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God is the head Administrator of a huge computer system. We aren’t the programs, we are His computer, ideally all working together, one component working with another to produce good things for the Lord. But sometimes components malfunction, and because we are all connected, one bad component may cause another one to stop functioning the way it should. And since we are God’s computer, that component sends a message to the Admin that something is wrong.
So, God runs diagnostic programs to find and fix the problem. Sometimes that works and things get running smoothly again. But sometimes God needs to go into the CPU and take out the broken component, either replacing it or leaving the computer dismantled while He fixes the broken part.
God will look at the broken component and, being the Hardware Specialist of all specialists (He created the component), He works at fixing that component. His plan might be to place it back into the same computer, or He might have to send it to the repair lab and get the computer back online by installing another component with the same functionality.
The computer won’t work quite the same way as it used to, because unlike computer chips, we are not mass-produced. God makes each of us by hand, one by one, all unique in our own characteristics, forms and functions, gifts and talents.
Thus, God takes broken people out of society to concentrate on them. He wants to restore them to their original design features, back to what He created them to be. Unlike a real computer chip, we have a free will. We have to cooperate with Him, since He is the only one who knows His true purpose for us.
After God fixes the broken component enough to get it to function, He either places it back into its original piece of hardware, or He puts it in another place, where it can work better because of what the connecting components do. Then, once again, the computer is sending pleasing pictures and stories — and love — to the screen that God is looking at.
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