Resurrection as a Process

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<ul><li><p>7/28/2019 Resurrection as a Process</p><p> 1/4</p></li><li><p>7/28/2019 Resurrection as a Process</p><p> 2/4</p><p>What is actually meant by this question ? An answer can be found if we consider certain</p><p>results of anthroposophical research into man. According to this knowledge, man can be</p><p>viewed as a duality consisting of one part that withdraws during sleep, and one part chat</p><p>remains lying in bed. During sleep a division occurs : the ego and astral body separate from</p><p>the life body and physical body. On awakening, both parts join together into a unity oncemore. But the polarity between the two parts is not reconciled through this unification. On the</p><p>contrary, it actually gains a more intense reality, for the processes of consciousness of the</p><p>astral body come right up against the life processes of the life body. Thus within the awake</p><p>man, the contradiction arises which we have described above. And when now the striving ego</p><p>of the man has gained moral insight so that it 'wants the good', then this insight is there,</p><p>shining brightly and lighting up the primordial independent life stream, which, nevertheless,</p><p>goes its own way. What Paul meant by the tragic contradiction between the "law" -- "the</p><p>good, that I would do" -- and the power of evil in human nature -- "the evil, which I would not</p><p>do" -- is an experience of the fact that the human ego can work on the astral body, but that it</p><p>has not the power to substantially transform the life body and physical body. The</p><p>contradiction between the moral law that throws its light on evil, thereby making it visible,but is then powerless to overcome it ; and the elemental power of the dark urges of evil -- this</p><p>is the contradiction carried over into the moral realm of the ego and astral body on the one</p><p>hand and of the life body and physical body on the other hand.</p><p>What is it, then, which gives the good, once seen, the power to be not only aprocess of</p><p>consciousness, but also to become a life process ? What is this power, capable of carrying</p><p>moral qualities over into the biological realm so chat it may work with a vital strength ? Or, in</p><p>other words, what is it that can give the ego the power to work not only on the astral body, but</p><p>also deeper, into the life body ; yes, and even right down into the physical body ?</p><p>The answer given by Paul is : Christ Jesus. Christ Jesus is that power who can give strength to</p><p>the good in man, enabling it to work in that region of the human being where life and death</p><p>battle each other. But this working of Christ Jesus should not be thought of as coming from</p><p>without, like the working of natural forces. Although the Christ-power in man works with</p><p>elemental force, it does not work in the same way as nature forces, for it works through the</p><p>human ego -- while nature processes take place outside the human ego. Natural processes</p><p>compel the human being ; the Christ force does not compel man, it works without infringing</p><p>upon human freedom in the slightest degree.</p><p>In order to understand how this is possible, we have to imagine that the human ego has a</p><p>"front" and a "back". Infront ofthe ego of man is spread the whole world of appearanceswhich the ego beholds and also influences.Behindthe ego of man is a 'background' which is</p><p>at first unknown to him. Out of this 'background' the ego receives prompting, just as from the</p><p>foreground percepts impress themselves on the ego. The effects of nature proceed from the</p><p>foreground, while the effects of the Christ power stream from the other side of existence, from</p><p>the background. The Christ power streams from the background fundament of existence into</p><p>the human ego, fills it, and thus bestows on it a strength which it does not have of itself -</p><p>namely, the strength to bring the good, as an elemental force, down into the being of the</p><p>world. This working of the Christ power -- offered to the ego of man as a gift, inwardly</p><p>fulfilling, leaving him free -- was called by Paul "grace" (charis). Thus grace is a process</p><p>through which the ego in its striving toward goodness receives the strength to achieve more</p><p>than it could with its own forces alone.</p></li><li><p>7/28/2019 Resurrection as a Process</p><p> 3/4</p></li><li><p>7/28/2019 Resurrection as a Process</p><p> 4/4</p></li></ul>

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