The Words of the Gordon Family
How to "Love" the Archangel
August 28, 2000
As we know, the angel became jealous of Adam because the angel felt that Adam was receiving more love from God than the angel himself was receiving. Due to this lack of love feeling the angel began to seek ways to rid himself of this feeling by finding alternative sources for the love he felt he was missing. The angel (based on his narrow and limited viewpoint) sought to put Adam and Eve under his dominion, control and influence. It is for this reason that the angel seduced Adam and Eve with his words. When Adam and Eve believed the angelís words and instructions, accepting the angelís viewpoint as their own and then subsequently committing actions based on such a viewpointÖthey fell under the spell and dominion of the angel. The root cause of this situation was the angelís lack of love feeling. Had the angel not been jealous of Adam and Eve, the angel would not have initiated his campaign to put humans under his dominion. Without this motivating force (jealousy) the Fall would never have occurred. Even the Principle text states:
"The motivation of the archangel's fall lay in his jealousy of Adam." (Divine Principle, p. 90)
Hence, without this motivating factor (jealousy) the Fall would have never occurred. So the question is: How exactly would the angel get rid of his feeling of jealousy towards Adam? Very clearly, Adam was supposed to love the angel as Godís direct representative. The Principle text states:
"When man perfected himself and loved the archangel as the (archangel's) lord, the [angelís] feeling of being loved less would have disappeared." (Outline of the Principle, p.52)
It was thus Adam's responsibility as the direct representative of God to love to angel in the place of God. Had Adam done so, the angelís jealousy would have dissipated, leaving no motivating force for the Fall. The true root of the fall lays in Adamís failure to love the angel. We must ask ourselves then, why did Adam fail to love the angel and how should he have gone about loving the angel in the first place? It is the purpose of this essay to clarify and answer such questions.
To answer this question, let us take a brief look at restoration history to solidify the view that Adam should have loved the angel and that it was Adamís failure to love the angel which constitutes the true root of the Fall. We will also learn from restoration history exactly how the angel was to be loved.
When we look at the history of restorationÖ.what is the dominant theme? Yes, you guessed it, "Cain and Abel". In each and every restoration drama we see the perennial repetition of the Cain and Abel saga. However, do we really understand what this drama symbolized? Do we understand the metaphysical significance of "Cain/Abel" relationships? Many of you do, but just to be clear, the Cain and Abel relationship is a re-enactment of the Lucifer/Adam conflict. All "Cain and Abel" dramas are a direct re-enactment of the original conflict between Lucifer and Adam. How so? Lucifer represents the "older brother", as he was created long before Adam. Adam then being created after Lucifer is thus in the "younger brother" position. The problem began when the older being (Lucifer) started to resent and become jealous of the younger brother (Adam). However, most religious people think that Lucifer was entirely to blame for the Fall. No so. As we investigate restoration history, we will clearly see that the Fall of man was the fault of Adam. It is strictly due to Adam's failure to love the angel why we see the emergence of the Cain and Abel conflicts in history. For example, Rev. Moon has said:
"God did not want Cain to slay Abel. It was not Cain's fault alone. Abel was also wrong. This we found through spirit world. Abel irritated Cain, and was also responsible." (Master speaks 3-1-65 or The Way of Tradition, vol. III, p. 279)
"In the second case, Abel can not do that [restore Cain] by forcing his elder brother, but he should do it in such a way as to impress him, move his heart. In other words, Cain must be obedient to Abel and Abel should have restored Cain in such a way to move his heart." (Heavenly Tradition 1-20-73 or The Way of Tradition, vol. III, p. 283)
"Often you mistakenly think that Cain was supposed to be subjugated by Abel from the very beginning, but that is wrong. Cain is a rebellious figure to begin with, and Abel must teach Cain how to be obedient by demonstrating Cain's role himself. Abel must show Cain the way by example. Love is the central element and Abel is supposed to love Cain more than anyone else. When Cain recognizes that Abel truly loves him more than anyone else does, then Cain will give up his false ambitions and arrogance and become obedient to Abel. Abel can pull Cain to his side by the magnetic force of love." (The Desire of All Things 6-17-77 or The Way of Tradition, vol. III, p. 295)
Clearly we see that Abel was supposed to love Cain so as to induce Cain to submit and give up his anger, resentment and jealousy. Since Abel failed to do this, he repeated the failure of not loving the "angel" and was killed as a result. Abel repeated Adamís failure restoration would have to move on to another family.
There were to be other Cain/Abel scenarios:
Shem and Ham
Ishmael and Isaac
But these situations did not fully materialize. However, we then get to the most famous and successful "Cain/Abel" scenarios, that of Esau and Jacob and that of Joseph and his brothers (Genesis chapters 39 - 45).
You know the story of Esau and Jacob well, however it's significance is often glossed over. Using the analogy that Esau (the older brother) represented Lucifer and Jacob (the younger brother) represented Adam we can without a shadow of a doubt see that the root of the Fall was Adam's failure to love the angel. To make a long story short, Esau wanted to kill Jacob when Jacob was returning from Haran. Why? Because Jacob had deceived Esau out of his father's blessing. Some people think that Jacob's deception was "heavenly deception". However, what most people don't realize is that Jacob paid for his deception and was punished for it. You see, Jacob's uncle Laban deceived Jacob 10 times. It was due to this deception that Jacob then realized and understood how Esau felt and why Esau felt the way he did. He realized how his previous actions had hurt Esau. Jacob now understood the heart of Esau. Because Jacob now understood the legitimate anger of his brother, he was then equipped to melt that resentment. This is the reason why Jacob was successful. He loved the "angel" Esau.
Likewise Joseph was hated by his elder brothers and even sold into slavery. Yet Joseph maintained his foundation of substance (i.e. maintained his standard of heart and character) and was able to love his elder brothers, getting them to submit to his superior mind and heart.
From these examples we can see the method for subjugating the elder brother or subjugating the angel. We should however, clearly analyze what exactly enabled Jacob and Joseph to be successful when Adam and Abel had failed. How were Jacob and Joseph able to melt the resentment of their elder brothers? What steps did they take? These steps are the same steps that Adam should have taken in the Garden of Eden, so I will speak in terms of what Adam should have done for the angel.
Here are the steps:
The first step was for Adam to keep the commandment to "Be Fruitful" or grow to perfection. Had Adam kept this first commandment and grown to maturity, he would have been qualified to love the angel. Because Adam failed to keep the commandment "Be Fruitful", he lost his ability to subjugate the angel. Had Adam become perfect, his method of loving the angel would have been as follows:
Adam should have seen himself as the direct representative and channel of God's love to the creation. In other words he should have seen himself and his family as the direct representatives of God and hence have taken on the responsibility to act as Godís representative to the rest of creation. Hence Adamís first step would lay in the way he viewed himself and his family.
Adam should then have sought to understand the angel. He should have sought to understand why the angel felt the way he did. To understand the source of the angel's jealousy and resentment. Had Adam done this, he would have realized that the Angel simply wanted God's love (as all of the creation does). And since Adam would have seen himself as Godís representative, he would have also seen himself as the person responsible for transmitting Godís love to the angel.
Adam should have expressed interest in the Angel. This interest is a form of love.
Adam should have recognized the angel for his abilities and for his service to God in helping with the creation.
Adam should have appreciated the Angel for his contribution and magnificent qualities.
Had the angel still tried to tempt Adam, Adam should have then subjugated the angel intellectually by exposing the sophistry and fallacy in the Angel's words of temptation (much like how Jesus exposed the Angel's sophistry in the dessert temptation) thus demonstrating superior intellect and reasoning ability.
Finally, after demonstrating superior heart (character) and intellect under pressure, Adam could then teach the angel, both through his example and through his words, the proper way to act. The angel at this point would have naturally been willing to listen, follow and obey because Adam was now truly acting as the direct representative of God.
This is the way that Adam would have loved the Angel. It is the same course that we must follow in present-day restoration activities. As we have seen, the foundation of this process is keeping the commandment to "Be Fruitful". Hence we should now investigate the exact method and process whereby we can achieve human perfection of character.
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