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Man has free will.

Development free will, not despotism of God - Comment on 2018 October 18 (3)

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But the will is free, neither from above nor from below is it influenced inevitably – neither God nor his opponent determine the wanting of man, but according to free will they have influence on him. Read more:

 

Bertha Dudde:

 

Development free will, not despotism of God.

4. June 1951. B.D. NR. 5144.

The divine spark in man is his signpost on this earth, because it drives man to the good, and it warns him of evil acting and thinking – but always only quietly, so that it can be heard and felt, but must not be heard and felt, because it does not push its way forward, but demands the listening of man to the inside, to be heard. For that reason the will of man is again first necessary to become aware of the fine voice in him. The will therefore is the first thing, and according to it all favours have an influence, whereto also the expression of the divine spark in man belongs. But the will is free, neither from above nor from below is it influenced inevitably – neither God nor his opponent determine the wanting of man, but according to free will they have influence on him. This must be mentioned particularly, because it completely transforms the image of the eternal divinity, which is love in itself, when it is taught that the direction of the will is God’s rule, when it is taught that man cannot use his will freely, but depends on God’s favour and mercy, which direction this will takes. It is certainly an act of God’s favour and mercy that man is offered the opportunity at all, to test his will and to prove the will turned to God, but to what purpose would earth life of man be, when his will would be restricted for him and therefore his development on earth completely the work of God, that is, be determined by him to success or failure. Such a teaching lets doubt the wisdom and the love of God and can therefore never be according to truth. Man certainly constantly carries the alarm clock in himself; the mercy of God is constantly recognizable, because also this quiet voice it a gift of favour, a help, to drive man there, where he is to land according to the will of God – but it is completely left up to him, how he uses the gift of favour, otherwise the alarm clock in the heart would sound so loud and audibly that it would have to be heard, and man would then inevitably act so, as it is demanded. Man has free will – that is of greatest importance for his spiritual development and can never be denied, only words can be wrongly understood and interpreted, when the necessary understanding for it lacks, which task man has on earth at all and which aim is to be achieved by him. Who knows about it, he also immediately recognizes the error of a teaching, although it is supported as of divine origin. The love and wisdom of God must always be emphasized; everything must prove the love and wisdom of God, and where it can be doubted, the divine origin of a teaching is missing, because that God, who wants to be loved, does not make himself out to be so that he must be feared. That God, who woos the love of these his creatures, to make them happy for ever with his love, will not introduce himself as a God of anger and of despotism and nip in the bud all love for him. Seek to find the right meaning and do not judge according to the letter, because it kills, while only the spirit makes it alive. But where the spirit out of God works, there all veils fall, and to every man filled by the spirit of God also his word will be comprehensible. Amen. B.D. NR. 5144.

 

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