The basis of Christianity is Judaism, which takes a firm place in the spiritual history of the development of mankind. Just let us think of the Ten Commandments, of the Sermon on the Mount, of the Lord's Prayer, all of them Divine Words that have been given to the people of Israel, to the Jews.
They too have the selfsame spiritual origin and the selfsame common road through material Creation as have all men.
For at one time all men came as "spirit-seed-grains" from their spiritual home, from Paradise, into the material, transient world of Creation, in order to return thence to their spiritual home as fully conscious personalities after the completion of their development.
But most of them strayed from the road and no longer found the goal. For that reason the immeasurable Love of God inclined to the earth, in order to speak directly to the almost lost human beings, and to tell them that the Truth can come only from God.
Therefore let us take to heart the words which Jesus spoke to men: "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me" (Luke 9, 23), or ". . . take up the cross, and follow me" (Mark 10, 21).
By the Cross Jesus meant the sign of Divine Truth, the equal-armed Cross. From discoveries and excavations it transpires that this Cross is an ancient symbol which was known on earth before Christ, and which can also be seen in many churches, sometimes encircled with a ring, sometimes without the ring. It must not be confused with the form of the Golgotha cross of suffering.
He who takes up this Cross takes up the Truth, but not a burden, as it is wrongly interpreted.
Jesus has never intended with His words to call upon men to take up a daily burden. On the contrary, He wanted to make their life easier by exhorting them to live up to the Truth every day, to look for and recognise It in the Laws of Creation, and to adjust their daily life to these Laws.
He who does so frees himself from all burden and guilt, likewise from the guilt of Golgotha, which according to the Eternal Laws now returns at this time in order to be redeemed. For him the Golgotha cross of suffering will be changed into the redeeming Cross of Truth, which victoriously conquers all Darkness!
Copyright 1985 by Herbert Vollmann, Vomperberg, Tyrol. All rights reserved.