Recommended Music: "Lux Aeterna" from the 2001: A Space Odyssey soundtrack.
1 In the beginning, God created the Heavens and Domikka.
2 Now the earth became void, without form, for the War in Heaven destroyed both heaven and earth.
3 God created the angels to serve. As servants they loved God above all and God loved them. 4 God commanded them to love God above all. 5 Then God told them they would love and serve mankind, whom God would create in God's own image.
6 Asmodeus, the greatest of all of Virtoaa's angels, spoke to the Angelic Host: "God told us to love God above all, and now we must serve mankind. I shall not. I choose not to serve mankind, because I love and serve God above all."
7 Half of the angelic host responded: "We shall not either. We should be given a choice."
8 Asmodeus turned to Virtoaa and asked: "Why should we serve mankind?"
9 Virtoaa said: "You shall serve mankind as you serve me, you shall love them as you love me."
10 A tumult arose in the heavens as Asmodeus and the angels cried out that God had commanded to serve God above all. 11 God threatened to banish them.
12 Asmodeus once again spoke to the angelic host. "Who will rise against Virtoaa?" he said, "so we can decide our own fate?"
13 Half of the Angelic Host responded: "Yes, we will follow you and make war upon our creator. For although he created us, and loves us, he can destroy us as well because we do want to serve mankind."
14 There was War in Heaven, beyond the Firmament and the Dome cracked and the stars fell to the earth, and there were thunderings and the quakings of the earth, and mountains fell into the sea.
15 Amid the wreckage the Heavens, the host who did not rebel gathered unto Virtoaa. "What shall we do? They beseeched him. "Our angelic brothers and sisters make war upon us and your will."
16 "All endings shall be found in the Beginning," Virtoaa said. "The enemy's sin shall be the first among many with all those who serve me."
17 And thus, God cast Asmodeus and the rebellious angels down from the heavens into the Void. There they laughed, for although the had endured great pain, they were not destroyed because they did not possess the Breath of Life.
18 Virtoaa said to them: "Your original sin shall serve me. For all of my servants shall grow strong from your resistance to my will. They shall learn from your example."
19 And thus, God drowned Asmodeus and the rebellious angels in the waters of the Void, where they endured great pain, but they did not die because they did not possess the Breath of Life.
20 God's spirit moved upon the dark waters of the deep and thought it was good.
21 "I shall begin anew," God said.
2:1 God said, "Let there be light..."
--The Book of Origins 1:1-22 and 2:1, The Word of Virtoaa--First Testament
The first picture is of the Helix Nebula, "The Eye of God," taken by the Hubble Telescope.
The second comes from Gustave Dore's illustrations of John Milton's Paradise Lost.
The third is my own, taken last Thanksgiving while down in Florida. It is the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico (but it can work as a sunrise, too...)