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The stranger, having heard such a wish on the part of Enoch, looked astonished and thereupon said to him: 2. "Dear Enoch, this is wise of you for, once you have my verdict you will all the more easily pass your own, particularly when in the end it re!uires nothing "eyond a #es or $o. %. "&ut the !uestion then arises whether anyone will there"y "enefit. '. "(or in no matter can a man "e more easily talked around than pre) cisely in the one he does not understand himself. *. "(or in this case he either accepts the verdict out of ignorance or "ecause he "elieves in the authority of the speaker, and will then never arrive at an opinion of his own. +. ",nd this means nothing else "ut to shackle the independence of his own spirit and to "ecome a mechanical spirit of another or set aside his own life in favor of an alien, spurious life. -. ". am telling you this from my own e/perience so that you may not let yourself "e talked around "y me, "ut accept only that which makes sense to you thus you shall not accept a single sylla"le which you merely had to believe without having grasped it "eforehand firmly in your mind. 0. "There is no worse state for a free man than that of a "lind faith for such a faith engenders the true death of the spirit. 1. "2hoever "elieves "lindly, is at the same time a spirit under 3udgment "y some am"itious "rother. 45. ".f already a 3udgment of the living 6od is deadly, how much more must this "e the case with the 3udgment of a dead man or one who himself possesses only a spurious life. 44. "&ehold, for this reason a personal opinion ) "e it ever so poor ) is much "etter than one adopted only through faith, for the veracity of which the spirit which must "e free has no guarantee other than the authority of the preacher and the lukewarm complacency of its own foolishness. 42. ",ll of which is surely an a"omination "efore 6od for 6od created man for a free life and not that he might "e an indolent mouthpiece of some am"itious preacher who is a selfish 3udge of the hearts of men who are meant to "e free. 4%. "7o, if . do to you what you asked me to do "ecause . want to do you a favor, accept no more of it than what you can after close scrutiny regard as your own opinion.

4'. "(or if someone tells you: 8Do this or that98, and you do it without in the least "othering as to why and to what final purpose, you have already "ecome a tool for another8s will, having let yourself come under 3udgment. .f, however, you first pro"e your "rother8s intention and, having freely found within you the final purpose and that it is a worthy one "ecause love is its foundation, and you then do what your "rother asks you to do, you have acted as a free man and a true child of 6od, and not as a created "eing under 3udgment. 4*. "(or this in my opinion is the mighty difference "etween the true children of 6od and the created "eings, that the children shall "e as spontaneously active as 6od, their (ather, and as perfect in it as :e :imself is, "ecause they are :is perfect images. 4+. ",re the animals perchance capa"le of this; ) <h no, they must always fulfill the will of the =reator for their nature as such is already a carrier of the =reator8s will. &ut it is not so with humans, who are set to "e true children of 6od. 4-. To them 6od8s will is revealed so that they might 3udge the same at first with their own free spirit as the alone 3ust and true, recogni>e it, then make it their own and act in accordance with it. 40. "2hoever accepts the revelation and acts accordingly thinking he had to, is already 3udged. (or he does not act in accordance with the consensus of his own will with the divine will, "ut like a machine and he is and remains nevertheless dead "ecause he does not care a"out the full recognition of what is the divine will and its order, "ut, recogni>ing something as the divine will "y way of hearing ) usually through the mouth of a "oaster ), he does so without 3udging the 2hy and 2herefore. 41. "?ook, this is as such sheer idolatry for man there"y 3udges himself or rather, lets himself "e 3udged. ) and thus killed9 25. ",nd look, this is then also the difference "etween the free life and the life under coercion. &ut such a life is not yet a death of sin for sin means to recogni>e the roads of divine order, in so far as they are revealed ) and then spontaneously act contrary to the good 3udgment within one. 24. "&ehold, this then is real death. 2hy; &ecause sin is a crass distur) "ance of the divine order, which is not distur"ed "y any 3udgment, "ut the latter only hinders the freedom of the spirit. 22. "&ehold, dear Enoch, this is my opinion "ut now do declare also yours so that there"y we may arrive at a general verdict through which alone we can "e animated to the right action. &ut only if you wish. Amen."

Coerced Obedience vs Free, Willing, Loving Obedience
A Law can be obeyed with love or without love. A loveless law is obeyed or enforced by threat of penalty; that is coercion, against the freewill of the person. To ensure obedience to a loveless law, the enforcer must have arms or a military to back up the enforcement and punish the violators. Obedience with Love makes it easy and light. othing, no armed forces, is needed e!cept the heart. "orced obedience is a heavy burden. "orced or coerced obedience, like blind faith, also hampers us from becoming free children of #od. "or we are thus imprisoned by the Law. To be free, Love has to be recaptured, so that obedience of the Law of #od shall be out of love. Thus free, willing, loving obedience. And when love is there, obedience is a sweet aroma to #od. $ut obedience without love, is a stench to #od%s nostril. And &e said, ' would prefer a sinner, that is, imperfect obeyer of the Law but has love than to a perfect obeyer of the Law but who has no love.

HILE JONATHAN was thus ondling and caressing the little Child, He !the Child Jesus" said to hi#, 2 $Jonathan, %ust tr& to carr& #e once #ore now, and I will surel& not see# as heav& to &ou than across the inlet'$ 3 And Jonathan, ull o love and %o&, too( the little Child on his ar#s and ound Hi# to be as light as down) 4 At this he as(ed the little Child, $*& Lord and #& +od, how on earth can I gras, that5 Over b& the sea .ou were the burden o a world to #e / but here .ou are as light as a eather'$ 6 And the little Child answered0 $Jonathan, as it was with &ou, so it will be with ever&one) 7 For *& great burden lies not with *e, but with the Law o *oses' 8 When &ou did not (now *e but onl& the Law, and carried *e u,on &our shoulder, it was not *& burden but onl& the law$s burden that ,ressed on &our shoulder with the weight o a world) 9 1ut now &ou have recogni2ed *e in &our heart as the Lord over *oses and over the Law, and behold, the burden o the Law is no #ore with *e, the Lord o the Law' 1 And that is how all those who carr& the burden o the Law will are in the 0 uture according to the s,irit' 1 $Trul& I tell &ou0 The %ust according to the Law will wee, and gnash their 1 teeth / 1 but the Lord will sit at the table in the houses o the sinners and will heal

2 the# and acce,t the# as His children) 1 I shall see( the lost, I shall heal, redee# and set ree the sic(, those in 3 hard bondage and the o,,ressed / 1 but the %ust according to the Law shall de,art out ,o *& house 4 un%usti ied) 1 5 1 6 Trul& I tell &ou0 The ta3 collectors and sinners I shall ,raise in *& house /

but the %ust I shall shoulder with a strong burden be ore *e in *& house)

1 $.es, a harlot shall anoint *e, and the guilt o an adulteress I will write in 7 the sand, and the sinners shall touch *e / 1 but accursed shall be a ,rece,tor o the Law and one learned in the 8 4cri,ture so he touches *e' 1 Those who# the burden o the Law has (illed, I shall ,ull out o their 9 graves / 2 but or the ,rece,tors o the letter o the Law I shall #a(e the gatewa& to 0 li e as narrow as the e&e o a needle'$ 2 At these words Jose,h was shoc(ed and as(ed, $1ut #& dear little Child, 1 what terrible things are .ou sa&ing2 +od a ter all gave the Law, so wh& should a sinner be better than one that 2 is %ust-$ 2 And the little Child re,lied0 $+od has indeed given the Law / but onl& or 3 the heart, and not or the wisdo# o the world) *oses hi#sel based the entire Law on love to +od' 2 4 The Law has in act re#ained / but love has long since died out)

2 For a law in which there is no #ore love is useless, and he who (ee,s it 5 without love is a dead slave thereto) 2 That is wh& I ,re er a ,agan and a ree sinner to a dead and bound slave 6 to the Law)$ 2 Here Jose,h was silent and ,ondered over these words5 and the little 7 Child began to s,ea( o childli(e things again with Jonathan and His Ja#es) 4ource0 THE CHIL6HOO6 OF JE474 1iogra,hical +os,el o the Lord Jose,h Ta(es *ar& Into His House / Cha,ter 89: ;

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