A Prayer
of Jesus
I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise
and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will


  By Edgar Jones


The word is not a common one, so for those who need a definition we visit Merriam Webster's Collegiate:

birfucation : the point at which bifurcating occurs.
bifurcate : to divide into two branches or parts

Therefore we are here to examine the division into two branches (or parts) of the human race.

I. We all begin the same, as little children wholly acceptable to the Father.

And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 18:2-3).

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people; but Jesus said, Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.  And he laid his hands on them and went away [Matt. 19:13-15].
We were all alive to the Father, fully qualified for his kingdom and possessing eternal life.

II. We are not all the same when we mature:

And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it, and stay with him until you depart. As you enter the house, salute it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you (Matt. 10:11-13)

Some are worthy, some are not worthy.  Luke states it like this:

Whatever house you enter, first say, `Peace be to this house!' 
And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you (Luke 10:5-6).

These are houses that have not heard the Word (the Logos).  Some have a "son of peace," some not.  Jesus expressed the distinction in many way.  Here is another:

Jesus answered him, If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me (John 14:23-24).

One loves him, another doesn't, and the evidence is that one receives the Logos and another does not.  The Word does not make the distinction.  The already existing distinction only dictates one's response to the Word.

The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks (Luke 6:45).

The difference in the two categories of men is the difference between good and evil.  This difference springs from the heart, and manifests itself by the words that issue from the mouth.

The Logos contains many such examples of the existence in the race of these two separate and distinct categories.  Examination of their contexts establishes that the Logos does not establish this distinction, which only determines the responses to the Logos.  The division is there before the hearing of the Logos and it arises as a condition of the heart.

III. Confirmation from the Parable of the Sower

The evidence from this parable, interpreted by Jesus himself, is clear.  There are here not two, but six categories of humans prior to their hearing of the Logos, which again dictates their responses.  On examination, however, it is seen that all six are sub-categories of the two comprehensive ones, so that, as in the examples cited above, there are only two major categories.  Also, as above, the root of the distinction arises in the heart.  I will present here first the parable and then the Lord's interpretation

A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it.  And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it.  And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold." As he said this, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear (Luke 8:5-8).

Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.  The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved.  And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.  And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience (Luke 8:11-15).

Luke's record of the interpretation is incomplete and needs to be amended with Matthew's, which states that in the case of the "path" category, this one hears the word of the kingdom but does not understand it. Also in Matthew, the "good soil" category contains sub categories that bring forth fruit which yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.  All are categories that exist in the race prior to hearing the Logos, so that the difference is seen in their responses.  These are categories that span the entire race of mankind, from the first to the last. They appear as givens in the Logos.

Jesus therefore designates, by this parable, only two major categories, which on examination are composed of the fruitless and the fruitful respectively.  The fruitless category contains, as subcategories, those who do not understand the Logos, those who receive it with joy but believe for a while then fall away and those who hear but allow the Logos to be choked so that the fruit does not mature.  The fruitful category contains sub categories according to the measure of fruit they bear. 

Examining the first fruitless sub category, those along the path, Jesus states that the devil takes the Word from their hearts that they may not believe and be saved.  Salvation is at stake in distinguishing these categories and we see that the fruitless category, with all its sub categories, fails to obtain salvation.  The clear implication is that the fruitful category, with all its sub categories, enters into salvation.  The Lord makes this implication explicit in the Parable of the Vine, where we see the specified destiny of the fruitless ones:

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.  Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.  You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you.
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.  If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned (John 15:1-6).

Yet again, we see two major categories, the fruitful and the fruitless.  The divine Logos is perfectly consistent in every point!

IV. Definition of the Fruit

Now that we know the major categories as the fruitless and the fruitful, we need to examine what Jesus has in mind when he thus applies the word, fruit.  He clarifies this in the following utterance:

For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.  The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks (Luke 6:43-45).

The fruit consists of the words that the mouth speaks!  These arise from the heart!  In this categorization, Jesus distinguishes two kinds of fruit, the evil and the good.

We can recognize the fruitful category by both input and output.  Those who belong there receive the good word, the Logos, believe it and bear good fruit, which is more good words.  The fruit they bear is the good word, which is the Logos -- some thirty, some sixty, and some an hundredfold!  The fruitless likewise received bad words and dispense bad words. Thorns in, thorns out!  Figs in, figs out!  Jesus emphatically states the telling indicator:

So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit.  A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Thus you will know them by their fruits (Matt. 7:17-20).

We find here, yet again, the good man and the evil man.  The words men speak identifies them as either fruitful or fruitless, and further describe the heart of each, which is the origin of the words. There is nothing, nor can there be anything, in the value set of Jesus that surpasses the value of the Word of Truth.  The Father sent him into the world to plant that Word in the hearts of men such that it would never pass away.  It is essential to his purpose in coming, and to the Father's purpose in sending him, that before he departed to return to the Father there should be put into action a continuous process for the perpetuation of the Word on the earth.  This is precisely the same Word that the Father sent Jesus to publish.  To this end, Jesus carefully selected his apostles and first disciples and told them:

As the Father has sent me, even so I send you. (John 20:21)

His disciples therefore bear precisely the same heavy but blessed responsibility that Jesus bore during his time on earth, the publishing of the Logos, the very same Word that Jesus preached throughout his earthly days, the precious Gospel of the Kingdom.  This responsibility for the publishing of the Word, being the same responsibility as that of Jesus himself, identifies his disciples with him so intimately as to make them one:

He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me (Luke 10:16).

This explains his great concern for fruitful disciples, for if they fail, he fails.  Those precious Words are the greatest treasure the World has ever received.  Therefore we understand the significance, to Jesus and to the Father, of this bifurcation of the race into the fruitful and the fruitless.  Though we started life, all of us, as little children wholly acceptable to the Father in heaven, examples of meekness, humility, and simplicity of the little children of the Father, we have split into two separate categories that Jesus defines as the fruitful and the fruitless.

V. Relative Quantity

One can describe the foregoing categorizations as distinguished by quality -- the quality of the heart, whether good or bad -- the quality of the fruit (words), whether good or bad.  Let us take a look to determine the relative quantities of the two major categories. Jesus leaves us in no doubt:

Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.  For the gate is narrow and the
way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few
(Matt. 7:13-14).

This strongly suggests a second indicator to distinguish the two major categories, the many and the few.  We will see below that the quantity indicator only confirms the quality indicator, both of which are very explicit.

To summarize briefly, the Logos reveals that there are two major categories of human beings.  Using the terminology of Jesus, we may label them evil and good.  The Logos also reveals that there is but one category of Little Children --  all innocent, all good, all fit for the kingdom of God, and none evil.  This is not time limited; these categories existed before Jesus appeared on the earth; he identified them, and only them, at his appearance.  The Logos had no role in creating the division of one part into two parts. Furthermore, the character of men, to this day, confirms that there continues to be these same two categories dividing the race in the continuing presence of the Logos.  The  distinction is essentially one of good and evil and therefore cannot be ethnic or gender based.  It is not that which distinguishes Gentile and Jew. It is not that which distinguishes man and woman.  It is that which distinguished good from evil.

There has been and is a bifurcation of the human race. 
There are two parts where there was one. 

VI. Some Characteristics of the Split

A clearer view of this bifurcation can be had by focusing on a restricted segment of the population.  We confine our attention to a specific set of individuals, consisting of everyone born on the same day, say January 1, 1954 and who yet survive.  Having this common birthday, all will have celebrated their fiftieth year on January 1, 2004.  This set finds representation world wide, in all nations, races, religions
and both genders.  It is rather numerous since it includes everyone on earth born on one out of a total of 365 days of a specific year, 1954.  We can roughly estimate its current size as follows:

1. Approximate population of the earth, total human beings  =   6.12 billion.1

2. Estimated percent of those who are age 50 in 2004  =  .8%2

3. Estimated population, age 50, worldwide is .008 x 6.12 billion = 49 million

The figure of 49 million is the population of the world that is age 50.  It includes persons who may have been born on any day of a specific year.  To estimate the number born on one day, which we designate January 1, 1954,

4. World population, age 50, born Jan. 1, 1954 = 49,000,000/365 = 134,000.

There is in the world as of January 1, 2004 a set consisting of approximately 134,000 humans who were born on January 1, 1954, being all the same age to the day, i.e., 50 (this is not the total number of persons born on that day, but the total number who were born on that day and who survive to the age of 50).

Now, on January 2, 1954, this set consisted of 134 thousand newborns, Iittle children, everyone one good and all qualified for the kingdom of God.  Today they are all age 50 to the day.  Are they all yet good? 

No, because this set is characteristic of all similar sets, and of the whole, in that it has experienced a bifurcation.  It has split into two sets, the good and the evil.  As presented from our study of the Logos above, this process of bifurcation proceeds in the world apart from the Word or from any experience of birth from above.  It is a process that issues from the fundamental nature of humans.  It has been operating since the first good woman/man became evil.

But some of them are good now, at age 50, and they were good when they were born, since all are born good.  I conclude that this part of the original set retains its original good character.  They were born good and they are good today.  This does not preclude a return to the good after having been evil.  Such a return is the result of true repentance, which we need not discuss here.  Contrary to this, the evil part started out good also, precisely the same as the good part.  They have not repented of the evil, so evil they remain.  This bifurcation has produced, from a single set (at birth), two sets of age 50, a good set and an evil set.  Therefore, we can safely conclude that there is in the world today a set of people born on January 1, 1954 who have changed from good to evil, which has produced the bifurcation of the original set.  They were born good, but they are evil today.

When did this occur?

The bifurcation is a continuous process because it proceeds on an individual basis as, one by one, born good members of the original set change from good to evil.  We cannot point to a specific time, and can say only that it began when the first of the 134,000 individuals became evil.  We cannot say when it ends, but the indications, both from the Logos and from our observations, are that it has not yet ended for this group, as additional individuals continue to defect from the good set to join the evil set.  It is conceivable that many of the 134,000 who remain with the good set will yet defect even after the age of 50.  This is speculation, of course, since we have no data base by which to check the numbers.

Seeing that, with regard to the whole, this bifurcation is a continuing process, we cannot assign to it a specific point in time.  Consequently, it does not strictly conform to the definition of bifurcation, which strictly applies only when an individual transfers from the good to the evil set.

VII.How Does This Occur? 

Is it not obvious?  Individuals, motivated by the love of life, choose evil -- some early, some late, but it is always an individual choice.

What are the relative sizes of the two sets, age 50, sharing the same birthday, but distinguished by being either good or evil?

We can only say, based on Matthew 7:13-14, that the good are few, the evil are many.  If only 1% of the 134,000 remain good, that leaves only 1340 good persons persevering in the original good set.  This may very well be a high number, but no one can say.

Is it possible, having left, to return to the good set?

Yes, through repentance, and repentance has been an option for as long as there has been evil.  I say this after long exposure to the Word, and find that the Word establishes this as consistent with the Truth.

I have defined a specific set of mature adults across the world, sharing the same birthday at age 50, only to clarify the nature of the split.  It should go without stating that persons of all ages are similarly categorized since all sets, such as the above, are blended together in the world.  This results in two large sets, good and evil, that comprise the entire six billion persons on the planet today.  The process of bifurcation continues as the many, one by one, leave the good and choose the evil.

VIII. The Question of Good.

Jesus was once approached by a man who addressed him as "good teacher."  He responded as follows:

Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone (Mark 10:18).

This seems a contradiction to this utterance:

The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks (Luke 6:45).

It is not.  The man who addressed him as "good teacher" was both rich and proud, as suggested by his further claim to have observed all the commandments from his youth.  Jesus' response was tailored to this man's specific character and was in terms of absolute good for which God is the only standard measure.  The man must have considered himself to be perfect, so Jesus had to set him straight.  This particular utterance refers to absolute goodness, but in speaking of a "good man" Jesus must be understood as expressing a relative definition of good.

The Parable of the Sower strongly suggest that the six categories defined there are only relative distinctions, consequitive segments on a graded scale from absolute evil to absolute good.  Therefore, the two major sets of human beings resulting from the bifurcation are neither absolutely evil nor absolutely good but, with their sub categories, are relative stages along the scale.


Repeating for emphasis, the bifurcation is an ongoing process in the world that is independent of exposure to the Logos.  Hearing the Gospel according to Jesus does not create the split, it only reveals it as individuals accept or reject his Word.  The Word has the effect of producing children of the Father from the set of persons who receive it in a good and honest heart (see the Parable of the Sower). 

Many other questions, objections, reservations and concerns will come to you as you contemplate the above.  Rather than discuss them here, which would make a very long paper, I invite you to submit your comments to me by email.  I will attempt to respond to each one and, if it seems justified by many questions, will post a second paper on this subject. Also, it may be useful for you to visit my papers on salvation, beginning here.

I expect that most objections will be due to long exposure to false Christian doctrine.  If you are a Christian and unwilling to openly
and honestly examine the validity of your faith, you will not be able to understand what we are saying.  Since all of the above comes from hearing and believing Jesus, you are also placing yourself in yet another very large set of human beings who believe in Jesus but do not hear him or believe what he says.  What is required is not that we believe in Jesus, which could mean anything depending on how we interpret his office and work in the world.  What is required of men is that they believe Jesus (leave out the in). No one will do this, of course, who does not truly believe in Jesus also. Jesus confronted representatives of this set, those who believe in him, in this incident:

Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.

They answered him, "We are descendants of Abraham, and have never been in bondage to any one. How is it that you say, `You will be made free'?"

Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, every one who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not continue in the house for ever; the son continues for ever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.  I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me, because my word finds no place in you. I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.

They answered him, "Abraham is our father."

Jesus said to them, If you were Abraham's children, you would do what Abraham did,

but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God; this is not what Abraham did. You do what your father did.

They said to him, "We were not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God."

Jesus said to them, If God were your Father, you would love me, for I proceeded and came forth from God; I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But, because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? He who is of God hears the words of God; the reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God (John.8:31-47).

In the final analysis, the two branches of the human race, following the bifurcarion, consists of the set of human beings who will believe in Jesus, as did those Jews of whom we just read, and the set, much much smaller, who believe Jesus -- who hear the words of God. We have also learned from the Logos that this difference can be stated such that the act of believing in Jesus is more fully explained as believing something about Jesus that someone else has told us we must believe to receive the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

1. From Time, January 29, 2001, p. 12.
2. http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/ageing/agewpop1.htm
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