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    Book of the Creation
    Chapter I - « The Universe »



    In the beginning, there was only God.

    There was neither matter, nor energy, nor movement. There was not even the vacuum, that which separates the world from the stars, because even the vacuum is something. Nothing. There was not even the absence of something because, when one says that something is missing, we are aware of the possibility of that thing's existence. Nothingness is when even the idea of existence is impossible. Except for God.

    But God is higher than all, including nothing. He does not have a beginning or an end. He is thus the Infinite one and the Eternal. He is Perfection, on which nothing can take hold, nothing can act, and nothing can interfere. It is, for Him, no more than a simple thought for something to pass from Nothingness into Existence, and another simple thought to pass from Existence to Nothing. All is thus possible for Him and everything that is thus owes Him its existence.

    God is the Raw material from which all is created. Matter, energy, movement, and time are themselves composed of Him. All that exists, as well as nothing itself, belonged to Him from the beginning. He also is the Creator of all things. It is He that creates all that exists and gives it its form and its contents. He is finally Most High, because He is the cause of the existence of all things, including nothing.

    God knows all, because knowledge itself belonged to Him, is created by Him and finds its cause in Him. One must say thus that He is omniscient. Moreover, He is everywhere because, as far as one goes, one is always in Him. God is thus qualified as the omnipresent one. Lastly, He can act everywhere; because, being everywhere and knowing all, there is nothing and no absence of anything that can block His action.

    God thought and a tiny point appeared. Thus, by the creation of this single tiny point, God both created and thereafter dispersed Nothing. Henceforth, He would compose the Existence and the vacuum, but no more of nothing. God decided to name this tiny point “Universe” and exploded in it a myriad of stars, which populated the vacuum. Never since have they ceased to sparkle from within the celestial firmament.

    Then God created the two movements: the heavy things would go to the bottom and the light things upwards. He also created the four elements. Heaviest was the ground. Then water, wind, and fire came. He laid them out in the hierarchical order of their gravity. The ground was thus in the centre. It was covered by the water, which was itself covered by the air. Lastly, lightest of the elements, fire, came to cover the whole.

    This matter ball, God named "World." So that the movement would be done, God undertook to demolish the hierarchical order of the elements. He placed fire in the centre of the ground and water in the sky, above the air. The elements moved, alternating order and disorder, systematically turning over disorder to the order. God enjoyed seeing how His creation was driven to correspond to the hierarchical order of their gravity.


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    Book of the Creation
    Chapter II - « The Life »



    God was perfect; His creation was imperfect. He was conscious of Himself; His creation did not think. He chose what He did; His creation only adapted to its circumstances. He was able to create; His creation only did what was necessary to survive. He wanted to love His creation and be loved by it in return; His creation was unable to love.

    God then joined together the love that He had in Him. He made of it the spirit, which could not be touched, or seen, or felt, or tasted, or heard, because it was different from the matter. The spirit contained the Intelligence, made up of the reason and the feelings. God put there more of Himself: the capacity to choose and to feel. God associated the matter with the spirit, so that this last could exist in harmony with the world, and named the whole “Life.”

    But life was imperfect. Although created by God and component of Him, it was not Him entirely. Its capacity to choose was partial, because its knowledge and its capacity were not unlimited. Its capacity to feel was truncated, because it was made up of matter, neutral and impersonal. But God wanted to love the life, and wanted that the life should love Him in return.

    In order for God and life to love each other, it was necessary that the latter constantly endeavour to approach the divine perfection. Because life was unable to equal this perfection, the Most High thus created the third movement: the higher things would go towards God. Thus, the matter of which the life was made up, being a heavy thing, was possessed of the world, because it went downwards. But, as it was also made up of spirit, which was a higher thing, it would tend towards the divine perfection.

    And on the world, life took a multitude of forms, from smallest to the largest. The plants filled themselves with the light of stars, thus covering the world with a layer of greenery. The animals rambled or fluttered between the plants. Whereas God seemed motionless, the life appeared to be in ceaseless movement. Indeed, God, being eternal, was not subject to this perpetual need for mobility, as the life, which must be unceasing in activity. He thus appeared to be motionless. But it was this uninterrupted action that God liked over all to observe in His creation.

    But God had not conceived the movement of the life like an infinite force and, so that it continues, it was necessary that the animal eats the plant, that the predator devours the prey, and that the corpses of animals should rot away to nourish the plants. Thus, death formed an integral part of life. But, so that death should not destroy His creatures, God divided each species into two complementary forms, which were called masculine and feminine. Both were equal and were to seek each other and unite, and thus to perpetuate the life.

    Thus, of the life God created time, when death succeeds the life, the life succeeds death, and the offspring follows his parents. In the same way, water joined the sky to go down on the ground and to feed the rivers, and fire left the volcanoes to feed the ground, which accumulated to nourish fire in its centre. The entire world was plain in a perpetual motion of life, whereas God appeared motionless, escaping the constraints of time.


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    Book of the Creation
    Chapter III - « The Creatures »



    A certain group of creatures, only a small part of the life, decided to traverse the world in order to discover other species, animal as well as vegetable. All took their belongings on their backs and traversed the world, led by the thirst for discovery that had caused them to make this decision.

    In this manner, they surveyed the world. They climbed green hills and gigantic mountains. They crossed ravines, drank from rivers, and rested in meadows. They sampled all that the life had to offer, moreover, in beauty and ease. Thus, they tasted of honey and fruits. They were intoxicated by the scent of the flowers. They admired the Aurora Borealis and the rainbows.

    God, in His infinite perfection, had made life a wonder, a delight for those that could taste it. But not all the creatures could appreciate this gift with its right value. Thus, the small group was surprised each time it met new species. Each group of them was equipped with talents that made them unique. Thus, the small group could admire how God had equipped the life with an infinite variety of richness. Every new species they discovered was an occasion for them to admire again the characteristics of all creation.

    Thus, they met cows, placidly grazing on grass, giving milk to their young. Further, they passed close to a plain covered with wheat, undulating under the breeze, and crossed the path of many sheep, soft and white, which gazed at them peacefully. Continuing to walk on throughout the world, they heard the merry song of the birds. Raising their eyes to the sky, they observed them to circle under the soft clouds the colour of cream, whereas the solar star illuminated the azure sky.

    They stopped to taste various vegetables, all different in form, scent, and flavour. During their meal, they could hear the galloping of several horses whose manes flew in the wind. Further, they approached a lake and came upon fish playing and chasing each other through the water. Not far from the shore had taken root a forest of gigantic oaks whose outstretched branches were like a gigantic dome of green sheets.

    Further, they came to a cornfield whose ears were gorged by the sun. Some pigs were there, nourishing themselves. But all these creatures did not surprise the small group merely by the variety of their natures, but also by a more disconcerting common aspect.

    Indeed, all creatures thought themselves to be the preferred species of God. Each advanced their own special talent as the reason for their special favour. The cows praised their many offspring, the sheep their wool, the birds their wings, the horses their speed, the fish their possession of the seas, the largest territory of the world, the oaks their unequalled longevity, the corn, the fruits and the vegetables their varied tastes and scents, the pig its might…


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    Book of the Creation
    Chapter IV - « The Doubt »



    1 The small group decided to stop for a moment. They were installed on a green hill, where beautiful flowers grew, and from which the bees came to gather nectar. A light breeze swept by, lightly curving the grass. The birds sang. The stars came to light the creatures while they set aside their possessions and sat down in a circle. Their collective mood was gloomy, because they all pondered the same question.

    2 Each of the many species that they had met were equipped with a particular talent. The cows, creatures that grazed grass placidly, had a large family. The sheep had soft and bulky wool. The wings of the birds were used to traverse the world while flying. The horses, noble and impetuous animals, galloped at the speed of lightning. The fish were the masters of the vast oceans. The pigs were powerful and savage.

    3 Even the plants were equipped with singular talents. The oaks were equipped with a longevity rivalled only by their grand size. The wheat multiplied tremendously, covering broad territories. The corn had its ears, gorged with life. The fruits had a delicious sweetened taste and the vegetables also their appetizing scents. And the small group of creatures questioned themselves. Why didn’t their species have any particular talent?

    4 Admittedly, the creatures of the small group had hands, but their strength did not equal that of the pig. Admittedly, they had legs, but these also did not carry them as far as the birds or as quickly as the horses. Admittedly, they could procreate, but not so rapidly as the cows or the wheat. Admittedly, some were bearded, but this was quite small comfort compared with the bulky wool of the sheep.

    5 Admittedly, they were full with life and health, but much less so than the corn, fruits and vegetables. And they did not even dare to compare themselves with the longevity and the size of the oaks. All these creatures, animal and vegetable, had serious arguments to make, such as they made it, that they were preferred by God. Their talents were singular. Then, the small group tried to discover a talent that was specific to their species.

    6 Its species was held upright. But what advantage did that gave him? “None,” in concert all the members of the group answered. Their hands were used to build tools, but what was this to compensate for the lack of claws or other bodily adaptations? Their stomachs were so weak that they had to cook the meat to eat it. And their eyes were not so very piercing, compared to the cats or the owls, so that it was necessary for them to light the darkness to see. Their fur was not very thick, which required them to seek shelter when the rain, snow, or hail fell, or when the wind blew too extremely.

    7 Making this disaster report, the creatures of the small group began to cry. They were convinced that God disliked their species, that He scorned them, that they were the dregs of His creation. A heavy silence had settled, whereas all were looked at mutually, each one seeking in the look of the others an answer to its questions. But these glances did not carry any answer. They were just oozing tears.

    8 But one of them had remained apart from the group. He looked towards the stars. All the members of the group neglected him, regarding him as weak in spirit. He often answered them “Happy are the poor in spirit…” but could not add to this counterpart. However, of all of them, he was the only one to wonder what God wished, instead of complaining about his fate. This man was called Oane.

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    Book of the Creation
    Chapter V - « The Meeting »



    1 God looked at the small group of creatures that were crying, and was moved. They felt abandoned by Him, because they were not equipped with unique talents. They had even come to believe that He hated them, whereas He loved each one of His creations with a perfect love. They belonged to Him, and to hate them would have been to hate a part of Himself. He had created the universe, the world, and all life to be able to love them, and He did.

    2 By and with this love, God had equipped each species of creatures with talents so that they might each find their special place in His creation. But this splendid gift remained invisible to the eyes of this small group of creatures. These human ones of which the group was composed were inhabited by doubt, remaining blind to His love. Their tears were sincere but unjust. They only asked to be loved of Him, but did not see that He did love them already.

    3 The other sorts of creatures were already conscious of their gifts, but had not understood the reason for them. They all thought to be the only ones being thus rewarded. Some thought that only force and power were gifts of God. Others made the same error with speed, their many offspring, longevity, wool, the capacity to fly, or the territory that had been allocated to them by Him. They thus considered themselves alone favoured of Him and believed themselves to be His preferred.

    4 But this human that was called Oane carried in himself the germ of the talent that God had given to humanity. Gradually, he gained consciousness of the true love that God carried to His creation. He began to understand that each component of creation was loved by God, but did not know yet why. Then he spent his time looking at the stars, hoping to find the Most High, but he did not know anything of God’s omnipresence.

    5 Then, God decided that time had come to provide true place in the universe to the species in which could be found a creature who understood love, the only true meaning of life. He thought then that His creatures must prove the love that they have for Him. For this purpose, He decided to join together all the creatures of the world in one single place and ask them what life was. What He would do with them would depend on their answers.

    6 So, with only one thought of God, all the creatures of the whole world knew about the divine convocation. Without waiting, they were set on their way. There was a gigantic green plain on a green continent. It was there that the whole world was going to meet to hear the divine question. It was there that the fate of the universe was going to be decided.

    7 It took many years to join together so many creatures. Not all survived this long voyage, but none intended to turn back. God had suffused in them the irrepressible desire to come to join the great meeting of all creation. They crossed the deepest seas and highest mountains, the glaciers, deserts and so many of the other difficult places. They nonetheless continued to live, die, eat and procreate, but all that while never ceasing to advance.

    8 And finally came the fateful day where all creation was joined together.


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    Book of the Creation
    Chapter VI - « The question »



    1 It was the greatest gathering of the creatures that ever took place.

    2 They were several billion to have met on the same stretch of plain. They were gathered there without the least animosity. The wolves waited near the sheep, the dogs near the cats, the eagles near the mice, and the lions near the gazelles. Even the plants were represented. Thus, the oaks, fir trees, poplars, olive-trees, apple trees, date palms and other trees formed the most gigantic forest that has ever been. The flowers, the vegetables, the fruits, the wheat and the corn were also present. The gigantic plain was a true sanctuary for all life, because they all waited patiently for God to come to them.

    3 Then the thunder rumbled, the clouds parted, and a soft light with its origins in space lit the sky. A great silence fell over the gathered creatures. Celestial gleam, a serious voice, penetrating, but soft and serene was next heard. The voice made itself understood thus: “Listen to me, you that I conceived, because I am your God. Without Me, you would not exist and to Me you owe all fidelity.”

    4 God added: “A number among you have claimed to be My preferred, but never have I hitherto expressed favour towards any of you above any other. The time approaches that I will change this. The time comes that I make a choice among My creatures. The time comes that I will name a species among you to be “My children.” To make this choice, I will ask you a single question.”

    5 God thus asked them: “You live thanks to Me, because I am your creator. You nourish yourselves, you reproduce, and you raise your offspring. But you do not know why you live. According to you, what purpose have I given to life?”

    6 The majority of the creatures could not answer. They looked one at the other, hoping to find in their neighbours the answer to this quite strange question. One could observe a fish remain happy, knowing nothing to say. A horse rubbed the ground with his shoes. An oak curved, hopelessly seeking the response in his roots. In addition, even a dove scrapes the head in a sign of reflection.

    7 But one of them advanced. It seemed sure of itself and its answer. All the other species opened the passage to it and, soon, a space emerged around it. It raised its eyes toward God, but its glance was full with competence. It answered: “You made the creatures animated by the need to nourish themselves. You made the strong able to devour the weak ones. Without question, it is thus a question of ensuring the domination of the strong over the weak!”

    8 It added: “I want of proof that I am the last representative of my species. Only the strongest survived among mine! If You name me “Your child,” I will be able to show You who, of all creatures, must dominate the world.”

    9 It waited until God congratulated it for its answer, but in vain, because He did not answer it.


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    Chapter VII - « Love »




    1 God did not answer the creature that had defended the domination of the strong over the weak.

    2 He turned to another group of creatures. It was precisely that group composed of the mankind, which had traversed the world. God knew that this group believed themselves to be rejected by Him. These humans thought that they were deprived of any talent. They believed themselves to be the deviants of creation because of their alleged inferiority. However, among them, the human who carried the name of Oane held, though without being sure, the answer to the question raised by the Most High.

    3 Because Oane doubted, he often looked at the stars, hoping to see God. He loved God with a sincere love, but did not know if that were the true direction of all life. He wanted to give his answer well, but his group regarded him as weak spirited and nobody wanted to let him speak. But God was omniscient. He had listened to the group of humans complaining. But especially, He had perceived the love and the doubt in the heart of Oane.

    4 Then, from the sky, a ray of light shone forth and alighted upon Oane. All the creatures were amazed, admiring the soft light, which haloed the human one. They moved aside then, leaving him alone to face God. He contemplated his illumined body with a glance full of curiosity. Then he turned to the members of his group. For the first time of his life, he could not see in their glance contempt, but only respect.

    5 In addition, God asked him: “And you, the human one, don't you have any answer for Me? I convened all My creation here to find that which will give the right answer to My question. You came and you did not answer. Then, now, I summon you to do it!”. Then, Oane, terrified by the severe tone of his creator, raised his eyes towards Him and hesitantly said: “But, Oh Most High, I do not know if my answer is right…” And God ordered to him: “Speak it to me and I will answer you!”

    6 Then, Oane answered: “You made certain Your creatures would draw nourishment from each other and provide nourishment to each other. It is necessary for them to drive out and kill to nourish themselves. In the same way, it is necessary for them to fight to defend their lives. Nevertheless, there is none completely strong or any entirely weak. Nobody is always higher or always lower than the others. We all are plain in the life and we are all Your humble servants. Because You are our creator.”

    7 “Therefore You gave talents to all Your creatures, each more beautiful than the last. Each one of them has its place in Your creation. Their talents make it possible for each one of them to find that place. So, there is no creature preferred of You, Oh Most High. You similarly love us all in the same way and we all must ourselves love You in return. Because, without You, we would not exist. You created us while nothing obliged You to do so and we must love You to thank You for this gesture.”

    8 “We are certainly connected with the matter, certainly subjected to its laws, but our goal is to tend towards You, the Spirit Eternal and Perfect. Therefore, in my opinion, the purpose You gave to life is love.” Then God said: “Human, since you are the only one to have understood love, I make your kind My children. Thus, you know that the talent of your species is its capacity to love Me and to love each other. The other species can love only themselves.”


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    Book of the Creation
    Chapter VIII - « The decision »



    1 All the other creatures were surprised by this decision of God to make the humans His children. They did not understand love and could not conceive that the Most High God should grant such importance to it. They began to whisper among themselves, hoping that one of them could explain to the others this divine choice.

    2 However, God turned His voice in the direction of these creatures that had not been able to give Him the answer. He said to them: “You who did not know to answer me, yet who claimed to be My preferred creatures. Your spirits will no more be of the higher things. They will not tend any more towards Me. As you will henceforth be subject to the humans, your nature will consist strictly of the material. I deprive you of the language. You will bleat, moo, growl, neigh, meow or bark until the end of time!”

    3 Then, God turned His voice in the direction of the creature who had affirmed the domination of the strong over the weak. He said to him: “Since you are so sure of your choice, I leave you the occasion to prove it. You will preserve your spirit, but your body will be made of shadow. Thus, you will live, alone, among the human ones, until I deliver you of your sorrow. Thus, nobody will see you and nobody will name you, because I decided Myself not to see or name you.”

    4 God turned then His voice in direction of Oane and said to him: “I have made your species My children. I now make your spirits of My heart. They are different from the spirits of the other species in that they will henceforth be the only ones to remain of higher nature, tending towards My divine perfection. Thus, I divide time into seven parts, called “days,” so that with each seventh day you will meet to honour your father: Me.”

    5 “But it will still be necessary that, each day, you and your kind work to perpetuate your species. Except for that which I did not name, I have made all the creatures subject to you. Thus, you will nurture these others some, without any encouragement from them that you should do so. This capacity you have to nurture yourselves and other species, I name it “work”. However, so that you never forget that this capacity is a gift from Me, thus rewarding you for the good answer of Oane, work will be hard, difficult, abrasive and tiring. Yet do not feel sorrow over the suffering that it causes you, because, in truth, it is a good and beautiful gift which I give you.”

    6 “So that you replace, in succeeding generations, those whose life finishes, I give you another gift still more beautiful. This love which I await from you, I also enable you to direct it towards yourselves, in a couple. Mutual tenderness and desire will be the components of this pure feeling, befitting the blend in you of spirit and matter. Procreation will be the goal of it. But only the love that I will have blessed will be able to make permissible this act of the flesh, so that your species continues in My love.”

    7 Then, God created two stars above the world. One, radiating light, was called “the sun.” The other, shining coldly, was named “the moon.” God explained to Oane: “See that your fidelity is that of the children towards their parents or I would be as severe as any parent towards its children. Therefore, when each one of you dies, I will judge its spirit, according to the life that it lived. The sun will flood each day the world with its light, proof of My love for My creation. Those among you that I will send to it will live an eternity of happiness. But between each day, the moon will take over. And those among you who will be thrown there will know nothing but torment any more."


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    Chapter I - « Oanylone »


    1 The humans were from then on the children of God. As a consequence, they were now endowed with a soul, which would be judged at the end of times according to their practice of virtue. Moreover, it was required that they now dedicate themselves to work to ensure their subsistence. The other creatures of creation, excluding only that one which the Most High had not named, were made subordinate to them. The human ones could thus cultivate them and raise them to be their nourishment.

    2 God did not intervene any more in the world, letting His children live and thrive. He had given to the creature that He had not named freedom to try them so that they must choose between the way of the virtue and that of the sin. Being omniscient, He knew already how would be their future, but He wanted them to prove reliable, without judging them in advance.

    3 Oane, he who had correctly answered God, had now passed from the simple status of spirit of the community to leadership of it. He did not baulk at the task. He led them throughout the world to a place favourable to their prosperity. During these years, they crossed deserts, mountains and plains throughout the whole world. Oane became increasingly weakened throughout this journey, but he never gave up.

    4 Finally, the day came where they found a valley favourable for their establishment. It had a lake, which seemed plentiful with fish. Vast spaces were favourable towards growing crops and raising cattle. The surrounding forests would provide wood. There was even an orchard, where many fruit trees grew. The valley was just at the foot of a mountain, from which minerals, such as gold, iron or coal, could be extracted.

    5 Oane was pleased that his search had finally come to an end. He was admiring the valley when he suddenly collapsed. All were crowded around him to come to his assistance. Some tried to hold him in an almost seated position, but it was clear to all present that he lived his last moments. But, in spite of the tragedy of the event, while all were frightened, Oane beamed a smile full of serenity.

    6 He said: “Do not fear, because my death is only my passage to join God. I reached the place that God reserved for me in the world and achieved what He wanted from me. Death is not for me the loss of my life but the passage towards another, and a much better one. It will be the same for you if you can live in the virtue. Then, your tears are not of sadness but of joy, because the Most High gives to me the most beautiful of gifts. Love Him, and He will love you. Adore Him and He will bless you. Live in the virtue and He will draw you to His side.”

    7 Then, he gave his last breath. And all looked around, from one to the other, not truly understanding this serenity that was still evident on the face of their guide. They buried his body in the middle of the valley, where they would live henceforth. They made the oath that, each week, they would meet around his tomb, so that he could accompany them and guide them when they would pay homage to God.

    8 But none understood the love that Oane had for God which allowed him to accept death with so much serenity. Still, nobody wanted to speak the least reproach towards him who had made so much for them. In homage to his life in the service of human and God, they decided to name the city that they were going to build Oanylone, “the city of Oane”.


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    Chapter II - « Work »



    1 Over time, the men and women became increasingly numerous, maintaining their love for God and rejecting into the darkness the Creature Without Name. This one nourished each day a little more its bitterness and its anger towards these people so beloved of God, who had taken from him his place as ruler of Creation. The men and the women lived carefree while, in the darkness, their enemy prepared its revenge.

    2 God had ordered the men and the women to work to ensure their survival. This hard labour thus moved them away from apathy. And the men and the women could be inventive, because God had conceived them thus. They collected what He had placed for them in nature. They learned to organize these resources to ensure their survival and their life became better.

    3 They took the wheat that grew in nature and cultivated it in their fields. The miller transformed wheat into flour in his mill. The baker cooked it in his furnace to make the bread. They took the corn that grew in nature and cultivated it also in their fields. They took the vegetables that grew in nature and cultivated them in their kitchen gardens. They gathered the fruits that were in certain trees and took nourishment from them. The pleasure brought by vegetables and fruits made them more pleasant to be around.

    4 In the seas, rivers and lakes, they caught fish and their intelligence was increased. They invented the boat and the fish were still more in their hands. Sometimes, some of them awoke one morning under a boat. They thanked God for this gift then. They raised cows, pigs and sheep in their pasture, taking care of these creatures that had been entrusted to them by God. They nourished them and these creatures became fatter.

    5 The butcher prepared the meat starting with the carcasses of these creatures. For that, they invented the knife, an instrument making it possible to separate the flesh into pieces. The meat that they drew nourished them, and they felt especially stronger after having consumed some. From the cows they also took milk, soft nectar without equal.

    6 They sheared the sheep and took wool of it. They recovered the skin of it to make leather. They bound wool and leather to make of them clothing, which protected them from the wind and ensured the decency of their appearance. Nature giving them access to all that they could hope for, they had to invent the barrel, where they could store the fruits of their labour.

    7 To protect themselves when the windows of the sky opened, they created for themselves houses and lived there. They arranged inside them beds, candles, tables, chairs… and all that could improve the comfort of their lives. For that, the miner took the stone and iron in the mines. And the logger cut the wood of the trees. To facilitate this work, the blacksmith melded iron and wood to forge tools of them, such as the axes or the knives.

    8 Sometimes, God contributed to this age of happiness through giving to those who were pleased with the world some food that they did not have to produce. Sometimes, also, He encouraged them while making them more charismatic, stronger, or more intelligent. And each Sunday, before the meal, they met in the middle of their city, around the tomb of Oane, to pray together to He that loved them so much. Indeed, they did not have Priests yet, because they did not have need of them, being in direct communion with God.

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    Chapter III - « Apathy »


    1 The community of men and women became more beautiful and refined.

    2 Thus, they learned how to produce wine starting from the grape, after long years spent trying to comprehend the subtleties and the refinement of such a drink. They also discovered how to brew beer starting from the barley and hops. For this they invented furnaces of impressive size. They had to learn how to work in concert in order to arrive at such results. But they did not doubt that the activity was worth the effort of it.

    3 Moreover, arts and sciences were then conceived to raise them still more towards God. They learned how to compose music, the songs becoming increasingly beautiful and the instruments that accompanied them better and better conceived. They discovered plants that treated wounds and diseases, so that their health allowed them to serve and glorify God longer. They invented writing, which enabled them to preserve all their knowledge for the generations to come.

    4 God was satisfied. His children had cultivated themselves in the place that He had given them. Nevertheless, He knew that this beautiful spring was going to see the flowers of virtue fading, because the Creature Without Name ruminated still on its rage and its anger. Lying low in the darkness, it awaited the moment to prove to the Most High that the answer that Oane had given was not the best. It continued in its error, denying the force of love and persisting to conceive the domination of the weak by the strong as the purpose of life.

    5 But all the inventions that the human ones had created made their labour less hard. They had less and less work to do and more and more fruits to be collected. Where before it took a full month for them to raise and harvest wheat, they now could gain the same amount in only a third of the time. Whereas they before could only catch one fish every two days, they had one per day henceforth of them, and sometimes two. Where it was necessary for them formerly to work each day to cultivate vegetables, it did not remain to them any more from now on but to harvest them.

    6 And the principal one of sciences did not exist yet, as Theology was unknown to these humans. Not having Priests, there was nobody yet to devote themselves entirely to God. Not having a holy text, there was nothing to study. The human faith was yet primitive, in that it did not yet have any intermediary between man and God. But this apparent purity of their love for God was precisely what was going to lead them to their loss.

    7 The human ones became intoxicated by the gentleness of their lives. It seemed to them so easy and so pleasant that they did not understand any more the desire to devote their life to work. Each pleasure gave the opportunity to them to neglect their labour. They liked the world, but they liked it for itself, not because God had given it to them, by His love for them. They were diverted little by little from their love of God.

    8 Thus did the humans involuntarily discover the first sin. It later bore the name of apathy. This sin consisted of being diverted from divine love, to give itself over to the material life by neglecting the spiritual life, to be concerned with the present without thought for what God had designed us for. This one sin was going to bring the other sins, thus leading the human ones to their loss. It reached its height when Sunday was not occupied any more with the prayer, but with sheer idleness.

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    Chapter IV - « The Sins »



    1 The human ones had discovered apathy. They had scorned the love of God. They preferred the material things that He had created over God Himself. They had taken great enjoyment with a portion of the divine, forgetting that they must love the whole. Oane was not there any more to guide them, he who had been the only one to truly understand the love of the Most High. Now, without their guide, the human ones could no longer differentiate between the virtue and the sin.

    2 Some were then reflected to eat more than hunger required it of them, taking there a pleasure that grew over time. The sweetened taste of fruit, the savour of meat and the intoxication of alcohol overtook the simple pleasures of the life. There was no more the least place in their pleasure for the soft scent of the flowers, nor for the beauty of the landscapes. They came to such a point that even the many fruits of their own labour were not enough any more to fill their desires.

    3 At this point in time greed broke the bonds that linked the men and the women. Each one kept for themselves the fruits of their own labour and refused to share it. The strong produced more, ate more, drank more, and became stronger still. The weak ones produced less, ate less, drank less, and weakened. The community of men and women divided because of their immoderate taste for the material things that led them to avarice.

    4 Then, the man and the woman developed pride. The strong started to scorn the weak ones, which could not be nourished as much as they wished it. Like the Creature Without Name, they thought now that the role of the strong was to dominate the weak. The Creature Without Name thus saw that the hour of its revenge had come. It then went forth in the darkness and approached those that were thus scorned. It asked them: “Why let these others make you thus, why not act to reverse these roles?”

    5 And the weak started to envy the strong. The strong, satisfied with their situation, did not see the weak ones wondering why they were less gifted than the strong. The Creature Without Name gloated in joy, because it felt the hour of its glory arrive. It murmured in the ears of the weak and poked their desire. Anger thundered in the heart of weak, which revolted internally against this injustice. It asked them why they bound this feeling in their spirit and did not let it be expressed?

    6 Then, man and woman struck their brothers and sisters. Taking knife and axe in hand, each one struck the other in a storm of violence and destruction. They had just invented war, which reached its paroxysm when each one started to burn the house and to devastate the fields of the other. The Creature Without Name came again close to those whom had listened to it and said to them that violence and hatred would henceforth enable them to dominate their neighbours.

    7 The man then took the woman and the woman took the man. The strong misused the weak and the weak one suffered the strong. All were linked in a bestial orgy of indecent assault and violence. Their mixed bodies reflected the flames of the houses that burned. Food was devoured and drink was guzzled down. The whispers encouraged the indecent gestures. A true orgy of vice took place. And no more thought was given to the love of God.

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    Chapter V - « The King of Sin »



    1 That lasted for weeks and then months. Human vice did not have any more limits. Also, at that time, none had the least intention to work. Violence and indecent assault were their daily bread. The granaries were thrown down and all fought to recover food products as much as possible. They did not want anything more but to be given up with their excessive lust for material things.

    2 All were wary of each other. The least pretext was good enough to start again their symphony of violence. When one, pushed by greediness, envied foods that the other had and tried to steal it for himself, the other, and full of avarice, answered by violence. Nobody any more spoke any words that were not threats or insults.

    3 The men and the women did not look any more towards the stars. Sin had taken control of their lives. They had forgotten even the existence of God and did not feel any more His love. They liked nothing any more but the unhealthy pleasures of sin. Without Oane to remind them, virtue was forgotten and the vice was high on the pedestal of their hateful lives.

    4 Their only outside communication was with the creature that God had not given a name. It gloated in happiness, thinking that it had finally shown the Most High that its answer was the truth and that the answer of Oane was false. According to it, the strong were to dominate the weak ones and the weak ones to submit themselves always. It denied the power of the love and hated Oane for the purity of his faith.

    5 It was the only one to have remembered that he had been buried in the centre of the city. In defiance, it went there to his tomb and uncovered the tombstone. It unearthed the corpse of Oane and danced one whole night, trampling his body, and singing its joy of having destroyed his work. All around it, the city was in flames, as the humans fought, were violated, committed suicide and were tortured mutually. The hour of its triumph seemed to have come.

    6 It went in the mines to recover that which it needed to forge its crown as ruler of Creation. This crown was made of gold, silver, diamond, ruby, emeralds and all that one could find that was valuable in the world. Its weight testified to pride and hatred towards the men and the women whom the creature had corrupted. And this one was the only one raising eyes to the sky, but only to show its smile of triumph towards God, of whom it awaited an admission of failure.

    7 Then God desired to give a great lesson to these humans, who had betrayed Him. The sky went black above the community and the winds blew with great force. He said to them: “Whereas I gave you my love, you were diverted from Me, preferring to listen to the words of the creature to which I did not give a name. You preferred rather to give yourselves up to material pleasures than to return grace to me.”

    8 It added: “I created for you a place called Hell, which I laid out in the moon, where the worst among you will know an eternity of torments to punish them their sins. In seven days, your city will be absorbed in the flames. And those that will have remained there will pass eternity in Hell. However, I am magnanimous, and those among you who will be able to make penitence will pass eternity in the sun, in Paradise.”


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    Book of the Prehistory
    Chapter VI - « Punishment »


    1 The human ones had given themselves over to the sin as God had decided to punish them. But the majority of them did not understand that they themselves had fault in this, so much had they abandoned themselves to their vices. They had taken so much enjoyment in the pleasures of life that they trembled at the idea of any punishment or deprivation. Great numbers of them then decided to flee the cursed city of Oanylone. Nevertheless, the Creature Without Name found seven humans whose taste for sin was as if they truly could be the very incarnation of it.

    2 Azazel had been given up in greediness, Asmodeus with lust, Belial with pride, Lucifer with apathy, Beelzebub with avarice, Leviathan with anger and Satan with envy. According to the councils of the Creature Without Name, they preached rebellion against God, affirming that only jealousy justified Him in His decision to punish the human ones. They added that He was weak and could never put His threat into execution. Many of the human ones listened to them with attention.

    3 Seven other humans, however, understood well the errors they had made. Their names were Gabriel, George, Michel, Uriel, Galadrielle, Selaphiel, and Raphaella. They preached humility, affirming that it was necessary to accept the punishment in order to wash away the sin. The speech of each one testified to the virtues that they had started to incarnate. Gabriel made watch of temperance, George of friendship, Michel of justice, Uriel of generosity, Galadrielle of conservation, Selaphiel of pleasure, and Raphael of conviction. Only a handful of the human ones were sensitive to their words, but the purity of the faith of each one of these was worth the vice of one hundred sinners.

    4 The six days were terrible, the lightning tearing the sky and the thunder shaking the will of the weakest. Multitudes of the human ones fled the city then. There only remained the vilest, which listened to the sermons of the seven incarnations of sin, and the most virtuous, which, like the seven incarnations of virtue, accepted the punishment of God. Even the Creature Without Name had prudence to escape, letting the seven corrupted ones forward its ambitions alone in their madness.

    5 The seventh day concluded the divine sentence in a titanic cataclysm. In a deafening tremor, the ground opened under the feet of the few remaining in the city. The high flames devoured them. The buildings were broken down, the stones raining on their inhabitants, and the flames devastated all. Soon, the entire city was absorbed into the bowels of the earth, not leaving any more trace of its existence.

    6 God punished the seven incarnations of the sins. They were thrown to the moon, alive for an eternity of sufferings under the title of Prince-demons. Those whom had listened to them underwent the same terrible fate, bearing since the title of demons. Their love of vice and their hatred of God only increasing at the passage of the centuries, they took more and more unhealthy pleasure to practice their office. And their bodies reflected little by little the blackness and the beastliness of their hearts.

    7 But God saw that the seven pure ones, and those who had followed them, had proven that the human ones were capable of repentance and of humility. He raised them to the sun and they were blessed by an eternity of happiness in Paradise. The seven pure ones were called archangels and their disciples were called angels. They were to assist the Most High by helping the human ones, each time it would be necessary, to fight the temptation of the creature which He had not named.


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