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Chapter 199 - On the slow and the fast comprehension of the teaching of the truth.

199,1. (The Lord:) “However, it has been proved over the ages that people, who easily accept something without it being impregnated into their skins beforehand, also readily abandon any concept which they have easily understood and accepted. On the other hand, people who accept and adhere to a lesson after a few digs in the ribs or after some bitter experience, do not so readily discard it again.

199,2. There are certainly a few who are quite talented and who also have other abilities as well! They grasp and understand everything quite quickly and easily but when the time comes for them to be put to the test they only consider their worldly advantages, are afraid to sacrifice too much and try as far as possible to forget and put aside those spiritual matters which, even if they are palpably believable, will not yield them any reward in this world. People like this resemble those nearly completely transparent mayflies, live only for one beautiful day and playing in the light during the whole of that time. They are full of life as long as they are illuminated and glowing. Then night comes to put them to the test and their light and their glow are at an end – as well as their lives!

199,3. Therefore those people, who initially accept any more profound truth with some difficulty, are more suited to the Kingdom of God than those more easily convinced. The former keep their new beliefs faithfully and warmly alive while the latter play with the light in the Heavens in the same way as the mayflies play in sunlight. Subsequently they do not however have any greater benefit from Heaven’s light than the flies do from the sunlight.

199,4. Additionally, there are also people who accept a truth easily, retain it and allow it to shine forth at night like the stars. These people are of great value to themselves and to others but they are few in number and seldom to be found.

199,5. However, all these Moors belong to the group that is slow to understand but once they have grasped something it is firmly fixed in their minds and will continue to shine forth in their most distant issue, like the stars in Orion and Sirius in the vastness of the sky.

199,6. The thorough acceptance and the correct understanding of My teaching is nearly the same as the acquisition of great wealth. A man who comes by great wealth in an easy way, will also see it disappear quickly and readily as he was never accustomed to privation and never tried to save. If he has acquired his riches by inheritance or through some other easily won profit, he will not respect his own wealth as he thinks and is even convinced that great affluence is easy to acquire. On the other hand, a man who has amassed considerable wealth by his own diligence knows all about the difficulties and hard work and remembers how many drops of sweat each penny has cost him. He therefore respects his hard-earned wealth and certainly does not waste or squander it in a frivolous way.

199,7. It is the same with spiritual treasures. A man who acquires them easily, pays almost no attention to them, since he thinks and is convinced in himself, either that he will never lose them, or that, even if he were to lose some or even all of them, he could quite easily recoup his losses. The facts are otherwise as a man who loses some spiritual attribute, will not regain his lost ground as easily as he won it in the first place.

199,8. Materiality immediately replaces lost spirituality and this is a judgement which can not be reversed as easily as in the beginning. Since just as all spirituality becomes continually more spiritual and more free, so materiality becomes more material, more worldly and more replete with judgement and death. Anyone who has once been locked into a judgement and is shackled in his desires and attitudes, finds it very difficult or even impossible ever to regain his freedom.

199,9. He who has once received My word, must steadfastly keep and observe it unswervingly not only in his mind but principally in performing deeds and actions according to My word. All knowledge and faith without deeds is as nothing and can have no value to offer in life!

199,10. Of what value is it to someone who wishes to undertake a trip to a destination of which he only knows the name but does not know how to travel there and who finds someone knowledgeable about the route who gives him full details. However the first man does not wish to go that way, so he turns around and walks off in the opposite direction?! Will he ever reach his destination? My answer is that he can go where he wishes, but he will never reach his goal as wherever you wish to go you must also head in that specific direction!

199,11. These Moors are assuredly the most unknowledgeable people in the whole world regarding the geography of the earth! Without the aid of proconsul Justus Platonicus, they would never have found the way here using their own knowledge; but after their mentor had accurately described the way here, they travelled exactly the route he described. Their presence here and now is sufficient proof that they carried out his instructions to the letter. This is a feat which required a steadfast attitude of mind, a quality which is in a high degree inherent to them. However, anyone who resolutely wishes to achieve something really difficult, will surely also reach his goal.

199,12. He who is therefore in possession of My word and My teaching and acts accordingly with a firm purpose, will reach his destination and nothing can stop him. On the contrary, however, anyone who acts tentatively according to My word and at the same time does whatever the undisciplined world desires, is like a person who walks halfway to a place, and when he has reached that point, turns around and retraces his steps. {jl.ev04.199,12-13: mt.06,24; 1 kön.18,21; =lk.16,13; jak.04,04; 2 kor.06,15;}

199,13. He also resembles a servant who wishes to serve two masters, which are in conflict with each other. Will he get his work done for these two feuding masters? Can he love both of them, even only ostensibly? What will the two masters do once they find out that their shared servant is equally loyal to both of them? Will not one or other of them say to the servant: ‘You are a joke as a servant, how can you love my worst enemy as you love me?! Serve only me or resign from my service!’ As nobody can truly serve two masters at the same time he is obliged to choose one and despise the other. An undisciplined rogue of a servant will finally be dismissed by both masters and will find it quite difficult to obtain a new employer. For him, it will be like falling between two stools. {mt.06,24; 1 kön.18,21; =lk.16,13; jak.04,04; 2 kor.06,15; }

199,14. The fact that these Moors do not wish to serve more than one master, you can easily deduce from the way the leader is fighting with his colleagues. The words of the proconsul still mean so much to them and can not easily be erased from their hearts and minds!

199,15. Only the things that their mentor told them about a divine personality coming from Moses, serve as a reference point and a bridge to enable them to be brought to Me. It is this bridge which the leader is primarily using to try to convince the most stubborn ones. If I do not ask the angel to assist him, he will still not be finished with them in a year’s time. I will now, however, send the angel over and that will end the matter!”

199,16. Cyrenius says: “My Lord, I would like to be closer, to hear his words more clearly!”

199,17. I reply: “That will not be necessary as the wind will carry every sound to our ears!”

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