There was the One, and everything was white. The One didn’t remember his beginning. He only remembered his first act. He wanted there to be color, and there was color. Then he wanted ground, and there was ground. Then he wanted a body, and thus he had a body to stand on the ground. His body was like our bodies, but absolutely splendrous. Everything he wanted to happen, happened. This is a very important point. Why did everything happen that he wanted to happen? This is the subject of our story. In any case, he then wanted other beings like him and, by his will and desire, he created them. He called them the Malaakim. They looked like him, but they were smaller. They were also splendrous, but not like him.
Everything the Malaakim wanted to do or create also happened. Absolutely everything everyone wanted to do or create was possible, simply via their desires and their will. At the same time, no one wanted to do anything the others didn’t want. They always agreed. It was a paradise in absolute harmony. Eventually, the One created a mountain to see everything and take a throne above what he had created. The Malaakim chose the tallest, most beautiful, and most intelligent among them to be their leader: the Prince.
The Prince used to ascend the mountain to hear the sayings of the One in order to contemplate them and then explain them to the Malaakim. Sometimes the Prince would bring to the One the Malaakim’s questions so that the he would give them answers. These were usually enigmatic, and the Prince had to contemplate them for some time to explain them to the Malaakim. In this way, the One and the Prince had very fascinating conversations. Up to that point, everything was still perfect, in full harmony. Everyone could do and create everything they wanted just by thinking about their desires. And they created many marvelous worlds.
However, the explanation of a phenomenon is something more complicated than the phenomenon itself. It is not difficult for the person who explains a mystery after taking it for his contemplation and subsequent understanding to believe that he is smarter than the person who originally presented it. Some mysteries cannot be represented only by sayings. Finally, some mysteries simply cannot be understood by an intelligent being. They just have to be accepted. These are the limits of existence and understanding. In time, the Prince encountered such matters, and sometimes the conversations between the One and the Prince resembled arguments. Sometimes the Prince would get frustrated. This was the first time total harmony was lacking.
For example, one time the Prince once asked the One, “everything I want to happen, happens. The thoughts in my head do exactly what I want, and also everything outside of my mind, you and everyone, do exactly what I want. How can I know if you and everyone are nothing but my thoughts outside of my head? If you were just my dream outside of my head, I would be the One, and you would be my creation.”
Then the Prince thought of a bottle of beer in his mind and created a bottle of beer in his hand by his will, and said, “what is the difference between creating this bottle in my mind and creating this bottle in my hand? Also, how do I know that you created me?”
The One replied: “First, I created you. I was here before you. I don’t remember my beginning.”
The Prince said, “How do I know you’re telling the truth?”
“If you were everything, which would mean that you are also your thoughts in your head, as well as everything that is outside of your head, and that I just lied to you, that would mean that you just lied to yourself. Why? Do you hate yourself? You are crazy? If yes, why? Besides, where does what is unknown to you come from?”
Afterwards, the One took the bottle from the Prince’s hand and made it disappear. “By the way, I don’t want you to have a bottle in your hand. And I’m the One. You’re not the One.”
The Prince tried to recreate the bottle, but he couldn’t. Paradise was lost. It was the first time a person couldn’t create what he wanted. The Prince, the most wonderful of the Malaakim, was the only person in all of the worlds who could not create a bottle. And it was his job to understand why. But since he was proud, he couldn’t.
“Your will is probably stronger than mine,” the Prince replied. “Besides, all Malaakim think you’re the king of everything. It’s possibly a matter of numbers. If there are more people who want me to have a bottle in my hand, I will have a bottle in my hand.”
“Where do you think the bottle comes from?” said the One.
“Of course, from infinity,” replied the Prince.
“Maybe infinity doesn’t want you to have a bottle in your hand,” said the One. “And if it doesn’t want it, why?”
But the Prince exclaimed, “doesn’t want it? Infinity is only matter. It’s just the way to do things. Infinity doesn’t have will.”
“No. You’re wrong. And since you don’t understand, I will call infinity: the Father. Infinity is alive. I don’t remember my beginning, but I came from the Father. And so did you. We have a disagreement. The Father supports me, not you. That’s why there’s no bottle in your hand. Everything is an expression of the Father. It’s all his story. Except you, apparently. You don’t think the Father exists. You think you’re infinity or the Father. Or at least the One. You have no evidence of being infinity or the Father or the One. You only have the possibility that you could be. And you want to be. Why? Wasn’t everything perfect for you before? If not, what was lacking?”
“I just want to understand the issue,” said the Prince. “Okay, I want a bottle in my hand, but I don’t have it, and you’re the reason. I can’t believe there’s a bottle in my hand. That’s the problem. Everything we create, we create by will. We believe something is the case, and it is thus. I think you’re more powerful than me, and I can’t contradict you. Although, I think if the Malaakim use their wills to create a bottle in my hand, there would be a bottle in my hand because together we would be more powerful than you.” Afterwards, the Prince tried to convince all the Malaakim. He told them that the One believes that infinity is a living being, but that there is no proof of this. He also said that if everyone worked together, they could create a bottle of beer that the One wouldn’t want.
The One put his hands to his face. He explained to the Malaakim, directly, not through the Prince, that this event was not a great experiment. Just a revolt. A revolt when there had been no problem. The Prince wanted the bottle, and he, the One, did not want it, therefore there was no bottle. Obviously the Father honored the One and not the Prince. But a third group of Malaakim was curious to know if there was a Father at all, or whether infinity was just matter that they could manipulate at will. These were the smartest: they wanted to do the experiment.
The Malaakim did the experiment. They imagined the bottle of beer in the Prince’s hand. They wanted there to be a bottle of beer in the Prince’s hand. But the bottle didn’t show up. The One expected the matter to be over. But the Prince had another idea. “What if we made a world without the One and the other Malaakim? Obviously we’re in the same world. Or in many connected worlds, and the One and the Malaakim are present in all worlds. But in a world without the One and his Malaakim, we could do and create whatever we wanted, because infinity would be our infinity.”
Again the One brought his hands to his face.
“Everything is perfect,” he explained to the Malaakim. “Imperfection is not necessary. Infinity is perfect and this necessarily includes infinite intelligence.
“There could be ‘being’ or ‘not being'”, he added; “but ‘being’ exists. It is reasonable that perfect infinity, my Father, would produce me, the first being, the largest and most splendid, to demonstrate his image and to be the king of existence. There had been no trouble until the Prince’s revolt. It is not logical to create an existence in which imperfection is the basic state. In essence, the conflict between me and the Prince was necessarily a revolt of evil against good.”
The One also explained that he had answered any questions and allowed for all kinds of experiments.
“I have not treated anyone badly,” his speech continued. “If the Prince wants this new experiment, I will allow it.”
With that said, wise Malaakim already had everything they needed to decide what was right.
But the Prince insisted that the One was wrong to claim that infinity was alive. Therefore, it is not logical to assume that existence would have a pattern or a meaning as if it were the creation of a logical being. And it was unreasonable to follow the One’s sayings simply because the One was the first being, or the largest, or the most beautiful. Moreover, the One was a factor that prevented all Malaakim from having confidence in the Prince. Including obeying the One without even thinking of any other option.
Finally, the third group of Malaakim still wanted to do the experiment and go to a world without the One. They believed that infinity was only a substance for their manipulation, and the One and the Malaakims of the One were an obstacle to their power and freedom. The One decided to allow the experiment, but announced to the Prince that he had recognized the pattern of his behavior. The Prince had already failed to acknowledge the reasoning that perfect infinity was an intelligent entity. One that would create a perfect lord and world, and everything was for the observation of the perfect. There would always be questions, and the Prince would always do experiments and discussions because he simply could not recognize the requirements of a perfect existence. Therefore, if the Prince and his Malaakim left his presence, they would not be allowed to return. He simply had to choose between harmony or conflict. The One hoped that the fear of the unknown would persuade the Prince not to leave. No one knew anything about any worlds separated from the One. The One predicted that the Prince’s destination would be oblivion, because there is nothing outside the presence of the One, or the destination would be a very terrible world, because the Father would give honor to the One and dishonor the Prince.
But the Prince was very arrogant. Very proud. He wasn’t afraid at all. Just had curiosity and uncertainty. Uncertainty and pride are not a good combination.
He was convinced that the One was only a being in existence like any other, only with very strong will, or someone who received the strength of the wills of most Malaakim. He was also convinced that, if only he could escape the One, he would find a world of absolute freedom. He never considered that everything was perfect before his experiments. So finally, the Prince and his Malaakim left the presence the presence of the One. They didn’t find oblivion, though. But they also did not find a new existence of unlimited freedom. They found a world of total darkness, thirst, and pain.
But there’s another character in this story. The General. He was one of the Malaakim, not especially splendid. He loved the One very much. He once asked the One, “What happened to the Prince and his Malaakim? Did they find oblivion?”
“I don’t think so, ” replied the One.
The General said, “you are my lord. You’re the master of everything. Besides, I understand. Perfect infinity must include absolute intelligence. It is reasonable for the world to be, at least initially, perfect, in order to provide a foundation of normality. The argument between you and the Prince was not perfection. I want to understand why this happened. I want to know what happened to the Prince.”
The One replied: “You live in a perfect existence. You can do anything you want. Do it.”
So the General created a window to the Prince. He was stunned by what he saw. He had never experienced darkness, thirst, or pain. He talked to the Prince. The Prince begged to enter the worlds of the One. He insisted that his condition was the result of the will of the One and most of the Malaakim. In addition, he argued that it was not possible for there to be perfect Father, because a perfect father would create a perfect existence. So, his discussion with the One would not be perfection, and his location, in a hell, would not be a perfection either. The General recounted everything he saw and heard to the One.
“Apparently the Father has a reason to send the Prince and his Malaakim into that world. Apparently also the Father continues to honor me and give the Prince dishonor. You asked me about the Prince’s fate. Did I know? No. And I never lie. Obviously we didn’t send the Prince to hell by our will,” was the One’s response.
“What is the reason?” asked the General.
The One replied, “there is an explanation. But it’s not simple. I can’t just tell you a saying. Everyone needs to understand and experience the explanation to understand it intellectually and emotionally. The objection is finally to resolve that great question: whether the Father exists or not, and whether I am the king of all or not. It will take thousands of years and many participants, and many, many people will suffer. But after this explanation, everyone will know the truth without any doubt. I’ll create another world. Initially this world will be a paradise like our worlds. The beings of this world will affect their world by their will as we affect our worlds. However, they will only recognize that they can affect their bodies directly without any doubt. They’ll have to manipulate their world by their hands and voices and bodies. This world will be separated from us and our worlds to ensure their independence. Finally, I will allow the Prince to affect this world and these beings as much as he can. You I and our Malaakim will only affect this world as much as beings in this world want and believe. We will only appear to the beings there rarely, to avoid the Prince’s total domination. Therefore, it will be a world that expresses the Father and expresses what is against the Father. In the end, everyone will understand the truth and the Father. Do you want this explanation? Are you ready to start?”
“Yes. The Malaakim and I are prepared,” the General told him.
The One said, “all right.”
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.