There Is No Worse State for a Free Man Than Blind Faith

"He [who] either accepts the verdict [teaching or law] out of ignorance or because he believes in the authority of the speaker … will then never arrive at an opinion of his own. "And this means nothing else but to shackle the independence of his own spirit and to become a mechanical spirit of another or set aside his own life in favor of an alien, spurious life. " o not let yourself be talked around by anyone, but accept only that which makes sense to you! thus you shall not accept a single syllable which you merely had to believe without having grasped it beforehand firmly in your mind. ""here is no worse state for a free man than that of a blind faith! for such a faith engenders the true death of the spirit. "#hoever believes blindly, is at the same time a spirit under $udgment by some ambitious brother. "%f already a $udgment of the living &od is deadly, how much more must this be the case with the $udgment of a dead man or one who himself possesses only a spurious life. "'ehold, for this reason a personal opinion ( be it ever so poor ( is much better than one adopted only through faith, for the veracity of which the spirit which must be free has no guarantee other than the authority of the preacher and the lukewarm complacency of its own foolishness. "All of which is surely an abomination before &od! for &od created man for a free life and not that he might be an indolent mouthpiece of some ambitious preacher who is a selfish $udge of the hearts of men who are meant to be free. ")o, if % do to you what you asked me to do because % want to do you a favor, accept no more of it than what you can after close scrutiny regard as your own opinion. "*or if someone tells you+ , o this or that-,, and you do it without in the least bothering as to why and to what final purpose, you have already become a tool for another,s will, having let yourself come under $udgment. %f, however, you first probe your brother,s intention and, having freely found within you the final purpose and that it is a worthy one because love is its foundation, and you then do what your brother asks you to do, you have acted as a free man and a true child of &od, and not as a created being under $udgment. "*or this in my opinion is the mighty difference between the true children of &od and the created beings, that the children shall be as spontaneously active as &od, their *ather, and as perfect in it as He Himself is, because they are His perfect images. "Are the animals perchance capable of this. ( /h no, they must always fulfill the will of the 0reator! for their nature as such is already a carrier of the 0reator,s will. 'ut it is not so with humans, who are set to be true children of &od.

1"o them &od,s will is revealed so that they might $udge the same at first with their own free spirit as the alone $ust and true, recogni2e it, then make it their own and act in accordance with it. "#hoever accepts the revelation and acts accordingly thinking he had to, is already $udged. *or he does not act in accordance with the consensus of his own will with the divine will, but like a machine! and he is and remains nevertheless dead because he does not care about the full recognition of what is the divine will and its order, but, recogni2ing something as the divine will by way of hearing ( usually through the mouth of a boaster (, he does so without $udging the #hy and #herefore. "3ook, this is as such sheer idolatry! for man thereby $udges himself or rather, lets himself be $udged. ( and thus killed"And look, this is then also the difference between the free life and the life under coercion. 'ut such a life is not yet a death of sin! for sin means to recogni2e the roads of divine order, in so far as they are revealed ( and then spontaneously act contrary to the good $udgment within one. "'ehold, this then is real death. #hy. 'ecause sin is a crass disturbance of the divine order, which is not disturbed by any $udgment, but the latter only hinders the freedom of the spirit. "4onder on this that you may arrive at a general verdict through which alone we can be animated to the right action. 'ut only if you wish. Amen."
"he Household of &od

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