2.2   BEFORE THE FLESH IS BORN

For children of clay, life begins not at the moment of conception but rather at the moment the soul enters its mortal receptacle.  Until that point, nothing exists but an amalgamation of useless matter.   The soul gives this mass cohesion, purpose, and a spark to start the engine running.   Without a soul, the body is merely an empty husk.   Unfortunately, the point at which the soul is introduced varies from case to case.  Sometimes it occurs within the first few hours.  While other times the child must wait the full nine months inside it’s mother’s womb before receiving a soul.  If no soul is present at the time of delivery, the baby is stillborn.

Each soul is delivered by an angel of conception.  This celestial order’s soul function is to retrieve souls from heaven and place them in the proper body.    While in ethereal form, the angel reaches into the mother's womb (an experience the mother usually does not feel) and places the soul in the embryo.  At that point life begins.   For the most part, these celestials perform their duties as early as possible, but sometimes circumstances and obstacles get in the way.   It is not unheard of to have an angel of conception rushing franticly to deliver a soul before the birth.

Ironically, demons tend not to interfere in this process.  In fact, they want the child of clay to be born, because while it exists in heaven it is a pure thing.   Only through interaction with the material world can the soul be corrupted and lead away from the Almighty.

Each soul is meant for a particular body.  The angel of conception is given strict instructions as to who the soul belongs to.   Bur sometimes things go wrong, and a soul is placed in the wrong body.  This can happen either by accident or design (the original host was destroyed).   The empty shell of matter will accept this “wrong” soul easy enough.   This soul is destined for a hard life, though.   As it grows it will begin to feel uncomfortable in its own skin.   The person will become frustrated with who they are and will begin to foster a feeling (rightly so) of having been born somehow wrong.   This frustration often leads to depression and even suicide.


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