History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​April 7.​> religious ministers are false teachers, having no authority while they pretend to hold the keys of God’s kingdom on Earth, and was to kill them because they are false teachers, it would deluge the whole world with blood. [HC 6:304] I will prove that the world is wrong, by showing what God is. I am going to inquire after God; for I want you all to know him, and to be familiar with him; and if I can bring you to a knowledge of him all persecutions against me ought to cease; you will then know that I am his servant, for I speak as one having authority. I will go back to the beginning, before the world was, to show what kind of a being God is. What sort of a being was God in the beginning? open your ears and hear all ye ends of the earth; for I am going to prove it to you by the bible, and to tell you the designs of God in relation to the human race, and why he interferes with the affairs of man.
God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! that is the great secret. If the vail was rent to-day, and the Great God who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by his power, was to make himself visible; I say, if you were to see Him to-day, you would see him like a man in form— like yourselves, in all the person, image, and very form as a man;— for Adam was created in the very fashion, image, and likeness of God, and received instruction from and walked, talked, and conversed with him, as one man talks and communes with another.
In order to understand the subject of the dead, for the consolation of those who mourn for the loss of their friends, it is necessary we should understand the character and being of God, and how he came to be so; for I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity; I will refute that idea, and will take away and do away the vail, so that you may see. These are incomprehensible ideas to some; but they are simple— it is the first principle of the Gospel, to know for a certainty the character of God, and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another, and that he was once a man like us— yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did, and I will show it from the Bible. I wish I was in a suitable place to tell it, and that I had the trump of an archangel, so that I could tell the story in such a manner that persecution would cease for ever. What did Jesus say? (Mark it ;) the scriptures inform us that Jesus said, ‘as the Father hath power in himself, even so hath the son power’, to do what? Why what the Father did; the answer is obvious, in a manner to lay down his body and take it up again. Jesus, what are you going to do? To lay down my life as my Father did, and take it up again. Do you believe it? if you do not believe it, you do not [HC 6:305] believe the bible; the scriptures say it, and I defy all the learning and wisdom, and all [p. 1970]
April 7. religious ministers are false teachers, having no authority while they pretend to hold the keys of God’s kingdom on Earth, and was to kill them because they are false teachers, it would deluge the whole world with blood. [HC 6:304] I will prove that the world is wrong, by showing what God is. I am going to inquire after God; for I want you all to know him, and to be familiar with him; and if I can bring you to a knowledge of him all persecutions against me ought to cease; you will then know that I am his servant, for I speak as one having authority. I will go back to the beginning, before the world was, to show what kind of a being God is. What sort of a being was God in the beginning? open your ears and hear all ye ends of the earth; for I am going to prove it to you by the bible, and to tell you the designs of God in relation to the human race, and why he interferes with the affairs of man.
God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! that is the great secret. If the vail was rent to-day, and the Great God who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by his power, was to make himself visible; I say, if you were to see Him to-day, you would see him like a man in form— like yourselves, in all the person, image, and very form as a man;— for Adam was created in the very fashion, image, and likeness of God, and received instruction from and walked, talked, and conversed with him, as one man talks and communes with another.
In order to understand the subject of the dead, for the consolation of those who mourn for the loss of their friends, it is necessary we should understand the character and being of God, and how he came to be so; for I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity; I will refute that idea, and will take away and do away the vail, so that you may see. These are incomprehensible ideas to some; but they are simple— it is the first principle of the Gospel, to know for a certainty the character of God, and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another, and that he was once a man like us— yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did, and I will show it from the Bible. I wish I was in a suitable place to tell it, and that I had the trump of an archangel, so that I could tell the story in such a manner that persecution would cease for ever. What did Jesus say? (Mark it ;) the scriptures inform us that Jesus said, ‘as the Father hath power in himself, even so hath the son power’, to do what? Why what the Father did; the answer is obvious, in a manner to lay down his body and take it up again. Jesus, what are you going to do? To lay down my life as my Father did, and take it up again. Do you believe it? if you do not believe it, you do not [HC 6:305] believe the bible; the scriptures say it, and I defy all the learning and wisdom, and all [p. 1970]
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