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The fight against matter is the actual fight, which man is to wage in earth life.

Influence of matter on man - Comment on 2016 December 30 (2)

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But man is in danger to sink down from his already higher development level, if he chains himself to matter, why he cannot be warned enough to strive for matter, and is constantly admonished to overcome it. Read more:

Bertha Dudde:

 

Influence of matter on man.

21. October 1948. B.D. NR. 4466.

Judged matter exerts great influence on man insofar as the bound spiritual in it besieges him, to unite with it, what therefore has an effect in the desire of man for its possession. The spiritual bound in matter pushes into the love of man it seeks to make itself indispensible; it strives for unification with man, because by this it feels stronger in the resistance against God. Because it also feels the resistance, in which man still remains against God, or rather it pushes towards those men, who still resist God in their immaturity. And these men also get easily influenced. They themselves stand in greatest desire for matter, and therefore equal spiritual joins together, which just stand on different development level. But man is in danger to sink down from his already higher development level, if he chains himself to matter, why he cannot be warned enough to strive for matter, and is constantly admonished to overcome it. The spiritual in matter can indeed also be willing to work and help man in his ascent development, as also the other way round man can help the spiritual bound in matter to ascent. But then it is about items of practical use, which do not arouse the desire of ownership of man, therefore do not awaken the wrong love in man for material ownership. As soon as matter serves man, also the resistance against God is broken; but matter, which fulfils no serving purpose, will often awaken an increased desire in man to own it, and it is this matter, which is regarded as danger for the soul of man, because the influence of it upon the soul is great and can have an effect so, that the soul itself sinks until that stage, in which it is again incorporated into matter. Then the bound spiritual has achieved what it wanted it has pulled down the free spiritual to itself and so to speak increased the own power man has fallen victim to the influence of the opponent of God, who had an effect on his will, to use it in the wrong direction, who presents dead matter constantly to him, to move him to relapse, because in that way he increased his kingdom, his might and power and it stimulates the beings hostile towards God to constant resistance. What turns towards God gets lost for him, and he tries to hinder this by all means. Matter itself, i.e. the spiritual bound in it, is still a slave to him in its immaturity, although the opponent of God cannot have a determining effect on the spiritual. But since the spiritual itself has not given up the resistance against God, it also pushes towards those men, who are in the same resistance, who are pointed towards matter by the opponent of God, to whom he presents matter as enticement to the world. Man can withdraw from every influence or fight it through his will, but often he uses the freedom of will in a wrong way and gives in to the urging of the enemy of his soul. Because of that the fight against matter is the actual fight, which man is to wage in earth life, because if he has overcome this, also is ascent is secured, because then there is nothing what keeps him back on earth, and then his soul can soar into spiritual spheres, because it is then hindered by nothing any more in its flight upwards and therefore the danger no longer exists there, to sink back to that stage, which it has overcome already a long time ago, and man then helps the spiritual in matter to ascent at the same time, which he uses, and as a result helps it to serve, as a result of which the spiritual in matter can redeem itself out of all form, until it finally has also reached the last stage and can serve as man in free will. Amen. B.D. NR. 4466.

 

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