This is the key. God does not have honor because he is all-powerful. God is all-powerful because he has honor...
In the previous letter, I introduced the concept that all matter is made of Intelligences that have been organized by God into different elements, and by him given commandments (guidelines wherein they are to exist and function perpetually). This process is how he created the Universe. The next question that I want to address stems directly from this concept. It is, “Why would these intelligences agree to do this?” If God is one of the Intelligences, then what enables him to command and organize all of the other Intelligences according to his will? We learned from the writings of Father Abraham in Letter 13 that God is the most intelligent of all of the Intelligences, but does that give him the right to make himself king and start ordering all of the other Intelligences around? What power does God have that the rest of the Intelligences don’t that gives him the ability and/or right to be in charge of organization and creation? The answer to this question is key. What is it? It is so simple. Let me go back one more time to the Mormon book, ‘The Doctrine and Covenants’.
The key piece of the puzzle is hidden, almost as a footnote to what God is otherwise saying, as he describes things that happened to Adam shortly after the creation of the Earth. It is found in Chapter 29:
“And it came to pass that Adam, being tempted of the devil—for, behold, the devil was before Adam, for he rebelled against me, saying, Give me thine honor, which is my power; and also a third part of the hosts of heaven turned he away from me because of their agency.”
There it is! The key to understanding God and creation is what? “Honor, which is my power”. God derives his power from his honor.
Ask yourself this question, “Why do you ‘willingly’ do something that someone else asks you to do?” Is it not because you trust, respect, and/or love the one asking you? Is it not because you honor that person?
This is the key. God does not have honor because he is all-powerful. God is all-powerful because he has honor… perfect and time proven honor. Over the course of the eternities, God, being the most intelligent of us all has also been the most pure, honest, trustworthy, caring, loving, patient, selfless, etc., and he has always wanted and still wants the very most and the very best for every other Intelligence and, he has proven such to the point that the other Intelligences are willing to do what he asks of them. They trust him. They trust that what he wants them to do is in their best interest and this enables him to use his perfect knowledge of all things to command and organize the other Intelligences into forms of order and beauty, lifting and improving each Intelligence step by step, eon after eon to the most beautiful and happy state that they can be lifted to.
This is how it works. As far as I can add things up, this is how the Earth and Universe that we live in came into existence. This is how matter and element came to exist in the forms that they do and why they follow the laws and principles that they do. They are doing what God has commanded them to do. Thus, we can conclude that we (humans) are Intelligences that have the opportunity to experience life on this Earth at the hands of many other intelligences who work together, in obedience to God’s commandments, to form our physical bodies and everything else in the Earth and Universe.
This then brings us to the next obvious question. Do we not have to ask, “What makes us so special that we get the opportunity to be the children of God?” Why are we not some other form of life like an animal or a plant, or further yet, part of some form of matter? Why do we get the chance to live as the children of God upon the Earth rather than acting as a part of the Earth or Universe like so many other intelligences do? Well, I suppose that will make a good topic for the next letter.