Man’s destiny is in his own hands even as it is in God’s. The will of God left to its natural course would have long ago automated the perfection of man; but man demanded and was accorded freewill, including the right to choose between his own versions of good and evil, for the Lord God envisioned only good and produced it and it alone. Yet men dwell in the vale of dualities. This makes it necessary that they be given cosmic tests. All embodied men are tested. Therefore I call to mind the words of Jesus “If it were possible, they (the false Christs) shall deceive the very elect” (Matt. 24;24).
Although they have been warned that the powers of darkness masquerade as angels of light, the children of God are often fooled by the masqueraders. Wise then is the student who will kiss the opportunity to learn discrimination and who will rejoice when the steadfast hand of progress becomes a hand of chastening, for the fruit of the Spirit is ever and anon the reward of man’s conscious willing acceptance of the immutable law of his own being….
Our instruction is a bond of light, it shatters darkness, it confutes error, it reveals the inner light of truth; yet even our followers are sometimes deluded by reason of the very kindness of their hearts. The spoiler lies in wait….
The winnowing process must go on. The children of the light who seek the highest spiritual attainment, as opposed to the mere excitement of religious adventure or the temporary satisfaction of intellectual curiosity, will seek righteousness and pursue it. If they fall they will rise. If they are tricked or deceived they will admit it, for the fact of cosmic honesty is the prize they seek. They know that only the gem of truth will reveal the hidden doorway of the heart of God. -El Morya: Pearls of Wisdom 12:46