However, this interpretation is wrong! Through His crucifixion men rejected the Son of God as their expected Messiah, and this made the separation all the greater! The veil was rent because henceforth the Holy of Holies was no longer necessary! It was exposed to all eyes as well as to impure currents because, symbolically speaking, after this deed Divinity would no longer set foot on this earth, thus rendering the Holy of Holies superfluous!
This is the exact contrary of the existing interpretations, which express nothing but a great presumption on the part of the human spirit!
Neither was the death on the cross a necessary sacrifice, but a murder, a dastardly crime! Every other explanation is a misinterpretation which either has its origin in ignorance or is meant as an excuse. Christ certainly did not come to this earth with the intention of letting Himself be crucified; neither does redemption lie in the crucifixion! Christ was crucified because of His teaching, as a troublesome Bringer of Truth!
It was not His death on the cross that could and should bring redemption, but the Truth He gave to mankind in His Word!
The Truth, however, was irksome to the religious leaders and heads of the temples of that time. It was an annoyance because it severely undermined their influence. It would be exactly the same today in many places! Mankind has not changed in this respect. The teachers of that time took their standing, it is true, on the good old traditions as do those of today, but through those who practised and interpreted them these traditions had become nothing but rigid and empty forms, wholly wanting in life, the same as may often be observed today!
But He Who wanted to bring the necessary life into the existing Word naturally also upset their practices and explanations, but He did not upset the Word itself. He liberated and redeemed the people from the debasing rigidity and emptiness, and this was naturally a great vexation to those who soon recognised how effectively this would interfere with their false leadership!
For this reason the Bringer of Truth, the Liberator from the burden of erroneous interpretations, had to be rendered suspect and persecuted. As in spite of all their efforts they did not succeed in ridiculing Him, they sought to discredit Him. His "earthly upbringing" as the son of a carpenter served to brand Him as "unlearned and therefore incompetent to give explanations", as "a layman"! Just as it is today with everyone who exposes the rigid dogma that chokes every free and vital aspiration from the very start!
His opponents carefully avoided going into His explanations as such, because they quite rightly felt that they would lose in a purely objective discussion. They contented themselves with slandering Him maliciously through their bribed agents, and finally did not shrink from availing themselves of an opportune moment to accuse Him publicly and falsely and bring Him to the cross, in order to remove the danger He represented to their authority and power!
His violent death, in the form at the time used by the Romans to execute people, was not in itself the redemption, nor did it bring redemption. It atoned for none of mankind's guilt, liberated them from nothing, but burdened them still more with a dastardly murder!
If still here and there a cult has arisen which sees in this murder a necessary and principal part of the Son of God's Work of Redemption, this only distracts man's attention from the greater value which alone could bring this redemption. It diverts him from the true mission of the Saviour, from that which necessitated His coming from the Divine Sphere to the earth!
The purpose of His Mission, however, was not to suffer death on the cross, but to bring the Truth into the maze of dogmatic rigidity and emptiness which debase the human spirit, and to explain the relations between God, the Creation and mankind as they actually are!
Through this knowledge the illusions which the constricted spirit of man added, and which covered up the reality, had feebly to fall away of their own accord. Not till then could man see clearly before him the way leading upwards!
Redemption lies solely in the bringing of this Truth and the consequent liberation from errors!
It is redemption from obscured vision, from blind faith! The word "blind" most suitably depicts this false state!
The Last Supper before Christ's death was a farewell meal. When He said: "Take, eat, this is my body!" and: "Drink ye all of it, this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins", He declared thereby that he was willing even to embrace death on the cross if only as an opportunity of bringing the Truth to erring mankind through His teaching, which alone shows the way to the forgiveness of sins!
He says expressly: "Forgiveness for many", not "forgiveness for all!" Thus only for those who take His teachings to heart and make vital use of them!
The destruction of His body and the shedding of His blood through death on the cross are meant to help mankind recognise the necessity for and seriousness of the explanations He gave. The repeated celebration of Holy Communion and the taking of Holy Communion as such are merely intended to emphasise this urgency!
That the Son of God did not shrink even from such enmity on the part of mankind, the probability of which was already recognised before His coming," should especially indicate the desperate plight of the human spirits who could only be dragged back from perdition if they grasped the rope of salvation, of undimmed Truth.
When during the Last Supper the Son of God referred to His death on the cross, it was only to lay special emphasis for the last time on the compelling necessity of the teaching He had come to bring!
In partaking of Holy Communion each person should always realise afresh that the Son of God did not even shun the probability of death on the cross through mankind, and actually sacrificed His body and His blood so that mankind might have the opportunity to receive an explanation of the actual happenings in the cosmos, which clearly show the operation of the inflexible Laws of Creation that bear the Divine Will!
With this realisation of the profound gravity of the situation, emphasising as it does the burning necessity of the Message of Salvation, ever new strength should arise in man, a new encouragement truly to live the clear teaching of Christ, not only to understand it aright, but also to act accordingly in everything. Through this he will also find redemption and forgiveness for his sins. Not otherwise! And also not immediately! But he will surely find them through following the way Christ pointed out in His Message!
For this reason Holy Communion is meant to vitalise this process ever again, so that the zeal to follow the teaching brought at the cost of so great a sacrifice, which could free him, does not weaken; for once indifference or mere outward ceremony develops people lose their hold on the rope of salvation and sink back into errors and perdition!
It is a great mistake for men to believe that through the death on the cross the forgiveness of their sins is guaranteed. This thought is followed by the terrible harm that all those who believe this are held back from the true road to redemption, which lies only and solely in living the Word of the Saviour, according to the explanations given by Him, Who knew and could overlook all. And these explanations give practical examples of the need to obey and observe the Divine Will as expressed in the Laws of Creation, and also show what happens if It is obeyed and what follows on disobedience!
His Work of Redemption lay in bringing this enlightenment, which exposed the defects and abuses of religious practices because it carried the Truth within itself and thus brought Light into the ever-increasing darkness of the human spirit. His Work of Redemption did not lie in His death on the cross, neither can Holy Communion nor the Consecrated Host bring immediate forgiveness of sins! Such a thought is contrary to all Divine Law! And consequently the power of men to forgive sins falls away! A man only has the right and also the power to forgive what he has personally suffered at the hands of another, and then only when, quite freely, his heart bids him do it.
He who seriously reflects upon these things will recognise the Truth and thus the true path! Those, however, who are too indolent to think and who, like the foolish virgins in the parable, are too lazy to exercise the necessary care and attention to keep in constant order and readiness the little lamp left to them by the Creator, i. e., their ability to examine and illuminate, may easily miss the hour when the "Word of Truth" comes to them! As they allowed themselves to be lulled into inert ease and blind faith they will consequently through their slothfulness be incapable of recognising the Bringer of Truth, the Bridegroom! They will then perforce stay behind when the wakeful enter into the Kingdom of Bliss!
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