Christ is represented much more as the Divinity in the Koran confession than in that of the modern Protestant

If we go as missionaries to foreign cultures, or even to people in our own lands, and wish to force upon them the worship of Jesus within a religious denomination, we will not be understood since the knowledge of these people extends far beyond what is brought to them by this or that missionary. I should like to know, for example, what a Turk would say if a modern Protestant pastor should try to convey to him his conception of Christ. This conception as it is dealt with by modern Protestant pastors holds that there was once a Socrates, and then one who was somewhat more than Socrates, the Christ, the human being, the special human being, but still the human being — or any of those confused things that are said today in modern Protestantism about Christ. The Turk would say to him, “What! You tell me such a thing and you wish to be called a Christian? Just read the nineteenth chapter of the Koran; much more is contained in it about the Christ than what you are telling me!” In other words, the Turks know a great deal more concerning Christ Jesus than what the modern Protestant pastors are prone to present because the Koran contains more about Him and Christ is represented much more as the Divinity in the Turkish confession than in that of the modern Protestant. This is simply not realized because nowadays people do not often go so far as really to read the original religious documents; rather, they utter much superficial nonsense regarding all possible religions.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 172 – The Karma of Vocation – Dornach, 27th November 1916

Translated by Olin D. Wannamaker and revised for this edition by Gilbert Church, Ph.D. The final revision was prepared by Peter Mollenhauer.

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Previously posted on February 22, 2015

Is anxiety and anguish the mother of religion?

Firstly Ebbinghaus (Hermann Ebbinghaus – a German psychologist 1850-1909) states: ‘anxiety and anguish are the mother of religion.’ Then he continues: ‘the churches fill and pilgrimages increase during times of war and devastating epidemics.’ I would like to know if the churches fill during epidemics and times of war with those people who, from the outset are inclined to materialism. Only those who in one way or another have a religious inclination, fill the churches at these times. This is not, however, because of fear and distress, but it is because these people detect something spiritual in their souls. In former times mankind experienced this more instinctively. Nowadays he can experience it much more consciously. Because man gradually progresses to the experience of the spiritual, he sees an image of the supersensible within the sensory impression.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 072 – Freiheit Unsterblichkeit Soziales Leben – Basel, 19th October 1917  (page 98)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

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Previously posted on October 7, 2015

New religions will no longer arise  

Anthroposophy knows full well that she can never be a religion, because she recognises the actual course of development in time; she knows that just as little as one can become a child again at the age of 60, just as little humanity can develop religions in the present era and in future times. Forming religions belonged to other times. New religions will no longer arise.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 72 – Freiheit Unsterblichkeit Soziales Leben – Basel, 19th October 1917  (page 89)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

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Previously posted on June 9, 2018

 

About truths and opinions (2 of 5)

The idea floats before quite a number that a time must come when there are as many religions and truths as persons.This will not be the course of human evolution. It would take this course if men were to continue to follow the impulse coming today from materialism. That would lead to disharmony, to the splitting of humanity into separate individuals. Mankind, however, will only not take this course if such a spiritual movement as Spiritual Science is accepted. What will enter then? The great truth, the great law, will be realized that the most individual truths, those that are found in the most inward way, are at the same time those that hold good for all.

To be continued

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 102 – The Influence of Spiritual Beings on Man: Lecture IX – Berlin, 1st June 1908

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Previously posted on July 23, 2018

 

About truths and opinions (1 of 5)

Humanity has now descended to the point where not only manners and customs are individual but even opinions and faiths as well. There are people among us already who look on it as a lofty ideal for everyone to have his own religion. The idea floats before quite a number that a time must come when there are as many religions and truths as persons.

To be continued

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 102 – The Influence of Spiritual Beings on Man: Lecture IX – Berlin, 1st Jun1908

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Previously posted on July 22, 2018