CHOICE OF EARTHLY TRIALS
My brother man and sister woman must hear this. A very wealthy brother man asked a poor young brother man, what do you want in life? The poor brother man blurted money, I want money, lots of it. The rich brother man asked him, what would you do with the money? A lot of brainstorming took place in his head and he said, with lots of money in his possession, I will build a gargantuan and attractive house, own fleet of posh cars, fashionable clothes, marry a beautiful wife and attain prominence in society etc. My brother man and sister woman, the important question asked, what is the purpose of life? What is the overriding destiny of human beings on planet earth? Are we here on planet earth exclusively to acquire material things? The answer is no. Most people have acquired all the good things of life and in the end, they died and left everything behind. We are still alive, aren’t we? On daily basis, we see the land properties and all kinds of investments left behind by deceased wealthy people. That clearly shows acquisition of all the good things of life is not the overriding destiny of mortals on planet earth. What then is the overriding destiny of human beings on planet earth? Of a truth I tell you, material existence is imposed upon souls temporarily clothed in a human body as a means of attaining perfection. In order for souls to attain perfection, it is imperative for them to undergo all the vicissitudes of material existence. In order for souls to attain perfection, they must pass through all the troubles, pains and uncertainties of material existence
Who is a human being? A human being is a soul, clothed in a perishable human body. What is the soul? A soul is an incarnated spirit. What was the soul before attaching itself to a human body? The soul was a spirit. So you see, the soul is a spirit. Before attaching itself to a human body, the soul is one of the spiritual beings residing in the spirit world. Therefore, the moment a person dies, the person becomes 100 percent spirit again. My brother man and sister woman, people always talk about destiny but rarely mention the choice of earthly trials. Obviously, most people know nothing about its existence. For instance, merely telling someone, I am a student of the University of Port Harcourt is not enough. The person must ask you, what course are you studying? Is it accountancy? Banking and finance or computer with statistics etc. In the same vein my brother man and sister woman, in the spirit world, a soul chooses for itself the kind of trials which he will undergo before manifesting on planet earth as a human being. Therefore life is not all about Destiny. I want you to bear in mind destiny is sowing and reaping. Good acts give birth to relatively good destiny while evil acts give birth to Destiny laced with sorrow. Most of the problems confronting people equally emanate from the kind of trials they might have chosen for themselves before manifesting on planet earth.
CHOICE OF TRIALS SOULS EMBRACE
It is common knowledge, as long as tons of money is involved most human beings voluntarily accept to carry out any difficult task. For instance, drug peddlers are often caught at the airports and publicly paraded to serve as a deterrent to would-be-drug peddlers, but public humiliations notwithstanding, quite a number of people are willing to become drug peddlers because of the tons of money involved. If a brother man decides to import narcotics worth millions of naira into the country or conceal 5.300kg of cocaine in a sister woman’s handbag or perhaps conceal 1.090kg of cocaine in his belly, the whole import is to realize huge amount of money. As he is going to the airport, he knows his journey is scary and unpredictable. If he is caught, it means humiliation for himself and family, he will be tried and convicted. If he succeeds, he will be rewarded with tons of money and his drugs will destroy more lives.
Mr Hector pine to become a famous actor. In order to achieve his dream, he has devoted more than eight years indulging in countless rehearsals, he videos his acting at home and in real performance and he has a good acting coach but up till now, he has not been recognized as a good actor. In the same vein, if a scientist craves to immortalize his name through a certain discovery that will benefit mankind, such a scientist must be prepared to brave through any danger for the sake of the glory he will receive if he succeeds. Most of us voluntarily embrace arduous task for the sake of the honour and profit that will emanate from our successful endurance. As people put it jocularly, suffer before pleasure or no food for a lazy person etc. It appears this policy is recognized in the spirit world, because in the spirit world souls at the verge of coming to planet earth often make choice of the hardest, harshest and humiliating conditions as a means of attainment of paradise after physical death. In the spirit world, souls voluntarily choose heavy trials which they will pass through on planet earth because heavy trials will help them to rapidly get rid of their inherent faults, impurities and most importantly help them to advance more quickly. In the spirit world, souls are well aware of the everlasting happiness that awaits them and they know if they don’t get rid of their inherent faults and impurities, they will never attain everlasting joy and happiness. Ask a poor young brother man today, what kind of life would you have preferred? No doubt he will choose affluence. You cannot blame him. As a complete human being, his material nature is dominant and his spiritual nature is in deep slumber and If he dies the next day, he becomes completely free from his material nature and his spiritual nature becomes dominant. Now that he is residing in the spirit world, ask him once more, what kind of life would you choose? I can assure you, he will never choose riches.
A soul sees farther than he saw when encased in a perishable human body. A soul clearly sees the end from the beginning. A soul sees the ends which the choice of trials is intended to work out. The end results are far more important to the soul than the transient enjoyments of planet earth. Most people might say that since souls have the power of choosing their earthly existences if it were them, they will demand to be princes and millionaires, I am of the opinion such people are like greedy children, who when asked what line of work would they embrace? They will reply that they would like to be a pastry chef so that they will continue licking ice cream and cakes. Human beings residing on planet earth are subjected to the influence of material ideas, therefore we see only the painful aspect of the trials we might select or called upon to undergo on planet earth. Therefore it appears to us to be natural to choose trials that work hand in hand with material enjoyment. My brother man and sister woman, I want you to bear in mind some of the nature of trials selected by souls.
- A SOUL MIGHT CHOOSE TO BE BORN AMONG CRIMINALS, WRONGDOERS, FELONS AND SINNERS.
- A SOUL MIGHT CHOOSE TO LEAD AN IDLE AND USELESS LIFE.
- A SOUL MIGHT MAKE CHOICE OF THE HARDEST TRIAL. MOST PAINFUL EXISTENCE IN THE HOPE OF ATTAINING EVERLASTING HAPPINESS AFTER DEATH.
- A SOUL MIGHT IMPOSE UPON ITSELF A LIFE OF POVERTY.
- A SOUL MIGHT WISH TO TEST THEIR POWER OF RESISTANCE BY CHOOSING LIFE OF FORTUNE AND POWER.
- A SOUL MIGHT CHOSE TO BE BORN AMONG PEOPLE LIVING A BAD LIFE.
Now pertaining a soul choosing to live an idle and useless life. You cannot tell me you have not seen people like that? Society is awash with idle and useless boys and girls. Send them to school, they will not enter the class. They prefer to gamble or ride bicycle during school hours. Eventually, they will drop out of school. Send them to go and learn a trade, they might return with little or nothing. Parents of such children might blame witchcraft or known enemies. Unknown to them, their children might have chosen to live a useless and idle life. You might hear someone saying, I grew up in a vicious and criminal neighbourhood and if not for God and my irrepressible parents i would have grown up to be a very bad person. The person saying this might have truly desired to strengthen his good resolutions, that’s why he grew up in a place where he has to struggle against the influence of vicious surrounding. I want to make clearer, the nature of one’s trial determines the place one is born. For instance, a footballer must be sent to a stadium where he will openly demonstrate his skills. A footballer cannot be sent into a ward filled with sick patients. Of a truth I tell you, there must be a close similarity between the imperfections a soul desires to get rid of, and the social surrounding into which the soul is born. For instance, if a soul is struggling against the instinct of stealing, it is necessary for such a soul to be thrown among criminals on planet earth. In order to overcome the instinct of stealing, in the spirit world, a soul can choose to be born among people living a very bad life on planet earth. I hope it is now very clear to you, everything around us is serving a purpose. Therefore, life is not all about maybe I am destined to be poor, because, despite all my efforts to come out of poverty, I remain poor. In the spirit world, the soul of that poor brother man might have selected a life of poverty trial.
THE NATURE OF SOULS COMING TO PLANET EARTH
My brother man and sister woman, probe society, you will agree with me most children demonstrate different levels of antisocial and prosocial behaviours during their development. They exhibit anger, aggression, vindictiveness, cruelty and disobedience. Society is swarmed with rebellious children. Of a truth I tell you, the rising rates of serious school disciplinary problems, delinquency and violent crime indicate that antisocial behaviour, in general, is increasing. Why am I telling you all these? I just want you to know planet earth is swarmed by imperfect souls. Of a truth I tell you souls, functioning in the human bodies of little children, grownups and elderly people belong to different classes in the world of spirit. In the spirit world, souls that are yet to incarnate, souls that are yet to assume a human body don’t reside in any fixed place. They are everywhere in space and they are constantly moving and hovering around and mixing with human beings. Souls are not equal to one another, either in power, in intelligence, in knowledge or in morality. Interestingly we clearly observe these traits in human beings. We have human beings that are slightly intelligent, very intelligent or eggheads. There are human beings that are peevish, very peevish or outright imbeciles. Souls belonging to the lowest ranking in the spirit world are the embodiment of envy, hatred, jealousy, pride. They derive immense pleasure in doing evil. I intend to place souls coming to planet earth into three categories.
FIRST CATEGORY OF SOULS
Of a truth I tell you, souls belonging to the first category are few on planet earth. They have somewhat reached the degree of relative perfection. Corruption would have been minimal or almost non-existent if planet earth was populated by souls belonging to the first category. I regret the impossible that can never happen. Human beings in whom the first category of souls are incarnated are kind and upright. There is nothing like envy, jealousy, hatred nor rancor in their nature. They do good and expect no reward. They are the embodiment of charity and wisdom. I am of the opinion mother Theresa of Calcutta belong to the first category of souls that manifested on planet earth.
SECOND CATEGORY OF SOULS.
Souls belonging to the second category have actually reached the middle of the ladder, while the first category of souls has arrived at the topmost level of the ladder. Souls belonging to the second category are kind but are still striving to get rid of envy, jealousy, hatred etc. Actually, they have attained some level of purity but they still have to undergo the discipline of trial through temptation and suffering in order to attain all-round purity and perfection.
THIRD CATEGORY OF SOULS.
My brother man and sister woman, in the third category, are souls who are still on the lower rung of the ladder that leads to all-round purity and perfection. All the problems confronting us on planet earth, be it corruption, armed robbery, rape, murder, terrorism, war, arson, militancy, car snatching, kidnapping, ritual murder, mutilation of human body etc. emanate from souls belonging to the third category. Of a truth I tell you, the third category of souls are the pest of society, if it were possible for us to remove all the souls belonging to the third category from planet earth, I can assure you planet earth will become paradise and Lucifer and his allies will go out of business. Lucifer and his allies will remain gainfully employed as long as souls belonging to the third category traverse planet earth. The third category of souls despises all that is good. They are the embodiment of degrading passions, sensuality, avarice, hypocrisy, pride, jealousy. They do evil for its own sake without any definite motive. They derive immense pleasure in doing evil and are delighted whenever they find an opportunity of doing wrong. Of a truth I tell you, in the third category you will find souls that are positively malicious, ignorant, selfish, tricky, frivolous, foolish, mischievous, outrightly wicked etc.
QUESTIONS ARISING FROM THIS GREAT LESSON
- DOES A SOUL FORESEES ALL THE THINGS WHICH WILL HAPPEN TO HIM IN A NEW EARTHLY EXISTENCE? DOES A SOUL FORESEES ALL THE TRIBULATIONS IT WILL PASS THROUGH ON EARTH? Interesting question. Let me commence with an instance. If a brother man decides to embrace smuggling, which is an illegal business, he knows full well, he has the customs to contend with. The smuggler will try as much as he cannot get caught, but he doesn’t know the exact place where customs might chase him or perhaps shoot him. In the same vein, a soul knows that, in choosing such and such a trial, he will have such and such a kind of struggle to undergo. Therefore the soul knows the nature of the unpleasant and unwelcome circumstances which he will encounter, but the soul does not know how the unpleasant circumstances will present themselves. For instance, if a soul has chosen to be born among criminals, the soul is well aware of what kind of temptation he was exposing himself, but he is not aware of each of the actions which he would accomplish. They are often the result of the actions of the person. Those actions are the effects of the use of the gift of free will.
- IT IS POSSIBLE FOR A SOUL TO CHOSE A TRIAL BEYOND HIS STRENGHT?
Interesting question. Yes, it is possible for a soul to choose a trial which exceeds his strength and such a soul will fail woefully. Some people have committed suicide because they could no longer cope with the heavy trials they are passing through on planet earth. In the same vein, a soul might choose a trial from which he will benefit nothing. For instance, imagine a soul choosing to live an idle and useless life. IN ORDER TO ARRIVE AT PERFECTION, IS IT NECESSARY THAT A SOUL MUST HAVE TO UNDERGO EVERY SORT OF TEMPTATION, ENCOUNTER ALL THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT CAN EXCITE IN HIM PRIDE, JEALOUSY, AVARICE, SENSUALITY ETC. Interesting question. If a brother man chooses to become an armed robber, he exposes himself to all the dangers of his criminal career. In the same vein, a soul may ask for the trial of riches and his request may be granted. After that, everything now depends on the character of the soul. He will become, according to his character, selfish or generous, avaricious or prodigal and he will make noble use of his wealth or waste it on vanity or sensuality. Spiritually, the rich person will not be compelled to experience all the evil tendencies that may be fostered by possession of riches. In summation, it is the character of a soul that determines whether he must have encountered all the circumstances associated with the trial he voluntarily accepted.
HOW CAN A SOUL, IN THE STATE OF INFANCY, MAKE AN INTELLIGENT CHOICE OF AN EXISTENCE? AND HOW CAN HE BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SUCH A CHOICE?
Interesting question. On planet earth, parents continue to guide their infant children on the right path to follow but little by little they allow them to start making decision for themselves. In the same vein, the Almighty God caters for infant souls. He directs them on the path which they have to follow and gradually he sets them free as their free will becomes developed. And by setting them free, this is where most of them often lose their way and go astray by following the wrong path, if they don’t listen to the advice of good spirits.