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=> Wahrer Glaube und geistige Freiheit
=> Ein eingefleischter Glaube
=> Was bedeutet glauben?
=> Ein Volk mit einem reinen Glauben
=> True Faith and spiritual Freedom
=> An ingrained Faith
=> What is Faith?
=> A People with a pure Faith
|Credulity and Superstition… A selection of examples and effects…|
Credulity and Superstition… A selection of examples and effects…
False faith as a means for the manipulation of the peoples by the rulers and “clergy”:
False faith as a way to generate money:
Superstition as justification for robbery and murder:
2. Likewise I draw the attention of all of you to the fact that, in half an hour, we will experience a total eclipse of the sun. However, may none of you let that bother you, for an eclipse such as this happens quite naturally!
3. The moon, coming in from the evening west, about 98000 hour’s travel away from the Earth, as a massive, opaque celestial body, will move across the sky in a straight line and cover the sun, thus preventing its light from falling upon a section of the Earth; the total eclipse will only last a few moments; shortly thereafter will the sun reappear along the edge of the moon, and once again the Earth shall become brighter and brighter. During the total eclipse, however, you shall behold the beautiful winter constellations, which are otherwise impossible to be seen during summer.
4. I tell you this to prevent any and all foolish fear from settling within you at the sight of such appearances, and to show you the complete and utter naturality thereof; therefore, fear not when the appearance comes to pass!
5. Simultaneously we shall discover three merchant ships out on the sea; these must be brought ashore before the appearance commences, because otherwise wicked superstition will compel the ship’s servants to throw an exceedingly beautiful and virtuous daughter of an honest Greek overboard, together with her father who was accompanying her…”
False faith is not a good foundation:
Woe to the teachers of false doctrines!
27. However, who is to blame should someone come to cling to a false faith originating from a false teaching? But I say, He that believes as he was taught, his faith is without falsity in him that believes as well, and he shall find grace. But woe to the teacher of false doctrine! For he is a doer of evil and a violator of the divine order! But not we, but the Lord alone, may judge them!”
False faith as a means for the alienation of man from his Creator:
14. This weather forecast is followed by a number of other follies, with titles such as: “Remedies for the weather, or: Means by which one may drive away thunderstorms, either predicted in the calendars or already truly approaching. Among these means of driving away the weather, the so-called “weather fairs” in Roman Christendom are in first place. Should country priests wish to have quite a lot of weather fairs paid for, they need only get into amicable agreement with a calendar maker or other weather prophets, so they might prophesy quite a bit of lightning and hail; then there will be weather fairs galore!
15. Another remedy is the so-called “field blessing”, either by the local clergy, who, of course, is not all that powerful, or by a mendicant, whose blessing is said to be much more potent.
16. A third remedy, particularly against already approaching thunderstorms, is primarily the so-called “weather ringing”, something that is once again gaining momentum at the moment, then the shooting with consecrated powder, then the smoking with so-called palm willows, the burning of consecrated candles, the putting up of the true blessing of Tobias, the sprinkling of the fields with holy water, and finally, in addition to some even more infamous follies, the erection of enormously tall weather crosses, painted red, which the weather witches are supposed to strike, falling down to the ground as a result.
17. What horrible nonsense! But all of it originates from the weather prophets in particular, who themselves are considered to be a sort of sorcerers, whose opinions cause the common man to wholly refrain from considering God to be the weather maker, as well as from asking Him for good weather. Now he considers the weather to be nothing but pure witchcraft, something he must counteract with anti-witchcraft means alone. And so it happens that one wedge drives the other, and one folly the other, though by the moniker of: Omne ad majorem Dei gloriam! (Everything for the greater glory of God!) But for this glory I give thanks; it may have once been pleasing to the brass, stone and wooden gods, and may still be pleasing to the wooden, bronze, and occasional stone, but mostly painted images of saints, but I create nothing from such glorification!
18. Behold, all this too belongs to the realm of visions, though certainly to the filthiest, and possesses as much reality as the skills of a conjurer or magician.
19. Unfortunately, this sort of visionary shtick has a most significantly harmful effect on mankind, namely that the faith and trust in God of individuals whose hearts are still better, is wholly diverted to mere calendars, weather fairs, weather ringing, etc. This is the influence of hell, taking possession of the minds of not only individuals, but of entire peoples and nations, and in a most shameful manner to boot. Not infrequently has this influence tempted them to enact truly disgraceful degeneracy against their poor and innocent brethren, especially in earlier times.”