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Science, Religion and Human Biology

“Beware, I reiterate, of the science of human biology. The man who enters the field can not foresee the end, the man who studies the science of life, and records his experiments, cannot know the extremes to which a fanatic follower may carry the thought-current of his leader. I have not overdrawn the lesson. …
“Who created the steam engine? Who evolves improved machinery? Who creates improved artillery and explosives? Scientific men. …
“Accumulate the maimed and destroyed each year; and together the miseries and sorrows that result from the explosions, accidents, and catastrophes resulting from science improvements, and the dark ages scarcely offer a parallel. …
“Place to the credit of religion the good that religion has done, place to the credit of science the good that science is doing, and yet do not mistake, both leave in their wake an atmosphere saturated with misery.” ~John Uri Lloyd

The Contributions of Science

There is no doubt that science has contributed a lot to helping us better understand our world, and live healthy and comfortably in it. From the earliest gatherers and classifiers of healing herbs, to today’s designers of lasers and other high-tech devices used in diagnosing and treating illness, science has contributed much in the field of medicine. From the simple creation of a lever and fulcrum to the modern rockets and spaceships, science has contributed much to exploration of the universe.

In biology, science has helped us understand much about how different species of animals and plants evolve, co-exist, and contribute to each other in a chain of life that can too easily be broken by fools.

The other side of the coin is that science is also responsible for us turning away from natural cures to dangerous drugs and radiation treatments that often do more harm than good. Science gives us machines that helps us contribute to society, but also the weapons whereby we destroy societies. Continue reading “Science, Religion and Human Biology”

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Reaching Toward Immeasurable Greatness

“Each one will speak concerning the place from which they have come forth, and to the region from which they received their essential being they will hasten to return once again and receive from that place, the place where they stood before, and they will taste of that place, be nourished, and grow. … for that place to which they extend their thought is their root, which lifts them upward through all heights to the father. … Such are they who possess from above something of this immeasurable greatness, as they strain toward that unique and perfect One who exists there for them. … They have neither envy nor moaning, nor is death in them. … But they indeed are the truth, and the Father is in them, and they are in the father.” ~The Gospel of Truth

The Place from Which We Came

We may have been born physically in one nation or another, but that is not what this is about. We originated in the worlds of spirit because that is the home of our eternal soul which existed long before our physical body did. The Gospel also says this is the place where we received our “Essential Being”. That is, of course, also our spirit and soul because only the spiritual is essential since only the spirit and soul is eternal. The physical body only exists for a brief time. Whether that is fifty years, seventy, or ninety, it is all a blink of the eye when talking about eternity. Continue reading “Reaching Toward Immeasurable Greatness”

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Baptism with Water, Baptism with Light

“Descend my brethren, put on from the waters of baptism the Holy Spirit—be joined with the spirits that minster to the Godhead! For lo! He is the fire that secretly seals also His flock, by the three spiritual names, wherein the Evil One is put to flight. …
“For greater is Baptism than Jordan, that little river; for that is streams of water and oil, the misdeeds of all men are washed out. …
“Moses baptized the people in the midst of the sea, yet availed not to wash their hearts within, that were full of the defilements of misdeeds. …
“Samuel anointed David to be king among the people; but lo! The priest anoints you to be heirs to the Kingdom.” ~St. Ephraim the Syrian

The Water of Life

In the interesting Dune series of science fiction books, the Bene Gesserit gain great power by drinking a liquid they call “The Water of Life”. But that is fiction. In real life there is such a “water” but it is not a liquid. It is not found in the Jordan river, or the Nile, or in a great sea. This “water” is not physical, but spiritual. It is this flowing spiritual energy that is the true “Water of Life” and this is the water we must become baptized with if we are truly to be saved. Continue reading “Baptism with Water, Baptism with Light”

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The Dangers and Rewards of Becoming a Spiritual Initiate

“It is often said that the first steps of Initiation are fraught with perils and grave dangers. There is a measure of truth in this. Initiation, or Yoga, is a coming-to-birth of the higher soul which lies latent in every human being. The astral body is faced with dangers analogous to those attending physical birth; there is travail before the divine soul comes forth from the desire-nature of man. The difference is that the birth of Spirit is a much longer process than that of physical birth. …
“The first requisite for the Initiate is that his character shall be strong and that he shall be master of his own passions. … Ordinary ‘morality’ is not enough. … The task of the true Initiate is to change the direction of his life’s current.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Dangers and Rewards

We can all thank our mothers for going through the difficult period of pregnancy, ending in painful birth. Despite this, many women choose to have several children. They do this, in the cases where it truly is their choice, because they see the rewards of having a child and bringing another person into the world as greater than the pain and difficulty of the process of birth.

Rebirth, the “birthing” of the soul, is not too different. First, we have to go through a period of change in our way of living which can be difficult for some. The we keep wishing for that awakening of the Soul to happen, and never being sure if it has happened because it is usually such a gradual process. Continue reading “The Dangers and Rewards of Becoming a Spiritual Initiate”

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