Felix Culpa

Felix Culpa is Latin.  The Roman Catholic Church translates it “fortunate fall”.

This is derived from Saint Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo, who lived in North Africa.  The concept of original sin, the Fall of Men and Women and the expulsion from Paradise (Eden) is viewed as felix culpa.

In other words what happened at the beginning was tragic but the end result was to be a fortunate turn of events.  The war in heaven had upset the balance, the harmony of creation.

Lucifer and one-third of the heavenly host rebelled.  Michael and the rest of heaven fought a war against Lucifer which eventually found its way to earth.

In Genesis Adam and Eve, who had been created from the dust of the earth, found themselves aligned with Lucifer’s rebellion by siding with him in his rebellion against the King of the Universe.  So began the struggle of humans to survive on a world under alien control.  Lucifer and his followers were from another star system.

Heaven was separated from the earth by a great chasm which could not be breached by Lucifer and his followers.  As depicted in the wisdom book of Job, Lucifer visited the council of heaven, claiming the earth as his territory after humans aligned themselves with his rebellion.  The council seemed to be some sort of interplanetary federation which had representatives from the various star systems.  Some sort of security clearance or safe conduct pass must have been in play for Lucifer to attend this council.

As the theological story goes, the King of the Universe initiated the plan devised before the rebellion—to humans from their alien oppressors.  Human messengers were chosen to rally the people to change their allegiance and to look forward to a coming Messiah, a Saviour, a Liberator like Moses, the Exiled Prince. The Messiah would be born a human and thereby the human and the divine would be linked forever throughout eternity.

From St. Augustine’s perspective, without the fall into original sin there would have been no happy outcome.  The need for a Messiah would have been moot since there would have been no need for a Liberator if humans had chosen to remain loyal to the King of the Universe.

In Revelation the story ends in the defeat of Lucifer, now called Satan, and his followers in a great conflagration as St. Augustine’s De Civitate Dei (City of God) descends from heaven to its new location on a recreated earth made from the atomic ashes of what was the home to life on the third planet in the Sol star system.  A new earth is born, and it becomes the centre of the cosmos as the King of the Universe takes up royal residence in the New Jerusalem.

Eden is restored.  Humans once again have access to the Tree of Life (HaEtz HaChayyim) which bears the fruit of immortality.  The human quest for immortality will finally be realized.

In the final analysis a good outcome is always desirable.  Circumstances may be grim, but eventually the darkness gives way to light.

Felix Culpa is perhaps a story of an ancient war fought eons ago in a place far, far away.  Unfortunately, humans found themselves involved in a conflict which would seem to be hopeless but hopelessness is just another turn in human progress toward regaining their status as the star children of the cosmos.

G. D. Williams       © 2013

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