44 Now on the morrow while yet the Master taught in the house of Simon, there came
Zebedee the father of James and John.
45 For when he heard that they had forsaken all things to follow the Nazarene, he
grew hot with anger and finding his sons in the presence of the Lord, he demanded
of them an accounting.
46 And when they declared again their desire to follow after the Lord, forsaking
all other things, the father turned unto Yeshua, saying:
47 “What manner of man would rob a father of his sons? For God did give unto me
both James and John, that they might inherit unto themselves the fruits of their
father’s labor. Why, therefore, have you stolen away their hearts from me?”
48 When he heard these things, Yeshua spoke unto the man, saying: “Is it not said
among you that you are the children of God?
49 If you, therefore, be a child of God, and these two be the children of God also:
How then can you be the father, seeing that you are all the children of one Father?
50 For I tell you truly that the time now is when there is come a Father which is
preferred above all others, and unto him shall the children of men come seeking,
that they may possess a fullness of heavenly things...”
54 Yet notwithstanding all these things, still shall we grant to even all our children
the Principles and Rights of Friendship and Continued Associations, which very principle
and right shall become the law which the House of Mithron shall administer.
55 For in the mortal life do the children of our soul forge for themselves a great
variety of friendships, which friendships do prove necessary to the happiness of
the spirit and soul together.
56 And even though in the kingdom of Heaven one friend should inherit the first
principality, while still another friend inherits the second or third principality,
yet is it needful that the friendship of both continue; for in the absence of such
friendship is there found the loss of something dear, and in this loss would all
Heaven be made less because of it.
57 For friendships are a precious thing, and this we must protect for the joy of
all our children together; for friendship is a gift of the heart from one soul unto
another, which very friendship even death cannot pale or break asunder.
58 Thus through the Principles and Rights of Friendship and Continued Associations
shall every kingdom and principality become most deeply aware of each the other,
to share through friendship the mysteries and wonders of all greater and lesser glories
in the kingdoms of our power;
59 Causing that every man and every woman might go beyond the boundaries of that
kingdom wherein they dwell, to see again the friend they love most deeply, if it
so be that they should petition the House of Mithron for love’s sake only.