The Christian Teaching

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Stokes, 1898 - 210 pages

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Page 176 - Not so shall it be among you : but whosoever would become great among you shall be your minister; and whosoever would be first among you shall be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Page 210 - One thing alone is certain and indubitable, that which Christ said when he was dying: " Into Thy hands I commend my spirit " — that is to say, at death I return whence I came.
Page 54 - The instinct of the continuation of the race — the sexual instinct — is innate in man. In the animal condition he fulfils his destiny by satisfying this instinct, and in so fulfilling it finds welfare. 103. But with the awakening of consciousness, it appears to man that the gratification of this instinct...
Page 6 - ... could be unhampered in their belief that God created the world six thousand years ago, that the earth is the centre of the universe, that under the earth there is hell, that God came down upon earth and then flew back to heaven, and so forth, they can no longer believe in it, because they know for sure that the world has existed, not six thousand, but hundreds of thousands of years, that the earth is not the centre of the universe, but only a very small planet in comparison with other celestial...
Page xiii - I do, not by wish for gain or fame, nor by any worldly considerations, but only by fear to fail in what is required from me by Him who has sent me into this world, to Whom I am hourly expecting to return. I, therefore, beg all those who shall read this to follow and understand my writing, putting aside, as I did, all worldly considerations, and holding before them only that eternal Principle of truth and right, by Whose will we have come into the world, whence, as beings in the body, we shall very...
Page 58 - ... welfare. 114. The sexual sin or mistake for the man who has chosen to continue the race will consist in the fact that by depriving himself of having children, or, at all events, of family relationships, he deprives himself of the highest welfare of sexual life. 115. In addition to this — as with...
Page 54 - ... in the animal condition he fulfils his destiny by satisfying this instinct, and in so fulfilling it finds welfare. 103. But with the awakening of consciousness, it appears to man that the gratification of this instinct may increase the welfare of his separate being, and he enters into sexual intercourse, not with the object of continuing the race, but to increase his personal welfare. This constitutes the sexual sin.
Page xi - ... effort, putting aside all interpretations, I began to read and study the Gospel and penetrate its meaning. The further I penetrated, the more clearly a new understanding of the Gospel was revealed to me; quite different from that taught by the Christian Churches, and solving the problem of my life. At length this solution became perfectly clear, and not only clear, but incontestable as well ; because, firstly, it harmonised entirely with the demands of my reason and heart, and secondly, when...
Page 148 - Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all the rest shall be added.
Page 122 - But, having freed himself from the deception inculcated in childhood, avoided that of impressive ceremonies, and rejected all intermediaries between himself and God, man will not yet be free from religious deception and capable of understanding Christ's teaching, unless he liberate himself from faith in the supernatural, the miraculous.

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