Convenient (2 – End)

The sin is not blotted out from Karma; but it can be blotted out from the Earth-evolution, and this it is that man cannot do because of the human weakness that results from the Luciferic temptation. Christ accomplishes this. With the remission of sins we are saved from the pain of having added an objective debt to the Earth-evolution for all eternity. […]

And he who deeply grasps Christ’s attitude towards sin and debt may speak thus: “Because man in the course of the Earth’s existence could not blot out his guilt for the whole Earth, a Cosmic Being had to descend in order that the Earth’s debt might be discharged.”

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 155 – Christ and the Human Soul: Lecture Three – Norrkoping, 15th July, 1914

Translated by Charles Davy

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Convenient (1 of 2)

Many believe they may call themselves true Christians, and yet they speak of others — anthroposophical Christians, for instance — as heretics. There is very little true Christian feeling here. The question may perhaps be permitted: “Is it really Christian to think that I may do whatever I like and that Christ came into the world in order to take it all away from me and to forgive my sins, so that I need have nothing more to do with my Karma, with my sins?” I think there is another word more applicable to such a way of thinking than the word “Christian”; perhaps the word “convenient” would be better. “Convenient” it would certainly be if a man had only to repent, and then all the sins he had committed in the world were obliterated from the whole of his later Karma.

To be continued

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 155 – Christ and the Human Soul: Lecture Three – Norrkoping, 15th July, 1914

Translated by Charles Davy

Evil has to exist so as to strengthen the forces of the human being

One needs to be aware that the evil powers should also be incorporated into earth development. During the time in which these powers must then be overcome again, human beings will have to exercise great strength to transform the evil and demonic again into the good. But his strength will thereby grow, because evil is there to strengthen the power of the human being through his victory over it. All evil must be melted down and transformed into the good again, and it is so placed by providence in order to develop strong activity in mankind, much stronger than if he never should have had to transform evil into good.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 101 –  Mythen und Sagen, Okkulte Zeichen und Symbole – Cologne, December 28, 1907 (page 237-238)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

Previously posted on October 20, 2016

Health/Attitude/Epidemics

There is nothing material that does not originate from the spirit. What people experience in health and disease stems from their inner attitude, their thoughts. It is certainly a true proverb: What you think today, you will be tomorrow.  It should be clear to you that if an era has bad, depraved thoughts, the next generation and the next era have to pay the price physically. It is a true saying: The sins of the fathers will be visited on the future generations. It will not be without consequence that the people of the 19th century began to think in such a grossly materialistic way, to turn their minds away from everything spiritual.

What people have thought then will have consequences. And we are not so far removed from the time when peculiar diseases and epidemics will occur in human life! What we call nervousness will occur, at the latest within half a century, in severe measure. Just as plague and cholera and leprosy in the Middle Ages once were rife, so there will be psychic epidemics, diseases of the nervous system in epidemic form. These are the consequences of the fact that people lack a spiritual core in their lives. Where an awareness of this spiritual core as the centre of life is present, there people will become healthy under the influence of a healthy, true worldview.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 96 – Ursprungsimpulse der Geisteswissenschaft – Berlin January 29, 1906 (p. 18)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

Previously posted on October 18, 2016

A clairvoyant must be resilient

A person must be able to endure what he clairvoyantly observes and this encompasses such strength of character as but few can imagine. For example: If you are not clairvoyant and tell a lie, it is wrong. However, if you lie when you are clairvoyant you will see the lie becoming visible and what that means on the astral plane. Then you will understand why it is said: to tell a lie is murder. It is like this – suppose you have seen an event, you have formed an idea of what has occurred but what you subsequently tell about this event is incorrect, made up or untrue or something to that effect. Then there will emanate from this event the reality of what has occurred while from you there will stream the incorrect account – this results in a collision and it causes a terrible explosion; and every time you do this, you attach a horrific creature to your karma, where you will not be liberated from, until you have corrected the lie you have told.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 98 – Natur- und Geistwesen – Ihr Wirken in unserer sichtbaren Welt – Vienna, November 5, 1907 (page 25)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

Previously posted on October 15, 2016