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Everything what is demanded to be believed must be seriously thought over. Read more:

For me faith was always also very much a matter of the intellect. I wanted to study the Bible myself and find out what is said there. And then I got down to take a single concept and investigate it, had a look at it from different angles, and only then applied it for me when I recognized that it made sense for me.

One of such concepts was praying. I went to so-called prayer meetings and the people there probably wondered why I did not take part in the praying, why I did not also say a couple of prayers or at least one. They probably thought I might be shy. But what I for instance noticed was the incongruity of that what was said in prayer and that what came out of the mouth of some participants after the prayer. Also the speaking as such was somehow suspect to me. It took quite a while to find out that to pray in spirit and in truth means that one really must pray in the spirit, and not in words.

It also appeared to me that there was something not alright with the whole system of organized religion. Also there it took quite a while until I recognized what was going on. I recognized the reason why I went there. It were the other people who also went there. They were that what attracted me because they were spiritual seeking people or there were some among them who had spiritual interests. The difference between them, the "laymen," and the clerics came more and more into the foreground, particularly also then when I became conscious of the many warnings of Jesus about the clerics.

Today now I read something from Bertha Dudde what very well expresses all this:

 

Intellectual opinion to faith teachings.

5. February 1942. B.D. NR. 2229.

It is a spiritual inability, a lack of spiritual knowledge and power of recognition, when man thinks to stand in truth, who has received his knowledge from men without ever having expressed his intellectual opinion to it. Faith certainly means thinking something is true what cannot be proven. Nevertheless everything what is demanded to be believed must be seriously thought over; but when everything what is taught is accepted blindly, then this is no living, no convinced faith, but only a scheduled transferring of a teaching and a thoughtless accepting of it. And such faith certainly cannot survive before God. It is not enough when objections are refuted against faith teachings with expressions, which again were thoroughly learned, i.e. were adopted, but do not substantiate a teaching sensibly or convincingly. Truth must be substantiated quite clearly and irrefutably; as it were it must speak for itself. But something cannot be truth what has been put up as faith teaching incoherently and without reasons, and every thinking man has the duty and the right to demand explanation when a faith teaching is incomprehensible or appears unacceptable to him. When this explanation cannot be given to him in a satisfying way by men, then he is to ask God himself for enlightenment, and only then when this is given to him intellectually, when he himself can approve of the faith teaching in his heart, then one can speak of convinced faith. God does not demand blind faith – because then the words "I believe" would just be empty words – but man can also have deep faith in something what cannot be proven to him when his heart adjusts with it in the affirmative. But this is only the result of thought, and thought about every faith teaching is demanded because otherwise man would have to believe everything what is presented to him. That the adversary is now anxious to infiltrate every truth with error, and his plan is not fought from God, then it is now man’s duty to examine the teachings sent to him for truthfulness, i.e., to think them over and to then only accept what appears acceptable to him. And now it is up to him whether he requests divine assistance for this. This request will earn him power of recognition because without the assistance of God his ability to judge is certainly too little. When his will is good and therefore turned towards truth, then he will know very well to differentiate whether pure truth or error is offered to him. Amen. B.D. NR. 2229

 

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