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Man can indeed also go into silence in the midst of the world.

Effectiveness of divine truth only after overcoming the world - Comment on 2017 April 9 (2)

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Man is in a completely secluded area, when he occupies himself with spiritual things, then access to the world is blocked, and the soul of man is happy, even so unconscious to man himself. Read more:

 

Bertha Dudde:

 

Effectiveness of divine truth only after overcoming the world.

20. February 1949. B.D. NR. 4569.

For men the world is reality, the spiritual the unreal, to which they pay no attention. In the world of appearances they see reality, and are therefore also approachable to everything, what comes from the world or leads to it. But the spiritual kingdom is for them a dream land, which certainly touches them shadowy now and then, but is not taken seriously. And so also divine truth is only valuable and meaningful to that man, who has already broken with the earthly world, who has recognized it as the world of appearances and no longer desires it. For that reason truth is supplied to so few men, because the world still keeps most of them imprisoned and even the spiritually striving is on many occasions tormented with doubts, when he also still turns to the world. Divine truth can infinitely make happy, if man thinks to be the only desirable good; for that reason it fills the heart of man and gives way to no thought to the world anymore. But before this state occurs in man, the intellect must make up its mind finally, i.e., it must lean towards truth with the heart at the same time; profess it, and that can only then occur when the earthly does not take advantage of the intellect excessively, when it can turn towards that, after which the heart strives. Man is in a completely secluded area, when he occupies himself with spiritual things, then access to the world is blocked, and the soul of man is happy, even so unconscious to man himself. Then the divine power can have an effect on the soul, which however immediately lessens, when the world approaches him again and he pays attention to it. For that reason he, who wants to unite with God, must withdraw into his small room he must seek solitude or take stock of himself he must eliminate the world, otherwise the spiritual kingdom cannot have its effect on him. But in the midst of the world he will not find what does good to his heart, desiring God. Man can indeed also go into silence in the midst of the world, listen into himself, but then he is just bodily in the world, but his soul withdraws into spiritual fields; then man himself is stronger than the earthly world; then he does not desire it, but places the spiritual world in front of the earthly, and then he will also succeed to rise at any time to spiritual spheres, even so his body is still tied up to earth. To now being able to spread and represent pure truth, this preceding matter must be taken into account. It is exceedingly difficult to introduce men of the world into divine truth, because it appears to them so unrealistic and the man of the world, in his rationality, rejects what is not tangible or visible to him. And often a long time is needed until the divine word becomes effective in such a man, until he deals mentally with it and then puts aside the world. And it is difficult to preach about the end of the world, about the last judgment and the great spiritual trouble to men, who are completely worldly minded and have little contact with the spiritual kingdom. To them the preacher will always appear as dreamer, and he will not feel the effect of truth in him, until he himself ventures into spiritual fields and lets these spheres have an effect on him. Then he separates the spiritual and the earthly world, and only then he is accessible to pure truth out of God, and it will make his soul deeply happy. Amen. B.D. NR. 4569.

 

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