If you HELP yourself then heaven WILL come to your aid
SOURCE: The Gospel according to Spiritism, chap. XXV: 1 to 5; Matthew, VII: 7-11
1 )- Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he givehim a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in Heaven give good things to them that ask Him?
(Matthew, 7: 7-11).
2 )- From an earthly point of view the maxim: Seek and ye shall find is the same as that other one: Helpyourself and the Heavens will come to your aid. This is the base of the Law of Work and consequently the Lawof Progress, since progress is the child of work, seeing that this puts into action the force of intelligence.God has given Man something more than He gave to animals, which is an incessant desire to better himself. It is this desire which impels him to seek out the best ways of improving his position in life, which dulyleads him to make discoveries, to invent things, and to perfect the sciences because it is science which giveshim what he lacks.But the amount of progress achieved by each person during a single lifetime is very small indeed, inmost cases even imperceptible. How then could humanity progress without pre-existence of the soul? If thesouls who daily live the Earth were never to return, then humanity would be constantly renewing itself withprimitive elements, having everything still to do and learn.3) - If God had exempted man from bodily work his limbs would have withered. If Ha had exempted himfrom intellectual work then his spirit would have remained in a state of infancy, or mere animal instinct. This is
why He made work a necessity by saying: Seek and ye shall find; work and ye shall produce. (…).
4) - If is by virtue of this principle that the Spirits do not help in sparing men the work of research bybringing them discoveries and inventions prepared and ready for use, in such a way that they would havenothing to do but accept what was put into their hands, without any inconvenience whatsoever, nor even to
bend down and pick it up, nor yet to think about it. (…).
5 )- From the moral point of view, these words of Jesus signify that if we ask for the light which will showus the way, it shall be given; if we ask for strength to resist evil, we shall receive it; if we ask for the assistance
of the good Spirits, then they will come to accompany us, (…)
Many religions do not consider the law of work in the same way as the spiritist doctrine, for thesimple reason of not having understood that when God, in Genesis of Moses spoke:
“In the sweat of thy faceshalt thou eat bread,”
it is interpreted dogmatically as punishment for the disobedience of having Adam and Eve eaten of the forbidden fruit. Allan Kardec explains that we have a lot to learn of those biblical allegories and really the Spiritismcomes to enhance the law of work, explaining that it is not a punishment, but a means that God instituted for usto leave ignorance towards knowledge and evolution and to have progress with our own merit.God was able very well to have created men already with the angels' conditions, be in knowledge,be in morals, or be it in spiritual power, but no, God created us:
Simple and ignorant", (
The Spirits’ Book, Q. 115
)with the potential of growing spiritually, because He gave us an eternal soul and He accompanies us on our progresses through the times molding us within our efforts
,” God is the potter we are the
". (Isaiah, 29: 16 - 64:8)
With the dogmatic doctrine of theology, Spiritism is alienated, because it can not accept the law of work as punishment, but as a blessing, a means by which God gives us the freedom and the opportunity of
Studied at Joana d’Arc, on 04/05/1999.