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03 07 2012 & 02 09 12The Character of Thr True Prophet (2)

03 07 2012 & 02 09 12The Character of Thr True Prophet (2)

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The Character of the true prophet
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part, II
Theme: False Christs and false ProphetsSource: the gospel according to Spiritsm, XXI: item, 9
 
THE CHARACTER OF THE TRUE PROPHET
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Mistrust the false prophets.
This recommendation is useful in all epochs, but above all in times of transitionsuch as now when a transformation of humanity is occurring, because of a] multitude of those who are ambitiousand scheming will promote themselves as reformers and messiahs. We should be on guard against these impostersand it is the duty of all honest people to unmask them. You may well ask how they can be identified. Here are thethings which point them out:The command of an army is only confided to a capable general. Do you believe that God is les prudent thanMan? You may be sure that He only confides important missions to those He knows are capable of fulfilling them,seeing that great missions are heavy burdens which crush those who are lacking in sufficient strength to carry them.In all things the teacher must know more than the disciple. In order to lead humanity to advance, both morally andintellectually, we must have men and women of superior intelligence and morality. This is why Spirits who arealready advanced, having passed their tests in other existences, are always chosen for these missions, because if they were not superior to the ambient in which they are required to act, their effect would be nullified.Having said that, we must conclude that the true missionary of God must justify his mission throughsuperiority, virtue, magnanimity, results and by the moralizing influence of his work. We may also take intoconsideration yet another consequence. If, due to their character, virtues and intelligence, they show themselves tobe less than the part they purport to represent, or the person under whose name they have placed themselves, thenthey are nothing more than storytellers
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low character, who cannot even imitate their chosen model. Another consideration is that, in the greater part, true missionaries of God are ignorant of the fact. They fulfillthe mission to which they were called by the strength of character they possess, seconded by occult forces whoinspire and direct them, even against their will, but without premeditation. In a word -
the true prophet revealshimself by his actions and is discovered by 
 
others, whereas the false prophet declares himself to be a messenger of God.
The first is humble and modest, the second is full of himself, speaks with arrogance, and as all who lie,appears to be always afraid he will not be believed.Some of these imposters have passed themselves as apostles of Christ, others as Christ Himself, and to thedisgrace of all humanity, they have encountered those sufficiently credulous as to believe in their baseness.However, a simple pondering is enough to open the eyes of even the most blind in this matter. That is to say, that if Christ were to reincarnate on Earth, He would come with all His power and all His virtues; unless one admits that Hehad degenerated, which would be absurd. Well, in the same manner, if we were to take away even one of God'sattributes, we would no longer have God. So likewise, if we take away even one of Christ's virtues, we would nolonger have Christ. The question is, do those who purport to be Christ have all His virtues? Observe them,scrutinize their ideas and actions and you will recognize that apart from anything else, they lack the distinctivequalities of Christ, which are charity and humility, while abounding in all those Christ does not possess, such ascovetousness and pride. Furthermore, take note that at this moment in various countries there are many supposedChrists, just as there are many Elijahs, Saint Johns or Saint Peters, and clearly it is impossible for them all to betrue. You may be sure they are only creatures who exploit the credulity of others and who find it convenient to live atthe expense of those who listen to them.So then, mistrust the false prophets especially at a time of renewal such as the present, because there will bemany imposters who say they are from God. They try to satisfy their vanity here on Earth, but a terrible justice willbefall them, of that you may be sure. - ERASTUS (Paris 1862).
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Study given at, Centro Espírita Joana d’Arc, S. João Meriti RJ on 03/ 07/ 2012. Part II to be studied on 02/ 10/ 2012
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CONSIDERATIONS:
Well, if the spirit of Erasto says: that for missions there are always chosen spirits already advanced and thatthe true missionary of God has to justify himself by his own superiority, by his virtues, by his greatness, by the resultand by the moralizing influence of his works, this in respect to the mission being important, especially from time totime, when the humanity being ready for another stage of evolution, necessitates new lights to illuminate newhorizons, which are open in conformity with their progress, hence, yes, God sends or inspires men or spirits highlyable for the mission which god has in His will for ourselves, being the spiritual degree of the missionary in conformityto the task that the Lord God wishes to be done.Not all tasks demand Superior Spirits, because among the Humanity there is a diversity of needs, beingsome simple, such as to educate children, look after sick people, to be a mother of some spirits who have need toreincarnate, to give example of faith, seek out to instruct oneself in spiritual knowledge, so as to be able to divulgeone’s spiritual vocation through the use of reason, there are simple tasks, but it does not leave out it to be in theservice of God; God has tasks for all the Humanity, because the field of work is immensely large, since the Universeis the limit, and as one goes on from grade to grade as spirits that we are.God purposes to us to ascend spiritually in a continuation of progresses more and happier, in the House of our Father, which has many mansions, that is, many words of degrees and moral differentiated from one to another,that has God kept apart for all His Children, since of course He loves all and none whatsoever will be disinherited,and those who might be dispersed, He awaits their return to the House of their Father who stays watching out lookingafar off to see them arriving, to embrace them and give a well-coming home.These nowadays it is difficult for us to accept without having any doubt the true chosen of God, even thatnowadays there are theological colleges to form Pastors and Missionaries forming them religiously withacknowledgements of contexts, which attached to each other they constitute dogmas appropriated for each religiousconception, accepted by worldly Christianity, and the training to the use of biblical verses, presents elementaryteachings (curriculum) which are accept by almost everyone, who for having an inner religious self, do respect them,and so normally people think: God is welcome to my life, this happens without searching in those who are presentedas mediums (go-between) of God, some virtues, or even attributes similar to those of Jesus, such as kindness…etc.to constitute a reference, however nowadays one is much guided by the fame of Churches and one has the use toask: of which Church one is?People is maturing spiritually and the demand for workers is great, Jesus has planted love, a Doctrine of theFather Who had sent him, he gave example, he lived in love and he proclaimed that one should love God and one’sneighbor as one self, and that one should go to the whole world teaching and living out the doctrine of love, hence,there are people with the religious vocation willing to aid their neighbor honestly, with some self-testifying which is of their own, but the lack of preparation, or one’s moral-intellectual degree sometimes low, does not allow them tocomplete their will and they fall by the way of giving up, as their will might have been weak as straw fire, which burnsfor a short while, there are beginners mixed with the more experienced, and so one goes, false or not, if they taketheir religiosities as a profession, even without any vocation it is very sad, but if one’s intention is accepted by God, itwill have usefulness, and will gain merit in conformity to the task, because it is: to each one according to their works.This world is a school world, where our learning is with the moral intellectual objective and one will be hereadjoined up to the paying the last farthing, the last farthing of our intimate changes, the last farthing of how manyreincarnations are necessary to us, the last farthing of moralization and intellectual development which the Earth maybe able to purpose, the last farthing of service given to our neighbor demanded from God. The last farthing of payment of debts of the past of which are still to be paid as from other past lives, but that the law of causes andeffects demands immediately unloosing for the final rescue, being free and the setting to the spiritual freedom and inthat a divine interference.God designates that what is for someone to do, He waits the time which might be necessary for him to do it,that is why I believe that on our reincarnating many times we continue the task of our last reincarnation until weconclude it, if we fail the aim in one reincarnation we suffer for that, but our willingness shall be doubled And we shallarrive to the Victory on its due time, once in victory we shall be ready to be workers of the Lord, with willingness andmore confident in the objective of our task, which may be inspired to be fulfilled by us.Jesus said:
Luke.10: 1-5:[1] After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither hehimself would come.[2] Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.[3] Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.[4] Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.
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[5] And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.John, IV: 35-38:35] Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they arewhite already to harvest.[36] And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.[37] And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.[38] I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
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Our reality is that there is a religious historic in every country and in Brazil as a democratic free Nation, and of open hands to all peoples and creeds of cultures, there are hundreds of aggregated religions and the people in their living some with the others gain acknowledgements of a little from here a little from there, and the people live inharmony one with the other and hence the religious peace to us ward is blessed by God. And each one in his own freedom arrives to his own conclusions to choose which religion or not, to be joinedand in that or in that choice one is respected by others, it is in that which Brazil is curious and to be admired, becausewithout paying much attention, it is a paradise at least a religious one, because there is harmony and union one toanother, and from the cultures of some and others, even if they be different, there is tolerance, respect and mutualacceptance, and there be a natural disaster, how much solidarity is spontaneously offered some to the others in needby the people in charity without asking of what religion they do belong, assuming that we are already in the way of goodness, if we observes that men is being more and more brotherly and solidary to the sufferings of their neighbors,Jesus said: ‘I was hungry and you gave me to eat’.
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Let us have some backing up to our study and meditation, in the AllanKardec’s book “Gênesis” chapter, XVIII: items, 3 to 5 & items, 15, 16 and 17:
3. – While this progressive movement of harmony is inevitable, because it is natural, it does not follow thatGod is indifferent to it, and that, after having established laws, he is now in inactive state, leaving things to take careof themselves. His laws are eternal and immutable without doubt, but only because his will itself is eternal andconstant, and that his thought animates constantly all things. His thought which penetrates all things is the intelligentand permanent force which keeps all in harmony. If this thought should one movement cease to act, the universewould be like a clock without a pendulum. God watches, then, incessantly over the execution of His laws; and thespirits who populate space are his ministers charged with the details according to the unfoldment of their functions intheir degree of advancement.4. – the Universe is at the same time an incommensurable mechanism, conducted by a number no lessincommensurable intelligences, an immense government, where every intelligent being has his active part assignedhim under the eye of the Sovereign Master, whose unique will maintains unity everywhere. Under the empire of thisvast regulating power, all moves, all operates in perfect order. That which seems like perturbations to us are partialand isolated movements, which appear irregular only because our sight is circumscribed. If our vision could embracethe whole, we would see that these irregularities are only apparent, and that they harmonize with all.5. – Humanity has already accomplished incontestable progress. Men by their intelligence have attained to aknowledge of the sciences, arts, and material comforts never reached before. An immense progress still remains for them to realize, which is to make
charity, fraternity, and union reign among them in order to assure to them their moral well-being.
They could never accomplish this progress with their present beliefs, their superannuatedinstitutions, which are remains of another age, good for a certain epoch, sufficient for a transitory state, but which,having given all that it has to give, would only be a hindrance now. It is not only the development of intelligence whichis necessary to men, it is the elevation of sentiment; and for that reason it is necessary to destroy all that whichexcites in them undue selfishness or pride.Such is the period upon which they arte entering, and which will mark one of the most important phases of humanity. This phase, which is being elaborated at this moment, is the necessary complement of the precedent state,as the mainly age is that of youth. It could then be foreseen and predicted in advance, and thus they say that thetimes appointed by God have come.
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15. – Whoever has meditated upon Spiritism and its consequences, and circumscribes it not to the productionof a few phenomena, comprehends that it opens to harmony a new way, and unrolls to it infinite horizons. By initiatingit into the mysteries of the invisible world, it shows to it its true role in creation, a perpetually active one, as well to the
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