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Mystery of Civilization
But what did result?
Adam took to himself the knowledge of good as well
as evil. But it was only human good, no higher than the
carnal human level of the human spirit within him. He
rejected reliance on God and relied on himself for
knowledge, ability and power-all limited to the fleshly
human plane, deceived and led by the perverted
Had he taken of the tree of life, he himself
undoubtedly would have succeeded Satan on the throne
of the earth, restoring the government of God,
empowered, influenced and led by the Eternal God. But
he allowed Satan to enter within his mind. He was, as it
were, kidnapped and held captive by Satan.
Thus the first created human disbelieved God,
disobeyed God, chose to go HIS owN WAY, do his own
thing. Adam did it willingly, but not apparently willfully
or with malicious intent.
Willingly, Adam was led into captivity by Satan. He
had willingly gone along with Satan, the archkidnapper
of all time.
A World Held Captive
Adam had been created with the potential to be born a
son of Gon. Even though not as yet even a begotten son
of the Gon FAMILY, he had been created as potentially
just that. Once he succumbed to Satan's WAY of
choosing to "do his own thing," in rebellion against a
deliberate command of God, he became spiritually the
property of Satan. He actually had succumbed to the
GOVERNMENT of Satan, choosing the LAW of that
government-the law of vanity, self-centeredness–
leading automatically into attitudes of self-glory,
coveting, competition, desire to GET rather than God's
way of GIVE.