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For that reason "being a Christian" means first to live in love.

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A man without unselfish love however is never a Christian, and no matter whether he also pretends to be such before the world. Read more:

 

Bertha Dudde:

 

Real Christianity.

4. and 5. December 1952. B.D. NR. 5547.

A believing Christian must also live according to this faith, i.e. in the following of Jesus Christ, who has held up a right life on earth as an example for men and therefore requests faith in his work of redemption, to be acknowledged by him as Christian. The Christian teaching must be obeyed out of the heart, for it is love, which Christ requests from men; love, which is without self-interest and for that reason also works redeeming; love, which is prepared to bring sacrifices; love, as Jesus Christ has proven to men through his death on the cross. To be a real Christian therefore means, to fashion his inner nature to love in faith in Jesus Christ, for without faith in him man is not able for this change of nature. He can certainly also believe in him and still not walk in love. But then it is just a form faith, an intellectual faith, which certainly accepts an existence of the man Jesus and perhaps also his death on the cross, but which knows nothing about the meaning of the sacrifice, which the man Jesus has brought for fellowmen. For the understanding for it only then comes up to him, as soon as he practises love, because only then his spirit, through the heart, gives him the real understanding for it. For that reason "being a Christian" means first to live in love; and then man also confesses Jesus Christ as redeemer of the world. A man without unselfish love however is never a Christian, and no matter whether he also pretends to be such before the world. For with the idea Christianity it is never about faith in the existence of Jesus; it is because of that that man lives so, as Jesus Christ has lived on earth, to be able to have the name rightly. For that reason no real Christianity is any longer in the world, despite churches and faith teachings, for the spirit of Christ is lacking. Men are unredeemed, because Jesus Christ can no longer work, where love does not exist. And love has completely cooled among men. Whether poor, whether rich, whether high, whether low, all lack the most important of Christianity, love. The work of redemption of Jesus is no longer taken up by men; they put themselves outside of those, for who Jesus Christ has died; they certainly see the cross, because they cannot deny Jesus Christ as man and his death on the cross. But it has become completely meaningless for them; they are just sounding words without meaning and power, because only love opens understanding; but love has died. For these men Jesus Christ died in vain on the cross, and they still call themselves Christians. None of them makes the meaning clear for himself; none of them makes an effort, to be a real Christian, and many Christians look contemptuously down on those men, who are in their eyes heathen or unbelievers, because they do not belong to an official church or community. And for all these will be a terrible awakening in future, when they have departed earth unredeemed and are to account for their way of life; when the degree of love is so low that no little light accompanies it at its entry in the opposite kingdom. Only then they will have to seek for the redeemer of mankind and hardly find him, because they had no real faith in him, but they can never be happy without it. Oh if you men knew, what you forfeit on earth through your lukewarm attitude to the most important things if you knew, how bitterly you will have to regret it in future. You can never be happy without love. As real Christians you must go your way on earth; you must follow him, i.e. keep his commands, and only then your faith in him will be a living one; only then you will confess Jesus Christ before the world. (5.12.1952) You will support him and, as redeemed by him, also be able to make a right explanation to fellowmen that and why he must be acknowledged; that and why without the redemption through Jesus Christ there is no eternal life and that before God only the real life in the spirit is assessed, but not that Christianity being made a show of outwardly, which in truth is no Christianity.
Amen B.D. NR. 5547.

 

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