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For their unbelief does not need to always prove complete distance from God.

Attitude of the ignorant and erring to truth.

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These men must learn to believe through thinking, and they will then reach a deep living faith, when they are serious about truth.

 

Bertha Dudde:

 

Attitude of the ignorant and erring to truth.

8. September 1953. B.D. NR. 5764.

It is difficult to give a light to the erring, as long as they convincingly believe to stand in truth. A completely ignorant likes to accept knowledge offered to him, and so it seems to bring light to him, he is happy about it. But who believes to stand in truth, he is difficult to convince, that his thinking is wrong, and still more difficult it is to impart other spiritual material to him, because he holds on to the first and is only then prepared to accept, when he begins to doubt. And so you can always establish among your fellowmen such, who are completely without faith and only live pure worldly, and such, who think being believing, even represent their faith eagerly and still represent something, what is far away from truth. Former are the majority and in a bad situation through their complete unbelief, because they seek no connection with that world, which is their home and also their destination, while the believers, despite wrong teachings and erroneous opinions still occupy themselves with spiritual thoughts, which just need to be directed right, whereto opportunity is often offered to them both on earth as also in the hereafter, but free will alone determines their decision. But spiritual thought material is to be brought to the complete unbelievers, they are to be stimulated to think; the reality of the spiritual world is to first be made plausible to them, and they can also be won, when the spiritual knowledge is offered to them in an intellect way. The more man has gone away from church faith, the more difficult church teachings are made accessible to them, even so they are according to truth. But every man is to be touched somewhere, and for that reason an extensive knowledge belongs to it, to win such men, which finally still leads there, where God is to be found. These men must learn to believe through thinking, and they will then reach a deep living faith, when they are serious about truth. For their unbelief does not need to always prove complete distance from God. They can also have been pushed to unbelief, through erroneous instructions, which their intellect did not want to accept and has induced them to reject everything. And the intellect must again help these men to recognize the right, and then they themselves will be convinced representatives of truth and remain firmly in their conviction. The heart and the intellect must be able to accept spiritual thought material, for truth, which has its origin in God, will also be able to withstand every intellectual examination and does not just demand a blind faith while erroneous thought material, erroneous faith teachings do not withstand the serious examination of the intellect and for that reason blind faith is demanded for these teachings, what is never the will of God. The doubter will reach truth much more easily than those men, who do not long for it, because they believe to possess it who do not use their intellect, but accept everything without examination of its origin.
Amen. B.D. NR. 5764.

 

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