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The soul is to develop up.

Responsibility. Intellect and free will.

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Man is equipped with intellect and free will and he is to use exactly this intellect and his will the right way. Read more:

 

Bertha Dudde:

 

Responsibility. Intellect and free will.

20. January 1954. B.D. NR. 5857.

You yourselves take a great responsibility for your soul, i.e., the spiritual in you is to develop up through your will - your thinking and wanting is to be directed thereon, to find the connection with the top, with the kingdom of light, for you come from the depth and are to strive up. Man is equipped with intellect and free will and he is to use exactly this intellect and his will the right way. He can in exactly the same way strive down, i.e., demand all that, what pulls down his soul - the spiritual in him; but for it the intellect was given to him, that he well considers, which aim he strives for. And his intellect is influenced during earth life through God's word. Information is constantly supplied to him about that, what lies in the will of God, what he is to strive for and what he is to avoid or omit. The will of God is announced to him, so that he can mentally concern himself with it during earth life, that he can decide between God's will and his own, which in the beginning certainly still very much longs down, can however change. Man takes responsibility for his soul, for that, what is immortal, for his own self. For no matter whether he himself passes and he for that reason often makes light of it and lets the soul many times in spiritual trouble, it is only the body, which passes - he himself, his self, his soul, remains, and indeed it enters the opposite kingdom in that state, into which he has moved it on earth through his way of life. The soul is to develop up - all acting of man promotes or stops this development. Man is as it were the deciding one - because his intellect and his will are active. But both often act irresponsibly to the soul - to the spiritual, which only expresses itself in its cover compulsively, therefore determines man, but is to be liberated by the intellect and the will of man from its cover, what happens easily, when man in good will does that, what is preached to him through the word of God - when he practises love, which now also dissolves the cover of the soul and frees the way up for it. Because man can think and want, for that reason he also has the responsibility to his soul, or also - the soul with all its desires from its former time of development finds its master in the intellect and free will, who can now certainly join, but as well as also oppose its desires. Man can therefore still sort out the compulsions in him, because means of help are enough at his command and the most effective means of help is the word of God, which gives him exact instruction, which compliance also surely brings about salvation for the soul. Without intellect and free will man could not be called to account - but without intellect and free will the soul also never gain perfection. And for that reason you men are to always be and remain aware of that, that you yourselves must help the soul to maturity, that you yourselves redeem your own self from the depth, when you let your intellect and free will get active the right way - when you think about everything, what you are taught through God's word. And when you now make an effort, to live according to this divine word, when you consciously place your will under the will of God and now his will can also become alive in you - then you fulfil your earth life task, then you help your soul up, then you yourselves enter the kingdom of light after the death of your body, into the kingdom of life and happiness.
Amen. B.D. NR. 5857.

 

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