Again and again I encounter the view that man is divine, directly descended from God. The work In the Light of Truth gives a logically convincing explanation of Creation – and why we are spiritual and not divine in nature.
For centuries man has accepted unchallenged (all too often mindlessly) almost everything prescribed by church and state. A close scrutiny of religious customs over the past centuries exposes a spiritual enslavement of millions of people.
It seems almost grotesque for example in the 18th and 19th centuries that prescribed daily prayers had to be observed on slave ships and the captain asked for a ‘happy outcome to the voyage’, hoping for profit, yet unimaginable cruelties were meted out to defenceless people. Where then was the inner voice of the spirit, of conscience?
Man believed that he could secure a place in heaven by veneration of saints, relics, paying for indulgences, prayers and the sacraments, but his daily activities were focused only material things. Investigating the meaning of life did not occur to him. Faith was the maxim. Blind faith and hope in God’s ‘guidance’.
Science then sheered away from this blind faith and looked for the truth with the aid of experiments. Unfortunately, it stood still on the boundary of the tangible material; too great was the damage that the theologians had done with their doctrines of demons and the devil incarnate, and their graphic representations of God, heaven and hell. Anyone who dared to break out of the prevailing world view was denounced and persecuted as an atheist and naturalist. The pedestal was, however, laid; in the Western world the sciences started their march of triumph, culminating in the notion that the Universe originated from itself and can govern itself by the laws of nature alone.
Especially today, when materialism and atheism are on the rampage, many people imagine, encouraged by countless small and large ‘masters’, that they bear divinity within. One factor is that most people today lack reverence for everything really sacred or divine. The intellect cannot sort these concepts. On the other hand the term ‘God’ has long since become an inflationary word, a sentence-filler or a ‘dismissive’ remark, uttered thoughtlessly. Because the reference to the divine is largely missing, to which naturally the materialistic world view also contributes, it is not surprising that some people actually imagine themselves able to become divine, perhaps only because they have sensed that the personhood is not exhausted in the intellectual and that our very core of being is something alive, powerful, which can act formatively in the world. But this core would be more appropriately designated ‘spiritual’.
Abd-ru-shin, the author of the book In the Light of Truth, wrote: ‘Man does not carry a grain of Divinity within him!’ [...}
‘It is quite right to say that man carries within him a spark of God. But this spark of God is spirit! It is not a part of Divinity.
‘The term spark is a perfectly correct designation. A spark develops and flies out without taking along or bearing within it anything of the quality of the producer. It is the same here. A spark of God is not itself Divine.’
It is therefore important to further the spiritual in us, and by the spirit is not meant the bodily intellect, but the non-material essence of man. ‘Become spiritual!’ states one of the key signposts of Abd-ru-shin. We humans are creatures and we must adapt to the Will of God, which is synonymous with the Natural Laws, if we want to experience peace and happiness. We are not God and we have not brought about Creation, but we can recognise in accordance with our spiritual nature and give rise to creative forms. We bear nothing divine in us, but our spirit can work consciously in an upbuilding manner in Creation and thus be linked to Will of God.
Unfortunately, in turning to materialism we have distanced ourselves ever further from spiritual activity and also from a integral view of the world. The once universal sciences were split off into many, many disciplines, where researchers can indeed recognise the details, but no longer the big picture. We recognise that the laws of nature work unceasingly, but God – the ‘Law-Giver’ – is no longer accorded relevance in science, and we have lost touch with the ancient revelation that it was God who ordained everything according to measure and number.
Recognition of God requires an alert perception for the sacred, which is active above all that is created. And true self-recognition should protect us from erroneous views, which speak recklessly of the divinity of man.