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Are Prosperity and Well-Being Useful for Spiritual Ascent?
Many people believe prosperity and well-being would make them happier in life. However, many become estranged from God in their pursuit of earthly wealth and damage themselves spiritually. In this lecture, the reader learns about the difficult path such a being had to tread in the spiritual world after his earthly death until he could finally liberate himself from his earthly way of thinking.
Every Nation and Every Race Is on the Path of Ascent
The background to this lecture is the Black Civil Rights Movement in the USA in the spring of 1965. Shortly before the date of this lecture, two civil rights marches took place in the city of Selma (Alabama), demonstrating the desire of African-American citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Whereas the first march on 7th March, called Bloody Sunday, was brutally attacked by State Troopers, a second march two days later, called Turnaround Tuesday and lead by Martin Luther King, was more peaceful thanks to Dr. King’s finesse and demeanour. At a strategic moment in the march he spontaneously called for prayer and preached a sermon. Spirit teacher Joseph was prompted by the dramatic events of those days to take a look at the battle for equal rights of the black population from the spiritual point of view.
“I Am the Vine and You Are the Branches”
With this parable of the vine and the branches (John 15, 1–8) Jesus tried to give basic explanations to his listeners about the plan of salvation and redemption. He gave great consideration to their circumstances and their level of understanding; they neither knew the sense of Christ’s incarnation nor the sense of their own human existence.
Man’s Relationship with the Divine World
Fate in the life of human beings can have different causes. It may be brought on because of one’s own imprudent actions or the neglect of spiritual values. A fate as, for instance, an early death, can overtake a human being through divine intervention in his life, and this could even be at the request of an ascending spirit from his own spiritual family in order to promote the spiritual ascent of his relative.
The Empty Grave – What Happened After Jesus’ Death?
In order to better understand all the events in connection with Christ’s resurrection and ascension, it is essential to have basic knowledge of the plan of salvation and redemption as well as of the influence of odic forces. A pious returnee had this very experience; he knew little about the spiritual world and its laws and had many erroneous ideas. Thanks to his commendable life he was shown the realm of God, and this brought him into a closer relationship to Christ, the King, and allowed him to continue in his service.
Christ’s Battle in Hell and His Triumphal Reception in Heaven
After his death on the cross, Christ, together with Michael’s legions, surged into the realm of the dead and defeated his adversary with spiritual weapons. When word was received that their King was victorious and had fulfilled his task, the jubilation of the spiritual world was overwhelming and beyond words. The opulence and splendour of his reception back into heaven is indescribable: of all that exists in the spiritual world, the most exquisite and beautiful was brought forth.