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The journey to Paradise seems almost pointless.

You asked: I was reading through sections of the book, and realized that the journey to Paradise seems almost pointless. The whole layout of the universes (both central and super) seem to be run via a strict, bureaucratic control. If we reach the Isle of Paradise, then why are we sent back to join this cosmic bureaucracy? Why would I want to go through these travails only to work as a bureaucrat?

Interesting question. Maybe if we break things down to dichotomies... chaos and order, it will make some sense. First, here in the material realm on earth order is imposed by law and custom, both rather arbitrary and not necessarily based in truth or goodness but still much an improvement over anarchy and chaos. A society needs order to survive and prosper. Many people will experience order through bureaucratic and corrupt agencies and, as in your case, conclude that bureaucracies are bad influences. A spiritual bureaucracy is not similar to an earthly one. In the spiritual scheme, order is imposed for the benefit of the individual and everything is geared toward spiritual growth, to experiencing that we are God's children and are all brothers and sisters... pretty much the opposite of life on earth.

Why would you want to go through the ascension plan, beginning here on the lowest rung of the ladder and progressing to Paradise to meet the Father face to face? Because this is the greatest adventure in creation even though we cannot fathom what it means or entails. To come back to this local universe to eventually guide and minister to those still on their journey is the greatest service an individual can provide. Since we can't really mentally grasp these activities we can erroneously conclude that it's a boring and meaningless task like bureaucracies here, even though we may recognize that God surely doesn't work that way.

Thanks for your very interesting inquiry. I hope that this reply has been helpful.

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