The Alternate-Universe Hoax of Jules Verne, H. G. Wells & Edgar Rice Burroughs
Tract #4 in the Truth For Science-Fiction Followers series
Version 1d, July 19, 2006. Copyright 2006 by Roddy Kenneth Street, Jr.
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Children of Earth, we know that most of you have been for all the many years of your lives on Earth very great fans of the Science-Fiction Dreamers. Such concepts are now prevalent everywhere on Earth— in every nation, in every university and college, and even in many seminaries. The Science-Fiction Dreamers have created a fantasy world for themselves as the real world degenerates and falls into chaos, and their world-view is altogether based on the premises of Humanism and the idea of Upward Evolution. Their world-view is now predominant in popular literature, in cinema, in television programming, and even in computer games.
You may be inclined to say, like one Christian fellow who is a former s-f addict: “I know that H. G. Wells was a major proponent of Darwin’s Evolution theory, and he expressed this belief very overtly in all of his writings. But what of the other giants of the genre that we might call ‘Pioneer Science-Fiction’...? What of Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs...? I began reading their novels back in the sixth grade, at about the same time that I started reading my first Heinlein books.” Like me, you may be inclined to think, “Hmmm. Maybe I should investigate a bit, and see if all these early pioneers were similarly obsessed with the concept of Universal Evolution...”
H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Edgar Rice Burroughs were my own early favorites, and I loved their stories enormously when I was young. The devotion of Wells to the Theory of Evolution had been glaringly evident in all of his writings. But when I reached maturity (age 28, the point at which I came back to belief in my Lord and His Holy Scripture), I started to worry that maybe even my other two childhood favorites, Verne and Burroughs, were actually pioneer Evolutionists. I myself had rejected Evolutionism in 1980, because reason, good sense, and the Bible scriptures had compelled me to do so. But quite a few years went by before my curiosity persuaded me to examine the backgrounds of Verne and E.R.B. Then, finally, I did a little research and became better informed about these two authors and the intentions behind their genre-forming literary works. I’d here like to share with you what I have learned concerning Burroughs’ perspective on the matter of Evolution. Was he a Christian or an unbelieving Evolutionist?
I have never taken the time to do an in-depth re-reading of all those juvenile favorites, but I am now much better informed as to Burroughs’ position in this matter. Basing my assumptions mostly on my experience of his Tarzan novels, his John Carter novels, and his Caspak trilogy, I had in later years presumed that Burroughs was often satirizing the idea of Evolution, rather than praising it. Now that I have more clarity, I realize that Edgar Rice Burroughs, the literary favorite of my youth, was also one of these fanciful Evolutionists, just as devoted to the Theory of Evolution as H.G. Wells!
Regrettably, even Edgar Rice Burroughs sought to promote the Theory of Evolution in his books— despite the fact that I often found his primitive efforts to do this so laughable that it now seems like mere satire to my mind!
His Caspak novels— The Land That Time Forgot and its two sequels— are great examples of this, as are many of his Mars and Venus novels. The three Caspak novels were great adventure stories but were unwittingly humorous. In these, Burroughs described a lost island where Evolution worked backwards and occurred within a matter of hours, rather than over countless millennia. This laughable idea was not intended as satire, however; it was Edgar’s fanciful way of asserting his belief in Evolution while staying within the confines of an imaginary story!
During the famous Scopes Trial, one of a large number of deceptions that were engineered by the familiar demons of the ACLU, Edgar Rice Burroughs made his position on Evolution quite clear. Burroughs then wrote many articles voicing his confidence in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, which he claimed was indisputable fact.
Edgar Rice Burroughs later declared his support for programs of eugenics. His faith in Evolution eventually led him to write a column for the Los Angeles Examiner in which he called for the extermination of all the world’s “moral imbeciles” and their relatives. In this recommendation, he anticipated the doctrine of another Evolutionist named Adolf Hitler, who would soon after broadcast the very same proposition. One of Burroughs’ unpublished essays was titled “I See A New Race,” and in that piece he recommended his own version of a “Final Solution” for all the world’s problems.
The extermination of all “moral imbeciles!” This kind of idea is totally comical if one only gives it a moment or two of serious consideration. Humans who believe in Evolution do not have any sense of right and wrong, so how can they determine which individuals are “moral imbeciles” and therefore unfit to live? Will they exterminate only rapists and murderers and retarded children? Or will they likewise exterminate all those Evolutionists who promote a eugenics program, and who thereby support mass-murder on a worldwide scale? Logically, they would be forced to exterminate themselves, because it is they themselves who are the “moral imbeciles”...!
I’m saddened to be aware of this now... because I was really very fond of all those Burroughs’ novels when I was young. They seemed like terrific adventure stories, and they were certainly designed to appeal to young boys and anyone with a fantastic imagination.
Burroughs claimed that his Tarzan books were written in an effort to show the conflict between heredity and environment, and that was certainly a big part of his aspiration. But in almost every Tarzan novel, Burroughs was also trying to show a world-system that he believed worked by “survival of the fittest.” He did not believe “the fittest” were Christians, or even the people most spiritually devoted to God. Burroughs believed that “the fittest” were “the strongest.”
I was grieved by this discovery, as you may be also, and thus we may say in agreement, “This is bad news for me. What a major disappointment! I was so fond of Burroughs’ books when I was young! I guess his novels helped me to develop and formulate all my ideas of what a hero should be. And now I have this discouraging knowledge that he was just another deluded dreamer, another foolish Evolutionist among the many who have been living on the surface of my native Earth!”
With great knowledge comes much grief, Little Earthling. King Solomon knew this to be a fact, and the Lord God knows it too. Our God is not unfamiliar with such grief, for God Almighty has Omniscience... and God perceives all the sadness of our Universe.
I’ve started to re-think the Tarzan novels and I would like to be able to view them as merely a satirizing of Evolution theory, but Burroughs himself never intended for his stories to be read in that way, with that attitude. He intended his novels to support the Theory of Evolution and his own faith in “the survival of the strongest.”
Burroughs’ own son Hulbert made a statement in 1975 that is a little scary. I realized many years ago, when I was still quite young, that Tarzan should be seen as the prototype for all the many comic-book superheros. But it would seem that some persons on our Earth are starting to regard Tarzan as the prototype for that “Naked Ape” construct conceived by the zoologist Desmond Morris.
The Naked Ape and The Human Zoo, as I recall quite well, were the titles of two books by Desmond Morris which I myself once studied during my Biology 101 course at a community college. “No longer is Tarzan Of The Apes considered mere entertainment— for Tarzan is the ‘Naked Ape,’” declared Hulbert Burroughs in the year 1975.
Perhaps it will comfort us a bit, however, to know that even Dr. Billy Graham, in his early youth, was quite a big fan of Burroughs’ Tarzan novels. Despite that corruptive influence on his childhood, God’s servant Billy Graham turned out quite well and has had a very successful lifetime on our Earth. Of course, even Billy didn’t always have everything go just the way he would have wanted. While in college, he once asked a woman to marry him and was flatly refused. That woman told him that she would not marry him because “the man she married was going to do something important.” What this lady considered important and what God Almighty consider important are obviously two very different things.
As for Jules Verne, my research tells me that he remained a Catholic till his death, and yet he struggled throughout his life to maintain his faith in Christ. The writings of Verne were hugely influenced by the religion of humanism that had come forth from the period of the French Enlightenment. That religion would soon after re-emerge in the liberal theology of the German Enlightenment, and soon after that, it would result in Hitler’s Mein Kampf.
A bit later, a Muslim dictator named Saddam Hussein would become a great admirer of Adolf Hitler, one who was very fond of Hitler’s My Struggle autobiography. Being a big fan of Hitler, Saddam Hussein modeled his own autobiography upon the pattern he had seen in Hitler’s Mein Kampf. This book by Hitler is now a popular best-seller in Islamic nations, where Muslim extremists find in him a kindred spirit— they share with Hitler his hatred of the Jews, God’s Chosen People, and share with Hitler his desire to annihilate the Jews from the face of the Earth. Such militant ideologies proliferate on Earth, most of them based on a faith in Evolution or on racial hatred, and one thing leads to another at a very rapid clip.
Did you know that Mohammed’s Koran declares that the Jews are “descended from pigs and apes”? This makes it much easier for Muslims to feel justified in their hatred of Jews, which they see as not quite human. Not surprisingly, there were some Islamic leaders in Europe and elsewhere who were quite eager to support Hitler during World War II, and they were happy to praise Hitler profusely in his campaign against the Jews
It’s not good to interpret any Holy Scripture with an attitude of hatred toward other races of the Earth. When someone does this, he ends up with a mind of distortion and irrationality.
Even now, there are many Islamic leaders in Europe and in the various Muslim nations who are busy fomenting hatred and anti-Semitism among their followers, and these are incessantly launching violent attacks against the Jews. These hateful Islamic leaders have violence in their minds, hatred in their hearts, and blood on their hands... but somehow, it is not only the Jews whom they see as “inhuman” and “heretics.” It is the Christians also that they hate. So they launch their hateful jihad, determined to eliminate all Jews and Christians from the Earth.
Darwin began to promote his theory of Evolution around 1842, and Jules Verne was certainly aware of this popular new “science” perspective when he first started writing his own fantasy novels, which began to be published around 1863.
When I was young, I used to believe that Jules Verne came before Darwin, but the reverse is actually the case. I was also surprised to learn that Verne and Wells were contemporaries to some degree, and their lifetimes overlapped. Wells wrote his novel The Time Machine a full ten years before the death of Verne.
Interestingly, the first science-fiction story ever written by Jules Verne was a negative-utopia called Paris In The Twentieth Century. In this tale, Verne foresaw a future Earth that would be not at all desirable, should it come into existence. He imagined a future in which technology had improved some aspects of life, and in which many other aspects of human society had gone awry. This manuscript did not find any publisher, because the editors were all afraid that it would be too depressingly realistic for public consumption.
His first science-fiction novel not being sufficiently cheerful for the reading public of Earth, it remained unpublished for over a century. The manuscript was finally rediscovered and released in 1994, near the end of the Twentieth Century.
Verne learned his lesson when he was unable to sell that novel, and thereafter he wrote only marketable novels that were commercial and totally optimistic— stories about the marvels of modern science and technology. He chose that route because this humanistic slant was in full accordance with the dominant “Cosmic Optimism,” a philosophy which prevailed in the France of his own time. The egotistical humanism of the French Enlightenment would continue to dominate that nation for all subsequent decades, and Jules Verne was one of its most successful proponents.
Certain passages in his novels undoubtedly contributed to the widespread popularity of Darwin’s theories, and to the continuous propagation of Evolutionary belief in all of Europe and America.
It was Charles Darwin, of course, who had the greater impact. Strangely, most humans failed to realize that Evolutionism was a variety of religion, not a science at all. The people of Earth should have seen that Darwin, the primary advocate of the pseudo-scientific Theory of Evolution, was actually an apostate theologian with no scientific credentials! But they did not. Satan had a big hand in that, blinding the eyes of great masses of Earthlings... disabling the intellect of humans who were already far too ignorant of Universal truth.
Here’s an astounding footnote to our world’s history: When confronted with Darwin’s outrageous proposition concerning the structure of our Universe, the people of our Earth ignored completely Darwin’s utter lack of scientific credentials and the fact that his only education had been as a failing theology student! Hey, wake up and see the sunshine, folks! Do the terms “false teacher” and “false religion” sound at all familiar?
Why doesn’t the population of Earth manage to remember what God’s Son kept telling us over and over when He was visiting the surface of our planet...? “Beware of False Prophets,” He said to the inhabitants of our Earth: “Beware of the False Prophets that will come.” God has spoken thus to Earthlings so many times— time after time! But those people who wish to remain deaf will simply refuse to hear.
Darwin’s evolutionary concepts led his followers rapidly to a position where they were supporting racism, eugenics, and genocide; it was the natural outcome of their presuppositions. And even my youthful favorite, Edgar Rice Burroughs, had come to adopt that very same belief system by 1912, when he began writing the first of his many Tarzan novels.
But that’s enough for now about the fantastic world-view of the unbelievers — the Humanists and the Evolutionists who live daily in an unrealistic world of their own imagination. These dreamers live totally in a world of Illusion and Delusions. The gods and goals that they conceive for the Universe are merely figments of their own idle minds. They live in a world of darkness and dreams that is devoid of the Light of Jesus Christ. Their world is unreal, a product of their own overactive imaginations... not at all consistent with the Real Universe which God Almighty has created.
Before you continue onward to the next booklet in this series, we wish to explain for you the basic Truth of Reality... the Absolute Truth of God Almighty. We need to tell you that Jesus Christ is the Truth and the Light of the World— that’s why He is called the Word of God.
Every person on Earth will ultimately meet Jesus and acknowledge Him as Lord of our Universe. He will either tell you to enter His Heavenly Kingdom, or else He will tell you that He never knew you... and that you must leave Him, must be cast away into the Outer Darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The Outer Darkness is a good name for the dark confines of Hell, an isolation chamber which was prepared by God for Satan, for the fallen angels and demons of Satan, and for the damned souls of all those who have been the servants of Satan.
It is a horrid place that is utterly without the Light of God, devoid of His Presence. Sin, rebellion, and chaos rule in Hell among those beings who have always rejected the Truth of God. The damned spirits have rebelled against the majesty of God and the authority of God The Son, Who appeared on Earth in the human body of Jesus Christ... Who died on a torturous cross for the salvation of humanity.
You’ve heard the evolutionary explanation of Universal development for a great many years, with all of its elaborate details... ever since you were a child. You’ve surely encountered its advocates in every arena of the academic world and in every arena of everyday life. Its proponents are everywhere, and they have already proselytized much of the Earth. You are doubtless thoroughly accustomed to that way of thinking.
But what is the Biblical scheme of Earth's history and direction...? It’s the alternative explanation that God has given us in His Holy Scriptures.
A lot of people on our planet, even some Christian theologians, have tried to make the Bible compatible with their own evolutionary beliefs. But can that really be done? Such people reduce Biblical history to insignificance beside the enormity of their faith in the grand Theory of Evolution.
The Bible paints a very different picture concerning the history and future destiny of the Earth, and it is quite at odds with the beliefs of those who have faith in Evolution.
In the Holy Bible, God offers you a different and superior view of Earth’s development and its future fate. From the Holy Scriptures of the Bible we learn that Jesus Christ makes known to us the great secrets of the Universe— secrets not revealed on Earth from the time of Creation until the time of His arrival on our planet.
Here’s the Truth about the Universe, its progress, and God’s ultimate goal for the human race... the establishment of a paradise that God plans for the people of the Earth...
What is the Biblical scheme of Earth’s history and direction?
It’s a long-range plan by which God will transform and re-populate the planet Earth...
It's a vision of vast scope and mind-boggling predictions...
God's developmental plan for our Universe is an astounding program of transformations ...!
Here are 20 stages of ascent that should lead you to a genuine comprehension of your purpose and destiny in the Universe. These will help you to reach a higher level of consciousness, a lofty place where you will better understand of the history of the Earth and God’s goal for humanity...
1. A theme of WARFARE runs through the many books of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. We see evidence of angelic warfare, of historic military warfare between God's chosen people and the ungodly nations.
There are predictions of further warfare between the elect of Christ and the anti- Christian forces, and of a final great battle of Armageddon.
SPIRITUAL WARFARE devastates this planet until Christ's Kingdom comes !
2. A theme of APOCALYPTIC DESTRUCTION and RE-CREATION runs through the books of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. We see this in the Genesis record of Noah and the Great Flood, and in the predictions of the Old Testament prophets.
Jesus himself speaks of this in great detail as he is quoted in Mat. 24, Luke 17:24-37, and other places in the gospels. There are many such references in the epistles, and the final book, John's Revelation of Jesus Christ, is devoted almost exclusively to this subject.
3. A theme of the SURVIVAL OF A REMNANT who are loyal to God runs through the many books of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.
4. Rather than the Darwinian concept of "natural selection" and "survival of the fittest" (meaning the strongest) in a scheme of evolution, God's system of development is quite different!
God's plan is that there will be "DIVINE ELECTION" of all those who have chosen to accept His system of grace and mercy through Jesus Christ, and His plan calls for a "SURVIVAL OF THE LOYAL" instead.
5. In this scheme which God Himself has formulated, it is not the STRONGEST who survive, but rather the SUBMISSIVE!
(In this regard, it is certainly true that God can make the weak person become strong. But a person who is too strong and egotistical God may choose to crush, in order that he— or she— will be humbled and will become submissive to the will of God!)
6. God is continuously harvesting the Earth as His ever-progressing plan of DIVINE SELECTION goes forward, through a wise and millennia-long program of evaluation— through interminable testing of people and a very lengthy developmental process of SELECTING and REJECTING.
7. Thus, a theme of DIVINE SELECTION through a LONG-RANGE, millennia-spanning DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAM becomes evident.
8. This calls for a MAJOR SHIFT IN THE WORLD-VIEW that is held by any individual.
It truly requires a COPERNICAN REVOLUTION IN THE MIND-SET of a human being.
9. You must comprehend with an entirely new way of looking at the Universe— for to be among the redeemed, to be among the survivors who are granted eternal life with God, you must place JESUS CHRIST AT THE CENTER OF YOUR UNIVERSE, in the very place where once YOUR OWN EGO had ruled supreme!
You need to put the Sun of Heaven inside your heart! Once He is there, He will illuminate your mind and all areas of the Universe with the bright Light of His Presence. His Light will be radiant in your face, in your life, and your actions. Just as Moses’ face was radiant after he was in the presence of God, the follower of Jesus reflects the brilliant Light of the Lord Christ! His Holy Spirit will be inside you forevermore, making you aware of His Lordship and His Truth... giving you eternal access to His Divine Wisdom.
10. To be among the rescued, you must be a part of the Chosen Remnant of humanity that God will save from the Old Earth. A person must first become a believer of God, one who believes all God's words (His open communication to the human race), as revealed through Holy Scriptures and through God's only true Son, Jesus Christ.
God will show us mercy and forgiveness of our sins only when we come to Him through the sacrificial death of His one true Son, Jesus. God has made provision for grace (leniency and forgiveness), but He offers it to us only via the substituted sacrifice of the Savior, Jesus Christ.
11. Jesus has willingly agreed, already, to receive all your preordained punishment, in order that you may be spared from the Judgment fate— a destination in Hell. That punishment is what a person's sinfulness will otherwise deserve. . . and it will be found inescapable. . . at the great Judgment Day of God, when God will ultimately evaluate and judge the deeds of all souls.
12. Any soul can be spared on the basis of God's own painful sacrifice, by a belief in the salvation God offers through His chosen Messiah, His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ.
Those souls that are spared will be the ones that have opened the door of the heart and have allowed Jesus Christ to come inside. Through His Holy Spirit, He can take up residence inside you as the New Center of the Universe. . . as a brilliant light at the center of the spiritual "solar system." After that, everything in the Universe will revolve around God in an orderly and logical fashion. The progress of the Universe, and of God’s Plan for it, will from that time forward seem logical and orderly to your mind.
13. Are you still living as the only focal point of an Earth-centered universe? It’s time for you to stop making this Earth the center of it all!
Could a Christ-in Revolution change your mind-set. . . and establish instead the reality of a God-centered Universe?
You can move away from humanism if you so desire, move on to a higher level where you worship the True God, the Creator of our Universe. Do you really believe that Man is the center of all things... the measure of all things? God is the One Who will ultimately measure and evaluate the deeds of every human being!
You need to put the Sun of Heaven inside your heart. Jesus Christ is “the Sun of Righteousness,” and through His Holy Spirit, He can put some of His righteousness inside you. More importantly, God credits the follower of Jesus Christ with the Holiness and Righteousness of His Son. You need to place Him on the throne of your heart, declaring Him to be “the Sun King” of your life!
14. The brilliant light of Jesus Christ can give you an "internal guidance system" for your heart. . . and this will provide orderly direction for the "planetary system" of your personal worldview.
When you put Jesus on a throne in your heart, He provides a warm "sun" for that great void in your internal universe, and it will then burn continuously to dispel all the darkness/ coldness that would exist there without His presence. After that, you will have a logical "solar system" for all the interactive elements of your life.
15. Those souls who are not to be spared on this basis (those who have rejected God's words, His truth, His light, and His sacrifice) will suffer eternal separation from God. They will be cast instead into what Jesus calls “the Outer Darkness.” They will be forced to endure an eternal separation from God and God's final achievement— the recreated Paradise that will then be revealed as His ultimate objective.
This will be a NEW EARTH produced by God for all those persons whom He has rescued (or harvested) from the present world. God will populate it with those He has chosen through His millennia-long DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAM of DIVINE SELECTION.
16. This is God's final goal— His objective is to produce an entirely different world, a new and totally restructured world that will be vastly superior to this present world of distress and disorder, of countless evils and sin-produced chaos.
It is certain that the NEW EARTH will be immensely more pleasant than this present one, which will eventually be rejected and replaced!
17. You gain an Eternal Life with God when you put the Sun of Heaven in your heart. You can do this by placing Jesus Christ, Who in the Trinity of God created our Universe, upon a throne at the center of your heart! He deserves that position and that kind of respect. He was first God The Son, but when born in human flesh He became the only sinless and righteous person who ever lived. Yet He sacrificed Himself on a cross for your sake, taking all guilt and sins upon Himself— for you and for me, for all people everywhere— so that whoever wishes for salvation might be rescued from the due punishment of sins.
18. If you will do this, you will gain a new contentment and peace as you accept God's organizational plan for the Universe. . . because you'll be letting God be the Ruler of All Things in this world. . . and in your own life.
The Sun of Heaven will then reign in your life as the supreme Power that governs all things. The Bible calls Jesus Christ both “the Sun of Heaven” and “the Sun of Righteousness.” When you place Christ in your heart, He will lead you to a new life of righteousness. The Holy Spirit will start to rebuild you in the image of God, making you more like Jesus. You’ll become a brother (or sister) to Jesus Christ!
19. All it really takes is a simple but sincere little prayer— one that you should make up in your own words. The prayer for deliverance and for God's leadership should come from your own heart!
Some important elements that you might include are:
1) your desire to turn away from the wrongness or evil of your past life, and your remorse over the sins of your previous life,
2) your desire for God's forgiveness and mercy through the act of sacrifice of His Only Begotten Son (Jesus Christ),
3) your desire to know God's leadership in your life,
4) your desire to learn more of God's truth through Bible study,
5) your desire to find fellowship with genuine believers.
After accepting forgiveness through Jesus Christ, you must sincerely seek to turn away from evil, to the best of your ability; and you must further seek to gain knowledge of God's will through a diligent study of the Holy Scriptures of the Bible. Also, you must not neglect to maintain a fellowship and communication with God through the device of daily prayer.
20. This Sunday, don’t just worship the sun, like the followers of Baal, the Roman polytheists, and the pagans. You shouldn’t worship nature like the pantheists and the animists. The supernatural does exist, because God’s Spirit is above and behind the natural world... and superior to it. So don’t worship the sun and the stars like the naturalistic science advocates, the humanists, the evolutionists, and many of our modern-day science-fiction fans!
Don’t go out to worship the sun and stars this Sunday. Instead, go out to a good Bible-believing church and worship the Holy One Who is the Sun of Heaven— Jesus Christ, Who is both the Son of God and God The Son. Jesus Christ is the Sun of Heaven, and He is the Light of the World!
When you accept Jesus into your heart, His Light will transform your own mind and heart. Your purpose and goals will be changed, because you’ll want other people to learn about the good news of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. You’ll want to share the light, and you’ll want to worship the Sun of Heaven in a house of God!
This Sunday, bless the Father in Heaven by honoring His Son, of Whom He is very proud.
Jesus said of the people of God that "The kingdom of heaven is like a net that God has cast into the sea, and it gathers of every kind: When it is full, it will be pulled up on the shore, where they will sit down to sort the catch, and they will collect the good fish in baskets, but the bad things will be thrown away. This is the way it will be at the end of the world: The angels shall come forth, and they will separate the unrighteous persons from among those justified by God. . ."
Excerpt from the book of Matthew, who was a constant
companion of Jesus and his devoted disciple [13:47-50].
Jesus spoke of the people of God as being like a seed that is growing secretly, saying, "As for the kingdom of God, it is as if a person should cast seed into the ground; and then he sleeps, and he rises up night and day to see that the seed is springing forth and always growing up, although he knows not exactly how. The Earth is bringing forth fruit from itself; first the blade, then the ears of corn, and after that the fullness of the ears of corn. And when all the fruit of the Earth has come forth, immediately God will use the sickle to reap the fields, because the harvest-time has come."
Excerpt from the book of Mark [4:26-29].
It's also important for all of us to remember this:
1) WE SPEAK TO GOD by our prayers.
2) GOD SPEAKS TO US by the words of Holy Scripture.
So we must try to read His words and His Book just as often as we possibly can!!
God wants to bless you for all your long efforts to understand this very confusing and difficult Universe in which we live so let Him reward your search with the grace of His forgiveness and enlightenment!
THIS GUIDE WAS WRITTEN FOR YOU BY. . .
Ken Street, a baptized follower of the Way.
Copyright 2006 by Roddy Kenneth Street, Jr.
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