Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
These two stories come from the novel The Temptations of the Cross. Admittedly, they are short and to the point but the idea was to give people a taste of what they could find in the book.
Lucifer at the Cross is a short snapshot of the moment when Lucifer realizes that all is not what it seems and that there is something more going on than meets the eye. Of course, all of the build up to that point in the book is essential for really “feeling” that moment even though we know the story well. Essentially, I wrote the story of Jesus from the point of view of the angels (and demons) in order to interpret the story from the point of view of the two temptations of the cross. The temptation of Jesus to avoid the cross and the temptation of Satan to use the cross as his instrument of revenge. It all culminates at this point when the divine sting is fulfilled and Lucifer is destroyed.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a snapshot of heaven at the time of the fall of mankind. This is after the temptation of Gabriel by Lucifer and after the temptation and fall of mankind. Now Gabriel (and the other angels) have some questions for God about what to do next. In this section, a general concept of evil and how God will ultimately use evil´s own nature to defeat itself (poetic justice) is given. Also, there is a picture of God dancing and working out the details of the Story of Redemption in the sands of time. This is a combination of the main character of Fiddler on the Roof together with the passage in the OT that tells us that God dances over us in joy.
Hopefully these two quick pictures of the spiritual dimension of the History of Redemption will motivate many of you to check out my novel The Temptations of the Cross. Enjoy.
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