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The spirit is the divine in man; it is that, what marks man as God’s creature.

Body, soul and spirit - Explanation - Comment on 2017 November 19 (5)

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The soul is completely devoted to the body in the beginning of the embodiment, it therefore has the endeavours to fulfil all the wishes of the body, i.e. thinking, feeling and wanting – the soul of man – only minds the body, which, as itself still matter, also seeks to unite with matter. Read more:

 

Bertha Dudde:

 

Body, soul and spirit. Explanation.

9. October 1949. B.D. NR. 4757.

Incomprehensible it is for men, in which relationship body, soul and spirit stand to each other, and for that reason also the work of the spirit is difficult to explain to them. The spirit stands in contrast to the body, while the soul stands between the two, therefore so to speak must decide for body or spirit, but can never turn to both. The soul is completely devoted to the body in the beginning of the embodiment, it therefore has the endeavours to fulfil all the wishes of the body, i.e. thinking, feeling and wanting – the soul of man – only minds the body, which, as itself still matter, also seeks to unite with matter. Therefore man will have desires for material goods, because they are the epitome of that, what the body likes. So the spirit therefore hardly shows to advantage, the soul does not listen to that, what the spirit demands of it; it cannot assert itself, because the body still has predominance and completely monopolizes the soul, therefore controls its thinking and striving. But the soul can also recognize the worthlessness of earthly things; it can see the desires of the body as unimportant; it can demand more from earth life than just material goods – then the spirit is given due attention. It expresses itself now to the soul and it listened to it. The soul begins to change course; it now no longer demands for the body, but strives for spiritual goods; it lets itself be taught, i.e., it accepts without opposition, what the spirit imparts to it, indeed it feels happy and always pays less attention to its body or seeks to also make it willing to do what the spirit demands of the soul – to give up earthly matter, to exchange it for spiritual goods. Now the spirit has won over the body; both, spirit and body, seek to win the soul for them. And as soon as the spirit succeeds, to push away the wishes of the body, it is victor. But what is to be understood under spirit? - The spirit is the divine in man; it is that, what marks man as God’s creature; the spirit is the tie, which connects man with the father spirit from eternity. It is the awareness in man, to be for ever connected with the father from eternity. As soon as it gets into action, man only recognizes himself as creature of God, before he is just aware of being a living creature, which would like to win everything from life, what it offers. But if man recognizes himself, then the world is nothing anymore for him; then he seeks higher goods; then his thoughts are turned to the spiritual kingdom; then he seeks to get in touch with him, who gave him life; then his thinking is right and his wanting and acting according to the divine will. Then therefore the spirit out of God works in man, to whom the soul now abandons itself, that he leads and instructs it, so that body, soul and spirit now become one and seek the joining together with God, because the spirit in man continually pushes to the father spirit, with which it is and remains inseparable connected until all eternity. Amen. B.D. NR. 4757.

 

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