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The Gospel

The whole of the New Testament, especially the four gospels, is a powerful source of revelation and inspiration for life. However, modern minds are often unable to access this source of life. The gospels require of modern minds a different way of reading, listening, and hearing.

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The Gospel

The whole of the New Testament, especially the four gospels, is a powerful source of revelation and inspiration for life. However, modern minds are often unable to access this source of life. The gospels require of modern minds a different way of reading, listening, and hearing.

Hearing the gospel readings in the Act of Consecration of Man—often in new, imaginative translations—sets in motion the change of consciousness that opens the mind to the inner world of the gospels. New ways of working with the gospels in study groups and courses build on this awakening and support it with growing understanding.

The eight decades since the founding of The Christian Community have seen the growth of a rich treasure of literature on the gospels and religious life. These writings open a path to a deeper understanding of the true human being revealed in the gospels, and show how the gospels can be cultivated as instruments for personal growth and inner development.

Further reading

The New Testament, a rendering by Jon Madsen, Floris Books
The Four Gospels, a translation in verse by Kalmia Bittleston, Floris Books
Caesars and Apostles, Emil Bock, Floris Books
The Childhood of Jesus, Emil Bock, Floris Books
The Three Years, Emil Bock, Floris Books
St Paul, Emil Bock, Floris Books
The Apocalypse, Emil Bock, Floris Books
New Testament Studies, Rudolf Frieling, Floris Books

Proclamation and Teachings

The human being is a citizen of two worlds: a supersensible-spiritual one and an earthly-natural one. During life on earth, we can forget our heavenly origin and become solely attached to the world that passes away.

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Proclamation and Teachings

The human being is a citizen of two worlds: a supersensible-spiritual one and an earthly-natural one. During life on earth, we can forget our heavenly origin and become solely attached to the world that passes away.

Through religion human beings can connect themselves in an active way between birth and death with this world of origin.

Christ is the creator of the world, both the visible as well as the invisible. He became human in Jesus of Nazareth, and saved the human being from downfall through his life, passion, death and resurrection. Since that time, the conscious individual can find a true connection with him. Through him, it is possible to experience new life.

Immortality and Pre-Existence

The question of immortality is closely connected with the question of human existence before birth. Just as our inner being is not destroyed by death, it does not arise for the first time with the body. Human beings have an individual pre-existence before their earthly life begins.

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Immortality and Pre-Existence

‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.’Jeremiah 1:5

The question of immortality is closely connected with the question of human existence before birth. Just as our inner being is not destroyed by death, it does not arise for the first time with the body. Human beings have an individual pre-existence before their earthly life begins. The awakening of body-bound consciousness obscures the memory of this previous existence. What was prepared earlier becomes our destiny. This we continue to fashion. Death brings about a transformation of our earthly consciousness when our immortal part wrests itself free from the mortal.

The goal of religious life is to reawaken and strengthen, through prayer and ritual, those forces of the soul that unite the human being with his or her divine-spiritual origin. Through Christ we can free ourselves from compulsion; through him we can find on earth the power of nonegotistical love.

The sacrament of the Last Anointing helps the soul to cross the threshold into a body-free existence again. The Burial Ritual supports the soul of the deceased in its new abode and strengthens the community's connection with those on the other side. There is also has a burial ritual especially for children.

‘He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.’ John 11:25f

Religious Upbringing

We come from a world of spirit. For children baptized in The Christian Community, and for those whose parents choose it, the Sunday Service for Children and religious instruction keep alive and renew children's awareness of their origin in the spirit, their heavenly home.

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Religious Upbringing

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The soul that rises with us, our life's star,
Hath had elsewhere it's setting,
And cometh from afar:

Wordsworth, Intimations of Immortality

We come from a world of spirit. For children baptized in The Christian Community, and for those whose parents choose it, the Sunday Service for Children and religious instruction keep alive and renew children's awareness of their origin in the spirit, their heavenly home. Attendance begins around age seven, leading to Confirmation at age fourteen.

The inner truth of the child is recognized and supported in religious instruction that supplements the children's service. It follows the stages of the religious development of humanity reflected in the child's development:
  • veneration of the spirit in nature (myths and legends);
  • security in the divine guidance of destiny (Old Testament);
  • becoming aware of Christ in individual human life (New Testament).
For children, the experience of finding a spiritual home on earth is strengthened through festival celebrations and children's summer camps.

After Confirmation the aim is to lead the growing young person to a religious view of the world that is supported by his or her own experience and insight. Young people take part in youth conferences and in the life of the community, but full membership in The Christian Community depends ultimately on a mature personal decision as an adult.
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