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Multiverse - Sons of God

Were there other beings in this category other than Man who shares divinity realm?  Probably.

There are indications for such Sons of God.  Refer the following;

Job 1:6  Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, 

and Satan also came among them

And Satan also came among them.
When the morning Stars sang together and Sons of God shouted for joy.
William Blake

Job 38:4-7 "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements--surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

From these it appears that there were other Sons of God even before the creation of Earth.   Apart from that we notice that even Satan was indeed one of the Sons of God and has access to the presence of God!

The following terms do not directly refer to messengers but to beings that are in the various dimensions of existence.

Evidently Adamic race is part of the Sons of God.

Luk 3:38  the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God

As such Man originally lived in all the four worlds.  Man was the highest creation in the world (among others?)    But remember we are talking about the creation. 

Adam was a creation of God in sharp contrast to Christ who was Son by emanation or procession. 

Mar 1:1  The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God

Joh 11:27  I have believed that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, even he that cometh into the world.

Adam was of the world while Christ came into the world and not of the world. But since Christ shares some of his dimension with man in the divine realm, and hence is considered as a Brother to Christ.  Hence the writer of the Hebrews states:

Heb 2:11  For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.

The incarnation of the Son as a part of the human race is described by Paul in his Christological hymn:

Php 2:6-11 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

 

This brings us to the concept of  Two Adams which is related to the Adam Kadamon concept.  Paul describes two  Adams one Material and the other Spiritual.

1Co 15:45 -49 So also it has been written, "The" first "man", Adam, "became a living soul;" the last Adam a life-giving Spirit. But not the spiritual first, but the natural; afterward the spiritual.  The first man was out of earth, earthy. The second Man was the Lord out of Heaven.  Such as is the earthy man, such also are the earthy ones. And such as is the heavenly Man, such also are the heavenly ones.  And as we bore the image of the earthy man, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.   (Literal Translation)

 

  The Primordial Adam

 

It is the gigantic, cosmic, first Adam that is the Primordial Adam of Kabbalah.   Is it God, or an aspect of God, or a subordinate created being, and if a subordinate being, which created being?  The question cannot be answered easily unless we understand the distinction between the Nirguna Brahman and the Saguna Brahman.  This Primordial Adam is the first of the creation, the creator of the cosmos as his body yet shares the essence of God and carries the fullness of the Ohr Ein Sof in a concrete mediatorial relation with cosmos.  The throne as the visible externalisation of God's Glory. It is a figure in the shape of a Man.

" And above the expanse that was over their heads, like the appearance of a sapphire stone, was the likeness of a throne, and on the likeness of the throne, was a likeness like the appearance of a man ...."    Ezekiel 1:26

The Material Man was made in the image of the Heavenly Man.  In Christ the Heavenly man temporarily put on the Material Body and became the Second Adam – the Messiah.   In resurrection we will put on the Heavenly Body and share the divinity with Jesus being united with Him as his wife.

 

This is why Peter talks about sharing of divinity with Christ.

2Pe 1:4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

 

It is on this idea that the revelation talks about the marriage of the lamb – joining of the redeemed bride of Christ – the church – with Christ.  This is the reason why Jesus is described as Perfect God and Perfect Man.  It is not coexistence but a state of being.  He came into His Own.

 

Even when Jesus entered into the material realm taking human form, we could never understand the essence of God with which He shared the Godhead.  We know him only as the Word of God, the Image of God, the Self-revelation, the Self-manifestation of God, who is reflected in the whole creation and who brings the whole creation back to God. In Jesus we can see the component of God in our existential dimensions. We cannot of course see beyond the veil the fulness of Godhead which He shared.  It is this Jesus had to lay down to come into our midst.

 

It is, therefore, perfectly correct to say that Jesus is God, but always with the qualification that he is " God from God " , that is, he receives the Godhead from the Father, which is what characterises him as the Son; and furthermore he is not simply God, but God in man and man in God. He is the " Word made flesh " . In this view the Son comes forth eternally from the Father. And this process is not merely a temporal
process but an eternal reality. The Son comes forth eternally from the Father as his Self-manifestation, his Self-expression, and manifests God in the whole creation, drawing everything in time and space into the fullness of the divine being. Seen in this perspective Jesus does not appear as an isolated phenomenon,
a sudden appearance of God on earth. He is the fulfilment of the whole plan of creation, drawing the manifold of creation back to unity, drawing all humanity back to God, to that fullness of being for which it was created. In this perspective also Jesus can be seen in relation to those other forms of the Primordial Person, the Universal Man, which are found in the traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. "

 

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Extended Tree

The interpenetrating worlds of four dimensions of creation.
http://www.digital-brilliance.com/themes/fourworlds.php


Wiki gives the following description of  five worlds.

The Four Worlds (Hebrew: עולמות Olamot/Olamos, singular: Olam עולם), sometimes counted with a prior stage to make Five Worlds, are the comprehensive categories of spiritual realms in Kabbalah in the descending chain of Existence.

The Worlds are formed by the Ohr Mimalei Kol Olmin, the Divine creative light that "Fills all Worlds" immanently, according to their particular spiritual capacity to receive.

The Four Worlds are:

1.   Atzilut (אֲצִילוּת) Olam Ha'Atzilut The World of Divine Emanation - The Divine Dimension

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Articles/kabbalah/Sefirot/sefirot.html

Atzilut is the world of Divine emanation, wholly conscious of its Divine origin. This is completely the realm of Ein Sof and is in perfect harmony and balance. The process of "emanation" is described in Chassidut as one of he'elem v'gilui  - "concealment and revelation," i.e., the process of revealing the essence of that which had hitherto been concealed.   It may also be the realm of Adam Kadmon, as well.

These worlds are interrelated and depicted as "Jacob's Ladder," an overlapping diagram of the "Tree of Life" metaphor.

Life and the soul of the beings start here.  It is believed that Man was created to exist in this realm and was temperarily shut out unless redemption because of the fall. Relative to the soul of man, the four worlds correspond to the four levels of the soul: chayah (from the world of Atzilut); neshamah (from the world of Beriah); ruach (from the world of Yetzirah); nefesh (from the world of Asiyah).  As we see Man existed in all the four levels of existence - Body, Mind, Spirit and Divine.  Only the Sons of God exist in the  Divine Dimensions. 

Chayah / Life-soul
 Element: Fire

2. Beriah (בְּרִיאָה), Olam Ha'Beriah - The World of Creation - The world of Concepts

The world of Beriah is the world of spirituality and  human intelligence. Imma (binah, understanding and intelligence in general)  The world of Beriah is the spiritual abode of the serafim ("fiery angels"). These are the angles that the prophet Isaiah saw in his vision of the Divine chariot. These are the angles that exclaim to God: "Holy, Holy Holy is the God of Hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory." This is the realm of archangels and the heavenly throne (Thrones).

Faculties of Mind  
contemplation, reasoning, logic
Element: Air

3. Yetzirah (יְצִירָה),Olam Ha'Yetzirah - The World of Formation

Yetzirah is known as the realm of formation, or the formative world. This is the realm of the Astral, of the collective unconscious and the Anima Mundi (world Soul) and such like. It is the realm where specific forms are created. Yetzirah is composed of the three spheres directly below the veil of Parekh: Netzhache, Hod and Yesod. The Angels reside within this world. The ethereal "substance" of Beriah is endowed with spirit and generic form. The particular consciousness of this world is one of "formation" yesh m'yesh ("something from something"). Here existence takes the form of general archetypes or species.  The particular class of angels belonging to the world of Yetzirah are the chayot hakodesh ("the living creatures"). These are the angels which Ezekial saw in his vision of the Divine chariot.

  Element: Water

4. Asiyah (עֲשִׂיָּה), Olam Ha'Asiyah - The World of Action

The lowest of the four worlds, Assiah is known as the realm of effects. It is the world of the body and the senses,    This is the realm of the physical universe and its creatures.
Only one sphere belongs to this realm and that is Malkuth.

The material, dualistic-seeming world of matter and energy
  Nefesh, the 'animal soul', life-force, or anima
  The material world as it appears
 Element: Earth

The continual flow of an immanent lower light ("Mimalei Kol Olmin"), the light that "fills all worlds" is the creating force in each descending world that itself continually brings into being from nothing, everything in that level of existence. It is this light that undergoes the concealments and contractions as it descends downward to create the next level, and adapts itself to the capacity of each created being on each level.

 

 Consequently, all the worlds are dependent for their continual existence on the flow of Divinity they constantly receive from the Divine Will to create them. Creation is continuous.

 

 All the worlds are interpenetrating and one within the other each forming part of the other – World within World. Person within Person.  The perfect state is when all the parts each with its own form of life, energy and function work in synchronism according to the purpose assigned to them.  When this is violated the system breaks down and redemption is needed.   This is what Sin is.  It disrupts the function of the Cosmic Creation and all the beings in it.

 

 

Art by Dorit Bat-Shalom
Family Tree of Life by David Friedman

 

According to the Kabbalah as described by the Golden Dawn there are ten archangels, each commanding one of the choir of angels and corresponding to one of the Sephirot. It is similar to the Jewish angelic hierarchy.

 

Rank

Choir of Angels

Translation

Archangel

Sephirah

1

Hayot Ha Kodesh

Holy Living Ones

Metatron

Keter

2

Ophanim

Wheels

Raziel

Chokmah

3

Erelim (Isaiah 33:7)

Thrones

Tzaphkiel

Binah

4

Hashmallim  (Ezekiel 1:4)

Electric Ones

Tzadkiel

Chesed

5

Seraphim (Isaiah 6)

Burning Ones

Khamael

Gevurah

6

Malakhim

Messengers, angels

Raphael

Tipheret

7

Elohim

Godly Beings

Haniel

Netzach

8

Bene Elohim

Sons of Elohim

Michael

Hod

9

Cherubim

Strong Ones

Gabriel

Yesod

10

Ishim

Souls of Fire

Sandalphon

Malkuth

 

 According to all ancient cultures Universe is consisted of a combination of four basic elements: fire, air, water and earth.    In Jewish mysticism the four worlds are based on the four elements.  

 

 

Life beyond our Carbon based life

Every life form on Earth, as far as we know, is a carbon-based life form. 

“If you don’t have a stable entity with the chemistry of hydrogen, you’re not going to have hydrocarbons, or complex carbohydrates, and you’re not going to have life,” says MIT physics professor Robert Jaffe, in Scientific American,. “The same goes for carbon and oxygen. Beyond those three we felt the rest is detail." (http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2010/multiple-universes.html)

 

Such a thought arises only because our only knowledge of life is from the life on earth.  Is it possible to have life in universe where life is based on fire? or water? or spirtual material?  I have to word it as spiritual material because we dont know what they are and their laws.  Matter, mind and spirits we know exists.  But our science is only based on matter.  We do not even know how to talk to our dogs or cats or fishes even though they share our material dimension as well.  Our communication remain within the common dimensions.  There is no reason why life should not exist in other dimensions and some of them may even be sharing some of our dimensions as well.  Without that we cannot communicate or know.  Just as God cannot be understood unless God himself reveals to us, we will not be able to know about these beings in other dimensions.  This is why God put on flesh and dwelt among us.  The Universe is not just matter.  It encompasses all the other dimensions in which lives an infinite number of beings as part of the body of God exist and all having their specific roles and purposes.  They are as much part of the organs of God.

"Great Chain of Being"

according to Judaeo-Christian Mysticism

 

 

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Articles/kabbalah/Creation/creation.html

It is certain that within the infinite number spiritual dimensions, of which ours is but one, there are certainly infinte number of beings who are different from us in many ways with bodies that are not material but of different material peculiar to their own dimensions and having the same degree or different degrees of freedom of will.  Some of these may be coexisting within us and we may be existing within others.  We are in a world within worlds all within the Cosmic Christ.

Worlds within Worlds, Life within Life,  Purusha within Purusha

All within God

Eph 1:20 - 23  when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 

And hath put all things under his feet,
and
gave him to be the head over all things
to the church, 
which is his body,
the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

1Co 12:14-22  For also the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body, on account of this, is it not of the body? And if the ear says, Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body, on account of this, is it not of the body? If all the body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If all hearing, where the smelling? But now God set the members, each one of them, in the body, even as He desired. But if all was one member, where would the body be? But now, indeed, many are the members, but one body. And the eye is not able to say to the hand, I have no need of you; or again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. But much rather the members of the body seeming to be weaker are necessary. (Literal Translation)

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File:Great Chain of Being 2.png 

1579 drawing of the Great Chain of Being from Didacus Valades, Rhetorica Christiana.

 

The chain starts from God and progresses downward to angels, demons (fallen/renegade angels), stars, moon, kings, princes, nobles, men, wild animals, domesticated animals, trees, other plants, precious stones, precious metals, and other minerals. Each link in the chain might be divided further into its component parts.
The picture incidentally shows the hell as the lowest level where there is little of no communication with God.

The Great Chain of Being

From Ken Wilber, A Theory of Everything: An Integral Vision for Business, Politics, Science, and Spirituality, Shambhala, Boston , MA , 2000, p. 68.

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Because of the disobedience of Man, Man was temporarily driven away from the Divine level and constrained within the lower three worlds.  The total freedom of will of man is typical of the Sonship.  There always was an extra-cosmal element in man which gives him the ability to go above and beyond the constraints of the world and its environments.  There is a dimension within, which gives man the freedom to choose.  Because Man refused to function within the body of the Cosmos, Man lost his estate and was driven out of the realm.

Because Sin will produce a life which brings forth great suffering as each man act selfish. 

Gal 5:13-15 For, brothers, you were called to freedom. Only do not use the freedom for an opening to the flesh. But through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." But if you bite and devour one another, be careful that you are not consumed by one another.   

 

Eternal life in a Selfish society simply is unthinkable.  God in his love for Man blessed him with death, by placing the law of decay on the matter.

Gen 3:17  And to Adam he said,  "Because you have listened to the  voice of your wife,  and have eaten of the tree  of which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,'  cursed is the ground because of you;  in toil you shall eat of it all the  days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring  forth to you;  and you shall eat the plants of the  field.  In the sweat of your face  you shall eat bread  till you return to the ground,  for out of it you were taken;  you are dust,  and to dust you shall return."