Wednesday, November 5, 2014

America’s Melting Pot: A Divine Experiment


            Is it possible that the United States of America has a divine destiny to fulfill? When Europeans came to the New World they brought destruction to the lives of America’s indigenous peoples. Could there have been a divine plan woven into the knotty fabric of events that led from the European invasion to the establishment of a new nation?

For thousands of years, people had lived and fought among themselves, and died in the same part of the world where they were born. Divine Love saw what was going on in each separate country, how each culture felt superior to every other, and how the leaders of one nation waged war against another nation, their egos leading them to believe they were entitled to whatever the inhabitants of the other country had.

Divine Love very much wanted to create a new civilization, where people from vastly different backgrounds would live harmoniously and work side-by-side, and grow in understanding of one another. Toward the middle of the last millennium, Divine Love saw that some areas of the world were more populated than others, and the continents now known as the Americas held vast areas of land that were as yet uninhabited. So Love suggested that certain divine messengers identify and guide the person who was most qualified to lead the first Europeans to the New World where a great experiment would begin. This person, as we all know, was Christopher Columbus, of Genoa, Italy.

Even though he was not wholly aware of the reason for his journey, Christopher knew that his mission was divinely inspired and guided. He explains this in the Introduction to his Book of Prophecies:

At a very early age I began to sail upon the ocean. For more than forty years, I have sailed everywhere that people go. I prayed to the most merciful Lord about my heart’s great desire, and He gave me the spirit and the intelligence for the task: seafaring, astronomy, geometry, arithmetic, skill in drafting spherical maps and placing correctly the cities, rivers, mountains and ports. I also studied cosmology, history, chronology and philosophy.

It was the Lord who put into my mind (I could feel His hand upon me) the fact that it would be possible to sail from there to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because he comforted me with rays of marvelous illumination from the Holy Scriptures … encouraging me to continually to press forward and without ceasing for a moment they now encourage me make haste.

           In 1492, Christopher Columbus and his crew arrived, not in the Indies, but on the island now known as Hispaniola in the Caribbean.  This introduction of European white men to the land of peaceful, dark-skinned Arawaks was the first step in Divine Love’s Melting Pot Experiment. More than 500 years later, we are still waiting to see what the ultimate outcome of this experiment will be.

           Some people have already proclaimed the experiment a failure, pointing to the persecution and genocide of the Native Americans, the enslavement of African Americans, the Civil War, and the ongoing prejudice of the majority against the latest newcomers. But the experiment isn’t over yet, and we have to keep in mind that among the pot’s ingredients have been many people who retained thick crusty shells around their souls. These people have prevented the pot’s ingredients from melding together into a harmonious existence, and yet, much has been accomplished toward the achievement of Love’s goal.

           In 1776 the Angel of Freedom inspired Thomas Jefferson’s first draft of the Declaration of Independence, which was then edited by congress. The immortal words of this document became a beacon of hope for people all over the world, not just those in the thirteen colonies of America. To say that all men are created equal was a radical concept at that time. Eventually these words would come to mean that all men AND women of every race and nationality are created equal.

The conflict between people who want Divine Love’s plan of Oneness to unfold, and those who want to maintain their superiority over others, has raged on since the signing of this document. However, the blueprint for Love’s New World is woven into the context of the Declaration, and stated on the currency of the United States: E Pluribus Unum – “Out of many, one.”  The founders of the United States proclaimed the divine ideal, for a nation of diverse peoples united as one beautiful conglomerate. Bits and pieces of that conglomerate may squabble and strain to remove others from the pot, but they cannot erase the goal of Oneness inscribed in a heavenly tome more permanent than any earthly document.

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