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Topic: The Reader (04/15/10)
TITLE: Enlightened Words
By Allison Egley
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A voice told her to pick up the Bible next to her. She felt drawn to it. Then she remembered Father's words.
I have spoken with God himself, and he has revealed to Me alone that the Bible is corrupt. Not only has it been stained by human hands through translations, but it was never touched by the hand of God.
God has revealed this to Me because he knows he can trust Me to carry out his bidding.
So burn your Bibles. They are not God's words. It is an abomination!
I have taken the time to write God's true words with My own hand.
And now, children, you are old enough to have your very own copy.
Hanna didn't even know if Father had a name. Her whole life, he had just been Father.
Hanna heard footsteps and shoved the Bible beneath the mattress.
"Hanna," her mom called. "It's time. Let's go see Father."
Hanna clutched the book to her chest and looked heavenwards, silently apologizing, as she glanced longingly towards the hidden Bible. She knew. She knew Father wasn't right.
As they approached Father's dwelling, Her mom placed a reassuring hand on her shoulder. "I know you're nervous, but I've seen you studying Father's Words. I know you'll pass."
If only her mother knew the true reason behind her fear.
"You have to do this on your own. I'll be waiting at home."
Father greeted her as she opened the door. "Hanna. I see you've read and studied My Words. Come to My Courts to see if you pass the test and are found worthy. I know you're nervous, but you have nothing to fear if you are seeking Me and God."
Hanna stepped into the Court.
"Hanna, I trust you’ve been studying hard."
"Y-yes, Sir.... I... I mean... Father."
"Here's your first question. When are children allowed to speak?"
"Only when spoken to by an Enlightened adult."
"Wonderful. The True Light Of God is..."
You, Father, are the True Light of God."
"Good. What happens to people who own Bibles?"
"They will... will... be burned along with their Bibles."
"Don't worry, Hanna. So long as you have done what I've told you, you have nothing to fear. Just one more question. You've done well so far. If you read My words and never stray, what will happen?"
"You will be blessed, never fear, and live eternally with Father and God in the Holy Place."
"Good job, Hanna. Do you have any questions?"
"Father, how... how..." She struggled, then surged ahead before she lost the courage. "How do you know you're the True Light of God?" As soon as the words were out of her mouth, she regretted them.
"How dare you question My authority!" Father bellowed. He opened a door and threw her down a flight of stairs. This will teach you to question Me." The door slammed shut, and Hanna was alone.
She whimpered in pain, as she clutched her arm to her chest. She tried to forget all Father had taught her. She knew he was not the one. The Bible was true. She rocked back and forth and mumbled, but this time the words filled her with hope and peace instead of fear and dread. "...I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."
Hanna's words fell into rhythm with her rocking. She wondered if her mother was looking for her. Had Father told her? Would she try to find her even if she knew? Or would her mother follow Father's wishes and leave her here? She knew now that she could only trust in One. "God," she whispered. "I believe. I know Father isn't right. I believe in You and Your Son, Jesus. He it mighty to save. Please forgive me." Peace filled Hanna's soul and she fell asleep, despite the pain. Someday, whether now or later in life, she'd be with Him. But she still wished someone would save her here on earth.
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