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Love and faith determine life in eternity.

Love and faith - Comment on 2018 April 22 (2)

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The heart cannot instruct the intellect, because it itself is inaccessible to every instruction, for lacking love prevents the work of the spirit, which instructs man out from the inside and presents truth to him feeling wise. Read more:

 

Bertha Dudde:

 

Love and faith.

1. September 1950. B.D. NR. 4960.

Men have no love and faith, and that is their ruin. Their hardened hearts, which only love themselves and can find no feeling for needy fellowmen, are also unable to believe in a creator of heaven and of earth, because love produces faith; faith only becomes alive through love. And for that reason at the time of the end is great spiritual trouble, the state of darkness and of sin. Because without love and without faith there is also no light and no cognition for men; and because of that they succumb to the opponent of God, the prince of darkness, who is devoid of all love and also extinguishes it in men. Men are completely without life, because earthly life is only short, and then they become a slave of spiritual death, which is terribly agonizing, because for the soul there is no state of being extinguished, but a life is not conceivable in that state, in which the soul is after the death of its body. Because love and faith alone are life awakening, where love and faith is lacking, there is death. Because love and faith secure the joining together with God; but without God there is no life; without God is darkness and powerlessness and therefore a state of inactivity, the quintessence of death. Men only believe what they see, and they only love themselves. Everything spiritual, not tangible or visible to them they reject, exactly because they have no love in them, which as divine principle would also revive faith in God, because then God himself could work in man and his presence would also become inner conviction for him. But without love the heart is silent; it is far from God and does not feel his power. And therefore also the intellect is not made to acknowledge an entity, which is creator of all that, what surrounds man. The heart cannot instruct the intellect, because it itself is inaccessible to every instruction, for lacking love prevents the work of the spirit, which instructs man out from the inside and presents truth to him feeling wise. Where there is no love and faith, there it is silent in the human heart, and the soul is in great trouble. But to fashion man to love, much earthly trouble is necessary, so that he may be touched by the misery of fellowmen and the love spark may be lighted in him. Only then the own spiritual trouble begins to become less; only then it becomes light in his heart, and then the intellect considers the questions, which give him information about his purpose, about his creator from eternity and his relationship to him. Only then he learns to believe, and the more active love becomes in him the more his faith becomes convinced, and the spiritual darkness gives way to the light of the day, to right cognition and to life. Love and faith determine life in eternity, but as they also illuminate the spiritual state of man already on earth. For without love and faith there is no spiritual rebirth and no joining together with God; without love and faith there is no redemption, and the soul remains in the night of death for ever. Because it is far from God and for that reason also cannot be happy. Amen. B.D. NR. 4960.

 

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