium and alcohol.

49. And no man more sought to be a governor or law-maker for the good of the people, or to serve Me;

50. But he sought office for profit's sake and vainglory.

51. Now, therefore, My holy angels went away from them, and no more answered their prayers.

52. And the righteousness of the first days departed away from them.

53. And they became a nation of money-getters and servants of mammon.

54. And I blessed not their marriages nor their households.

55. And their sons and daughters respected not their fathers and mothers; for, as the fathers and mothers respected not Me, so came disrespect and misery upon them.

56. And their sons and daughters became profligates and idlers, growing up for no good under the sun, depending on their wits to work out a life of sin and luxury.

57. And whoso married, peace came not to them; but contention and jealousy and bitterness of heart.

58. And their offspring fell in the grades, becoming outcasts and paupers and criminals.

59. And husbands and wives cried out for divorcement on all hands.

60. And the law-makers granted them and favored them; but, lo and behold, the evil multiplied on the earth.

61. In pity I cried out unto them, saying: You**** may make laws forever, but My kingdom come not by the road of man's laws. Except you**** turn about, and begin anew, there is no help for you under the sun.

62. But they would not hear Me.

63. Then I sent My angels unto them, teaching them the same things that were taught of old, amongst which were: As you**** bind yourselves on earth, even so should you**** be bound in heaven; as you**** live on earth, serving self only, even so, in a selfish heaven, should you**** enter My es worlds.

64. But they denied My angels, and abused My seers and prophets.

65. In their own self-esteem, sat they themselves up to judge Me, saying: There is no All Person; there is nothing, save certain natural and divine laws, and they are dumb, like the wind; they see not, nor do they hear.

66. Then I called out over the earth, saying: The time of My kingdom is come. Now is the time of My reign amongst mortals.

67. And those that had faith came; and, behold, they have built unto Me.

68. I have a new people on the earth.

69. Again I called to My God and to his angel hosts, saying: Behold, I have separated the wheat from the chaff; I have divided the sheep from the goats.

70. Go you**** unto those that serve Me in the practice of My kingdom, for they should become the chief people in all the world.

71. They should rejoice and prosper in all things; they should sing songs of gladness.

72. Their sons and daughters should be an honor unto them and a glory in My household.

73. Because they seek to serve Me by practicing good works with all their wisdom and strength.

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