What is the Destiny of the Mortal who has not Experienced the New Birth
I am here; John
I want to write tonight on a subject that is important, and I hope that you will be able to receive my message (for I have been waiting to deliver it for some time). Well, I desire to discourse on the subject: What is the destiny of the mortal who has not experienced the new birth, but who will progress to that condition which may be called the perfect man?
As you know, there is a future for the man who receives the new birth, and a different one for him who has only the complete and pure development of his natural love. This latter condition does not depend upon the man having in his soul the divine love or essence of the Father, but merely upon the purification of the natural love, so that sin and error and inharmony, form no part of his state of soul or mental existence.
This condition is not the result of a change in the constituent elements of his soul, but merely of the elimination of those things therefrom which were the necessary consequences of the defilement that followed the fall of the first parents. When this purification is accomplished, man will again be in harmony with the laws of his creation, and will have all the perfection and excellence that he originally possessed.
Then, what will his destiny be? And in order to answer this question, it is only necessary to understand what his inherent condition or qualities were when he was the perfect man of his Father’s creation. At that time, man was possessed of those things of which he is now the possessor, except that then they were all so accurately adjusted that every sense and function of his body, as well as every faculty of his soul and mind were in perfect harmony with the laws of his creation, enabling him to obey every requirement imposed upon him by these laws.
He was then not only a perfect being as regarded his physical formation, but also as regarded his mental and moral qualities, which of course included all his emotions and appetites, as well as his spiritual aspirations. His physical body was in the beginning made of matter, changeable as it now is, but of a more ethereal kind, and not subject to decay and disintegration in such a short time as it now is. But yet, it was subject to this decay; and man, as regards his physical being, necessarily was required to die, to have released his spirit body and soul from this physical vesture, and thereafter to exist as a spirit.
This was not the death, that he died as a consequence of his disobedience and fall, but the death natural to him by reason of the very nature of his creation. His soul and spirit body were not subject to death, in the sense of annihilation, but were given the quality of continuous existence. Whether immortality was a part of that continuous existence, we spirits do not know and therefore cannot assert. But as his created soul and spirit body had a beginning, it may be that they were intended to have an ending. Of course, they were created from something, and not from nothing (as some of your theologians say), and so it is possible, in the order of change (which seems to be the law in the spirit world as well as in the mortal world), that this soul and spirit body may be resolved again into that, something.
But as to this finality, we do not have any knowledge, because, so far as the observation of spirits in this world go, no soul or spirit body has ever been resolved into that something, or been deprived of its individualized existence. Therefore I cannot say that when man was created, it was intended that he should not be immortal, or that he should be so. But you will readily see that after man shall have accomplished the purification of his soul, and become in mind and spirit body as it was intended he should be at the time of his creation, he will be nothing more nor less than he was at that time, and have no other or greater qualities, or freedom from limitations and changes than he had before his fall.
Of course, he will have no physical body, and here let me say that there is no fact or experience known to the spirit world, that justifies the assertion that man on earth will ever be immune to physical death. I know that some say that in the far future, men may make such progress in the development of their natural love, that their condition of inner purity will cause their physical bodies to become, so “etherealized” as to render them free from physical death. But this I cannot conceive will ever happen; for men were made to become inhabitants of the spiritual realms, and the short time they were decreed to live the earth life was only for the purpose of giving the soul an individualized existence. Never was it intended that the physical form should have an eternity of existence, no matter how pure or etherealized it may become.
I see that you are tired, and I will finish later. I am glad that I could write tonight, and also that you are in such good condition to receive my message.
So, with my love and blessings, and assurances that you have every reason to keep up your courage and hope.
I am, Your brother in Christ, John
I am here; John
I was writing about the future or destiny of the soul that has not experienced the new birth, and will continue where I left off.
When the soul becomes wholly purified and restored to that condition of perfection, that was possessed by the first parents before the fall, it discovers that its possibility of further progress, either mentally, morally, or spiritually, has come to an end, that it has reached its limit of advancement, and that the happiness and contentment that it then enjoys, is the full complement of what it may obtain or possess. This condition is one which satisfies the majority of those who have reached the state of the fully restored man; and they are content to live the life of such perfection, and rest in the assurance that, there is no greater happiness or more desirable condition existing in the universe of God.
But with some of these souls, this state does not bring or contain this complete satisfaction, and in them continues the desire for more and greater progress. They perceive that they have reached the limit of their progress, and believe that they must continue to live in this state of the perfected being; but notwithstanding this belief, yet there comes to them a dissatisfaction, and a lessening in happiness, as it were, that causes unrest and a conscious desire for something, they know not what.
It may be the memory of something they heard in their progress through the spheres, or the suggestion of some unconscious, dormant memory inherited from the first parents of the great gift of endless progress, potentially bestowed upon God’s first created beings and forfeited, that causes the discontent and longings for something beyond the condition of their perfect state. When this state of mind and soul comes to them, then they are susceptible to the teachings and help, of those spirits who have in their souls the divine love, and the knowledge that there is a way that leads to everlasting progress, without limit or possibility of reaching the end.
Many of these perfected souls have followed the advice of these immortal spirits, and have left the high sphere of their perfection and entered the lower soul spheres of the spiritual heavens, and sought and found the new birth of the soul, and progressed from sphere to sphere until they reached the Celestial Heavens, where they are still progressing and realizing a contentment never marred, but always accompanied with the knowledge that ever beyond, are spheres of greater happiness and truth and knowledge.
But as I say, the larger number of souls that reach the heavens of the perfected man find contentment there, and so remain in the state and happiness of the restored first parents.
I have written enough and will stop for tonight. You have received the message very satisfactorily and I am pleased. So with my love and blessings,
I will say goodnight, and God bless you with His love.
Your brother in Christ, John