The Angelic World
Gospel Reading: Revelations 14: 1-20
Dear Community of Christians,
Not so long ago, pictures of Christian motifs were naturally found in every house. It could be an image of the Holy Family, an image of Jesus Christ or an angel. Some people prayed in front of them, for others it was only part of their decoration. But at least there was still an expression of religious feeling.
Today when we hear of angels, their devotion towards their task, and their words, as it is mentioned in the Book of Revelation, it takes an intense personal effort to decipher the images and their words.
We know that in world, and human history there have been phases of development in which the presence of the spiritual world has been experienced very tangibly. But the dreamy knowledge of the constant presence of the spiritual world had to change. Man had to become independent. Human beings had to gain their autonomy. Today we are in the middle of this process towards achieving this independence. A general religious feeling has no place anymore in society. What we have achieved in terms of self-reliance can be seen in our enormous technical achievements. Like God, Man created with his technology a New World. But now we run the risk of feeling like Gods who have the attitude of ruling the world and we misuse the Independence of the Spiritual world. Do the words of Revelation still have a reality for us?
“Have reverence for the divine world, the source of all revelation. The hour of the divine decision has come.”
Can we find a relationship towards those words?
A decision always means choosing; one side, or another? Now it is man who has to decide, but the spiritual world creates the conditions which will lead to the decision. Hence people have to ask themselves: Does what happens on earth have the moral weight, the moral power to serve the further development of mankind, as the Divine World powers work for it? Or does it only serve the self and its own development of power? This question applies to humanity, and to the individual destiny. The answer to this, that will be the decision. In the world of angels there is no morality. The angels and their task are one. The morality of humans must be developed on earth, and we have to educate ourselves in this direction continuously, through the activity of our conscience.
Our naïve child-like faith is no longer sufficient in view of the reality of the spiritual world and its entities. The spiritual world, the angelic world asks for our commitment for the future of our human earthly world. This can only be achieved through the development of our selflessness and love towards every small deed. This then forms the new morality and our relationship towards technology, which must always be rooted in our individual development.
Rev. Ute Koenig
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