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The Dangerous Doctrine of Justification

by Dieter Potzel Friday, Dec. 24, 2010 at 5:25 AM
mbatko@yahoo.com

While religion can make people happier by giving connection to a larger whole, it can also make them blind and neurotic. Self-righteousness is the grand delusion distorting life in the church and outside the church (cf. Eberhard Juengel).

DANGEROUS DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION

Where has “faith in Christ alone” brought us? Where will it lead us?

By Dieter Potzel

[This essay published in 2009 is translated from the German on the Internet, http://www.theologe.de.]

• “Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Jesus of Nazareth, Matthew 7,21)

• “If I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but have no love, I am nothing” (church teacher Paul, 1 Cor 13,2)



• “If someone thinks he will gain forgiveness of sins, that he has love, the reviled and disgraced Christ, will find when he stands before God’s judgment at the end that such a disposition is vain. Faith alone can make a person just” (from the evangelical Lutheran confessional writings, Apologie IV.151)

• “Germany has been marked by Protestantism for 500 years. Emotions, pictures and ecstasy are all ignored. It is probably the only religion of the world that promises one can only enter heaven by firmly believing. Concrete life experience does not count. Thus one perseveres with a firm faith for 85 years on earth and then there is ascension and holiday” (Jurgen Fliege, evangelical pastor interviewed in Frankfurter Rundschau “The churches know little about the soul,” 7/30/2009)



“The proclamation and the sacraments were made cheap. A whole people were unconditionally baptized, confirmed and absolved… Streams of grace were poured out without end… When was the world Christianized more dreadfully and hopelessly than here? What are the 3000 Saxons killed by Karl the Great compared to the millions of killed souls today” (Protestant theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Cost of Discipleship)

One of the most quoted part of the book deals with the distinction which Bonhoeffer makes between "cheap" and "costly" grace. But what is "cheap" grace? In Bonhoeffer's words:

"cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline. Communion without confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ."

Or, even more clearly, it is to hear the gospel preached as follows: "Of course you have sinned, but now everything is forgiven, so you can stay as you are and enjoy the consolations of forgiveness." The main defect of such a proclamation is that it contains no demand for discipleship. In contrast to this is costly grace:

"Costly grace confronts us as a gracious call to follow Jesus; it comes as a word of forgiveness to the broken spirit and the contrite heart. It is costly because it compels a man to submit to the yoke of Christ and follow him; it is grace because Jesus says: "My yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Cost of Discipleship)



“Faith alone is enough for “salvation,” according to the doctrine of the church. Since the Reformation in the 16th century, this has been taught by the protestant churches. The Catholic Church has agreed since 1999. But if faith alone is enough, why do catholic and protestant pastors hopelessly cry “God, where are you” in disasters? Faith is obviously not enough regarding peace or “salvation” for the wounded soul. People question and search for God. Faith alone is not enough for them.

• “Christians have never practiced the acts which Jesus prescribed to them. The impudent gossip of faith and justification by faith and its supreme and unique importance is only the result that the church did not have the courage or the will to confess the works that Jesus demanded. The Buddhist acts differently than the non-Buddhist. The Christian acts like the entire world and has a Christianity of ceremonies and moods” (the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, Tolstoy excerpts, unpublished works November 1887-March 1888).

IF FAITH ALONE IS ENOUGH, WHAT IS THE POINT OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS AND THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT?

If faith alone were enough, why did Moses give the Ten Commandments to the Israelites? Why did Jesus of Nazareth teach the Sermon on the Mount? Why did not Moses and Jesus say: “faith alone is enough”? In bringing this offer of redemption to people, did Paul say in a single passage in the Bible that man is justified “by faith” apart from works of the law (Rom 3,28) or later Martin Luther who spoke of this again and again? Is the Bible passage of Paul a little false in this sense in that the Bible today translated by Martin Luther says a man is justified “by faith alone”? The word “alone” was not in Paul’s original text. Luther added it in his translation.

IF JESUS TOOK ALL SINS ON HIMSELF, WHY DO PEOPLE SUFFER SO GRIEVOUSLY?

The churches teach again and again “Jesus took all sins on himself.” “Believe, and your sins will be taken from you.” If Jesus took all sins on himself, why do people suffer so grievously, even believers? Why are they increasingly sick, unhappy and violent if Jesus took everything negative on himself? Marriages break up and envy and corruption rule in the economy. More and more people are at each other’s throats with thoughts, words or deeds. Bombs fly in many countries. If Jesus took sins on himself, must not at least believers be freed from that and spread peace and happiness on earth? A glance at our world and church Christendom shows the opposite is true. What brought this doctrine that faith is enough? The history of the church and the condition of people and the earth demonstrate this today. “Behold, I make all things new! Through Jesus’ discipleship or through the climate catastrophe?

In the Bible to which the churches appeal, we read: “Behold, I make all things new!” (Revelation 21,5) How does that happen? The question here is: by faith alone or that people become disciples of Jesus of Nazareth by doing what he taught step by step? Jesus explained to people how to distinguish prophets of God and wise persons from “raving wolves.” His answer was: “You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7,16). The gradual discipleship of Jesus of Nazareth would certainly lead to good “fruits” and a positive renewal. What fruits has “faith alone” brought? The fruits of this church faith in the last centuries are manifest or will be manifest. Christendom is the dominant religion on this planet on which under its influence many things have become worse than ever. No religion has blessed more wars on both sides of the front. Animals and nature suffer in our age as never before in the history of the earth and humanity. Christianity gave the commission: “Have dominion over the earth!” (Gen 1,28). How was this commission realized? In unparalleled speed, the animals are dying out and the whole “creation” cries for redemption from its human tormentors and for renewal. One could ask: In what way could a conversion be introduced? In this drastic situation, could the believer learn communication with mother earth and all her elements and forms of life so that he feels the suffering of an animal slaughtered for meat consumption or horribly tortured in animal experiments for the alleged health of people. Can the believer renew his conduct toward God’s creation in this way or will everything soon become new in another way – through climate change that expands to an unparalleled climate catastrophe because believers beastly maltreat the earth and its creatures instead of tending and preserving them. Will the planet earth be “cleansed” of believers and other people because it cannot endure their rage any more? Will “everything become new” in this way? The future will soon show us.

IS HEALING POSSIBLE?

The immune system of animals and plants on earth becomes increasingly weak and similarly with people. Sicknesses increase worldwide. Who, when and why someone falls is “God’s mystery,” the churches say. “Faith alone saves you” should be the watchword in this situation. “If only your faith is firm, you will be healthy.” If nothing else helps, “take the last rites and everything will be good.”

Whoever only believes does not find the causes that brought him into a certain life situation and can change nothing. His life is like a puddle that has hardly any inflow and outflow any more. Believing the person languishes.

NO PASTOR CAN FORGIVE SINS

Believers often go to their pastors or priests and ask forgiveness for their sins. Then the office-holder says: “Do you believe I can forgive you in God’s name?” The pastor cannot forgive. However the church Christian should believe this and answers “Yes.” Jesus never taught forgiveness through confessions, pastors and priests. Rather he said: “First, be reconciled with your brother” and sister (Matthew 5,24). No church “sacrament of confession” is needed. This only leads the “sinner” astray. The concerned must bring the situation under order. If the person is now reconciled or consciously takes the first step to his neighbor, the person gradually becomes free and experiences this in his soul and body. He does not need to bear burdens any more. He does not need to “believe” anything that doesn’t bring him anything and isn’t true, for example the presumption that the words of forgiveness by pastors or priests allegedly bring about God’s forgiveness as both large churches try to convince their faithful.

“Faith alone is enough.” The church has built a whole doctrinal structure around this and yet all this is built on sand from the start.

Compare yourself! On the left side, you can read further ideas about how “faith alone” should be enough. This is described here as “passive faith.” On the right side, you can read what could practically help: the “active faith” that grows out of trust in a loving creative God or from the gradual discipleship of the great teacher of humanity, Jesus of Nazareth.

“FAITH ALONE” IS ENOUGH – PASSIVE FAITH ACTIVE FAITH – STEPS IN THE DISCIPLESHIP OF

1) Martin Luther and church doctrine JESUS OF NAZARETH

assumed people intent on doing Jesus said: “Everyone who hears these words of

something good wanted to “boast.” mine and does them is like a wise man who built

(See Luther’s well-known treatise his house upon “rock: (Matthew 7,24). However

“On the Freedom of a Christian”). He commanded his disciples: “Beware of

With this thinking, the spiritual practicing your piety before men in order to be

arrogance of theologians and modern seen by them; for then you will have no reward

scribes is often projected on other from your Father who is in heaven”

persons. Jesus of Nazareth already said (Matthew 6,1)

about theologians of his time: “They

do all their deeds to be seen by men”

(Matthew 23,5).

2) The church teaches Jesus took the sins Jesus the Christ proclaimed that all persons

of all people at all times on the cross of could gradually find the way back to God.

Golgotha and one only needs to accept Therefore he taught the Sermon on the Mount

this “gift of grace” in faith. But if Jesus and gave people the highest possible goal that he

takes all sins on himself why do believers once described as follows: “You therefore must

bear the heavy burden of their sins? Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Something is not right. If Jesus takes all

sins on himself, why are sinful believers

simply unchanged? Something is not right

here.

3) If faith alone is enough, then churches of Early Christians in the discipleship of Jesus asked

stone, pastors and sacraments (like baptism about God’s will. Jesus of Nazareth taught: “Not

and the Lord’s Supper) are not needed. Everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord’ shall enter

Faith alone would suffice. Why then are the the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will

churches of stone so splendid with costly of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7,21).

organs and golden Lord’s Supper chalices?

Why all the “accessories” with sacraments, What is God’s will? Jesus explains this to a scribe

masses and ceremonies and so forth if faith who asked him: “Teacher, what should I do to

alone is enough? Can God be influenced in inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered: “You

this way so he does what believers want from shall love the Lord your God with all your heart

him? and with all your soul and with all your strength,


and with all your mind, and your neighbor as


yourself,” as the Old Testament already teaches.


Jesus continued: “Do this and you will live.” Thus no “faith alone,” no church, no priests and


no new sacraments.

4) As a supposedly “infallible truth,” the Jesus of Nazareth did not teach churchgoing or

Catholic Church teaches: “Every Christian a “communion,” much less an exclusion from

Must go to communion at least on Easter “salvation,” not even someone who does not

Every year according to the rule of the Holy take a host on the anniversary of his

Mother, the church. Every one who refuses resurrection. The active believer does not

Is excluded (=eternally damned) demand the host. Rather he may thankfully


take food every meal time in remembrance of


Christ and in God’s power, food which nature


gives people as originally in the creation


narrative (Gen 1,29).


Our body should be a “temple” of life or a


“temple of the Holy Spirit” (see 1 Cor 3,16).


No outward church is needed. God’s reign is


“in us” (Luke 17,21).

5) People become sick. Disasters pile up. Active faith is the way to health, happiness and

The church teaches it does not know why vitality. With the question of “why” a certain life

God allows so much sickness and distress situation occurs, the active believer wants to

to one person and makes possible a understand what happens. There are no

beautiful life to another. These are all God’s accidents. The question “why” leads to self-

mysteries.” Martin Luther even taught the knowledge. If his own misconduct underlies this,

question of why a disaster happens is a the why leads to the root of this conduct. Then

“temptation” of the “devil” (Table Talk). The active believer has remorse from which he


can honestly ask for forgiveness. On the other


hand, he forgives himself when someone is at


fault. When something has to be restored, he


restores it. Happiness and joy in life gradually


appears and the soul recovers. All this is the will


of God, not a mystery.



6) The churches teach the “sacrament” of Jesus of Nazareth, Paul and nearly all the

Confession. The passive believer confesses scriptures of the Old Testament teach that

His sins to the pastor or priest. The latter everyone who does an injustice to another

“absolves” the confessed sins. However all must suffer for that one day. If he reconciles

This is meaningless and lulls the believer in with his neighbor and his neighbor forgives

A fatal false security. A priest, bishop or pope him, then he need not suffer. That is the great

Can never absolve from sin. Whoever does not chance in the life school of the earth. Jesus

Bring his lapse or abnormal behavior in order explains this connection with an example

With the “injured one” remains afflicted with from everyday life: “Make friends quickly

His sins despite “absolution.” Even if he appeals with your accuser while you are going with

To all the “saints” and asks countless people to him to court, lest your accuser hand you over

Pray for him, this is good for nothing. to the judge and the judge to the guard and


you be put in prison; Truly, I say to you, you


will never get out till you have paid the last


penny” (Matthew 5,25-26).

7) The churches a person is weak and wicked The Bible regarded as “God’s word” by the

by an “original sin.” Therefore he must “sin” churches says unmistakably: “Do not be

again and again but can pass over his sins to deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever

Jesus. Whoever does not do that will a man sows that he will also reap” (Galatians

supposedly be eternally damned later. 6,7). The harvest of a seed occurs on this-side,

Mentally-sick church theologians dreamt up in the world-to-come or in another

this nonsense of “original sin” and “eternal incarnation. Jesus of Nazareth also taught this

damnation.” Human brains thought up the original knowledge of humanity. It was

alleged possibility of escaping this stricken from the tradition by the churches

“damnation” by simply “passing” the “sins” but is found in the “apocryphal” (=hidden)

to Jesus. Scriptures outside the Bible.

One can naturally ask why. One explanation “Mockery” toward God is mockery toward

could be: passive believers do not want to faith. A person only needs to pass on his

accept responsibility for their sins or face seed. Then he doesn’t have to harvest it

their affliction. Whoever has passed his sins if he believes.

to Jesus supposedly reaches his goal: “One

stands before God as though one never Since every person is a “temple of the Holy

committed a sin” (the Protestant preacher Spirit,” he can lay his abnormal behavior on

Billy Graham). Such thinking is typical for his “inner altar” and trust Christ for the

passive faith. Jesus never spoke of that. transformation. Christ is the support and


dynamic Redeemer-power in him helping the


active add less and less to this “sin.” Instead


increased power flows so he can “purge” the


roots of his abnormal behavior and these can


can be completely dissolved after a certain


time.

8) The churches teach, Christ said and did Christians in active faith know themselves led

everything around 2000 years ago once by the speaking God. They do not believe God

and for all. One has to believe this. This or Christ has abandoned humanity today or is

means he could be silent today. So one silent on the burning questions of our time. As

“praises” him as a silent God, for example there were prophets before Christ, there are

as a helpless baby in the manger or as the also prophets after Christ, which is often

executed on the cross. The main thing is proclaimed in the Bible (John 16,16; 1 Cor 12.

that he does not speak any more or 28). Since then, many of these prophets were

question church doctrine. burned at the stake of the church. In our time,


the church tries to make a fool of the


prophetic word and slander persons in active


faith. Like Jesus of Nazareth, prophets raise


their voice today against the church


theologians who lead people astray. The


chance of their earthly life is to become


happier through active faith from within and


gradually open up “heaven” in themselves.

Jesus called to theologians of his time: “Woe


to you, scribes!” (Matthew 23) Would it be


different today?

9) The churches teach no one needs to Unlike the passive church faith, the active

exert himself for his “salvation.” believer trusts Jesus’ saying: “Ask, and it will be

Everyone is “declared just” as he is. given you, seek and you will find, knock and it

A pastor once preached in a typical way: will be opened to you” (Matthew 7,7). This

“Whoever does what he can is a hero.” message is plain and simple and means:

Everyone can say this about him- or Everyone who honestly seeks connection to the

herself. Everyone can easily say: “I do Creator God takes two or more steps to the

what I can.” More is not necessary. Thus Most High. God’s love is a stronger power than

no one needs to change to later come into the power of darkness. This is different from

the church heaven. According to the church doctrines where at the end the majority

teaching of Martin Luther which was also of humanity will be tormented with eternal

adopted later by the Lutheran churches, a pains of hell without the church God doing

person can do nothing because he is passive anything positive for these people. This aspect

llke a riding animal. of their doctrine alone contains the whole


unmasking of the churches. Who wants a


creation separated for all eternity in the saved


on one side and the suffering damned on the


other side?

The honest search for God is bound with effort


because a person must seek actively. Everyone


is loved by God as he is. But he does not need


to remain as he is. God forces no one or uses


no one like a “rider” on a riding animal. God


created humans as children of freedom and


grants freedom to everyone.

10) Martin Luther taught: “Sin bravely but Jesus says to healed persons: “Go and do not

believe more valiantly!” (Letter to sin again” (Sin no more, that nothing worse

Melanchthon 8/1/1521). The heavier the befall you). He did not speak of “brave faith”

sin, the greater must be the faith that but taught: “You will know them by their

someone must then develop. fruits… Every sound tree bears good fruit but


the bad tree bears evil fruit” (Matthew 7,16-7)


And “By this all men will know that you are my


disciples, if you have love for one another”


(John 13,35).

11) Martin Luther taught faith contradicts God gives us intelligence to use. Active faith is

reason and cannot be understood. The logical and does not contradict the

greater the contradiction to the intelligence. No one can prove to another

natural sense, the greater the faith. The that God exists, a kindly and merciful God.

Reformer said literally: “Everything believed However everyone can prove to himself.

Is hidden.. God hides his eternal goodness Faith is only a first step for individuals.

and mercy under eternal anger and justice

under injustice. The highest degree of faith God does not hide from people and speaks

is to believe God who saves a few and from many mouths: from a fellow person,

damns so many is kindly.” a plant or an animal. God speaks in a


concrete life situation. God is the positive in

The well-known Catholic Church teacher everything negative. God is the solution in

Tertullian (ca.150-230) taught: “Credo every problem, the help in every distress, the

quia absurdum” (=I believe because it is relief in every sorrow and the signpost out of

absurd). sorrow and misery. If I do something good to


my neighbor, the inner joy that I feel is


God’s answer in my soul.



12) The catholic church teaches as The Creator God did not design any faith

“infallible” truth: “Whoever does not accept system that – like a totalitarian worldview -

the whole church tradition, written and must be held as true by everyone without

unwritten, is expelled or excluded exception. “He who is able to receive this,

(=eternally damned). Thus all church can receive it.” After death, there is not

dogmas and doctrines must be simply only “black” or “white.” Rather everyone

accepted. Then one will be “saved.” Harvests the fruits of his or her earthly


life. “Whatever you bind on earth shall be


bound in heaven and whatever you loose


on earth shall be loose in heaven”


(Matthew 18,18). All the bonds and


dependencies that hold a person will also


keep him dependent in the world to come.


A person learns of these burdens in the


earth school of life and unties them with


the help of Christ that will no longer burden


him in the world to come. With active faith,


one can recognize and solve the roots of


one’s own abnormal behavior.

13) The church teaches that no experience For active believers, God is not a killing and

of God is necessary. Martin Luther even damning God. He does not give any

taught that faith is the opposite of authority a right to wage wars and kill in his

understanding. For example, he wrote: name. In conflicts, Jesus teaches in the

“Since God cannot be understood, Sermon on the Mount: “Why do you see

space is given for the exercise of faith. In the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but

that God slays, faith in life is exercised in but do not notice the log that is in your

death” (On the Bondage of the Will). own eye? (Matthew 7,3). First, take the log

“God’s” killing happens through a out of your own eye, and then you will see

totalitarian authoritarian regime seen by clearly to take the speck out of your

him as “God’s servant” according to brother’s eye” (verse 5). And “So whatever

Romans 13,4. This also happens through you wish that men would do to you, do to

preachers and theologians who instruct them” (verse 12). Formulated differently,

politicians. He said of himself: “In the what you don’t want to be done to you,

rebellion, I killed peasants (in the don’t do to any other.” This is also true for

Peasants’ War). The Lord God commanded politicians in their service.

me.” Luther urged bloody massacres of

peasants that were then carried out. Man cannot create a single mosquito and

70,000-100,000 peasants were killed in presumes he can kill.

1525, countless persons who did not even God lives life to all persons and all life

join in the insurrection. forms. God is the breath in all existence.


“He makes his sun rise on the evil and the


good, and sends rain on the just and on


the unjust.” Those who believe in him


should act that way. “Do not only love


those who love you.” Rather “Love your


enemies and pray for those who


persecute you, so that you may be sons


of your Father who is in heaven, bless


those who curse you, do good to those


who hate you and pray for those who


insult and persecute you” (5,46.44). And


he said: “Do not fear those who kill the


body, but cannot kill the soul”


(Matthew 10,28)

14) The church teaches man cannot establish The prophets before Jesus of Nazareth

the “reign of peace” on earth promised spoke of the coming reign of peace on

by the prophets and by Jesus of Nazareth. earth where man and animal respect one

Believers must wait until God intervenes another and where the so-called wild

one day and does it himself. predator animals become peaceful

Out of this faith, the evangelical regional because of peaceful persons. One “word

bishop Otto Dibelius said “even the use of God” from the prophet Isaiah says:

of a hydrogen bomb is not a terrible thing “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and

from the Christian viewpoint since we aim the leopard shall lie down with the kid…

at eternal life.” “If such a bomb kills a The cow and the bear shall feed; their

million people, believers attained eternal young shall lie down together; and the

life all the faster” (from 1957). lion shall eat straw like the ox. The

According to this faith, everything will be sucking child shall play over the hole of

new one day – through wars or through the asp..They shall not hurt or destroy in

a climate disaster. Man cannot actively all my holy mountain; for the earth shall

bring this about. Sometime or other God be full of the knowledge of the Lord as

will come along and bring everything into the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11,6ff).

order again, at the latest in the world to

come. How is this possible? In active faith, the

Whoever thinks that way can put the whole person learns very gradually

planet at risk. “God” could clear away the communication with all existence: with

consequences of the most horrible human his fellow humans, with animals, plants

conduct and reassemble everything. and the elements of nature. He begins

However Paul taught: “Do not be deceived; to discern God in all life forms. He

God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man plunges in God’s great universal stream

sows, that he will also reap” that flows through the whole creation,

(Galatians 6,7). the great unity of nature. In this way,


“God’s reign,” the reign of peace, is


gradually built on earth. Jesus foresaw


This in a parable when he said: “The


kingdom of heaven is like a grain of


mustard seed which a man took and


sowed in his field; it is the smallest of


all seeds but when it has grown it is


the greatest of shrubs and becomes a


tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches”


(Matthew 13,31-32).

15) Martin Luther and the evangelical Jesus taught the opposite of Martin

confession today teach only the Luther, as for example in the parable

“good works” of believers please God. of the world judgment. This parable

The good works of others allegedly do not emphasizes active faith. Those people

please him. Luther said literally: “…if a from all nations who will later stand at

person did not previously believe as a the right hand of Christ did not know

Christian, all his works would be vain, in their earthly life that they served

foolish and damnable sins” (On the him. Christ says to them: “For I was

Freedom of a Christian). Only the works hungry and you gave me food, I was

of believers please God. “Good works thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a

without faith” are sins (Augsburg stranger and you welcomed me, I was

Confession CALXX). naked and you clothed me, I was sick


and you visited me, I was in prison

Up to today, the evangelical Lutheran and you came to me.” People asked

church teaches: If someone without the him when this happened and Jesus

“right” faith does something good, this answered: “As you did it to one of the

conduct is counted as “sin.” Whoever least of these my brethren, you did it

does something good could even be to me” (Matthew 25,35-40).Whether

damned eternally according to church the persons who acted this way were

doctrine. Christians or not plays no role. To


the others who will reap what they

Whoever shows that a life according to sowed, Jesus says: “As you did it not

ethical-moral principles is possible to one of the least of these, you did

without the church has always been the it not to me” (verse 45).

greatest danger for the church. When

someone proves no church and no priest Thus “faith alone” which ultimately

are needed for live an honest good life, is a passive faith is completely

that is the most grievous attack on the futile and lulls believers into a

church and on the doctrine of passive false security, escaping this way

faith. Therefore primitive Christian the harvest of one’s own negative

communities up to our time that turn seed. Thus active faith, just

their back on the church and join Jesus conduct in God’s will, is crucial. To

of Nazareth are combated by the church. That end, everyone can orient him-

or herself in the Ten Commandments and in the Sermon

on the Mount of Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus did not want any church

“mediator” or “representative” of

God on earth because God is

represented in each of us. He taught: “But you are not to be called

rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren. And call no

man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven” (Matthew 23,8-9).

Therefore the active believer does not follow any religious teacher. Rather he lives out the certainty: “Christ is in me. Christ is in my neighbor.” He gradually learns to love his neighbor as himself.

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