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But they dismiss every thought of death as still "premature".

God's references to the transitoriness of earthly goods.

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And earthy goods will mostly exert a greater attraction, because they are tangible and visible, while spiritual goods leave little impression, because they have supposedly too little value - and also will have for man only then, so he is able to easily break away from the earthly goods. Read more:

Bertha Dudde:

 

God's references to the transitoriness of earthly goods.

29. January 1955. B.D. NR. 6179.

First man must be made understand the transitoriness of the earthly-material, before he turns to that, what is immortal. Earthly life fills his thoughts, because it confronts him with tasks and performances of duty, which will always take up his thinking. And he would be insatiable, when everything would last long, because then he could constantly increase his possession and then there would be no restriction of his wishes and desires. But since matter is transient, he is again and again force in this way, to be active to reach these goods, what indeed can also take up his whole thinking, but also leaves the possibility, that transitoriness teaches him to think otherwise - that it can appear to him useless, to spend the whole life power for only these goods - that he has a desire for goods, which are immortal. Only the cognition of the worthlessness of earthly possession can cause him, to strive for spiritual possession - or else to more and more chase after the transient, because it does not last. And even, when earthly possession remains preserved for man and he can constantly increase it, without that it is taken from him, the thought of death is always an admonition for him, that he is to prematurely break away from that, what he still loses through death. Therefore, as far as God is concerned, everything in life is so arranged, that man can very easily learn to despise the world and its goods and enter another world mentally. But his thoughts and his will are not inevitably directed towards this other world - it is up to man, from which world he lets himself be captured. And earthy goods will mostly exert a greater attraction, because they are tangible and visible, while spiritual goods leave little impression, because they have supposedly too little value - and also will have for man only then, so he is able to easily break away from the earthly goods. If every man would consider, that already the next day can be the last one for him, then all earthly goods and their acquisition would appear completely senseless to him, and he would make some more provisions for the time afterwards. But they dismiss every thought of death as still "premature" and only enjoy the earthly world and its goods. For that reason men are always made more aware of death, the closer the end is. In the midst of life men are torn away, to again and again point fellowmen to the transitoriness, to again and again turn their thoughts to the own decease. It is so obviously shown, how little security every individual is allowed to have concerning his own life - and possession is again and again destroyed; earthly goods fall victim to different disasters. Always and everywhere men are referred to the essential thing, to the constant life, which everybody can gain for himself, when he seriously wants - when he strives for spiritual goods, which also death cannot take from him, which follow him into the opposite kingdom, when the hour of his demise has come. Every man is to strive for spiritual treasures, then also death will not frighten him; then he has become victor also over death, because eternal life expects him in the spiritual kingdom, which makes him unspeakably happy and last in all eternity.
Amen. B.D. NR. 6179.

 

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