Misunderstanding about Mystery of  Golgotha and other religions

To say that the Mystery of Golgotha ought not be placed as a unique event in the evolution of humanity because other religions would not be able to acknowledge this fact shows complete misunderstanding. Let us consider the following. Today we have the sacred religious books of India and a modern Western world-conception. Today in the West we teach the Copernican system, and no one would suggest that we ought not to teach the Copernican theory because it is not contained in the sacred books of India! For the same reason no one can object to the teaching of the Mystery of Golgotha because it is not to be found in the religious writings of the ancient Hindus.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 140 – Life Between Death and Rebirth: I: Investigations Into Life Between Death and Rebirth – Milan, October 26, 1912

Misunderstanding

The spiritual atmosphere in which people live today is impregnated with the will to misunderstand to such an extent that one’s words are immediately interpreted as something different from what they actually mean to convey.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 177 – Fall of the Spirits of Darkness: Lecture 13: The Fallen Spirits’ Influence in the World – Dornach, 27 October 1917

Translated by Anna R. Meuss

It is a complete misunderstanding to say spiritual science must also be believed

Spiritual science can be understood by every person who wants to understand its findings. It strives to give people what each individual soul can truly achieve on its own, not by following the religious founders, as in earlier times. And although it must be individual researchers who make the results of this science of the spirit available today, they do so in a form that can be understood by everyone who wants to. I have often emphasized that it is a complete misunderstanding to say spiritual science must also be believed. When people say this, it is because they are so crammed full with materialistic prejudices that they do not look at what spiritual science really has to offer. As soon as it is examined, everything becomes understandable. One does not need clairvoyance for this; our ordinary understanding is enough to really grasp and comprehend all this gradually — of course, “gradually” will be inconvenient for some people.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 154 – The Presence of the Dead on the Spiritual Path: Lecture I: Understanding the Spiritual World (Part 1) – Berlin, April 18, 1914

Translated by Christian von Arnim