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But what the intellect alone is not able to do, is possible with the power and favour of God.

Development of soul independent of bodily advantages - Comment on 2017 March 25 (2)

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But that every man can receive favour constantly and the source of favour of God is never exhausted, is unknown to men; they indeed even start with the wrong prerequisite that men are given by God differently already in their bodily properties and therefore can also mature differently. Read more:

 

Bertha Dudde:

 

Development of soul independent of bodily advantages.

16. January 1949. B.D. NR. 4542.

The properties of the earthly body have nothing to do with the development of the soul; they only have a different effect on the soul, so that full opportunity is offered to every man to mature on earth. Spiritual abilities can certainly lead to a faster perfection, but are otherwise also a danger for man that he makes use of them earthly, i.e. material wise and rather hinders the soul than supports it in its ascent striving. A good developed intellect should certainly be able to easily recognize the eternal creator and his work, but mostly a primitive man is more believing, who lets the intellect speak less than his heart, while the intellectual man often claims of being able to fathom everything by virtue of his intellect, and therefor rejects what is not possible for him to fathom. But what the intellect alone is not able to do, is possible with the power and favour of God. And so one can certainly say that it is a favour being able to believe and to penetrate into spiritual truths, a favour, which, as gift of God, also must produce an ascent development of the soul. But this gift of favour wants to be requested or accepted, otherwise it remains ineffective. God has given man earth life for the purpose of perfection of the soul, which still dwells in a far distance from God. The soul is weak and ignorant through its poor state; it would never take and cover the way up out of its own power, if God would not always and constantly help it. And this help is favour, which approaches man in many different forms, certainly stimulating the will of him, but not forcing him. If man now lets himself be stimulated by it, then favour becomes effective for him; if he is negative or inactive, then he does not use favour and cannot progress. But often the favour of God is not recognized as such, and only obvious appearances of spiritual development are considered and acknowledged as favour from above. But that every man can receive favour constantly and the source of favour of God is never exhausted, is unknown to men; they indeed even start with the wrong prerequisite that men are given by God differently already in their bodily properties and therefore can also mature differently. So much is certain that bodily advantages, gifts, talents and special abilities often make the maturing of the soul more difficult, because the will must always first become active and it is much more likely inclined to utilize such advantages earthly. They are therefore to a certain degree certainly gifts of favour, but if they are not used, completely ineffective. Man constantly stands in the midst of favours, because the love of God is constantly intent on means to help him up. Everything what approaches him is a possibility of help, and therefore everything is also favour, which will always be effective when man consciously asks for the supply of favour, when he constantly connects himself with God in thoughts, through prayer or through love work. Then he will also use the favours according to the will of God. But a gift of favour of particular effect is his word, which is offered to you men from above. And it is again decisive whether it is accepted by men, whether the gift of favour becomes effective with the individual and he wants to draw an advantage for his soul from it. Who has Godís word, who accepts it from above or out of the mouth of his servants on earth, he certainly has an extraordinary maturation possibility, he is therefore in the possession of an extremely great favour of God, but also this favour can be rejected heedlessly, if it does not want to be recognized as favour. And again the primitively thinking man can have the advantage, who confesses the divine word feeling wise, while the man, blessed with all abilities, only lets his intellect speak and rejects what the heart receives believingly. So favours can be sent to man unmeasured Ė they want to be recognized and accepted as favours, otherwise they are and remain completely ineffective and man comes to a standstill in his development, because he does not use the favours, but which God sends to all his creatures in his infinite love, because he wants that all become happy. Amen. B.D. NR. 4542.

 

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