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Chapter 87 - Cornelius and Zorel talk about miracles.

87,1. Everyone is joining in and enjoying the food with a healthy appetite, especially Raphael who has put several large fish in front of him for everyone to see and has then consumed them miraculously fast. This was noted by Zinka and Zorel, especially Zorel, who at this stage did not know who the youth was. He therefore asked Cyrenius, how the youth could eat the largest fish so hungrily as he does not look like a glutton.

87,2. Cyrenius then answers him: “This youth is a wondrous being; he is simultaneously a man and a spirit. He is driven by undreamt-of strength and power as my brother Cornelius, who sits next to you, can also testify!”

87,3. Zorel then asks Cornelius what the special circumstances were regarding the young man.

87,4. Cornelius says: “Look here, my dear Zorel, it is exactly as my brother has already told you. I can not tell you anything more about this admirable youth for the simple reason that I quite frankly do not understand myself. He is the same angel who, according to Jewish mythology, once served the young Tobias as a guide, but I was certainly not present to be able to serve as a living witness. I do however believe that it was so - and why should something like that not be credible?!

87,5. Once again wonders are happening which will difficult for our descendants to believe. Yet they are true since we see and hear them with our own eyes and ears! So many wonders are now appearing that in the end one has to believe in all the miracles described in Jewish scriptures and books. Here one wonder neatly succeeds the previous one so why not in olden times, and for me this voracious eater could easily have served the devout young Tobias as a guide several hundred years ago! My own conviction is as solid as a rock and I do not think you have a contrary opinion!”

87,6. Zorel says: “Certainly not; since everything miraculous is something special and bears no resemblance to any phenomenon in the natural environment. It tramples on the conventional laws of the natural world and is in itself the manifestation of the imagination of a poet gifted with all possible wisdom. Everything that someone gifted with a rich imagination can dream up becomes real in the world of the miraculous!

87,7. To a God everything must be possible, as the continuing existence of a world and the starry sky above serve as permanent witnesses! For this reason, the first creation of a new world must have been a terrifying wonder to us! But once a world has been created, has achieved a certain stability under its laws, and is also populated by beings governed by these same laws, it can no longer seem so miraculous to the people!

87,8. However if its Creator visits the beings in this miraculously created world - as now in the most extraordinary circumstances - they again must certainly start to be hugely astonished if the aged Almighty starts to perform works before their eyes which are surely only possible to Him and to nobody else in all eternity without His will.

87,9. This does not mean that I deny that any man fully perfected in spirit is also able to perform miracles - perhaps as a completely perfected, pure spirit he will also able to create a small world - but certainly never without the assistance of the divine will! A spirit like this will also be able to speak and teach most wisely, but this can not happen unless the divine spirit is forever present in his breast!

87,10. I vaguely remember from Jewish history, that a donkey spoke very wise words to the prophet Bileam. Yes, it is true that in the very distant past even wild, voracious animals have taught their lessons to stubborn mankind! We were also not present according to You, but nevertheless there could be some truth in it. These animals were however momentarily possessed by the spirit of God and were forced to serve His purpose! It will be little different and little better with the wisdom of the wisest men and spirits - the real, major difference will consist only in permanence and growth!

87,11. This is my opinion! I of course do not wish it to be taken as a dogmatically certain truth, I have already come to grief on one occasion with my common sense reasoning and do not wish to repeat a similar life-or-death leap again. However, if one only speaks of it in a common sense way, it is possible to set one opinion against another without giving reasons and finally to gain some insight as to whether there is any truth in it or not and, if so, how much!”

87,12. Cornelius says: “My friend, you are talking as if you were writing, and there is certainly some truth in your modest opinion. However, I now have another opinion for you, and that is that you now should eat your fish and not be too concerned how the heavenly youth disposes of one fish after the other and still appears to be hungry, from which it very easily can be deduced that he will effortlessly be able to put another ten fish under his belt! You should also eat now, and show us that you can manage at least one fish and one mug of good, yes, the best wine!”

87,13. Hearing these words, Zorel starts to eat and drink in peace with a good appetite and is less aware of what is happening around us.

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