|Chapter 70||The Great Gospel of John|
At Sychar. The natures of head and heart. ‘Don't deal with the sinner like a judge but as loving brother, and you shall find truth and bliss. Anger is judgment. Where love is lacking, there is no truth. Universal truth throughout infinity. Hints about the individual in the beyond. ‘Who are you?’ Follow Me.
1. The Lord, 'An example should clarify this for you.
2. Behold a case where you have subordinates who, having sinned against your laws are to be punished! You are indeed holding the prescribed investigations, and are about to elicit their confessions with all kinds of smart questions; but they flatly deny everything as smartly from their minds, as your questions. In this way, one lie gives vent to another, and not getting anywhere with them, you in the end resort to sentencing them without their confessions, and just on the testimony of often hostile witnesses, in whom there is no truth either, with you having to always assume that not even one out of ten defendants received a fair trial, with the innocent and the guilty sharing the same fate!
3. Alternatively, rather than appearing as their judge, you encounter your poor brethren with love, and awaken a love-response from their hearts, and these sinners shall meet you with contrition and many tears, and faithfully and truly confess how, when and what sin they committed against you! But then let the punishment also be dropped! Because any punishment is itself not truth but the contrary, because not flowing from love but the wrath of the law and its giver. But the wrath is itself a judgment, within which there is no love. But where there is no love, truth also is lacking.
4. Hence abide in pure love and act within its truth and power, and you shall be finding truth everywhere, and quite evidently perceive that there is universal truth indeed which penetrates not only this earth but all of infinity!
5. If you were to act towards mankind in that way then you would quite legitimately follow Me, and through such imitation win eternal life. But if you remain as you are now, then nothing but night and a void, lying existence shall accrue to you beyond the grave, which is the death of the spirit of love and truth!
6. Because verily, this earth-life lasts for only a short time; then comes endless eternity! As you fall so also shall you remain prostrated, where genuine truth has not come alive within you!
7. Now you know all you need to know for the present. If however you want more, then see the High Priest Jonael at Sychar on occasion; he shall impart to you all that he has learnt, seen and discovered about Me! Act accordingly and you shall gain bliss!'
8. Says the commander-in-chief, fully taken in by My speech, 'Friend, from your talk I adjudge you a wisest of the earth's wisest, and I shall hence do everything you have advised me; only I should like to now find out from yourself as to who you actually are! Because see, notwithstanding the fact of my most shameful defeat by the youths accompanying you, which I cannot put down to anything other than these youths being either gods or genii from the heavens and hence able to supernaturally beat me into retreat, I yet recognise that you must obviously be more than an ordinary human only by your exceedingly great wisdom! You probably have already revealed or indicated it to many of your disciples as to who you are; but you can see by now that I am fully earnest about my intent to become a disciple of yours at least in spirit! Hence also tell me what I am to regard you as! Who and what, and whence actually are you, basically?'
9. Say I, 'Firstly, I basically have already told you, and that in a way you could easily grasp if you thought about it, and secondly I have referred you to Jonael about it. When you get to him you shall find out all you are still lacking. But now detain us no more, because the day nears its end and I have yet to accomplish much today!'
10. Says the chief, 'Then do let me accompany you to town!'
11. Say I, 'The road is clear, and if your intentions are good then do so! But if there is still some infernal trace in you then stay home, because such escort would then bring you no blessing! You have already sampled My might.'
12. Says the chief, 'This be far from me, notwithstanding that in these critical times, with the mythical point approaching where the Jews await from their God a mighty saviour from the Roman rulers, one's ears being full of Jewish whispers of such saviour already being on earth! Hence I could quite easily think you to be that saviour, - yes, I have indeed already secretly thought so. But be it as it may, I regard you as the wisest among the wise and hence love you as mankind's true friend; therefore such thoughts shall in no way hinder me from following you for the sake of truth, in person to Sychar and spiritually throughout my whole life, notwithstanding my being aware that as a Roman I shall not thereby erect myself a triumphal arch! Now I have completely revealed myself to you, and ask you once more whether I can accompany you. If you say yes I shall do so, and if no, I stay!'
13. Say I, 'Well then, escort Me, together with those standing by your side, so that you have valid witnesses on hand!'
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