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From Hell to Heaven

Chapter 75 - Olaf’s petition for his friends’ welfare. The Lord’s promise – a soul-fish catch. The blindly stubborn dramatist

1. With these words, Max Olaf comes over to Me, bowing down deeply and saying: “Exalted and wisest, and surely most loving friend! Nothing of the wonderful proceedings during my stay here has escaped me. But I noted also that everything revolves around Yourself! You appear, at least in this house, to be the foundation of everything, and it also seems to depend solely on you whether someone is to become happy or unhappy. It seems to me that whoever has won you over has won everything! Trusting in your obvious goodness, I have taken the liberty to beg you from the depth of my heart that you would let your love and friendship flow over the three there – two men and a most wretched woman! A fair amount of the earthly clods still adheres to them as well as to myself which would be hardly practicable for this world of spirits. But all of us are by the living God imbued with the best of wills and shall try with all our strength to amend what we are still lacking, in order to make ourselves more worthy of your grace.”

2. Say I: “My beloved friend and brother, I say unto you: bring them over to Me! For where is the father who stops his ear and heart to one who petitions grace for his children? Behold, not even the most hard-hearted father on Earth would do that, how much less I, within whom dwelleth the fullness of the celestial Father’s love bodily! Hasten therefore to bring here all those who ask for Me!”

3. Says Max Olaf, filled with deepest joy: “Oh friend, did I not know that my steps would not be in vain! I thank you in advance on their behalf, for I already see them crying with joy! Oh I thank you, I thank you!”

4. Say I: “But, My dearest friend and brother! I have been waiting all this time to hear a request for yourself, but none has come forth. Are you not desirous of being somewhat happier than you are now?”

5. Says Olaf: “Oh You celestially kind and good friend! Behold, it is in my nature to be happy just to see those enjoy their happiness who are close to my heart! I was actually no different upon Earth. I therefore always forget to look after myself because I was always concerned with other people’s welfare! Hence you must not, my best friend, hold it against me if I ask grace of you only for others. I forgot about myself, as if I was less needful of it than those for whom I petitioned! Oh, I do indeed have need of same, but am glad to see others happy first!”

6. Say I: “Hearken, dearest friend and brother! I knew indeed how your heart was constituted and how it stands in greatest harmony with My own. But I did not ask you as if I did not know, but to prepare your heart for something that your are not able to grasp yet. I shall Myself however soon make you capable! – Hence go and bring those who are close to your heart! But let others also burden your heart, for I say unto you: all whom you bring over to Me shall be received! – Do you understand that? Yes, you do!”

7. Max Olaf bows down deeply before Me, then returns to his own. Eagerly expected back there, the baron at once asks him how he was received by Me.

8. Says Max Olaf: “My beloved ones, I say to you all – most favourably! Not only yourselves but as many as will join us shall be received by Him! Hence let us look around in this crowd for anyone wishing to join us!”

9. Says the baron: “Oh dear friend, see those two women behind Emma – they are my two older daughters! And behind them their husbands and next to them a couple of faithful servants. Would these perhaps be received if the came along with us? – Says Max Olaf: “Get them over here! Whoever comes with us shall be accepted, for I have His godly word for it! But we must look around for more.”

10. Says the dramatist: “Hearken, my friend, I have an idea: we go over to our familiar crowd and call out to them. Whoever responds shall follow us. Let the others remain. I don’t believe we shall force anyone.”

11. Says Max Olaf: “There is of course no thought of forcing, yet we need to tell them why we like them to do so, for their own good! Would such an explanation be coercive?” – Says the dramatist: “Depends which way you look at it. Too meagre an explanation shall have little effect, but a well-based one is as coercive as any other authority. The will of such persuaded is then no longer free.”

12. Says Max Olaf: “Friend, that way you overstretch the interpretation. If you call coercion whatever brings other men different ideas, concepts and conclusions, then all education would have to be banned! It is through education that students who are imbued with a free spirit, first attain completely different and contradictory concepts, after an initial purely sensual orientation. I believe that is something good. If therefore the human spirit can attain to true freedom only through compulsory education, then I don’t see how in the actual kingdom of the spirit an instructive explanation can dangerously curtail man’s free will! Hence my dear friend, let this not trouble you in the least! Should it turn out somewhat misconceived, then let me take the blame before the One Who gave me His godly word for it! I shall therefore proceed with casting my word of faith among these fish. If I make a catch, well be it. If not, then it shall have to do!”

13. With these words Max Olaf goes to give a well-considered address. About twenty join up with him, the others grumbled: “Well, if we want to go over, we will find our own way! We don’t need a pompous ass for that!”

14. Max Olaf returns with his catch, saying joyfully: “Behold friends, my catch was a good one! Lets go over to Him at once, Who alone can and will help us all! For I have His godly word for it!”

15. Says the dramatist: “I still don’t understand why you, my dearest friend, keep talking about his ‘godly’ word! How can an obviously, even most accomplished human spirit possess and give out a godly word? Or do you seriously consider him to be some kind of Apollo?”

16. Says Max Olaf: “Yes, I say unto you openly – either he or no one else. His great words directed to me did not fall on sand but into the depths of my life! – Do you understand this power? asks my heart, my spirit replying: Heart, it is so! It is He whom you love and there is none beside Him! – But let’s say no more but move over to Him! Blessed be he who follows me!”

17. Throws in the dramatist: “I beg to be excused, my otherwise most worthy friend! I cannot follow you on such an assumption! To regard a human as the only God?! Verily, this is more than too much! – I have nothing against his wisdom and inner willpower, nor against his goodness, for the Larkfield woman is gaining repute through his goodness! But I beg to differ with your ceding him the Deity! – It says in Moses: ‘Though shalt have no other god’, and ‘You cannot see God and live, for God is a consuming fire’ – and hearken further to what the wise Jew Jesus, Whom you also take as God, says Himself, I think in John – He says ‘no one has seen God, but he who hears and received his word and lives accordingly shall receive the holy spirit and same shall dwell within him! – You see, I too am quite well versed in the Bible! But nowhere does it say that a human spirit, even if out of God, is on account the highest divine Being, dwelling within the eternally inaccessible light! And since you seem to assert that about yonder beautifier of that Larkfield woman, I am unable to come along with you!”

18. Says Max Olaf: “Dear friend, do as you wish! You have already argued against coercion, and so I shall not try to persuade you again.”

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