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But there are also men, who turn away from all these temptations of the world.

Wide road. Temptations. Narrow way upwards.

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They certainly give up much earthly, but they receive far more valuable - they take possession of that kingdom, which offers far more splendours, but which can only be reached through constant overcoming, but not through earthly joys, through worldly pleasure. Read more:

Bertha Dudde:

 

Wide road. Temptations. Narrow way upwards.

27. January 1955 B.D. NR. 6177.

That road, where most people go, is wide and level, and it leads through quite beautiful gardens, which are strode through with relish; it constantly offers variety and will always entice men to stay and enjoy to the full, what appears attractive to the walker. And he will never need to go along lonely; in his company will always be men, who go the same way like him with the same joys and the same hopes, because they all just seek worldly joys and pleasures, because they all succumb to the same temptations and for that reason always the one has understanding for the doings of the other. It is the wide road, which is walked on by innumerable men, which only few avoid, to go the narrow paths, which lead upwards. These know, that the narrow way leads to another aim, and in the cognition of this aim they therefore avoid the wide road, which - unnoticed by men - leads downwards and for that reason cannot be the right way upwards. Again and again narrow side streets branch off from the wide road, and messengers will always stand at these roads and they offer to lead those, who want to leave the wide road and with serious will strive upwards. Only few will follow their offer; only few will be able to separate themselves from the wide road of fun and pleasure. Only few will pay attention to those, who offer themselves to them to lead. For always, where a narrow way branches off upwards, there the wide road offers particular amusements - there so many blinding lights flash, that the narrow way is overlooked and all just strive for these lights, which always mislead them more. This wide road is laid out by the lord of the world, who always sees to it that it does not become tedious and boring for its passers-by, and who particularly there applies all arts of temptation, where the narrow ways branch off upwards. Then the eye sticks spellbound to it, and man easily overlooks the side street and falls victim to those arts of temptation. But there are also men, who turn away from all these temptations of the world, because they recognize their worthlessness and because they pursue another aim - to reach God, who can never be reached on the wide road. And these seek byways from the wide road, and they like to and willingly entrust themselves to those, who want to lead them upwards. And they also make an effort, to also entice others to the narrow path and hold the right aim in front of them and to cause them to walk with them on the way upwards. And they all will reach their aim. They certainly give up much earthly, but they receive far more valuable - they take possession of that kingdom, which offers far more splendours, but which can only be reached through constant overcoming, but not through earthly joys, through worldly pleasure.
Amen. B.D. NR. 6177.

 

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