Once upon a time there was (and still is) a Brilliant Creator. This Brilliant Creator, otherwise known as BC, created many wonderful things, all of them “very good.” BC had a conversation with two local news paper commentators named Rene Brueberg, otherwise known as RB and Carrie Smith, CS. Oh yes, the Evil One, EO, would chime in the conversation every now and then. The conversation centered on the most magnificent and beautiful of BC’s creations, which are Human Beings, HBs. This conversation took place many thousands of years after BC created his masterpiece. BC, RB, and CS were all very concerned about the condition of HBs and the world in which they live. With a few exceptions they all agreed on what the solutions should be to solve the problems plaguing HBs. The EO really didn’t care much. In fact the EO was quite content with confusing rhetoric and clouded issues. Anyway, the conversation went something like this.
BC to RB and CS: My dear children, so many of my HBs are mired in moral confusion today. I desperately need your help. With your powerful voices you can reach so many of my beloved HBs. Your stories of love and compassion, struggle and triumph are very encouraging. But I need more from you. To help save my beloved HBs I need you to go much deeper with a message of love so radical that, sadly, some will not accept it. This message is our only hope. For my HBs are like none other of my creations, so strong yet so frail, so insightful, yet so blind, capable of such unspeakable horrors, and at the same time of such unimaginable love and kindness. The wellbeing and dignity of my HBs must take priority over everything in life.
CS: Even our reproductive freedom?
EO: A legitimate question my dear!
BC: Yes my child, the entire world is at stake.
BC: You see when I created my precious HBs I gave them a set of loving parameters to keep them out of trouble and save them much heartache. Sort of like an instruction manual on how to behave. I call it Natural Law, or NL. Every HB instinctively knows about my NL, because I wrote it on their hearts. Though some choose to ignore it, and that hurts me deeply.
BC: I love my HBs so much that I gave them free will. But because my two original HBs chose differently than I would have liked them to choose, things are not always as they should be. So it is more important than ever to follow my NL. So important that I even sent my Only Begotten Son, OBS, to reiterate and clarify my NL. Many HBs loved my OBS and took his words to heart. Some HBs thought he was crazy, others were confused and frightened by his message. And some HBs were so full of jealousy, hatred, and pride that they actually killed my OBS. I love my OBS so much that they actually killed me as well.
EO: My kind of HBs!
RB: How can we help?
BC: My child, as you know my OBS gathered 12 HBs and gave them the command to spread my radical life-saving message to all people throughout the world. We chose an ordinary working class HB named Peter to lead this rather simple band of HBs, though sadly one of them strayed. After my OBS was killed he defeated death, returned to those imperfact HBs and gave them the Holy Spirit, HS. Through the strength of us three as one, Myself, my OBS, and the HS, those 11 HBs started my church, MC. They even died for MC. Today, HBs hear my voice, MV and that radical life-saving message through MC, but only if HBs want to. I don’t force MV on any HB.
RB: But BC, today many HBs claim that your church is in Rome and led by another HB who is the successor of Peter. I don’t necessarily believe that. How can this HB have the ability to speak for you? How on earth can this HB in Rome possibly possess enough wisdom to know what’s best for HBs all over the world? For me the real Church is in the pews, not inRome.
BC: My beautiful child, I am indeed in the hearts of each one of my HBs in the pews. I am also in the hearts of those who are not in the pews, and in those who are in Synagogues, Mosques, thatched huts, huge mansions and behind prison walls. But not all HBs listen to their hearts and many misunderstand MV. So MC is always there being MV and inviting all HBs to the table for spiritual nourishment and compassionate direction.
CS: Considering the circumstances I think that we HBs are doing a pretty decent job of getting by today. I mean there’s always room for improvement, but I think that through our own intelligence we have done pretty well at interpreting your word and addressing some very pressing issues.
BC: My lovely child, all HBs are a part of me and I am in all HBs. Nothing breaks my heart more than to see my precious HBs suffer. There is too much suffering today, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Most of it is caused by HBs not listening to MV and disregarding my NL. When my precious HBs make destructive choices it hurts me deeply, and part of me dies. THAT DREADED DAY IN THE GARDEN!
BC: You see my children, every kind of evil from the beginning of time is born out of a deliberate separation from me, for I am pure love. This permits HBs to see themselves and other HBs as less than what I made them to be, which is the summit of my creation and the center of my love. Every act of lust, deceit, greed, and cruelty, when done to a fellow HB, whether directed to one individual, or an entire race, stems from the fact that HBs have moved themselves so far out of my loving reach that they can no longer recognize their innate beauty and worth.
CS: HBs have always been cruel to each other throughout history. But I think that today through the intelligence that you have given us we’ve evolved to the point where we HBs have been able to handle some of the most important situations pretty well ourselves. I’m talking about major decisions like life and death. I mean we HBs can also decide who should live and who should die, right? You shouldn’t always be burdened with those important decisions. So we’ve developed our own laws which permit us to make those decisions for ourselves. That’s a step in the direction of a more compassionate society don’t you think? Don’t you think that humankind is wise enough to decide who should live and who should die?
EO: You go girl!
BC: (a large tear slowly begins to form in BC’s magnificent eye) My dear Carrie, more than any other, that kind of reasoning has led to more misery and death than anything else. More wars fought, more starvation, disease, and death has been caused by that kind of reasoning. Today in your self-proclaimed sophistication HBs have even managed to justify mass murder on a scale that dwarfs all wars throughout time. World War III has been raging for almost 40 years with little attention. A crime against humanity of this magnitude can only be perpetuated with the blessing of a society that has been decieved with the lie that HBs can be me. I hear the cries of all of my little ones, LOs. I see their faces, I hear their screams. I am with them in their secret hiding place as they struggle for shelter from medical instruments that were intended to heal and not to destroy.
CS: But BC, is it not important for HBs to have some control over their own bodies? Are we not to be the Lord of even ourselves?
BC: My child, your laws have managed to turn the most precious dwelling place on earth into the most lethal. This has done great damage to HBs’ ability to truly recognize and appreciate the magnificence of my handiwork. You’ve managed to cheapen human life to the point to where it is viewed as disposable. When one of my LOs dies, it is as if a lance has pierced my heart.
EO: Give me a break!
CS: But BC, where have you been for the last 38 years? Aren’t you aware that some of our brightest legal and political minds, by using the intelligence that you gave us, have already established that your LOs are not HBs? They’re fetuses. And as such, they really don’t deserve any human rights whatsoever. Unless of course we deem them worthy. So what’s the big deal? Women are the gatekeepers of life, not you. I’m sorry BC but we can’t give up that right. We’ve evolved too far, we can’t go backwards now.
EO: Way to be strong! Hold your ground, don’t give in.
RB: I’m not really sure how I feel about all that. I mean medical science has indeed proved that beyond a doubt your LOs are really HBs and that they are being destroyed at an alarming rate. However I’m still kind of in the middle on that whole issue.
BC: I know my daughter. (another tear begins to form in BC’s eye)
RB: But I am sure that HBs should be able to tell you when we want you to be part of the act of creating another HB. I realize that you are the Author of life and all but we should take some control of creation, right? We’re intelligent enough to know when we want you to participate in the holy act of creating another HB and when you should just stay out of our human intimacy, even though you created it.
BC: My dear Rene, when HBs try to take my place and make themselves the author of life they unwittingly tamper with my wise design. And they do so with great cultural consequences; economically, ecologically, biologically, and sociologically. A mere eighty years ago MC predicted some of these very problems that plague society today as never before in human history. MC voiced concerns back then and still today, but very few listen.
EO: I agree with Rene, why shouldn’t HBs be like you if they desire it?
CS: Speaking of cultural issues, I really take issue with people who are under the impression that you intended only male and female HBs to marry each other. Obviously you designed male and female HBs differently, but as long as we’re compassionate and loving people, what’s the big deal who marries whom? Your OBS said absolutely nothing about this issue the entire 33 years that he was here.
BC: My child, if you believe in the Trinity than you would realize that my OBS and I had much to say about my plan for male and female relationships. Because of that day in the Garden many things are not as they were intended to be. All HBs are affected by sin, and all HBs are loved by me more than they realize. Because of my NL most HBs possess the ability to distinguish right from wrong, between what pleases me and what hurts me, and between what is true and what is a lie. But the choice is still theirs. Some HBs carry a heavier cross than others. But all HBs are called to struggle against what this world tells them and toward what I have written on their hearts.
CS: But why should people suffer if they don’t have to? If another person makes me happy and enriches my life why does it make a difference who they are?
BC: My dear child, listen to these words;
“The tolerance that admits God as it were as a private opinion but refuses him the public domain, the reality of the world and of our lives, is not tolerance but hypocrisy. But nowhere that the human being makes himself the one Lord of the world and owner of himself can justice exist. There, it is only the desire for power and private interests that can prevail.”
CS: Those are good words!
RB: I agree, who said them?
BC: MV fromRome.
RB:Rome! I don’t know about that. .
CS: Are you crazy? What on earth does that celibate old man in Rome know about human relationships?
BC: My precious daughters, my design and plan for the survival and salvation of the human race is perfect and complete. It does not require adjustment from you. Can you not see what the past 50 years of your misguided social experimentations have wrought? Did you not hear and understand MV? “Nowhere that the HB makes himself the one Lord of the world and owner of himself can justice exist…only the desire for power and private interests.” I beg you my children, abide in me. I need your powerful voices desperately. I love you.
CS: You are certainly a Brilliant Creator, that’s for sure. But we just thought that in the areas of love, marriage, life and death that you could use a bit of help from us. I mean nobody’s prefect. Right?
Life and Peace, Richard and Linda Ciarrone