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This is the 65. Chapter of "The Man-Made Church"
by Frank L. Preuss
In the first book of this website, in the book with the title "How to Measure Your Beliefs" we had already dealt with Lazarus. That was there in sections "3.3 Aiming at a Faith Goal" and "3.4 What is Truth?" and there it was about Jesus’ use of words of faith. And in this book, "The Man-Made Church," we had the chapter "29. The Silver Cord – Part 1" and there we had a look at the circumstances of the death of the father of Lazarus, Simon the Leper.
Here, in this chapter 65. of the book "The Man-Made Church," we want to deal with the reason why Lazarus died.
We will base our information on the work "The Great Gospel of John" (1851-1864), which was written by Jakob Lorber; the last volume, volume 11, about which it is here about, was though written 1891-1893 by Leopold Engel (1858-1931), and not by Jakob Lorber (1800-1864).
We start with the description of the circumstances how Jesus sets off to Lazarus:
[GGJ.11_32,04] Then the disciples were no more worried about My plan, and I further said to them: “You know that our friend Lazarus is sick and that his sisters sent someone out to Me. Would I now not grant their request out of fear of the Jews?”
[GGJ.11_32,05] John asked Me: “Lord, You know about everything. How is our friend Lazarus?”
[GGJ.11_32,06] I answered: “He sleeps, but I will go to him to wake him up.”
[GGJ.11_32,07] Then the disciples thought among themselves that I spoke about physical sleep, and said: “Lord, if he sleeps, his sickness will soon leave him, because nothing is better than a healthy sleep for a sick person to bring back his strength.”
[GGJ.11_32,08] I answered: “You are right about this, but you still are mistaken, for Lazarus does not sleep the sleep of the body, but he died.”
[GGJ.11_32,09] The disciples were startled about this statement, moreover because it was not so long ago that they saw Lazarus fit and healthy. A loud murmuring of condolence arose among them and finally fearful questions whether it still would be possible to help, because he only might be apparently dead, and if My power would awaken him.
[GGJ.11_32,10] I said: “Lazarus is dead and rests in his grave for a long time already, but I nevertheless will wake him up. That is why I stayed so long here so that no one could say that he did not really die, and so that by this last open sign that I will perform, the weak minds will become completely believing. I am glad now for your sakes that I was not present and that the Father in Me commanded Me to act this way so that you and still many more people will believe. And that is why we will go to Bethany tomorrow.”
[GGJ.11_32,11] Now they all were satisfied.
[GGJ.11_32,12] Except Thomas, who was often plagued by doubts, and who, despite his belief in My word was still very afraid of the Pharisees and Jews, and he said to his brothers: “Let us go with Him anyway to die together if the Jews would lay their hands on Him.”
[GGJ.11_32,13] But James rebuked him for those words and indicated that no one had any power over Me up to now despite the many attempts. Then also Thomas was satisfied with this, and so there was a great silence in the group because everyone was busy with his own thoughts.
In verse 12 Thomas is described that he very much feared the Pharisees and Jews and that is the actual subject what it is all about here in our discussion, about the influence the temple people, the church people, the clerics have in our relationship with God, with Jesus.
Lazarus died because he could not withdraw from this influence, this negative influence.
And now we immediately come to this influence and how it affected Lazarus. The next quote has the heading "Trouble as cause of the death of Lazarus":
[GGJ.11_33,05] As already known, Lazarus was one of the richest men of the whole of Judea, and since he died without having direct heirs, according to the law of the temple one third of his total fortune belonged to the temple while his sisters, who had no male family protection – Lazarus did not have any close relatives – came under the supreme rulership of the temple, which practiced in such cases a very unpleasant guardianship. The Pharisees and the Jews of the temple were already for a long time very eager for the rich possessions of Lazarus and, as known, they thought about all kinds of tricks and plots to grab Lazarus into their fingers in order to possibly take the whole rich inheritance into their hands. They did not expect too much difficulty to handle his two sisters.
[GGJ.11_33,06] But Lazarus rejected all claims and deals that were rudely brought forward and he often was so offended by the enforcing manner of the temple rabble that I advised him to lay off his hot-temperedness because it could have bad consequences for him. He followed My advice as he was able and he also became much more peaceful at the time when I gave him those dogs because he was not so often disturbed anymore.
[GGJ.11_33,07] But now shortly before his death he was again in conflict with the members of the temple who accused him because he apparently lacked the necessary respect for the temple, and this went so far that he violently chased away the members of the temple who came to him with the best of soul-caring intentions and he even held back his personnel from visiting the temple and from making the necessary offerings of penance and purification.
[GGJ.11_33,08] The temple servants knew that these and similar lies were unfounded, as well as the attempts to make him suspicious to the Romans as a friend of Jesus, the agitator of the people, but they still counted on the hot-temperedness of his character by which he might carelessly expose himself at possible hearings. Then it would be possible to bind him to the temple so that he, in order to be set free, would at least have to make big promises concerning his inheritance.
[GGJ.11_33,09] Lazarus perceived those cunning plans very well and contradicted the accusations to the Roman governor with authority, so that he went free, without showing any visible outer excitement.
[GGJ.11_33,10] But it all the more was cooking internally in him so that he caught an acute inflamed gall fever that killed him in a very short time. This was the outer cause for his death. The inner one, purely spiritual, was already mentioned by the answer that I gave to the helper and also by the words to My disciples.
Already in the first verse we hear what it was really all about with the clerics. The "ministers" are very eager for the possessions of their laity and think about all kinds of tricks and plots to grab people into their fingers in order to possibly take the whole inheritance into their hands. This is a typical feature not only of the religionists but also often of their followers. And often they do not even wait until the inheritance is due but try already before the death to get hold of the possessions.
And the second verse describes the actual problem and that is that the people do not renounce these churchmen and separate from them.
They get annoyed and lose their peace and let themselves be killed by these prophet murderers.
Jesus warned Lazarus, and therefore also us, but Lazarus, and also many of us, or rather most of us, do not listen to these warnings, and suffer and even die from this sickness, from the pharisaism, from church rabble.
Lazarus saw through the Pharisees but that was also all; he carried on allowing them to steal his peace and his health and his life.
It was cooking in him but he clang to his relationship to the church and could not separate himself from the servants of Satan. They killed him.
The word of God tells Christians they are to resist the devil, but they do not listen to God’s word and continue to pay their church tax without complaining and to feed the servants of Satan and to fatten them. They remain members of their society of prophet murderers. They are witnesses unto themselves, that they are the children of them which killed the prophets.
And now we carry on with the behaviour of the clerics;
[GGJ.11_34,04] Maria and Martha were not free of the deeply rooted customs of their people, but did not really like this depressing wordy stuff, especially because they were deeply convinced of a spiritual continual life. They waited with great expectation for My coming to find real comfort by My word. It did not come into their mind that I would raise their brother from the dead, but they nevertheless hoped to find counsel and help with Me against the Pharisees who put themselves immediately on the forefront and were already looking with eager eyes at the fat inheritance and had already made appointments with the temple guard to secure the inheritance for them.
Now come statements about faith:
[GGJ.11_34,12] But Martha as well as her sister Maria became inwardly so uncertain because of the seemingly almost insurmountable blow of fate. So much so that for the moment only the great distress that came over them stood before their eyes, and the former firm faith in Me and My mission moved completely to the background. In this way, people are mostly showing an apparent strong faith as long as the outer conditions of life are favorable. But they immediately fall back again into uncertainty, and even disbelief, as soon as a little test comes over them, which according to them had to be turned away by God because they counted themselves among the believers and so it should be God’s duty to protect them against all evil.
We should remember this statement of Jesus when we are approached by small trials, and we should use them to recognize them as opportunities, as trials, and do not get timid or to even lapse into unbelief.
The next verse is helpful:
[GGJ.11_34,13] How long will under age children dare to give instructions to the teacher as to how he has to educate them? I, the Teacher, do not educate My children as they want but as it is best for them.
A trial is also part of our education, of our upbringing.
And we remain with the subject faith:
[GGJ.11_35,16] What happened in Myself was indicated by the evangelist with the words: ‘He became angry in the spirit and sad’. For as long as My body had not died, the complete union of the material and spiritual did not take place yet, but it demanded its rights from the Son of man as a physical human being just like with anyone else. He was submitted to the necessities of the body as well as to the soul’s moods which could only be raised from doubts to knowledge by faith and a firm will, bringing about in this way the full unity of body, soul and spirit.
[GGJ.11_35,17] From the moment the deity in Me made the last attempt in the lonely valley to argue with Lucifer, the Son of man came again more to the foreground, who finally in Gethsemane had to go through all the soul’s anguishes and the foretaste of death to break all the bolts of death, disbelief and doubt, regardless of the fact that the almighty deity could have destroyed His creation with one word, but in order to save it, humbled Himself more deeply than the lowest creature.
[GGJ.11_35,18] These words are very necessary so that each person would take them up in his heart and learn to understand. Otherwise he will never understand why I once came into the flesh, suffered and died, and so understand the reason of this apparent double nature of the Son of man and the Son of God.
Raise from doubts to knowledge by faith and a firm will.
And so bring about in this way the full unity of body, soul and spirit.
And once again faith:
[GGJ.11_36,10] And I turned to My disciple John who walked next to Me and said to him: “John, when you will report about the deed for which I go to the grave, report then also about those doubters so that the future generations will have a clear sign of how little use miracles have, and that all power only lives in the word which is permeated by faith. That is why those who belong to Me should in later times only fight with this sharpest weapon, because what is of God is infallible by the inner, lasting nature.”
Alle Kraft lebt nur im Worte, das vom Glauben durchweht ist.
Und ein weiteres mal:
[GGJ.11_37,2] But I lifted him up, hugged him to My chest and said: “Lazarus, you overcame death by Me. See to it that you will also be able to do that without My help, for a man is only really free from all the bonds of death when he pulls My power unto himself, and then, as a conqueror and ruler, will come out of his grave in which his soul was slumbering. But go inside now and strengthen yourself so that your body will gather new strength for the earthly life.”
A man is only really free from all the bonds of death when he pulls My power unto himself, and then, as a conqueror and ruler, will come out of his grave in which his soul was slumbering!
Now we turn again towards the Pharisees:
[GGJ.11_38,04] This plan was so good that the Pharisees who were chosen to greet Me and Lazarus were in high esteem and that it would be against every decency and custom not to come to meet these high priests when they thought to honor a house with their presence. If we were real Jews of that time we immediately had to put the house and personnel at the disposal of these high guests, otherwise it would be considered as the deepest contempt for the temple and its representatives.
A real "minister" wants to be acknowledged and treated as the first. And this also applies in the so-called church service, where, for example, all stand up when he enters church, and where he has a say, and all others are just listeners, and would not even ask questions. Such a Diotrephes does want to be a servant of others, but wants to be served.
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[GGJ.11_38,07] Meanwhile, the Pharisees and the servants of the temple came near but were still far enough away from the house to look out for a hidden place as an ambush without being noticed. They deliberated again about their plan and how they especially wanted to take Me into their power in order to immediately accuse Me as a deceiver and agitator of the people.
[GGJ.11_38,08] They were at a distance of about 10 minutes from Bethany at a curve in the road which still hid the houses for them. The two high priests wanted now to go with a servant who had to announce their coming in the house when their plan suffered a serious setback.
[GGJ.11_38,09] Because the well-known big watchdogs appeared and charged at them with furious barking and surrounded the whole group in such frightening manner that none of them dared to move. These dogs, which I gave to Lazarus, behaved so completely indifferent since his death and could not be motivated again to perform their function as protector and guardian for which reason the temple servants could do what they liked completely unhindered. But now that Lazarus was alive, their old power and alertness returned as well, which became noticeable to the Pharisees in a highly unpleasant manner. The very big animals ran with baring teeth around the little group, and when one of the helpers dared to hit at one of the animals, he immediately was put to the ground and was in danger of being devoured. This one example was sufficient to withhold the temple servants from using their weapons, especially because the animals contented with keeping the whole group back without attacking them, but also without allowing them to move from their place.
[GGJ.11_39,01] I told Lazarus and those present what happened outside and asked them to come outside with Me to convince themselves of the truth and to still try to make clear to the Pharisees that their power would have absolutely no effect here. That is what we did, and we went towards the prisoners.
[GGJ.11_39,02] When we arrived there I asked the servants to voluntarily lay down their weapons, which they also did immediately. One of Lazarus’ helpers seized them and at once also the big dogs lied down quietly in a circle, but they always closely watched their enemies and were prepared to jump on them at a sign of their master.
Always when someone appears among the children of God and demonstrates the power of God and accomplishes the works of God as a prophet, then it is the clergy which immediately feels threatened and seeks to suppress the message from God and wants to kill the messenger.
The clerics are thieves because the money that the members bring into the church is to be distributed to the poor, but they steal it from the poor by not giving it to the poor but by paying to themselves a salary with it. And they are the murderers of the prophets who are always after the blood of a prophet. The two thousand year history of the man-made church shows a long row of saints who were persecuted, tortured, burned and murdered by the "ministers".
And the followers of these "ministers" do not wake up and turn away from them, but remain the children of those who kill the prophets.
Almost all the time it has been that it were the priests who abused their knowledge about spiritual things and practised black magic with it. Helena Blavatsky expresses it this way: "The Bible, from Genesis to Revelations is but a series of historical records of the great struggle between white and black Magic, between the Adepts of the right path, the Prophets, and those of the left, the Levites, the clergy of the brutal masses."
The clerics and their followers belong to the regiment of Antichrist and will share his fate.
[GGJ.11_39,07] After these words, the 7 big dogs stood up, and while they barked, they chased after the temple servants and servants of justice the whole way to Jerusalem. Jumping and stumbling in great fear, they covered the distance with great speed, and they did not rest before the safe city walls of Jerusalem protected them against the animals that chased them up to there before coming back.
[GGJ.11_39,08] From that day on, Lazarus was, despite the malicious attempts of the Council, completely at peace in Bethany as well as on the Mount of Olives, for because of the dogs not one hostile priest or temple servant dared to go there anymore.
This is the way we have to proceed with sky-pilots, so-called theologians, pastors and clerics. They should not dare to approach us.
We resist the devil.
[GGJ.11_40,04] The friends who were present and My disciples still asked all kinds of questions to which Lazarus could however not give them an answer – like what kind of conversations he had, where he was, and still many other things which, as they thought, could give them a still greater insight of the life in the spiritual world. But Lazarus did not seem to know all those things.
[GGJ.11_40,05] Now they asked Me for the reason why he forgot it, and I said to them: “If you are imprisoned in a dungeon, and you receive the freedom for a short time, so that you can travel around unhindered and have great conversations with also free beings about the many wonders of nature while the very lovely surroundings are really striking your eye, and you are then forced to return into your old dungeon which before did not seem a prison to you at all as long as you were not able to know anything better – will your soul then not be consumed by the longing to receive back the freedom that you enjoyed for such a short time? Yes, will the enforced life not become unbearable for your soul? Because when his remembrance will repeatedly experience those joyful hours, he will see hour after hour how wonderful the freedom was that he enjoyed.
[GGJ.11_40,06] See, this is what happened to Lazarus. I removed the remembrance of what he experienced in those 4 days when he laid in the grave because he is called to be still very active for Me on this Earth. If that consuming longing in him would grow, then the desire to return to the once enjoyed complete freedom would hinder him.
[GGJ.11_40,07] So it is very good the way it is, and you all will come to realize this more easily when also you will have put off your body. Moreover, you already heard so many things yourselves in this house about life after death that your questions are more useless chatter than an examination of the life after death about which anyone of you must more than enough be convinced by now.”
[GGJ.11_40,08] Lazarus said to Me: “Lord, You spoke about a task that will be granted to me to perform here. May I know what You mean with this activity that I can do for You?”
[GGJ.11_40,09] I said: “All this will become clear of itself in the future because My hand leads you, and all those who are called to work for My Kingdom, in such soft manner that they can believe that it only comes from their own stimulation. And basically this is also what happens, for if I want free beings, then the free decision must be left to them. It is only the outer events that I can direct in such a way that the decision comes to them to choose between 2 ways which My servants can go. My children will then, out of love for Me, never doubt and will know which way is the right one. But the impulse to decide must always come from them.
We are not to forget that we are imprisoned here in matter as prisoners and it must be our aim to free ourselves for ever and to make us free from matter. It is exactly the influence of the clergy which wants us to further bind us to the world because the clerics themselves love worldly things and want power and money and well-being.
Lazarus was now glad when Jesus spoke of future tasks for Lazarus and wants to know more about it and Jesus says then something quite important: That will all turn out by itself as a result.
When we are led by the spirit, then indeed everything will turn out by itself. We do what arises, and continue with our worldly tasks, and the more we enter the knowledge about the word of God the less our worldly work will become and the more will we deal with spiritual tasks and some time we will realize that we occupy ourselves with the work for God only.
We never intend to switch over into full-time work for God when this is connected with giving up our worldly job and starting a spiritual job in order to earn a living with it.
Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit (2 Corinthians 2:17) and we do not think that godliness is a means to financial gain (1 Timothy 6:5).
It is the distinguishing mark of a prophet murderer that he receives money for his work. We only need to have a look where his income comes from, that is all.
What are we now supposed to do with a cleric?
[GGJ.11_41,15] We – this means Lazarus with his sisters and the apostles, and of course also I – sat somewhat aside at the end of the hall. Then Lazarus came up with the question what the Pharisees planned to do now after that the big dogs had dealt with them so terribly and chased them back to Jerusalem.
One should do the same what Jesus did and chase them down the road with dogs and out of town.
And now still some advice:
[GGJ.11_41,19] Now one of the first scribes stands up and says: “There is no doubt that this Man performs great wonders, and for this reason the temple made great effort to win Him, but always without success. But it is equally sure that He always worked against the servants and pushed the contempt to the extreme in front of the people regarding us, the servants of God.
We should always agitate against the servants of Satan and promote the disrespect against them, the servants of Satan, in the people to the extreme.
[GGJ.11_42,01] Lazarus said: “Lord, I suppose You will not deliver Yourself to this rabble that is only worth to be destroyed as soon as possible?”
This rabble is worth being destroyed as soon as possible, says Lazarus. But it will probably only happen about two thousand years later.
And now comes Jesus reaction to the proposal of Lazarus:
[GGJ.11_42,02] I said: “What must happen lies in the will of the Father. His will be done, but the Son has to obey. So do not worry about what is not your work but take care that also you will make progress in knowing the will of your and My Father.”
[GGJ.11_42,03] Lazarus asked Me: “Lord, are You then not the Father.”
[GGJ.11_42,04] I said: “I am, nevertheless the time has come now that the Father in Me must withdraw Himself so that the Son will decide freely. What I just revealed to you of what happens down there in the temple is the first step for the Son to make His decision. And believe Me, He already took His decision so that the people will not go down. But do not ask any further but take care that those who are present will lack nothing, for this is the last time that they will be in My earthly nearness as children for whom I take care physically.”
[GGJ.11_42,05] Lazarus, being worried, asked: “Lord, will You then leave us again?”
Here we have a clear statement who Jesus actually is. Jesus is the Father.
[GGJ.11_42,12] The whole group stayed together with Lazarus till sunset after which they took leave from him and Me with words of hearty gratitude, and they returned to Jerusalem to spread the news of the miracle further so that Lazarus would not have anything else to do during the following days than to satisfy the general curiosity and admiration by showing himself. On that occasion he did not fail to zealously refer to My Word, and he also did not keep silent about how the Pharisees behaved on his properties and how they were served, this to the great dissatisfaction of the temple, and so the Jews did not hold back to mock them. It is obvious that also this matter greatly contributed to undermine the reputation of the Pharisees and showed very clearly the greediness of the temple, and for this reason the decision slowly ripened in the Council to also get rid of him. They certainly would have succeeded in this if Lazarus was not so well protected by his dogs that were better guards than any earthly bodyguard of a ruler.
Also we should contribute to the undermining of the reputation of the Pharisees and to very clearly show the greediness of the churches.
When we really become disciples of Jesus then we will also be well protected by the dogs of Jesus.
[GGJ.11_42,15] Many were in favor to go when they heard that it was with My blessing if they would go. Only the 12 apostles, and still about 20 people who did not want to leave Me, remained to follow Me, no matter whereto I would lead them. So I blessed those who left as I had promised and urged them all to firmly adhere to My Word and to spread it further. At the time of Easter they would find Me back here where they had left Me.
We follow Jesus, no matter whereto he would lead us.
[GGJ.11_43,03] John answered: “Lord, Lazarus was especially dear to You because of his righteous way of life according to You, and he still had to die of a sickness which he brought upon himself by his own fault. Is this not a clear sign that a human being, as soon as he does not consciously walk before Your eyes – that means that he believes that he is watched by Your all-knowing eyes – can, despite all righteousness, still fall all too easily into all kinds of mistakes by which he comes into a spiritual slumber of death out of which only You can save him again?
[GGJ.11_43,04] And when then the sorrow-enduring sisters of man – these are his actual love and his good will – will come to You and say: ‘Look, Lord, he who loved You but who nevertheless failed, is now dead. He would not have died if You would have been here’ – so this means: if he would have sensed that he walked before Your eyes, he would not have sinned – would You then not, out of mercy, free him from the night of death, let his bandages be taken away and refresh and restore him with the water of life in such a way that it will look as if he never died?
John is of the opinion that Lazarus still had to die of a sickness which he brought upon himself by his own fault, and also that he failed and also that he sinned.
He failed because he did not get out of the way from the trouble with the churches.
The trouble with the churches was the cause of the death of Lazarus.
Because he did not clearly enough and unambiguously separate from the church, the wrong church.
Paul expresses it this way: For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. That is 1 Corinthians 11:30 and with the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians it is about that the Corinthians had broken with the true church und had formed denominations; they had started to follow men like Paul, and Apollos, and Cephas, and the result was that many weak und sickly were among them, like Lazarus, and many sleep, like Lazarus.
[GGJ.11_46,09] Yes, they even attempted to bring Lazarus before the Council so that he would purify himself by revoking everything. But Lazarus did not appear and said that if they want to hear something from him that they can come to know this in his house. But the priests have declared his house as impure and refuse to go to him, probably only out of fear, for they say that he is protected in a miraculous way.
When Jesus is on our side then also we are protected in a miraculous way.
We come back to the hypocrites:
[GGJ.11_51,11] Look at the Pharisees how they believe that only they are serving God, with all kinds of meaningless wisdom and stuff of words, yet they only serve themselves and their own welfare. It is purely impossible to let even the smallest teaching of wisdom of My Heavens flow into their heart, for it is completely filled with all kinds of riches of self-esteem of their soul, while it can only be given where there is total poverty. Do you and your brothers understand this?”
We come to an example of the wisdom teaching:
[GGJ.11_55,09] So he discovered for instance how plants build themselves up, and by that he clearly saw how the soul substance of the plant was also a being completely enclosed in itself but still capable for further development like a human being himself. When formerly he only saw plants as an offshoot from the living Earth – somewhat like the hairs that grow on the body of a human being – he now knew that this is not so but that every little plant, although imperfect, represents a complete soul that is enclosed in itself which also builds its body up just like the completed soul of a human being. Although he understood from earlier explanations of the Lord how the human soul came into being by the visible world, but he never had such accurate detailed view which he is able to bring it back at each moment, and many of the things that he felt were true before had become now really true to him.
Every little plant builds its body up just like the completed soul of a human being.
The soul of man builds its body.
In the chapter before the previuous chapter, "63. From man to angel," we had this quote at the end:
But there is something which is caused by the perseverance of the will of your spirit - which at this stage is completely unknown to your soul - and this is the construction and the temporary preservation of your body.
The soul causes the construction of the body.
Our unconscious is not only the source of all knowledge, our unconscious also creates the physical body.
Here we probably have the main reason why we need sleep. The soul has to recover to again take up this work – to build the body – to do physical work.
This insight most clearly shows that all material existence depends on the spiritual side of life and comes from it.
See Creating physical matter on a subconscious basis.
Thoughts are automatically translated by the subconscious into physical matter.
In sleep the self is freed from the ego, and relieved from the necessity to build the ideas into physical reality.
And now a statement from The nature and construction of matter:
I told you that without telepathy language would be meaningless and ineffective. It is true that each of you constructs his own physical universe, and responds to it. It is also true however, that through continuous telepathy you are acquainted with the ideas of others concerning their approximate physical universes; and while you construct and see your own, you also construct any given material object taking into consideration its approximate size, width, thickness and location, as received through telepathy from others.
Nevertheless, the objects are simply not the same objects. You do not see, feel, smell or touch the same object. I will shock you further by stating that, in your terms, the objects do not even exist in the same space, but in the personal self-perspective space, formed and created by any given individual.
And since we construct the objects, we can therefore construct them more in accordance to our advantage, we can be healthy, or more in accordance to our disadvantage, and be sick.
We therefore can pursue white magic, or black magic, we can apply placebo or nocebo.
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[GGJ.11_55,10] Now there were many questions, especially from the disciples who did not belong to the 12, who still wanted to receive a lot of clarifications from Peter but which can be left out here because they are not vitally important. Just the remark should be made that during these discussions the question came up whether the still imperfect soul elements – which became already visible to many at moments when their spiritual sight was opened – were conscious and if on the lower levels of the inorganic bodies an ability to feel went hand in hand with that consciousness – which could be assumed – and whether this was necessary for certain purposes.
[GGJ.11_56,01] Peter gave now the following explanation about the things that he obtained through his observation:
[GGJ.11_56,02] First he saw how the form was built by the soul, always with the purpose of the further development but not to only have the best possible pleasant house. It is about like when a traveller set a goal and tries now zealously to reach it but he always takes into account how much power he can give to his body here and there to reach his goal. The soul sets here also a goal, namely to reach a certain maturity which can however only be attained by means of the form. Therefore the accepted form suits with the goal and this has been chosen according to the kind of character.
[GGJ.11_56,03] From this can be concluded that already on the very lowest levels a self-consciousness is present, no matter how small it is, otherwise a spiritual development is not possible. But on the lowest levels there is no physical ability to feel. This is only the result of a more developed soul’s life and begins on the border line of those creatures that possess a circulation of juices.
[GGJ.11_56,04] Peter: “So for instance plants have an ability to feel, although in a low degree, but this is already much higher on the lowest levels of the animal world.
[GGJ.11_56,05] The circulation of juices is a striving to fill the organism with life from a middle point and to develop a self-consciousness because this concentric construction supposes a life’s kernel which in the case of man can be found in his heart. Plants have still no heart organ but in their inner marrow they have a life’s principle which manifests itself by striving to feed and maintain the tree or the plant, and this through a suitable circulation of juices in an organism of extremely fine tubes coming into motion in spring and the autumn.
"First he saw how the form was built by the soul."
The soul builds up the form. That, what builds up the form, the body, is that, what we believe. We practise placebo or nocebo all the time. It is us who make the decisions.
We now come to the decisive statement from Jesus regarding our relationship with the man-made churches:
[GGJ.11_58,05] After we had spent almost 3 months in Ephraim, one day one of Lazarus’s helpers, who was secretly sent, came to us and wanted to speak with Me.
[GGJ.11_58,06] I let him come to Me, and he said (the helper): “Lord and Master, Lazarus, who was revived by You, sends me to You to ask for Your advice and help. The priests of the temple are now, since he has been raised from the dead, more defiant than ever and threaten to curse him if he will not confess that he did not die, because it truly never happened before that a dead person came back. They threaten him to drink the cursed water to prove to what extent God is with him. But Lazarus knows their cunningness and that in this case they will give him a very special water which will certainly kill him for the second time. But now he does not know if he, by trusting in You, must deliver himself to them or that he should now completely separate himself from the temple which was nevertheless established by God.”
[GGJ.11_58,07] I said to him: “Say to My dear Lazarus that he should seek God where he thinks that He can be found. If he knows that He lives in the temple, then he should do what the temple wants, but if he knows that Jehovah does not live there, then why does he ask for the temple and its priests? I prefer those children who unite in their heart with the Father and listen there to what He advises them to do. Go and tell this to your lord.”
[GGJ.11_58,08] The messenger, who was one of Lazarus’s most trustful ones, took this message immediately to him, upon which Lazarus did not hesitate one moment, dissociated himself from the temple and threatened his tormentors to become a Roman citizen and put himself completely under the protection of Rome if they would still bother him. Then the priesthood left him alone because if this threat was carried out, every opportunity for the future possession of his goods would be lost for them while in this way they were still hoping to reach their goal along crooked ways.
Lazarus was therefore still in a position where he allowed the Pharisees to influence him. Through his sickness and subsequent death he had not much learned and carried on maintaining contact with the hypocrites and had not excommunicated the clerics out of his system.
Jesus sent a clear message to Lazarus. God will not be found in the church buildings and with the clerics. The castles of the priests are not inhabited by God.
We find God in our heart and there we listen and there we unite with our heart with the father and hear what we are to do and what is good for us.
And what does Lazarus?
He threatens the pesterers, he would become a Roman citizen, but he does not do it. He remains a member of his denomination and therefore their slave.
The only real thing to do, to drive the devil away from us, is not recognized and not done.
We now come to the last quote about Lazarus:
[GGJ.11_61,6] As soon as it became known that I appeared again openly, and Lazarus as well, then also an extremely big crowd of Jews from Jerusalem occurred, and even more such from other parts of the country who had come because of the Feast in Jerusalem. Since his resurrection Lazarus had lived a very secluded and quiet, peaceful, inner life, as a result of which he far more recognized me than earlier and now felt no doubts at all or lack of clarity over my acting and doing, as well as teaching, as also my person. The Jews were mostly not from this region but heard about the miracle and about Me and they came to see us – often out of curiosity but also for purer reasons. All those of the Jewish people, who were to a certain extent receptive for what is good, came in that time near to Me so that the souls could be enlightened. And so My disciples and I were constantly busy to refresh those who were crowding together and whose soul was thirsty.
Indeed, Lazarus did not have excommunicated the man-made church out of his life, but he had done an important step in the right direction.
He lived a very secluded life.
He lived a quiet, peaceful, inner life.
As a result of which he far more recognized Jesus than earlier.
He now felt no doubts at all or lack of clarity over Jesus’ acting and doing, as well as teaching, as also his person.
A great progress.
A great obstacle in this direction is running to church. Attending events of the man-made church all the time is an excellent means of the clerics to keep people, but the main purpose is to imprison them in the regiment of Antichrist.
Taking stock of oneself and one’s attitudes had much effect upon Lazarus, but it does not seem to have come to a complete breaking with the system of the man-made church.
One can assume that Lazarus and his sisters were about of the same age as Jesus and were perhaps still alive in the year 70, the fall of Jerusalem, therefore survived the end of the temple and its system, and therefore their property did not fall into the hands of the servants of Satan. But if Lazarus would have died before the year 70 and his sisters would have outlived him, then his sisters would have been brought out of their property by the Pharisees and these clerics would have enslaved and raped them.
Jesus had Lazarus raised from the dead, but all of this did not help; he did not separate from these opponents of God. They had killed him, but even that did not bring about a break with the murderers of the prophets; he remained their slave even after his resurrection.
This is the end of "Why did Lazarus die?"
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