Over the last several months Jay McCumber, a pastor at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, has been teaching through the story of David in 2 Samuel. Jay has used the story of David to teach on concepts of generational curses. The following short story is a creative response to some of this teaching (specifically July 28th).
Each planet has a personality, and each inhabited planet has a purpose. It’s impossible from our perspective to perfectly describe what this personality and purpose is (of our own planet earth) but we do have a somewhat clear revelation. As closely as we can say, our planet’s purpose is redemption. Things are broken and then things are redeemed.
There is a large, cigar colored planet at the far end of the Andromeda Galaxy named Universa Fabula. Universa Fabula’s (U.F.) personality cannot quite correctly be described by language on earth. Just as some concepts don’t quite translate from language to language on earth, some concepts won’t translate from planet to planet. But, as closely as I can describe it, the personality of U.F. is that of a grandfather retelling his glory day adventures to an awestruck grandchild. I’ll let that image speak for itself.
The God-given purpose of U.F. is story. Theirs’ is a universal Herodotusian calling. They document universal history in all it’s wonder, leaving no point unaccounted for and no secret motivation unnamed.
History has been said, many times (and understandably so,) to be cyclical. While this may be true to a point, I think that human history may more accurately be described as a mountain range. Each peak shares some important characteristics; an impressive view, thinner air, the lack of vegetation, the companionship of eagles, and the needed rest following the exhausting climb. And each valley shares the mountain looming over it, the daunting climb ahead, and the ease of the descent behind, a greater capacity for varied vegetation, but a view hindered by the mountain and the vegetation.
And each mountain is a completely unique experience, despite any, or all, similarities it shares with it’s neighbors. I think this is closer to the nature of history than a circle traveled again and again. This also describes how you can live in the year 2013 A.D. and have a similar historical perspective and experience to those who lived in 1313 B.C.
Also, on a mountain climb, there can be (and in my experience there are) false peaks. I’ve climbed a mountain in Colorado with just such a geographical feature. As you climb you see a peak looming above. It is only once this peak is reached that you can see behind it the true peak stretching into the sky much further beyond and above the peak you have reached.
History has false peaks. It would seem to me that we are in a time where we near a false peak. We see it just above. We feel that we will reach the summit soon. But we are, in fact, far from reaching a true high point (clear view) of time. Our perspective on contemporary history, culture, and progress is skewed by our misunderstanding of our place on the historical mountain range.
All this to say, the Fabulanian (U.F.’s populace), by nature and design, has a much fuller and clearer understanding and picture of story and history than we. It’s their purpose, their mission; to document the story of the galaxies.
They accomplish this mission through ingenious methods. One of their documenting methods, which ensures proper historical context for their story, is to travel to two (or possibly more) points in a planet’s history that most similarly represent the topic in which they are exploring.
For example, the Fabulanians desired to document the connection between artists and their creations and how this connection is often grown through the loss of a physical sense. A Fabulanian task team was created to record the history of this strange cause and effect relationship. The task team traveled to several points in earth’s time to observe this phenomena. Three of the major artists observed during this process were Milton, Beethoven, and an ancient tribal Filipino wood carver (who’s name and work is unfortunately lost to our history) who lost the use of his right hand. Through simultaneous exploration, study, and experience of these artists’ lives and works this Fabulanian artistic task team was able to more clearly record the story and relationship between art, beauty, and humanity.
And this method of documental story telling brings me to the point, and tragedy, of this piece. Recently the Fabulanians have begun to document the complete story of child sacrifice in human history. In order to best accomplish this feat, they chose ten places and times in human history to travel to, one of which (and I should add the first and most obvious point in human history chosen by this task team) was a three decade span in The United States of America from 1973-2013.
Here are a few of their factual notes taken:
Human children sacrificed (from 1973-2013) in America: Over 54,000,000 (U.S.A population in 2012 – 313,914,040).
Total children sacrificed ratio to current population: > 20%
Most Common Reasons For Child Sacrifice Documented: Interference with education, added financial responsibility, personal inconvenience, fear of being a single parent
Other point in human history in which child sacrifice (U.S. 1973-2013) can be most closely compared: Amman 1400-1313 B.C. – Child sacrifice to Moloch
Major similarities between these two points in the human history of child sacrifice: Personal motivations led to the majority of child sacrifices (the greatest of which was fear in both historical settings). In each setting child sacrifice was largely accepted throughout their contemporary cultures despite a massive amount of shame surrounding these sacrifices. The belief that a child sacrifice would lead to a better life; in the case of the people of Amman through satisfying the demands of Moloch; in the case of the people of America through the avoidance of perceived personal inconvenience.
Major consequences of sacrifices: Destruction of future, an increasing inability to administer justice (not just concerning children, but any matter concerning the need for justice – poverty, etc.), crumbling of cultural foundation leading to the fall of society (similar to Rome, similar to Jerusalem, similar to Paris, most similar to Amman)
This is as far (and as accurately) as the the author of this piece has been able to translate the Fabulanian document.
With the understanding, and belief, that we do not live at a time in human history when we are able to see clearly (read false peak) I do not wish to add my personal opinion of the Fabulanian task team’s findings at this point. I wish only to express my deep concern for the parallels that they have drawn and the conclusions that they have found. There are clearly some factors at work that cannot be seen by the human eye.
I eagerly press on into the work of translating the entirety of their document.