Who is responsible for the hardships of life?
"People complain about the hard and difficult way of earning a living. Who makes it so difficult for them? Neither I nor the world, but one person for another!
Every one seeks to gain from that which he either had to learn with effort or which fell into his lap without his doing. Who else is it but unscrupulous people, who even use their fellowmen's misfortune to enrich themselves, thus making the cost of living more expensive. Because such people without conscience are now in the majority, refuse to acknowledge a spiritual mission and believe neither in God nor in the immortality of the soul, you see how one seeks to gain advantage over another and none shows himself in his true nature. Even the smooth artificial education does its part by turning what the children are taught into a cloak beneath which they deceitfully conceal the worst vices!
Thus the whole world is like a fancy-dress ball where in most cases the mask has nothing to do with the nature of the one wearing it.
Whenever people now complain about the evil world, I ask: "who made it so bad? I or you yourselves?"
Therefore, do not accuse Me. I am a long-suffering God and look on in patience as all, from the highest to the lowest classes, try to rule each other.
Lust for power is the great vice inspiring mankind, which with every step they try to exert over their fellowman.
In vain did I during My life preach love, tolerance, forgiveness, even telling them they should love their enemies."
At that time most people turned their ears away from such demands and now that you declare it to be an enlightened age, are you acting differently? [...]
I have to take care of the necessary equilibrium on a large scale. I have arranged My laws in such a way that whenever they are disturbed they spontaneously repair themselves, regardless of whether individual beings suffer damage for the sake of the whole.
Firstly, because you people cannot grasp and understand everything. And, secondly, because it is not the mass of wondrous arrangements of this world that shall convince you of My existence, but that you, being spirits, shall spiritually recognize Me and according to this cognition worship (that means love) Me in spirit and in truth!
Thus the relationship is established, which is meant to exist between Me and every created being.
First of all, man shall recognize My omnipotence, My omniscience, and then learn to understand that with all these creations, love was the main factor.
As little as I want to entertain you with My words, just as little I want to satisfy your curiosity with the well-planned arrangements of My universe.
This is how I, as a just God, as Lord of My creation, ought to act, were I not the God of Love, had I not made the freedom of will the main decree for all My spirit-beings, since I wanted to educate "loving children", not slaves!
Thus I let you human beings go on mocking all My laws, allow you to make each others life difficult until the measure is full and you suffocate in the mire of your own passions.
I always reserve the right to use even all abuses, all misfortunes for My own purposes.
Whosoever refuses to seek the road to Me on the gentle path of love must, through his own fault, become prudent through misfortune."
(Secrets of life, chap. 33 - The Dark side of nature relative to the human life)
The trial of free-life and counter-measures for transgressions
“Behold, I am omnipotent, and whatever I think must happen at once, if I will it. Were I to desire a million people in front of Me, they would be here instantly. They would even speak and act wisely and look like the most beautiful Seraphim. They would even embrace you in all love and eagerly serve you – and yet they would be completely dead within themselves, because whatever they did or said I would be doing Myself. For there could be no life in them other than what I wanted for a judged duration. If I then no longer wanted these make-believe life-beings, they would at once be gone!
“If however I wanted to maintain such people and transpose them into a properly free-acting life, independent of My almight, then I would have to sever My spirit acting within them by suitable means. I would then have to bind it within these people and then take it captive through an outer material cover, making them into veritable isolated units and giving them behavioural laws. I would then also have to give them opportunities and stimulants, urging them to voluntarily act through their own cognition and will, either in accord or contrary to the given commandment. The commandment would have to be purposeful, wise and kind. On account of its sanction, such person, in case of non-compliance, would have to be kept under even longer captivity – until forced into accepting and following same in deed. Only then would it be advisable to again remove such human’s outer bands, letting him, in a well-developed state like yourself, go over to the fullest freedom, whereupon he would out of himself have a perfect, no long judged, life.
“From this you can see that I must necessarily fully respect free action to the people on Earth under their freedom-gaining test – whether lawfully good or evil. Because if I seize them with My omnipotence, then they are at that moment dead, in that they are then no longer able to do anything out of themselves. If I then want to make them free again, I again have to completely sever Myself from them and subject them to natural captivity, having to give them another freedom test.
“If this takes place within the set order, they can like yourself go over to this world of spirits and its fully free life. If however it results contrary to that order, then captivity must continue also in the spirit world, until such people attain to such practicable insight that they then can approach Me, their Creator, without harm. Once they can love Me as Lord and Brother, then they are truly free through such love, like Myself, in that I then think, feel, judge and act within them as a perfect second self!
“In such everlasting state they can receive out of Me, without harm to their individual freedom, ever more cognition and powers and even become perfect in everything like Myself, which state alone leads to their perfect bliss.
“Behold, it is easy to say: ‘Lord, do this or that! Judge the evil nations, judge the kings and judge the tyrannical Pope! Destroy all those of arrogant and tyrannical heart! Work miracles! Let the entire evil human rabble perish through universal pestilence, for all of them are evil!’ – But it has to be considered that if, on account of lawless behaviour, I immediately judged and killed the people set down on Earth, then I would have laboured in vain.
“Although we have to mainly concern ourselves with the Earth’s people, acting as much as possible by the commandments under the set order – through which it is easiest of course to gain free life, we nevertheless have to apply ourselves with the greatest patience, regarding even the perverted deeds with the same calm as the good and righteous ones. For the primary condition for developing free men is that they would in complete isolation from Myself for once become conscious of themselves and start acting out of themselves! Whether for good or ill, lawfully or otherwise, has to be all the same for a newly developing human. We have to respect their own arrangements and discoveries and keep our maintaining influence hidden as much as possible. For were we to make an obvious appearance, we would destroy the new and tender human plant-school with one tread, and then have to take much longer to raise up the trodden and lead it to its great destiny than if we quietly and helpingly watched this initial human development on Earth. For after this first developmental period we still have countless ways to lead the undeveloped men to their right destiny.
“Only if counter-systemic transgressions take a rough turn, threatening the developing men’s destined, purposed absolute life-freedom to an undue extend, we naturally have to cause certain judgmental fear-deterrents to appear, such as wars, inflation, hunger and pestilence. But such punishing judgement must never affect more than at the most ten percent of mankind, or it would with higher percentage take on the aspect of a real, larger and deadly judgement!” (From Hell to Heaven, chap. 95)
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