A prophet is seldom appreciated in his time. Steiner will be rebuked by the quick-fix prove-it mentality. What they really mean is prove it--materially. Steiner rejects the material as the ultimate reality. He says the spiritual plane behind the material is the ultimate reality, that it remains hidden because folks are too indolent and arrogant to apply themselves to it.
In Christ's name, one might read Steiner three times, just three times over the course of a lifetime even, before dismissing him. Steiner questions the very survival of the human soul (as human). He sees for man one singular hope:the Christ impulse; a living practice of personal human spirituality drawn from the occult implications of the Christ phenomenon. A mystical Christianity that demands personal response from the individual as an individual all his life, and just as particularly in death.
Steiner's position is that the very evolution of our species is tied hard to Christ, Christ's message and death, and our understanding of what actually happened at Golgotha.
The dogma and ritual of the churches and varying religious ideologies do not address the mystery fully enough if at all Steiner says because their time has long passed, that man is due for an evolutionary morph in consciousness that the dogmas cannot possibly address. This morph will occur Steiner predicts sometime in this the third millennium.
Many of us now dismiss the gravity of Golgotha, that Jesus of Nazareth was a decent enough fellow. We fail to recognize that a God, Christ the Logos, the most powerful Spirit of the cosmos, descended into the man Jesus, taught and spoke through Jesus' human consciousness, that the entirety of the human consciousness would be altered to compassion.
That God Himself died on that cross that man's view of death might be altered to the understanding that man is spirit, that he will reincarnate eternally. God allowed His own blood to fall, for a specific reason; Steiner says.
The mystical power of God's blood soaked into the Earth altered all of our blood. All human blood was changed forever at Golgotha;the false course of human evolution diverted, at Golgotha; Steiner says.
That the Earth, the spirit behind the planet was changed too in acceptance of the sacrifice, is understandable.
Steiner gives intricate reasons and historical data to support his position none of which contradicts the materialistic science of our time but does point to materialistic science as shallow abstraction that only scratches at the surface of a material reality that is entirely the projection of far more vast and powerful spiritual reality acting behind the material, giving rise to the physical and demise to the physical.
I suspect that Steiner is intentionally ambiguous at some points, sometimes he mists over, requiring one to read more of his message--sink deeper into it, put the pieces together. Give our hearts to it, if we have any heart left.
I've read several of his books, some three times. He's a genius. His work is a form of initiatory process; one must struggle through it, rather as Christ struggled under the cross; wrestle with Steiner's revelations, somewhat as Jacob did the angel. Tremendous spiritual substance. In all that Steiner offers. Food for the hungry soul.
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: SteinerBooks; 1 edition (15 February 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780880103732
- ISBN-13: 978-0880103732
- ASIN: 0880103736
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 318 g
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