On Sunday July 22, 2007, in the Cosmic School of Life, which was broadcast worldwide as a radio program from Universal Life and which we document in the following, Original Christians spoke in a small roundtable discussion group within the framework of the topic "Original Christianity – For or Against?" about a question that, considering the disastrous situation in the world, more and more people are asking:
Several weeks ago, a major German weekly magazine “Der Spiegel” appeared with a lead story entitled: “God Is to Blame for Everything?” and the subtitle: “The Crusade of the New Atheists.” What was presented to the readers was quite mixed up. It talked about a crusade of the godless, as they are called, who have dedicated themselves to an ideological materialism that denies God, because He can’t be seen or proved. There was also talk of the cruel God of the Old Testament, who is forbidding and abhorrent. And also about the religious wars and the terrorism of fanatics of Christian and Moslem origin, which has shaped the history of mankind for 2000 years.It’s nothing new that people who fall into misfortune and hardship blame God – people who allegedly believe in God also do this. Their church superiors, priests and bishops, set the example regularly when public accidents occur, when after airplane crashes, train wrecks or natural disasters, they raise a public lamentation and more or less openly make God responsible that this or that misfortune has occurred. During the latest flood disaster in England, for instance, the bishops of the Church of England proclaimed that the storm was a “punishment of God.” And when years ago, the fastest airplane in the world, the Concord, took 114 people to their deaths, during a public funeral a German Bishop called out accusingly at a public memorial service: “Where were You, God?”
Is God really to blame when a severe illness prostrates an individual? When a Tsunami sweeps away hundreds of thousands? Or when innocent children are the victims of barbaric cruelties? Does this all have to do with the “unfathomable will of God,” a possibly wrathful God, who makes His children the plaything of his capriciousness? Or are there perhaps causes that we recognize only when we look deeper instead of limiting our view only to external processes? Due to our education or church traditions, do we perhaps have a totally wrong concept of God, maybe also a wrong concept of the background of our earthly existence? Are we aware that the law of cause and effect doesn’t exist only in physics, that is, within hard matter, but is also a cosmic law that holds true for spiritual aspects, as well? Are we aware that we may not live only once on earth, but that the justice of God, which we miss so very much, is recognizable only when we consider several incarnations?
In part the atheists announce that they will wage the crusade against God. But when we look more closely, they are waging it against an image of God that the church has led the people to believe in over the course of the past 2000 years. Among other things, these atheists are angry about the cruel God of the Old Testament. And they are also irritated by the fact that God doesn’t care for people, and that one allegedly needs a priest in order to go to God. Many people who use their good common sense and who don’t feel tied to traditional doctrines no longer have any use for all this.But isn’t the present crusade more of a crusade of the institutional churches, of the caste of priests, against their faithful? Because the caste of priests has taught an image of God that does not correspond to the true God, the free God, the God of love and mercy. It teaches a God who makes people afraid and with this image of God, then church is threatening the people.
For example, why doesn’t the church accept its so-called “Saint Paul,” who said: “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” (Gal. 6:7) Well, did God create what we are now experiencing – the climate change, the earth disasters, the state of the world? Or was it man? Why don’t today’s theologians, priests, teach Paul, who gives them instructions? If they were to do this, they would eliminate their own occupations, because anyone who acknowledges the law of cause and effect, of sowing and reaping, knows that, with God’s help, a person has it in hand himself to shape his own life, and doesn’t need a priest for this. According to Paul, it is not God who is responsible for people’s misfortune, for the climate change, for the huge disasters on this earth, but solely and alone man, himself. But the church talks about “God’s punishment”; so, the church institution is the punishing one. It is a threatening message that this church proclaims with this punishing God, message that gives it power. Because the church presumes to claim that through its so-called sacraments, it can alleviate or remit these impending punishments of God that it talks about. And, of course, with this, it strengthens its institutional power over the people. At the same time, it falsifies the image of God that Jesus of Nazareth taught and that the Original Christians go back to.
Original Christianity is based on the teachings of Jesus, the Christ, and on the teachings of the prophets of the Old Testament, who, like all great minds, all great people, received from God, the Eternal One.This God, from whom the great prophets received, always cared for His people and explained to the people that they should turn back and change their ways. And so, Isaiah already prophesied what we are experiencing today through the climate disaster. Isaiah already said then: “The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered; ... The earth mourns and withers; the world languishes and withers; the highest people of the earth languish. The earth lies defiled under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt; therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched, and few men are left.” (Is. 24:3-6)
Let us look at the results of all that the priests have taught; it is always the incitement of one brother of faith against the other. Wars are stirred up/incited. People who have another faith are excluded, because they belong in eternal damnation, or they don’t belong to one’s own religion. All this is the fight of one against the other as started by the priests: “We are the greatest, and that is why we can destroy everything, including nature and animals!”According to the statements of the church institutions and atheists, God is a belligerent God, a murderer. For what are we experiencing in the disasters on this earth? Suffering, unspeakable suffering, death, devastation and much more. In many cases, this is attributed to God. And so – according to the statements made by the Church – He would be a God of war, a parent murderer, in that He leaves the children alone, or a child murderer, in that He lets the children be killed and taken away from their parents. .
And some may say: “But the church doesn’t teach such a cruel God! We must contradict here: Yes! Because, for instance, in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it expressly says that the entire Bible, including this cruel Old Testament, is the word of God, the pure word of God. And this is the greatest crime of the institutions, that they lead people to believe in a satanic God, as the caste of priests have written it into the Bible. The second greatest crime is that the institutions have put people’s ethical consciousness to sleep, by telling them: “Important is that you believe and important is that you go to confession at Easter and let yourselves be baptized by us and pay us membership dues, and then one day you’ll go to heaven.” This is the opposite of the Christianity of the deed that Jesus of Nazareth taught. And it’s the opposite of what the Original Christians of all time, who appeared again and again, taught in order to shake up the people. And therefore, the Original Christians of today point out again and again that it decisively depends on doing what Jesus of Nazareth taught and not just talking about it.And that is why there are no priests in Original Christianity. There is not an external religion. And since we are talking about religion, we can also say: The Inner Religion is the experiencing of the law of God, which is love, through the actualization of what Jesus taught us.
But the caste of priests bound the people to itself. And through this, indifference developed: “Faith alone is enough.” “There must be sacraments,” and much more. If God needs all the rituals, the priests’ robes, the head coverings of the priests, all the affected behavior of the priests, then – if possible – I would not want to die, because I don’t want to go to such a God!
Original Christians believe that all souls that are in human beings come from the Kingdom of God, because Jesus did not differentiate between this and that person. He said to everyone: “The Kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” (Luke 17:21) And if the kingdom is within each one of us, in the basis of our soul, then through the deed of redemption, Christ opened up for us the way to our true being, which is in the very basis of our soul: that we are beheld and created by God, the love, that we went out of paradise, out of the Kingdom of God, some because they turned against God – that’s called the Fall – others went out of the Kingdom of God to serve their neighbors, to help their neighbors, to lead their neighbors to Christ, so that He take them by the hand and lead them to the Father, into the Kingdom of God.All Christians pray the Lord’s Prayer. And it says “Your kingdom comes, Your will is done.” And Jesus, the Christ, spoke of the deed, of the Christianity of the deed: “The one who hears these words of mine and does them is a wise man.” And so, this means that when we again step-by-step fulfill the law of love, which is alive in us, deep in the basis of our soul – it is the Kingdom of God that Jesus spoke of – then we go within, which means that we again become more peaceful, kind and merciful. The law of love, which is God, awakens in us. And we sense that we are not from this world, but that the world is only a transit camp for each one of us, whether a beggar or a king, and that we come from the Kingdom of God and through Christ, through His deed of redemption, will return to the Father-house, to our true being, as pure beings of love from God.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus of Nazareth gave us the following sentence: “Do to others as you would have done to you. Or: Do not do to others what you do not want to have done to you.” This is a key sentence for our own incarnation. But it can also be a key sentence for living together all over the earth. And this sentence holds true for all people, whether they are politicians, or cardinals or bishops, even for the pope: Do not do to others what you do not want to have done to you. And one day, everyone will be measured by this sentence.
This sentence could also be: Recognize yourself! – Because the one who does not recognize himself thinks he is the best, he is good. But many nice words have ugly contents. And each one will be measured by this. And this is registered and is ultimately our path. With these ugly contents of our feelings, our thoughts, words and behavior, we can come to earth again.Original Christians believe in reincarnation. We may not say that the return of the soul in order to expiate burdens in the temporal as a human being is punishment. Just think about it! The earth, seen as such, is a place of grace. Because when the person comes, that is, when the soul incarnates and becomes a human being, it has the possibility to recognize itself day after day: In quarreling with its neighbor, in hatred, in animosity, in belligerent thoughts and actions. The Spirit of God helps us in many situations of the day, helps us to recognize ourselves. Consequently, we say that the earth is a place of grace and that on the earth a person could in a short time recognize his all-too-human aspects, that which he has built up against God, against himself, against his true being, against the Kingdom of God, against his true homeland, and then repent of them, ask for forgiveness, forgive and – what is important – no longer do them, no longer think the same or similar things, and orient himself more and more to the commandments of God, to the teachings of Jesus, the Christ. Then he goes back to the Father’s house, hand in hand with our Redeemer, Jesus, the Christ. Then it’s over and done with further incarnations; he doesn’t have to incarnate anymore. And he will not incarnate anymore, because he came closer to the Kingdom of God, which is in him, which Jesus spoke of.
The advice is to try it out with the sentence from Jesus, the Christ: “Do not do to others what you do not want to have done to you.” Just try it out in your daily life! And if you like, write us about your experiences.
One could also advise: Try it out with Christ! Become aware that He is in you and in each of your neighbors, that He always accompanies you, at your work, and also in your need, and that He loves you, each one in the same way. And that He helps us to put into practice His teachings even when it’s sometimes hard for us. And for whom is it always easy to forgive his neighbor, whom he thinks has done something bad to him? And for whom is it always easy to ask the other for forgiveness when he has done something bad to him? – The Original Christians call this clearing things up, and it’s an important step toward making peace with your neighbor and bringing peace into this world, by changing yourself and thus, changing the world.
And if many a one talks about his church, then he could take the Ten Commandments in hand and the teachings of Jesus, the Christ, the Sermon on the Mount, for instance, and measure the church by them. Then I think he would also find his path, the path to Christ, and with Christ to God, our Father. Then, among other things, the Lord’s Prayer, which Christians pray, would come alive in the person and the soul of the person.