Problems of the Lucifer Rebellion
Of all the perplexing problems growing out of the Lucifer rebellion, none has occasioned more difficulty than the failure of immature evolutionary mortals to distinguish between true and false liberty.
Evolutionary man finds it difficult fully to comprehend the significance and to grasp the meanings of evil, error, sin, and iniquity. Man is slow to perceive that contrastive perfection and imperfection produce potential evil; that conflicting truth and falsehood create confusing error; that the divine endowment of freewill choice eventuates in the divergent realms of sin and righteousness; that the persistent pursuit of divinity leads to the kingdom of God as contrasted with its continuous rejection, which leads to the domains of iniquity.
The Gods neither create evil nor permit sin and rebellion. Potential evil is time-existent in a universe embracing differential levels of perfection meanings and values. Sin is potential in all realms where imperfect beings are endowed with the ability to choose between good and evil. The very conflicting presence of truth and untruth, fact and falsehood, constitutes the potentiality of error. The deliberate choice of evil constitutes sin; the willful rejection of truth is error; the persistent pursuit of sin and error is iniquity.
--Presented by a Mighty Messenger of experiential survival in the first system rebellion in the universes of time, now attached to the superuniverse government of Orvonton and acting in this matter by request of Gabriel of Salvington; from the Urantia Papers.
True and False Liberty
True liberty is the quest of the ages and the reward of evolutionary progress.
The Theft of Liberty
...a monumental threat to consummate the theft of personal liberty...
The Time Lag of Justice
...there must always intervene between the time of such personal identification with sin and the execution of the penalty -- the automatic result of such a willful embrace of evil -- ...
The Mercy Time Lag
The mercy features of this delay in the execution of justice were extended personally by Michael of Nebadon.
The Wisdom of Delay
While wrongdoing is always deleterious to a family, wisdom and love admonish the upright children to bear with an erring brother...
The Triumph of Love
...it should be clear to all reflective thinkers that the technique of dealing with the rebels is a vindication of divine love.
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