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The heart of an unbeliever does not need to be hardened.

Stimulating of an unbeliever to love work.

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It is the greatest merit of a man, who himself lives in love, to spur on fellowman to love work, for therefrom faith can then also emerge, which without love is still just a dead faith and therefore not much more valuable than unbelief.

 

Bertha Dudde:

 

Stimulating of an unbeliever to love work.

12. October 1953. B.D. NR. 5787.

No spiritual knowledge can get supplied to the unbeliever, because he rejects everything, what cannot get proved, but just demands only faith. But he can get stimulated to love work, for he can reach faith only on the way of love. The heart of an unbeliever does not need to be hardened, so that he very well can perform works of neighbourly love, when the distress of fellowmen is put before his eyes, when he is stimulated through a fellowman well-disposed to him, to contribute to the alleviation of this trouble - when one appeals to his sympathy, to his preparedness to help and his earthly situation, which makes it possible for him to help. It is the greatest merit of a man, who himself lives in love, to spur on fellowman to love work, for therefrom faith can then also emerge, which without love is still just a dead faith and therefore not much more valuable than unbelief. As long as a man goes past at the trouble of fellowman, he can also be considered as unbeliever, although he calls himself believing. Only when man's will to give breaks through, when he seeks to make fellowman happy or strives to turn away suffering from him - when he wants to help - he is also able to listen to knowledge offered to him and to express his view about it, and only then it is therefore possible, to let faith revive in him in a spiritual kingdom existing outside of the earthly kingdom.

For that reason it is a waste of effort, wanting to intellectually convince an unbelieving man, therefore to present spiritual knowledge to him and wanting to persuade him, to accept it, because a man without love is not able to do it. On the other hand the divine love teaching can get introduce to him and its effect made believable, when such a love life is held up as an example to him and also an appeal is made to his heart, to participate in the alleviation of the trouble of fellowman - when he is first stimulated to give away from his plenty, until he then himself finds happiness in that respect, to do good. And then he is also already won; then his resistance to spiritual knowledge always becomes less; he is shaken in his unbelief - he begins to think about his life and accepts more willingly, what presupposes faith - he will learn to believe, because through love he has now become able to do it.
Amen. B.D. NR. 5787.

 

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