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Musings 2011/261

As the Archangel reflects The Trinity, each angelic person--Raphael, Gabriel, Michael--then reflects the Virtues of The Three Divine Persons--Goodness, Truth and Love.
(In that order? I would like to know.)
(The devil, in his eternal revolt, has reversed his God-like virtues becoming the essence,
the source, of evil, deception and hatred.)
We see then, that the devil entered Salvation history,

first by bringing evil upon mankind
where goodness had reigned.

Then, where

Christ brought forth
The Treasury of The Truth
(The Church),
the devil brought forth deception.

And of course, as I say,

in the Era of Love,
the devil will bring forth hatred.

(Bearing in mind that evil is brought forth through deception, by the power of hatred-- in reverse to the Divine Working of Goodness, through Truth, by Love. And so the three essences of rebellion against God have always existed but are highlighted in the three Eras of Salvation, in opposition to the three Eternal-virtues of The Almighty.)
During the three Eras of Salvation, the loyal Archangel has also participated, by way of moving man towards goodness, truth and love, by making himself present to man in his three capacities--opposing the devil in all stages.
And thus, in entering into The Era of Love, man must also acknowledge The Archangel and his loyal and faithful participation in securing the Will of God in the war against the devil.
The meaning of 'earth' in Scripture could not possibly have the same meaning as it has today--the blue/green planet voyaging around the sun, turning on its own axle every 24 hours.
The great St. Augustine, in his
The Literal Meaning of Genesis, Chapter 1, states:-
P Were heaven and earth made in the beginning of time, or first of all in creation,

or in the Beginning
who is the Word,
the only-begotten Son of God?

And how can it be demonstrated that God, without any change in Himself,

produces effects
subject to change
and measured by time?

And what is meant by the phrase "heaven and earth"?
Was this expression used to indicate spiritual and corporeal creatures? Or does it refer only to the corporeal, so that we may presume in this book that the author passed over in silence the creation of spiritual beings, and in saying "heaven and earth" wished to indicate all corporeal creation above and below?
Or is the unformed matter of both the spiritual and corporeal worlds meant in the expression "heaven and earth": that is, are we to understand, on the one hand,

the life of the spirit
as it can exist in itself
when not turned towards its Creator

(it is by this turning towards its Creator that it receives its form and perfection and if it does not thus turn, it is unformed); 6 and, on the other hand, bodily matter considered as lacking all the bodily qualities that appear in formed matter when it is endowed with bodily appearances perceptible by the sight and other senses? 7
3. But perhaps we should take "heaven" to mean spiritual beings in a state of perfection and beatitude from the first moment of their creation and take "earth" to mean bodily matter in a state that is not yet complete and perfect.
"The earth," says Holy Scripture, "was invisible and formless, and darkness was over the abyss" 8 These words seem to indicate the formless state of bodily substance.
Or does the second statement 9 imply the formless state of both substances,

so that bodily substance
is referred to in the words,
"The earth was invisible and formless,"
but spiritual substance in the words,
"Darkness was over the abyss?" P

We can glimpse from Augustine's questioning that the meaning of 'earth' is not straight-forward--at all.
I mention this because, if we consider our earth as the beginning and the end of human habitation, then we perhaps lose something in the meaning.
For example, if mankind populated other planets, then we would expect that Scripture and The Church would still remain of the highest importance both to him and to that planet

and what is said of 'earth'
in Scripture or Tradition
would apply equally
to any other habitations
of the human being.

Thus 'earth', for all intents and purposes, could have the meaning:- habitations of mankind.
I mention this because the reader of Scripture or of other important documents, will have the impression that 'earth' is the be-all and end-all of Salvation history. We see this, in the Catholic Encyclopaedia under the heading Angels, the following:-

P The conflict depicted
is rather that waged

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