Dialectics of the Sun King, Heptad XVII
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Ponder the fact that the Creator shares his dominion freely with any who prove worthy through strength of will and nobility of purpose. Of all the many gods, any that we name "good" receive their power from Pha Rann, or more correctly, from Pha Rann granting them access to the Nexus of Creation.
2
Did Cuthbert have to trick the Creator? Did Imperius claim his dominion by might? No; in every case, godhood was a boon fairly earned and openly given.
3
Yet is Pha Rann's own dominion diminished in the sharing? No. In fact we hold the opposite to be true: when the Creator shares, it is a miracle of multiplication, not division. And like a mighty choir being joined by new voices, Creation grows richer, stronger, and more beautiful in the act.
4
I know that some of you are troubled by the apparent conflict and division within the dominion of Creation. Do you wonder how militant Cuthbert and gentle Braden can be pleasing to the same Creator? Do you doubt that such disparate souls can all be good in the eyes of Pha Rann?
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It is the simplest and plainest of Pha Rann's truths: he encompasses them all. The mantle of godhood is granted to the pure of purpose, not to the perfect of deed. Each of the deities who shares in Pha Rann's dominion reflects a facet of His mind, but only in combination do they approach His perfection.
6
Therefore, the gods of Creation and their followers are charged by the Creator with fulfilling the measure of their own dominion and calling, no more and no less. A priest of Braden is censured for failing to heal the wounds of a murderer as surely as a paladin of Cuthbert is condemned for harming an innocent.
7
As long as we follow this charge, Creation is glorified. If the eyes and minds of mortals find contradiction there, that is a failing in us, not in Him. Seven are the verses of this sermon, for the Seven that are One.
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