For even as a child is given shape and life through the coming together of opposites,
being in the man and the woman bound, even so is the soul of man given shape and
life also by the coming together of good and evil.
And as a child drawn freshly from the womb is made to live and breathe in the midst
of great travail, so in like manner is the soul of man drawn forth from the midst
For you know already how that to every power, force or dominion there is given also
an opposite power, force or dominion; and these opposites, though they should struggle
fearsomely against each the other, still would they hold at bay each the other.
Thus did I determine for the good of all, that there should be brought through the
veils of time the law of opposition, even the epiphenomenon of good and evil; for
I thought it preferable to give hope in place of despair, joy in place of sorrow,
and life in place of death.
1 So the children of God began to journey through the veils of mortal time, being
made subject to all manner of oppositions, being pressed continually between the
greater and lesser portion…
2 And in the mortal life did the children of God move between the greater and the
lesser portion, to find therein a great many oppositions, which oppositions were
found as one in the hands of the wise, being themselves joined with God in the living
of their life.
3 These, then, did find revealed in life and death, good and evil, light and darkness,
love and hate, joy and sorrow, hope and despair, and many more besides; even in all
these things did the wise take to their soul the peace of God, which peace is beyond
the comprehension of lesser men who do but yield their souls to trouble.
4 For those who see with bitterness the oppositions in their life, even these are
always pressed by hurtful woes, being always caught in mortal life between advantage
and disadvantage, fortune and misfortune, good times and bad times.
5 Such as these do always wail against the whims of daily circumstance, to fill
their days with complaints and sorrows of every kind, being themselves as never content
or fully satisfied, but ever grasping midst anxious breath for the things which have
no life, becoming themselves as small and petty and filled with gloom.
44 Let therefore the nations of the earth rejoice; let now the word go forth midst
joyful expectation; let the children of men rouse themselves as if from slumber to
awaken, to shout from the very rooftops so that even the deaf can hear.
45 For even now has the day leaped forth, even that day when men shall worship the
only true God midst joy and dancing.
46 For in this day shall the hearts of the children be turned again unto God; and
even God, being both Father and Mother to all, even they shall come quickly forth
to make room in the heart of all who believe, a day of hope filled with glory.
47 And there shall come between God and man no degree of hindrance or separation;
for God shall gently lead his children forth to give both wisdom and comfort from
both their hands.
48 And the sons and daughters of men shall fear no longer the God beyond, but as
loving children both dear and precious, lean themselves most tenderly upon the bosoms
of both the Father and the Mother together, to commune, themselves, most fully throughout
the days of their sojourn upon the earth.