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“Then who created thee lamenting learn
When who can uncreate thee thou shalt know.” -Abdiel in Milton’s Paradise Lost, book 5.

Some context: From what I remember (it has been years since I read this epic poem) Satan is rallying angels to his cause in heaven. He believes he is uncreated and a co-equal god with God. He does not believe he was made to serve, but to govern, like God governs. He argues his case among the angels, and one stands against him, and speaks the truth. Satan will have none of it.

I think what is quoted above is quite amazing and powerful. Read it aloud. Read all of Paradise Lost out loud. Unfortunately this is how many rabid atheists will probably know God: “when who can uncreate thee thou shalt know” in their destruction. I like how Milton says this…you can learn of your creator; a positive force above you in every way, or you can know who can “uncreate” you; a negative and destructive force above you in every way. It seems some people know God in the positive sense, as their creator, while others only know Him as their destroyer. Below is some more text just after Abdiel speaks his part.

“So spake the Seraph Abdiel, faithful found
Among the faithless, faithful only he;
Among innumerable false unmoved,
Unshaken, unseduced, unterrified,
His loyalty he kept, his love, his zeal;
Nor number nor example with him wrought
To swerve from truth, or change his constant mind,
Though single. From amidst them forth he passed,
Long way through hostile scorn, which he sustained
Superior, nor of violence feared aught
And with retorted scorn his back he turned
On those proud towers, to swift destruction doomed”


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