Humankind is called today to take in something new

Those people simply no longer exist who, without their own involvement, are implanted with wisdom that inwardly inspires them. Today only those people who feel that Anthroposophy speaks to their hearts should come to it. We should not use propaganda and agitate for Anthroposophy. Only through their own free initiative should anyone come to Anthroposophy. This can occur when individuals are deeply affected in a living way by spiritual knowledge. […]

Anthroposophy should become life, so that any soul that truly absorbs Anthroposophy is gradually transformed. Absorbing Anthroposophy means that a soul is transformed such that it can arrive at an understanding of Christ. […] 

Humankind is called today to take in something new, something divine, and thereby to undertake again an ascent into the spiritual world. The anthroposophical teaching concerning evolution is imparted; it should not be believed but rather humankind should come to the point of understanding it through its own power of judgment. […] It is not proclaimed only to a particular people or place. Those who hear the call of spiritual wisdom will come together from all parts of humanity.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 104a – Reading the Pictures of the Apocalypse: Part 2: Lecture Seven – Kristiana, May 16, 1909

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If we go back to the same thing, the same must again come out of it

How frequent the question arises which I have referred to briefly today and which I will go into further in the near future, the question: What is the position occupied by Christianity during the past centuries and thousands of years, seeing that although it has been working for hundreds of years, yet the present-day conditions (1918) are possible? This question has been touched upon at different points. 

It can be seen that the materials necessary to answer it are not yet to be found among what mankind calls today the scientific or religious or any other kind of studies. Spiritual Science alone will be able to produce these materials. For it is indeed an earnest question: How is the present-day man to regard Christianity? — considering that it has indeed worked for a long time in the past and yet has allowed such conditions to come about today. 

Those men are certainly peculiar who demand that Christianity should go back again to some of the forms existing before these conditions, who does have no feeling for the fact that if we go back to the same thing, the same must again come out of it. These people will certainly not very easily admit that something new of a penetrating and intense nature must strike into spiritual life.

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Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 181 – Anthroposophical Life Gifts: Lecture V: Thoughts on Life and Death – Berlin, 16th April 1918

Previously posted on June 14, 2017