According to the law of God, the prophet gives, to all people and in accordance with the law of God, food for thought and answers to the complications and deplorable state of afairs in this world. But he also speaks about his task and in so doing, about himself, too. In this pamphlet, a Christ-friend asks Gabriele, the prophetess of God in Universelles Leben, some questions which he introduces with a description of his initial skepticism.
As I came to know the prophet - the prophetess of God for the present time - she was the greatest challenge for me, because I was a Catholic who had been influenced by the East. Of course I knew about the prophetic word, the voice of the heart, but to stand before a prophet, before such clarity and sovereignty which I had never before encountered - not even in the East - totally disconcerted me. Reservation and skepticism rose against the person, who did not simply meet my eyes, but looked me clearly in the eye. In the face of such clarity, sovereignty, wisdom and kindness, I realized in that moment that I was standing before the figure of an Old Testament prophet, which seemed almost frightening to me.
My inquiring mind awakened, and my whole desire was to investigate the prophetic world and look behind what was still incomprehensible to me. In this endeavor I came across the book “Prophetic Thinkers,” written by the Zürich Protestant Church historian, Walter Nigg (2nd edition, Zürich, 1968).
Anxious to learn, I read about the phenomenon “Prophecy and Priests” on pages 124-125: “But not all priests are true priests. Among them are also found natures consumed by a demonic drive for power and control. These are priests who in an unholy delusion equate their office with the prerogatives of God and do not tolerate the slightest contradiction, because they see in this an abuse of their authority. The priest who is full of self-conceit sees in the prophet a rival and opponent who would expose his presumptuous attitude. The power-hungry priest is by no means an exception, and the higher one looks on the hierarchical ladder the more often one finds him. However it may be for the priest, he is, in any case, a representative of the prevailing attitude.”
Page 125: “However, the prophet represents a matter of concern that is fundamentally different from that of the priest. As a seer he must pronounce what God is saying to the people at the present time and not what was required of them in earlier centuries ...
The prophet is given the task to proclaim the will of God in accordance with the commandment of the hour ... One merely needs to outline briefly the difference in both functions in order to soon comprehend that the principles of the priest and of the prophet cannot co-exist amicably ... With their inner resoluteness this contrast leads to a bitter fight between them, as has happened at all times between priest and prophet.”
On page 126 I read: “The Old Testament prophets often accused the priests of having led the people astray with their worship practices.”
The Christ-friend continued:
I always thought that the priest would want to learn from the prophet, because a true prophet conveys the will of God to the people living today and in the end to the priest, too, who was put into office by people and not, like the prophet, chosen by God. My life has always been shaped by religion and this is why I often spoke with priests, but also with eastern spiritual teachers. Both priests and masters claimed to be led by God, or even - according to the eastern teaching - to be an incarnated aspect of God. At first I believed this, but as I studied the life of many a priest and of eastern masters,too, I became convinced that they could not have been called by God nor be an incarnated aspect of God, for their behavior and customs became more and more suspect to me. Because of my Catholic upbringing, I came into contact again and again with worship services, customs and dogmas, as they were familiar to me from childhood, but also as I encountered them in eastern tradition.
My desire was to come closer to God. As I reached middle age, I felt that the customs, the worship practices and the rites did not lead me to God. I searched further and came across the prophet - that is, the prophetess - who had the same Old Testament character as the prophets of the Old Covenant. The voice of the heart, the prophetic spirit in our own time, also speaks against customs, cults, rites, ceremonies and ecclesiastic titles, with which “excellencies” and “eminencies” put themselves above the people. It is then that I understood what Walter Nigg wrote further on page 126: “The battlefront between prophet and priest reaches all the way into the dawning of the era of Christianity, where churchmen placed themselves against the prophets and the latter’s concept of worship as a violation of the temple. The priest is the enemy of the prophet; to want to reconcile them with each other is an impossible notion.”
My whole desire was to speak with the prophetess who lived in the here and now, but yet was an Old Testament character. I had the opportunity and found in Gabriele, the prophetess of God, a person who makes no claim to absoluteness, but through whom the voice of the heart speaks, the prophetic spirit, the Absolute, the absolute, inviolable law. It was entirely up to me whether or not to accept her answers and remarks which were friendly and firm, but spoken without emphasis. A prophetess seems to be more sensitive than a male prophet; because she gave me answers to all my questions without hesitation, yet clearly and unequivocally.
Today I am an Original Christian and ask the following question of Gabriele, the prophetess of God: Why is it that today, too, priests and church officials cannot offer their hand to the prophet? What comes between them?
God is the spirit of love, of wisdom and greatness; God is omnipresent Being. The Spirit, God, is in the greatest and in the smallest, and is always the whole, the law, indivisible.
Just this statement alone differs from the teaching of the priest. Catholic as well as Protestant theologians, even scientists, are often of the opinion that animals, plants and stones have no soul. But through the prophet God says: The Spirit, God, is in the greatest and in the smallest, always the whole, the law, the life, indivisible.
We people call God “our eternal Father” whose children are all people and beings. God is the love which loves everything and all without exception, keeping men, who are His children, His sons and daughters, in His heart. How does a human child - a son or daughter - behave towards his own father? When the relationship between the natural father and his son or daughter is good, then there is a heartfelt and easy-going relationship between them, without any traditional, affected behavior. It would be absurd, if God, whom we call our eternal Father, would require of us, His children, that we offer Him burnt offerings and cults before we are allowed to come to Him, instead of turning to Him trustingly and with a loving heart. Excesses like burnt offerings and cults, which were already an abomination before the Spirit of God in the Old Testament, are nothing more than heathen customs that have been adopted. It was not only animals that people sacrificed to their gods, but often their fellow men, too, in the belief that by this means they could pacify their gods and assuage them. In the various religions of today, there may no longer be burnt offerings, but all the more cults which bring us anything but a conscious communication between God and His children. Again and again Jesus taught about the near God, the Father, who may be sought and found in the heart of His children. But the prophets of God before Jesus knew this, too, and endeavored to explain it to the people. Polytheism had a kind of built-in remoteness towards these idols, a fear of their unpredictability and their anger. It was not for nothing that the prophets of the Old Testament railed against sacrificial altars and offerings, against all showiness, against priests and priestly garments, against everything that the sinful eye views with pleasure, encouraging people to believe that priests, customs, cults, sacrifices and much more could make God well-disposed towards them.
The Old Testament is pervaded by heathen customs. “Eternal damnation,” too, is a false interpretation in the Bible; this holds true in the New Testament and goes back to the old myth of the punishing gods. Who would have an interest in letting heathen aspects from the Old Testament as well as the New Testament come to life again? Only the office-bearers of these religions, in order to thus make people dependent on their seeming religious competence and keep them dependent.
God is the Father of all children. The greatest offering that we, His children, can bring Him is when we sacrifice our hate, our egocentricity or self-love, our megalomania, our titles and excessive private means and see ourselves as brothers and sisters who, in a spiritual sense, are in solidarity with one another. If the Old Testament concept of the world with its punishing God and “eternal damnation” had changed through the actualization of the teachings of Jesus, the Christ, there would be no Old Testament speaking instruments of God today, through whom God speaks again, calling for exactly the same from the people as He did through the prophets of the Old Testament. The New Testament should have come into the world through Jesus, the Christ, because He taught us the reality, the Father of love. He gave us the commandment to love our enemy and to live in brotherliness as brothers and sisters in His spirit, the spirit of love. Jesus praised His and our eternal Father and revealed that all people are children of the one eternal, heavenly Father.
Jesus taught us reconciliation with our fellow man and about equality, unity, freedom, brotherliness and justice. In the Sermon on the Mount, He taught us the principles of the law of heaven for the earth which, in terms of their contents, are about a life in and with Christ. But what happened shortly after Jesus’ time? Aspects of heathenish customs, cults, rites, ceremonies and sacrificial altars reappeared. For these practices, as in heathenism, priests and pastors were needed again and in addition, ecclesiastic excellencies and eminencies, all the way to the “Holy Father on earth.”
What was Jesus actually? A carpenter, an artisan who, as the greatest prophet of all time, gave the same Old Testament instructions concerning priests and customs as the prophets of the Old Covenant. He reproached the pharisees and scribes. He took action against the hagglers in the temple. Why? Because He recognized the sanctimoniousness that does not serve the Holy One. What did Jesus teach us? “Follow Me, the Jesus,” meaning: Keep the commandments and fulfill the principles of the law of the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount. Of ecclesiastic dignitaries such as priests, ministers, bishops and cardinals with the titles Excellency and Eminence and a “Holy Father on earth,” He said nothing. Soon after Jesus’ death, who or what shaped the early Christian view of life, in whose midst the prophetic spirit was active? It was the intellectual Saul, who certainly became Paul at some point. Even though he advocated the prophetic spirit in early Christianity, he undermined it with the following statement: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Ro. 13:1) Did he mean with this the secular authority or the ecclesiastic authority, or both? In any case, the self-inflating spirit, the ego of individuals, entered into the early Christian concept of the Christ of God, drove out the prophetic spirit and appointed ecclesiastic authorities.
Paul spoke further concerning authorities: “Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed; and those who resist will incur judgment.” (Ro. 13:2) Concerning this, a question: Did Paul say this only in relation to that time, or is it valid for all times? If it were merely Paul who said it, then this statement has no meaning, either for that time nor for today. However, if it were God who spoke through Paul, then it is valid for that time and for all times, as long as there are people on earth. Or are the epistles of Paul which have been passed down to us not even the epistles of Paul but thought up by someone else?
If one regards all this as a statement of God through Paul, then all subjects have to be submissive to the authorities, whether it be a conscientious authority or a cut-throat authority. Can this be the law of God?
Let’s take a look at the past. Some such authorities were, for instance, Pope Innocence III, who started the Inquisition, which over the course of some 600 years killed hundreds of thousands of “heretics” and “witches.” And then, there are those popes who are responsible for the killing of millions of Indians, or Martin Luther, who incited his contemporaries with: “Kill the farmers! Burn the houses of the Jews!” And let’s not forget the secular authorities like Stalin, Hitler and ... and ... and .... Let the reader form his own opinion!
The prophet: What has changed in relation to the customs of Old Testament times? That no more cows are sacrificed on the sacrificial altars, no sheep or lambs? Today, more than ever, they are more than ever bred, slaughtered and consumed. This is the sacrificial feast of the cannibals, offered to themselves.
The prophetic spirit, the voice of the heart, is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. It speaks out against sanctimonious priests, no matter what title they give themselves and with what funds they line their pockets. Even when church institutional authorities make the state into their servant, in order to become a part of the state structure,* this plays no role as far as the prophetic spirit is concerned. It speaks out against everything that puts itself above the filiation of God.
Today, the church’s concept of the world is filled with priests, pastors, bishops, cardinals, in other words, high dignitaries, excellencies, eminencies, all the way to the “Holy Father on earth.” What praise and honor then, remain to glorify God, our eternal Father, when all honor is due to the titles of the ecclesiastic “dignitaries”? The titled person in the church usually has the means and power, and the higher the “dignitary” climbs the hierarchical ladder, the more his competence and sphere of influence increase. Whatever does he care about the words of Jesus: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Mt. 6:19)
As long as the priest remains a priest, he will quarrel with the prophet, because the voice of the heart is the law of the love of God, in which there are no priests, no pastors, no excel
lencies, no eminencies and no “Holy Father on earth.” The voice of the heart speaks for the brother and the sister with the ecclesiastic title, but it says no to his title in the name of God, because the title always requires funds, treasures, which moths and rust consume and which is an outrage, particularly in the face of the need, hunger and deprivation of so many on this earth.
Ever since Paul, ecclesiastic authorities are the followers of Paul, but not of the Nazarene, for they do not do what Jesus wanted.
In Walter Nigg’s book “Prophetic Thinkers,” it says on page 126: “For him - that is, for the prophet - the relationship between divinity and human is sustained not by ritual but by the word.” What does this want to tell us?
God is the word and the word is with God, and God is the word. The word of God is the truth and truth knows no difference between poor and rich. The word of God is the language of love, of reconciliation, of peace, of unity, and of the love for God and neighbor. The person who has the word of God has the voice of the heart and wants to be nothing more than a servant who honors God and does not let himself be venerated.
No person is worthy before the eyes of God. Worthiness is borne in the heart of the one who proves himself to be brother or sister, who lives without great wealth, who makes the One to whom all honor is due the center of his life. The word of God is the voice of the heart. The person who opens his heart to God will overcome with the help of the Christ of God all the base aspects he has recognized in himself - which often take place in the flow of his feelings, sensations and thoughts - so that he comes closer to the voice of the heart, the result of which is that his word becomes truth. Then God is the word in him, in the person, and the soul of the person is in God and is once again the word of God, because both, God and soul, have become one. No rites, no titles and means, no ceremonies and dogmas are needed for this, but solely in the fulfillment of the will of God. The one who sacrifices his ego gains in his soul the I Am, which is the word and the truth, the voice of the heart.
Is “prophet” also a title that is connected with financial means?
If the trumpet, the speaking instrument of God, were to give himself a title with the word “prophet,” then it would be right to say, “This person has a title.” But then he would not be a prophet of God. The prophet of God does not adorn himself with the label “prophet.” The task is much too difficult for this. A trumpet, a speaking instrument for God, would never presume to give such prominence to his person. If I were to be addressed as prophetess by one of my fellow men, then I would either say, “I am your sister” or “I am merely a speakng instrument who serves the Eternal One.” I do not call myself prophet-ess. This is what God calls me, His trumpet. The burden and suffering that have to be borne by a prophet called by God are much too heavy to be an adornment.
Concerning the “means,” let it be said that I live just like many of my brothers and sisters, too. I have what I need to live, but not beyond that. “Palaces,” such as the “dignitaries” inhabit, I know only from the outside. My home consists of two rooms which are sufficient for me. What more does one need? The birds in the sky have their nest and rejoice in it. What did the Son of God possess while He walked the earth as Jesus? Not always a pillow under His head. The one who wants something different has already received his reward and cannot receive anything more from God, not even the voice of the heart, for this, too, is a gift. Because the “reverends” and “dignitaries” do not hear the voice of the heart, they adorn themselves with honors and want others to deem them worthy. Those who act in this way are blinded by ambition and illusion.
Now I understand much better Walter Nigg’s words concerning priests and prophets, page 128: “The history of the prophets abounds with a lack of appreciation and much persecution. Almost all seers were ridiculed and mocked. The question of the first Christian martyr, Stephan: ‘Which prophets have your fathers not persecuted?’ is true for all times, including the present. The murder of prophets is a sin that has been committed during all centuries. This is why, above all, one has to feel sad about the history of Christianity. It would be unreasonable to be violently outraged by the murderers of the prophets. In the end, don’t we ourselves cavort among those who kill the prophets?”
In your case, Gabriele, murder of a prophet has not taken place, but your name has been cut down by purposeful character assassination under the instruction of ecclesiastic “dignitaries.”
Walter Nigg continues on page 128: “The New Testament question is at all times directed to man. This question concerns his innermost being and at the same time awakens him to the Highest: ‘Do you believe the prophets?’ ”- and I, a Christ-friend, would like to add: or the ecclesiastic dignitaries?
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