God watched the people in the game of life he had created and was sad. No one seemed to be happy. Poor people were suffering and desperate in their daily struggle trying to make ends meet, when those in power exploited them mercilessly. You could think that the rich and powerful were happy, but no: they were constantly anxious in their intrigues and conspiracies. They couldn’t trust anyone, not even their own family in their fear to lose their riches and to be killed.
“Why can’t people understand what happiness is made of?” God thought. “Should I send someone there to teach them?” Hundreds of years went by on earth when he deliberated with the lords of the universe if an intervention was possible within the framework of the rules of that universe. Finally, the lords gave God permission to make an intervention, but only a very subtle one. After all, people on earth were entitled to form their life and the planed as they wished.
They suggested that God could once more influence a person to became a prophet as he had done several times before. This was after all the method that was totally acceptable within the rules. But God was not very keen of this solution. He had often been disappointed in the prophets when they forgot their mission and fell in love with power. Almost all of them became interested in making a religion through which they could control people. Instead, he wanted to send his trusted angel, Gabriel, to teach what is important but the lords of the universe could not accept that. An angel is not a very subtle being, the lords protested: it would have been too obviously a divine intervention, and that was for sure against the rules.
“Could you trust me to go to the earth?” The lords and angels in heaven were surprised once more that God cared so much about these carbon-based beings. They laughed “Would you say that would be a subtle intervention? Like last time, when you showed yourself for Moses? You must excuse us God but it seems impossible for you be discreet.”
“I can’t trust humans to be reliable prophets and I can’t go to earth myself because of my essence. Why about the solution in between. I mean, I would go to earth myself using its own mechanisms by being born as a human being and living like one. That must be within the boundaries of the rules!” God was very excited about this new idea of his. He was very keen to experience life in flesh. The lords were so surprised about this suggestion no one had ever thought before. They started to argue with each other eagerly. After a while they became silent. Then lord Lucifer, whose domain the earth was, spoke: “We give you the permission to be born to earth but only with the condition that you are very discrete and live the life truly as a human being.”
And God was born on earth as a boy called Jesus. God kept his promise to the lords of universe and lived a very ordinary and quiet life toiling for his daily bread. He did not experience himself as God, but as a son of God. He constantly discussed in his mind with his own divine part he called father. When he became a grown man, he started to teach. His message to the people was very simple: love is the only thing that matters. Commodities everyone needed to live and to make life easier and more comfortable could never alone make them happy, only love could do that. If people want to live a happy life, they must learn to respect and take care of each other instead of exploiting each other. He lived his life as an example of this. He was friend with those the so called good people avoided: the outcasts and sinners. He healed the sick, gave food to the hungry, discussed with everyone and accepted ordinary workers and even women as his followers.
He had chosen to be born in a culture that had turned the rules of good living for rules of sin. People watched each other’s behavior and functioned as judges for each other dealing cruel punishments. They believed they needed to conciliate God with sacrifices to get forgiveness for trespassing the rules. Since God had promised to live on earth in accordance to its rules and he wanted people to stop these silly practices, he decided to make the ultimate sacrifice after which no sacrifices were ever needed. He sacrificed his own body.
While in flesh he had learned that people were taught by so many prophets about with each other contradicting things that they rarely believed in any of them. On one hand God found this as a very healthy sign, on other hand this made his mission almost impossible. People needed something more than teaching and healing to believe how important the message of love was. He needed to do something that really woke them up. And he certainly woke them up by showing himself to them after his dead. The lords of the universe were not very happy for this “ridiculous” spectacle, as they said, but in other respects they gave him credits of being reasonable discrete in his mission.
More than two thousand years later people on earth had evolved enormously and created a prosperity never seen before. But the situation was still much the same than before: prosperity was not for everyone and many of those who had it were unhappy.
This enormous material wellbeing was the result of scientific approach on things. People had learned to use their intelligence to gain knowledge of their environment and how to use its resources. They had become eager to study and measure everything. Thus, they also measured which people were happy and why. A surprising result emerged. The happiest people lived in those parts on the planet that were considered the most hostile ones for human life: in the barren north were cold and dark winter lasted seven months. How come?
The scientists found that people were happy, because they lived in a peaceful, safe and caring societies. The streets were safe to walk even at night. There was crime, of course – after all we talk about human beings – but not that much that it would make people fearful and could restrict their everyday life. The nature was beautiful and clean of pollution. Everybody had the right to walk freely in the forests, to swim in the clear waters and hike on the wilderness of mountains. The society gave medical care for everyone. It gave equal opportunities for both men and women, heterosexual and homosexual, poor and rich, and in cities and on countryside to love who they desired, go to school and try to become whatever they wanted to be within their abilities. They had a multitude of affordable free time activities and hobbies to choose among to make the life even richer. There was a well-organized system to take care of those who couldn’t cope by themselves, so that no one needed to starve or freeze to death.
For centuries, these societies had been poor. The cold and harsh environment had thought the people that they couldn’t survive without help from each other. When ingenious individuals started industrial production in these parts of the world they organized the life of their workers in this spirit. The industrial community gave schooling to the children of the workers, help for the elderly and medical care for the sick. These communities functioned later as the model for the good society which people wanted to create for themselves and for generations to come. And when a century had passed, these people in the harshest part of the planned had become its happiest ones.
It had taken more than two thousand years for human beings to understand the subtle teaching from God of what happiness is made of. The message of Christmas: the message of love and caring. God’s fear that the prophets would engage more in their theories of religion than spreading his message had once more come true even in the church called after Jesus. The priests couldn’t keep their fingers off from the deliciously orgiastic ideas of sin, condemnation and threat of hell. They never could.
And it became so that the worldly society, condemned by church, fulfilled the teachings of Jesus better than the church itself. God was very happy: people were on the right track, finally.