One God, two worlds

Do we really enjoy free will?
 
The answer is no. We suffer the free will because we have not freedom of action. God endowed Adam with free will. As his descendants, we inherit this free will. Throughout our lives we make decisions and assume the consequences thereof. However, in addition to countless physical and social limitations we inherit two really fatal ones: 1) we do not decide to enter the world; 2) we cannot decide to stay in this world forever. This world is finite and compulsory.
 
Spiritual world and material world
 
Thank God, He has created not only Earth, but also Heaven (Genesis. 1:1), which are the names of two parallel worlds. Heaven is the spiritual world and it is superior to the material world. The material world seems to be more accessible for our research, yet its limits surpass all our imagination. There is no reason to think that the spiritual world is less complex (Paul, for example, mentions the third heaven (2 Corinthians, 12:2). However, we shall be in better position to get into such detail when we get there. The spiritual world is inhabited by spirits. Some interventions of Heaven in the earthly life are perceived as miracles, because the spirits are not under the laws of the material world. Spirits can "wear" flesh: 'And the two angels came to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom; and Lot saw them, and rose up to meet them; and he fell down on his face to the earth' (Genesis 19:1); they can even make a woman pregnant: '...when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them' (Genesis 6:4). However, in most cases people remain unaware of the spirits acting behind the scenes, and develop a variety of explanations why things go strangely. Those explanations, in turn, are themselves subject to the influences of spirits, thus rendering the world kingdom of puppets.
 
Three major puppet mentalities of the material world:
 
1. Secular mentality: Explaining the events of this world by natural laws and trying to pave the path to a better life by better understanding those laws. "Knowledge is power". Moral justification comes from human agreements.
 
2. Religious mentality: Events of this world are explained by the dogmas of the respective religions enforced by their institutions; The way to a better life is seen in following the religious rules and getting the rest of the world converted into the same religion. Moral justification comes from the declared moral principles of the religion.
 
3. Superstitious mentality: Events of this world are explained by arbitrary factors like stars, gods, idols or spirits; the way to get along with the world is in manipulating those forces through magic practices (witchcraft) and rituals. Some try to manipulate God Himself through "correct" prayers and sacraments. No morals.
 
In an individual life all three elements can be easily combined as they all serve the same goal: adjusting to the material world.
  
Liberating the free will

Free will is the source of unpredictable behavior. Therefore, beings with free will unleashed may turn out catastrophe. Their existence is not (totally) destructive either under strict limitations of the freedom of action (law & order) or when their primary motivation is love and their judgment is backed by wisdom. Free will without freedom of action begets suffering, but suffering, if combined with faith, develops ability to love which is the condition for being granted freedom of action in the Kingdom of God. However, most people try to escape suffering by enslaving their will to the world. Free will aiming at things not found in the world can subsist only by faith. That is why faith liberates our spirit.
 
Being compulsory born into one world makes it possible (in principle) to enter another world by choice. As we inherit our fleshy existence on Earth from the firstborn of this world (Adam), we can inherit the eternal life from the firstborn of Heaven (The Messiah). If He pleases to adopt us. In our times people love watching movies and identifying with some Superman or another extremely adorable person. This gives at least a momentary feeling of being perfect. Identifying with the true Messiah really makes perfect those who are willing to follow him to the end. This takes being an actor, not a spectator though. While sticking to Adam's nature man sticks to sin and therefore stays in conflict with God. Only through the Messiah he can be reconciled with God and thus be liberated from the miserable puppet's existence. This is possible because the Messiah is spotless and is in perfect unity with God. The Messiah has supreme authority over all of the creation.

Please choose your father
 
The prophetic psalm introduces the Messiah as the Son of God: 'Thou art My son, this day have I begotten thee.' (Psalms 2:7) The New Covenant introduces Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah as 'the beginning of the creation of God' (Revelation 3:14) 'who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.' (Colossians 1:15).  Unlike Adam, he was made perfect: 'Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;  And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him' (Hebrews 5:8-9). He is not God, but God has created him at the first place and then the rest of the universe - through him and for him. The Eternal God is not subject to time, but the creation was accomplished in six days - in time, because God was acting through the Son. Being a perfect image of God, fully obedient to Him and empowered by Him to act in His Name, The Messiah from the human perspective is equivalent to God. The wonderful thing is that we can choose our inheritance by identifying either with Adam or with The Messiah. That is possible because spiritual inheritance, unlike the biological one, operates through faith and not through genes.
 
The crossing of the two worlds
 
To make the two worlds meet somebody had to be born from a "mixed marriage". That is why Yeshua was born into this world by a woman of this world from the Heavenly Father. Thus a great mystery of God's plan was unveiled - The Kingdom of God would be the union and reconciliation of the two worlds.
 
Do not be late!
 
An important difference between Heaven and Earth is that the inhabitants of Heaven do not multiply, while Adam was instructed to 'be fruitful and multiply". The Torah allows to a widow to remarry, which points to the fact that marriage is not transferable to Heaven. Therefore, the population of Heaven is being recruited from the Earth. After the planned number of inhabitants of Heaven will be reached, the two worlds shall be replaced by one integrated Kingdom: 'Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband' (Revelation 21:1-2)
 
The Kingdom of God will harmonize the two worlds, in which man's spirit will totally control his body and will no longer be hostage of the mortal body.
                                                                                                                                                                
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