|Iniquitous One as a Being of Light|
From: Ernest Moyer
Subject: Iniquitous One as a Being of Light
Date: Mon, May 9, 2005, 2:18 AM
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Nancy Brown asked the question:
How can Caligastia masquerade as a being of light and still be referred to as the "iniquitous one" in the Urantia Teachings?
Clearly Nancy, you do not understand divine beings.
Caligastia was cast down. See the Urantia Papers, page 610, quoting the gospel of John.
John 12:31 - Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
- Of judgment, because the prince of this
world is judged.
All divine beings, when they show themselves to human beings, will appear in a "frame of light," or a "being of light"
We have Paul's description of his experience on the road to Damascus.
Acts 22:6-9 - And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" And I answered, "Who art thou, Lord?" And he said unto me, "I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you persecute." And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.
In the Book of Enoch we have various descriptions of divine beings making themselves visible to human beings.
C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963) was a very famous Professor of Literature at Oxford University, who died on the same day as John F. Kennedy, Aldous Huxley, and William Sadler, Jr.
He wrote prolifically, virtually all Christian works, with some fiction. He wrote the famous Narnia series of children's fantasies when he was a teenager, and his space trilogy, Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength. His works still sell widely around the globe.
In the introductory material to Perelandra he gives the following description of a personal experience:
What I saw was simply a very faint rod or pillar of light. I don't think it made a circle of light either on the floor or the ceiling, but I am not sure of this. It certainly had very little power of illuminating its surroundings. So far, all is plain sailing. But it had two other characteristics which are less easy to grasp. One was its colour. Since I saw the thing I must obviously have seen it either white or coloured; but no efforts of my memory can conjure up the faintest image of what that colour was. I try blue, and gold, and violet, and red, but none of them will fit. How it is possible to have a visual experience which immediately and ever after becomes impossible to remember, I do not attempt to explain. The other was its angle. It was not at right angles to the floor. But as soon as I have said this, I hasten to add that this way of putting it is a later reconstruction. What one actually felt at the
moment was that the column of light was vertical but the floor was not horizontal—the whole room seemed to have heeled over as if it were on board ship. The impression, however produced, was that this creature had reference to some horizontal, to some whole system of directions, based outside the Earth, and that its mere presence imposed that alien system on me and abolished the terrestrial horizontal.
I had no doubt at all that I was seeing an eldil, and little doubt that I was seeing the archon of Mars, the Oyarsa of Malacandra. And now that the thing had happened I was no longer in a condition of abject panic. My sensations were, it is true, in some ways very unpleasant. The fact that it was quite obviously not organic—the knowledge that intelligence was somehow located in this homogeneous cylinder of light but not related to it as our consciousness is related to our brains and nerves—was profoundly disturbing. It would not fit into our categories. The response which we ordinarily make to a living creature and that which we make to an inanimate object were here both equally inappropriate. On the other hand, all those doubts which I had felt before I entered the cottage as to whether these creatures were friend or foe, and whether Ransom were a pioneer or a dupe, had for the moment vanished. My fear was now of another kind. I felt sure that the creature was what we call "good," but I wasn't sure whether I liked "goodness" so much as I had supposed. This is a very terrible experience. As long as what you are afraid of is something evil, you may still hope that the good may come to your rescue. But suppose you struggle through to the good and find that it also is dreadful? How if food itself turns out to be the very thing you can't eat, and home the very place you can't live, and your very comforter the person who makes you uncomfortable? Then, indeed, there is no rescue possible: the last card has been played. For a second or two I was nearly in that condition. Here at last was a bit of that world from beyond the world, which I had always supposed that I loved and desired, breaking through and appearing to my senses, and I didn't like it. I wanted it to go away. I wanted every possible distance, gulf, curtain, blanket, and barrier to be placed between it and me. But I did not fall quite into the gulf.
What makes this description so important is the detail Lewis offers in his attempt to understand the experience. He had a vivid memory, and tried to convey the thoughts he had about it. Lewis apparently was visited by a divine being.
His nomenclature of "eldil" refers to divine beings. He defines the archon of Mars as the Oyarsa of Malacandra. Archon is our old Greek word. Oyarsa meant Planetary Ruler, and Malacandra was his fiction for Mars.
Caligastia is still a divine Son of God. If he would present himself to others he would appear in a similar "frame of light" or as a "being of light." He has not been shorn of divine status.
However, he works under a proscription. He is not permitted to show himself to anyone except those who solicit him. Thus the earlier quotation I gave from Allen Wolf was one of those presentations. He came as a vivid being of light.
The "Iniquitous One" can still certainly show himself as "a being of light."
In these discussions I refer only to divine presentations external to the human being; I do not refer to those phenomena that appear internal to the human mind.
Nancy, I hope this helps you understand more about divine beings.