68. WORLDLY CONCERNS AND THEIR DELETERIOUS EFFECTS UPON THE SOUL
 (The Lord:) “Therefore I now say unto you all, that you cast off all unnecessary troubles from yourselves; for every worldly concern is a material tie with which the soul ties herself to matter through the original Adamitic scar! The more the soul binds herself to the matter of her flesh, the more the development of God’s spirit within her must suffer. And the more the soul then fuses herself to the body through worldly care, which body is a mere judgment, a regrettable necessity and therefore death, the more she also loses consciousness and recognition of eternal, indestructible life within her.
 He who therefore still harbors much fear of physical death, is still strongly bound with the flesh, and feebly with the spirit; because much love towards the life of this world is strong evidence of the soul’s lack of concern for the everlasting life of the spirit within her, and the blame lies with the old scar that Adam has struck into his own flesh, and that of his descendants,
 And yet every determined soul can heal itself of such harmful scar, because God had already in Adam’s presence taken the precautionary measures, and Adam was nearly completely healed towards the end of his days. Henoch was however completely healed, wherefore, like several other forefather, he was already transformed in his flesh. But because their descendants had nevertheless mixed with the children of unhealed fathers, the old Adamitic curse remained, with varying degrees of incidence for mens’ torment.
 Wherefore also the women’s painful childbearing, as well as the very painful types of death of man. Because a nature-soul already wounded by man’s seminal stream, immediately binds more stubbornly with the mother’s flesh, and must therefore be born into the world under all kinds of forceful band-rupturing. Children such as an Isaac however and many others in the world, have been born into the world without pain on the mother’s part.
 From this time on I began to speak more seriously with My disciples about the fact that I would have to go to Jerusalem according to My Father‘s will and would suffer very much there from the elders, the high priests and scribes, would be killed by them, but that on the third day I would raise from the dead again I would then stand there as a victor over all death and over all
enemies of life for eternity, as I had already mentioned on Mark‘s mountain.
 At this Peter became quite alarmed and, drawing Me aside, said in a commanding, admonishing tone: “Lord, this must never happen to You! You are obliged both to us and to all men to protect Yourself.”
 But I turned around quickly and said in a very most serious tone: “Away with you, Satan; you are a stumbling-block to Me. You think as worldly men think, not as God thinks.”
 Here Peter was very powerfully shocked, fell down before Me, begged for forgiveness and added, sobbing: “Lord, when we were sailing on this sea to the place where we have now just spent several days, You said to me on account of my faith: ‘Simon Juda, you are Peter the rock. And on this rock I will build My church, and the powers of death shall never conquer it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and what you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.’ These, oh Lord, were the holy words from Your most holy mouth, literally directed to me, a poor sinner. Yet I have never prided myself because of it but have always regarded myself as the least amongst us all – and now You call me prince of darkness because I, driven by my great love for You, gave You a warning as a man. Lord, do have grace and mercy upon the poor fisherman Peter, who was the first to throw his net into the sea and leave his wife and children to follow You!” (GGJ Book 12, chap. 65)
66. THE ESSENCE OF SATAN AND MATTER
 Here I turned again to Peter in the friendliest way and said: “I have not disparaged you in the least if I have shown you in the sharp speech your human side Everything that is human in this world in a person – his flesh and its various needs from pure earthly considerations – is under judgment, therefore hell and Satan, who is the epitome of all judgment, death, night and falsehood, for the whole so-called life of matter is merely a phantom-life and of no value at all.
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