THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
by Herbert W. Armstrong
This is the eye-opening story of the real gospel message of Jesus
Christ -- of how this missing dimension was withheld, and the whole
It's positively astounding! It has remained undiscovered by
science! No religion has revealed it! Higher education has never
taught it! Is it possible the whole world has been
deceived -- regarding the awesome purpose of human life -- about the
WAY to world peace and how it will come? And could it be true
that the real gospel message Christ brought from heaven revealed
this missing dimension -- but was suppressed? This is the
eye -- opening story of the real gospel message of Jesus Christ -- of
how this missing dimension was withheld, and the whole world
Table of Contents
..... CHRIST'S GOSPEL WAS SUPPRESSED -- NOT HEARD FROM THE FIRST CENTURY UNTIL
..... THE STARTLING REVELATION OF WHAT WAS CHRIST'S GOSPEL
..... THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL AT LAST REVEALED
..... PRE-EXISTENCE BEFORE THE MATERIAL UNIVERSE
..... WHAT LED TO THE CREATION OF
..... HOW GOD PLANNED TO REPRODUCE HIMSELF
..... BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN HUMAN MAN AND THE ULTIMATE SPIRIT -- COMPOSED
SONS OF GOD
..... WHY TODAY'S WORLD EVILS?
..... WHY THE CHURCH?
..... JUST WHAT DO YOU MEAN -- CONVERSION?
..... HUMAN NATURE -- AND HOW A WHOLE WORLD IS DECEIVED ABOUT ITS ORIGIN
..... IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH?
..... WORLD PEACE -- HOW IT WILL COME
What Led to the Creation of Man?
Something caused the creator God to decide to create MAN on this
planet. Few indeed know what it was and what the PURPOSE for
humanity's presence really is. WHERE are we going, and what is
These are the most vital questions. Yet, I repeat still
again, science cannot give the answers. No religion has the
explanation. No university teaches this most important of all
Earth Not Originally Populated by MAN
Most people know almost nothing about God. To understand
ourselves, WHY we are, where we are going, and how, we need to
know more about our Creator.
Our present life is like going on a journey. Suppose you had
just won a prize -- an all-expense-paid trip to some other country.
Wouldn't you want to know where you are going, how to get there,
and as many things as possible about this trip? Should we not,
then, be even more filled with eager anticipation to know as much
as possible about this one great trip of life? And to know that,
you need to know some things about the God who is sending you and
providing the way.
It is vital at this point, then, to know this -- as revealed
in the Bible: The Eternal God not only is Creator of all that is,
but is the RULER over all He creates and also EDUCATOR -- that is,
the revealer of basic knowledge. He reveals knowledge basic and
vital to know -- knowledge otherwise inaccessible to man. Yet
mankind -- generally -- has rejected revelation as a source of basic
What God creates He maintains. What He creates He creates
for a PURPOSE. He intends it to be put to use -- a right use that
preserves and improves. This use, maintenance and improvement is
controlled in the process of united, cooperative action, by the
GOVERNMENT OF GOD.
This earth, originally, was intended to be the abode of a
third of all the angels. The angels, beholding the earth at its
creation, found it so beautiful and perfect they shouted
spontaneously for JOY! (Job 38:4-7). It was to provide a glorious
opportunity for them. They were to work it, produce from it, and
preserve and increase its beauty.
And at this point, it is well to understand the nature of
God's original creation: It is like the unfinished furniture
available in some stores. This furniture is "in the raw" -- it is
finished all but for the final varnish, polish, or paint. Some
can save money by doing this finishing themselves -- provided they
have the skill to do so. This furniture may be of fine and superb
quality -- yet lacking the final beautifying completion.
So it is with God's creation. It is perfect, but subject to
a beautifying finish which God intended angels to accomplish. The
original "unfinished" creation was produced by God alone. But He
intended angels, prehistorically, and MAN, now, to utilize
creative power -- to finish this part in God's creation -- of adding
the final beautifying and utilitarian phases of what shall be the
FINAL COMPLETED CREATION!
And whether or not it had been revealed to the angels, it
was a supreme TRIAL AND TEST. It was to be the PROVING GROUND of
obedience to GOD'S GOVERNMENT and their fitness to develop into
final finished creation the millions of other planets in the vast
universe. For what is revealed in God's Word indicates that God
had created the entire PHYSICAL universe at the same time He
created the earth. The seventh word in Genesis 1:1 should be
Radioactive elements and the law of radioactivity prove that
there was a time when MATTER did not exist. GOD is a Spirit. God
is composed of Spirit. God was before ALL ELSE -- the CREATOR of
all. Angels were created prior to the earth. What God reveals
strongly implies that matter had never existed before the
original creation of the earth -- that the entire physical universe
was brought into being at that time.
So the angel potential was to take over the entire
universe -- to improve and finish the billions of physical planets
surrounding the uncountable stars, many of which are SUNS. The
sun in our solar system is merely an average-size sun. Some which
we see as stars are actually many, many times larger than our
sun. Our solar system, vast beyond the imagination of most minds,
is only a part of our galaxy, and there are many galaxies! In
other words, the physical UNIVERSE which the mighty God created
is vast beyond imagination! How GREAT is the GREAT GOD!
He intended angels, and now MAN, to have a vital part in the
final creation of the endless universe!
(But God may not have then fully revealed this awesome
potential to the angels, for one third of them set out to take it
from Him by force, without first qualifying.)
For this far-reaching purpose, God established His
GOVERNMENT on earth over them. The administration of the
GOVERNMENT OF GOD over this globe was delegated to the super
archangel -- the great cherub Lucifer.
Lucifer was the supreme masterpiece it was possible for even
the great God to create as an individually created entity. The
Bible reveals the existence of just two others of the same
rank -- Michael and Gabriel.
Bear in mind that even the holy angels and
archangels -- including this super cherub Lucifer -- of necessity
were endowed with ability to think, to reason, to form attitudes,
and to make choices and decisions.
God started this Lucifer out with everything going for him.
He sealed up the sum of wisdom, beauty and perfection. He was
PERFECT in all his ways from the instant he was created UNTIL
(Ezekiel 28:15) INIQUITY -- rebellion, lawlessness -- was found in
He had been trained and was thoroughly experienced in
administration of the GOVERNMENT OF GOD at the very throne of the
endless UNIVERSE! He was one of the two cherubs whose wings
covered the throne of God the MOST high (Ezek. 28:14, Ex. 25:20).
He was created gloriously beautiful -- perfect in beauty, but
he allowed vanity to seize him. Then he turned to erroneous
reasoning. God's LAW -- the basis of God's government -- is the way
of LOVE -- outgoing concern for the good and welfare of others,
love toward God in obedience, humility, and worship -- the way of
giving, sharing, helping, cooperating. He reasoned that
competition would be better than cooperation. It would be an
incentive to excel, to try harder, to accomplish. There would be
more pleasure in serving SELF and more enjoyment.
He turned against God's law of LOVE. He became jealous of
God, envious, and resentful against God. He allowed lust and
greed to fill him, and he became bitter. This inspired a spirit
of violence! He deliberately became his Maker's adversary and
enemy. That was his choice, not God's -- yet allowed by God!
God changed his NAME to what he became, SATAN the
DEVIL -- which means adversary, competitor, enemy.
He directed his supernatural powers henceforth to EVIL. He
became bitter not only against God, but against God's LAW. He
used his subtile wiles of deception to lead the angels under him
into disloyalty, rebellion, and revolt against the Creator and
finally into a WAR of aggression and violence to attempt to
depose God and seize the throne of the UNIVERSE.
As long as Lucifer remained loyal and administered the
GOVERNMENT OF GOD faithfully, this earth was filled with
wonderful and perfect PEACE. The angels were vigorously HAPPY to
the extent of joy! The LAW of God's government is THE WAY OF LIFE
that CAUSES and produces peace, happiness, prosperity, and
well-being. Sin is the WAY OF LIFE that has caused all existing
The penalty of sin by the angels was not death -- for God had
made them immortal spirit beings who cannot die. What God gave
them was THIS EARTH as their abode and opportunity to qualify to
possess and beautify the entire UNIVERSE.
Their penalty (they are still awaiting final judgment up to
now) was disqualification -- forfeiture of their grand opportunity,
perversion of mind, and a colossal earthwide CATACLYSM of
destruction wreaked upon this earth.
As a result, the earth came to the condition briefly
described in Genesis 1:2 -- (the Hebrew words "tohu and bohu" here
mean waste and empty, chaotic and in extreme confusion) with
water covering the whole face of the earth, in deep darkness.
Lucifer was created a perfect bringer of LIGHT. Now he became
author of DARKNESS, error, confusion, and evil.
So the rebellion of the angels that sinned (II Pet. 2:4-6;
Jude 6-7; Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:12-17) brought this extreme
cataclysm to the earth.
And in all probability it did more!
Whatever God creates is created in perfect condition. The
other planets were not created as dead hulks of waste and empty
DECAY -- like our moon and Mars. We do not yet know too much about
the other planets, but every evidence so far indicates this same
state of decay.
We have already covered the awesome, incredible POTENTIAL OF
MAN. Originally, this potential of being put over the UNIVERSE
was the potential of the angels. But they disqualified
God did not create our moon and the planets in this state of
waste and decay. The evidence of what God does reveal strongly
indicates that the entire material universe was created when the
earth was created. As just stated, God is NOT the author of
waste, decay, and destruction, but Satan is. It seems, therefore,
based on what is now revealed, that a similar cataclysm of
destruction most likely happened to the surface of our moon and
the planets at the time it happened to this earth! And all this
was caused by the rebellion of Lucifer and his angels! But notice
what God did next.
In Psalm 104:30, "Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are
created: and thou renewest the face of the earth."
Back, now, to Genesis 1:2, "And the earth was (became )
without form and void [Heb. tohu and bohu -- chaotic, in confusion,
waste and empty]; And darkness was upon the face of the deep. And
the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters."
God now RENEWED the face of the earth, preparing it to
become the abode of MAN!
Why God Created Man!
Here is a truth perhaps never before understood by man!
Here is AWESOME TRUTH!
Look, now, at the situation as God must have seen and
considered it. God has given us minds like the mind of God -- only
inferior and limited. God made us in His image, after His
likeness (form and shape), only composed of matter instead of
Spirit. But God says to us, "Let this MIND be in you, which was
also in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 2:5). We can learn to think His
thoughts after Him. If we have His Spirit, we can learn to think,
to some degree, even as HE THINKS!
How must God have looked at this situation after the
colossal debacle of Lucifer and the angels that sinned?
This LUCIFER was the supreme MASTERPIECE of God's creative
power as a single, separately created Spirit being! He was
created the most perfect in beauty, mentality, knowledge, power,
intellect and wisdom within the almighty power of God to create
in a being, with power to think, reason, make choices and
decisions on his own. God knew that no higher, more perfect being
could be created as an initial creation.
Yet this superior being, trained and experienced at the very
throne of the GOVERNMENT OF GOD over the universe, had resorted
to wrong reasoning and made a diabolical perverted decision. He
worked on the angels under him until he turned their minds to
rebellion also. This, incidentally, might have taken Lucifer
millions of years. In all probability he had to begin perverting
the minds of his angels one at a time, at first. He had to cause
them to feel dissatisfied, wronged by God, and inject into them
resentment and bitterness.
When Lucifer allowed thoughts of vanity, jealousy, envy,
lust and greed, then resentment and rebellion, to enter and
occupy his mind, SOMETHING HAPPENED TO HIS MIND! His mind became
perverted, distorted, twisted! His thinking became warped. God
gave him and the angels control over their own minds. They can
never straighten them out -- never again think rationally,
I have had a number of personal experiences with demons
through a few demon-possessed people. I have cast out demons
through the name of Christ and power of the Holy Spirit. Some
demons are silly, like spoiled children. Some are crafty, sharp,
shrewd, subtile. Some are belligerent, some are sassy, some are
sullen and morose. But all are perverted, warped, twisted.
Look, now again at God's overall supreme PURPOSE. It is to
develop GODLY, PERFECT CHARACTER IN THE MILLIONS OF MANKIND WHO
SHALL DO THIS CREATIVE COMPLETION THROUGH OUT THE ENTIRE
LIMITLESS PHYSICAL UNIVERSE!
That is THE AWESOME PURPOSE!
For this PURPOSE, God started by creating millions of
angels -- Spirit beings. Then He created the PHYSICAL UNIVERSE and
this earth, and He put angels here to develop this earth, ruled
by THE GOVERNMENT OF GOD.
But the king He set as ruler -- LUCIFER -- rebelled, revolted,
misled a third of all the angels, and THE GOVERNMENT OF GOD no
longer governed the earth.
Lucifer was the supreme masterpiece. If Lucifer and his
angels went wrong, there was no assurance the other two thirds
As God surveyed this tragic cataclysm, He must have realized
it left HIMSELF as the ONLY BEING who will not and CANNOT SIN!
The only possible ASSURANCE of accomplishing His great PURPOSE
was for Him now to reproduce Himself!
But let us answer another question before proceeding:
WHY is it IMPOSSIBLE for God to sin? No greater power exists
that will prevent Him -- but God has simply by His own
power -- supreme and above all power -- set Himself that He will not!
What God saw was this. No being less than God could be
certainly relied upon NEVER to sin, that is, NEVER to turn
against God's LAW, and God's government, which makes possible His
ultimate PURPOSE. To fulfill His PURPOSE for the entire UNIVERSE,
God saw that nothing less than HIMSELF, and His holy, righteous
and perfect CHARACTER, could be absolutely relied upon to carry
out His SUPREME PURPOSE throughout the entire, vast, endless
The question might be raised: Could not God have known, in
advance, what Lucifer and the angels under him would do? Doesn't
God know EVERYTHING? The answer is NO. If God were to have known
in advance what choice they would make, He would have had to
FORCE them to make it -- taken away from them power to think, to
reason, to have a choice, to make decisions. God does not CHOOSE
to know, in advance, what YOU or I will be thinking, reasoning,
deciding, tomorrow or in the future. He gave these Spirit beings,
as He gives us, the power to think for ourselves, to choose, to
make decisions. Otherwise we should be nothing more than
automatons, doing what we are compelled to do. He simply did not
choose to know. His PURPOSE includes the development of CHARACTER
in His created beings.
All that had happened caused God to now UNDERTAKE THE MOST
STUPENDOUS CREATION OF ALL -- that of REPRODUCING HIMSELF! The
ultimate creation of God Beings in His God Family -- superior to
Now came the CROWNING PINNACLE of even God's unmatched creative
POWER! Now came the very zenith of all Divine accomplishment! Now
came a project so incredulously transcendently AWESOME it is hard
for the human mind to grasp.
How could the great GOD -- self-existent, before all else,
CREATOR of all else, reproduce HIMSELF into multiplied millions
of others JUST LIKE HIMSELF -- Divine, supreme in power, perfect in
character -- each by his own choice perfectly like-minded with the
Father, each having so set himself that he CANNOT SIN?
The next chapter will reveal HOW God planned to carry out
this incredibly AWESOME feat of reproducing Himself.