I wrote this back in 2000, trying to find a simple way to explain the Gospel. I posted it on Facebook yesterday, and it got such an overwhelming response (read: not a single comment) that I thought, why not post it here, too? Especially since I'm still running for all I'm worth just to try and keep up with everything I need to do in the next 3 or 4 weeks and don't have any REAL blog material ready...so, if you're into this sort of thing...enjoy!
Oh, the jump from Word seems to have been a bit wonky. The spacing is even over there; I 'm just gonna apologize for it being uneven here. Not sure why. At least it's only for a bit in the beginning.
The Unhappy One, furious at his exile, decided if he couldn’t be King of the Kingdom, he would be King of the Island. His first action was to eliminate any who might oppose him, so he chained in prison caves deep within the Island all those among his followers who had become so twisted and evil that even he felt threatened by them. Then, to defy the King, he used his ability and his authority over the horde that followed him to systematically destroy the Island. Anything of beauty he pulled down. Anything that was fruitful he uprooted. Finally, there was nothing left on the Island but bare rock and dirty, steaming water that was a stench to the rest of the Kingdom. Then, from the stronghold he had built, he shook his fist in the direction of the King’s Palace and sat on a stone he had carved into a semblance of a throne. “I am King!” he declared.
First, He created Time, to define the limits of His actions there, so there would be a Beginning and an End. Then, He cleaned the water and the land. He put growing things back on the Island, first plants, then fish and birds and animals. Finally, He did something that amazed all the Eternal Ones who were watching – He made a new creature. Into this creature He breathed a bit of His own Life. Then, He put the new creature in a garden in the middle of the Island. He also made the creature a mate, so that they could reproduce and spread out over the Island. He then gave them authority over the Island and everything on it. Finally, He did a very dangerous thing – He gave them a choice between obeying Him or not obeying Him by forbidding them to do one specific thing. The Eternal Ones around Him were aghast. The Unhappy One was on the Island! He had great persuasive power! What if the New Ones listened to him? But, the King merely smiled and said, “Love that has no alternative is not love…and the Kingdom must be built on love.”