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"The Lost Meaning of Christ's Birth"

 

In many places, the hustle and bustle of setting everything up for Christmas has begun. Stores are decorated everywhere. Christmas markets with Christmas cookies and cakes, Christmas punch, Christmas trees, Christmas presents, and many, many more Christmassy items. But what is the meaning of Christmas anyway? Isn’t it the day of remembrance of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth?

If we look back at this event of 2000 years ago, alone the search for shelter by Jesus’ parents was a path of suffering without equal. Every mother can empathize with what it must mean to be in the last stages of pregnancy and having to walk or ride long distances on a donkey from inn to inn, begging for shelter. Over and over again, they were confronted with the lack of compassion for a woman about to give birth.

In the end, the child was born under the simplest of conditions “in a stable in Bethlehem,” as it is said. In the makeshift shelter, the animals left the manger to the little family. Donkey and ox provided warmth in the cold stable in Bethlehem. The straw of the donkey and ox was the bed for the newborn child. And thus, the Co-Regent of the Kingdom of God entered an earthly garment to accomplish His great mission as Jesus of Nazareth.

What did He teach us? He taught us the step-by-step fulfillment of the Ten Commandments of God and the Sermon on the Mount. He taught love for neighbor in the Sermon on the Mount and lived it as an example for us. Above all, what He brought home to us was the message of God’s love for us human beings, His children.

And so, Christmastime in particular calls on us to be reverent and respectful before the heavenly majesty, which came to us human beings and, on the cross, brought redemption to all souls and people. Ultimately, the path back to the heavenly Father’s house is ensured for each individual by way of the Redeemer-deed of the Christ of God.

Ox and donkey warmed the child, Jesus. What does that want to tell us? The Christmas celebration is supposed to be a celebration of love. But for many Christians, Christmas has become a feast of slaughter. Who introduced this feast of slaughter?

Did ox and donkey bring this on, who, with their body warmth, made it possible at all for the child Jesus to survive? The animals’ love could be a symbol for us Christians, a symbol of the unity of man, nature and animals.

Many people can no longer believe at all in the birth of the Son of God, because the great event has been embellished and sentimentalized with wax figurines, wooden figurines, mangers, children’s Christmas songs and the like. Who trivialized the birth of the Son of God to such an extent?

The man Jesus was a strong, grown man, no longer a little child! He, the greatest prophet of all time, bore testimony for the One God of love.

The risen Christ of God is the mighty majesty, the Co-Regent of the heavens, and He sits at the right hand of the eternal Father. And what do Christians do? They revolve around figurines in the manger made of wax and wood!

Doesn’t this behavior seem a bit odd to us? Jesus, the “babe” in the manger, who cannot yet speak, and then, later, revered as the dead man on the cross? – Isn’t He thus condemned to silence?! But Jesus does not remain silent. His words hold true. His word is valid, yesterday and today: “Every one then who hears these words of Mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock” These are the words of Christ, and much more! But His teachings, especially the sovereign teaching of the Sermon on the Mount, are still disparaged and vilified as utopian and unlivable! Why?

If we really think about it, then the whole hoo-ha around the “manger” and the “babe” shows very similar traits. Should the great Spirit, the Co-Regent of the heavens, be remembered in this way? It should be clear to everyone that the great event has truly nothing to do with a child’s cradle that’s hauled down from the attic!

Ox and donkey, carved from wood, are put by the manger as symbols of the stable in Bethlehem. What is it like for their fellow animals, particularly in the pre-Christmas season?

During the pre-Christmas season, the days are filled with suffering for our fellow creatures, the animals. Christmas has become a feast of slaughter, for which billions of animals are sacrificed. Hardly anyone perceives their suffering. If the animals could raise their voices, and if we would listen to them, they would no doubt say the following to us:

“God called on you by saying, ‘You shall not kill.’ You had the Son of our Creator with you – You were taught that God is our heavenly Father and our Creator-God. He is the Creator of all life. For no sparrow falls from heaven without God knowing it, just as there is no hair on a person’s head that He has not counted. Do you think it’s any different with our pelts and feathers?

You were admonished: ‘Whoever causes suffering to one of the least of my own has done it to Me.” What have the 2000 years since Jesus’ birth been like – where is the gentle heart, where is the compassion, also for us, your animal brothers and sisters? Doesn’t the blood flow in you, too, just as it flows in us, to maintain the physical body? Don’t you have the same breath that also vivifies us? Why are you so obtuse and celebrate the feast of love with our carcasses on your plates? You rejoice in the shining eyes of your children and grandchildren. Have you ever looked us in the eye? True tragedies are taking place for us. Why do you tear away our children, to shut them in, to fatten and slaughter them, to skin them, roast them, and then consume them along with Christmas melodies and candlelight?

What has happened to your compassion? Did Christ teach this? Have mercy! Have you developed no love and truthfulness, that you act in such a way against us, your little brothers and sisters?

“We have fur; we have feathers; we are different than you. But we have the same breath, the same heartbeat as you and your children.

We don’t understand you. We want so much to be able to look up to you in trust of your filiation to God, but you shut us in, fatten and poison us, to then kill and consume us. Does this happen in the spirit of true Christmas?

This is how the animals, the turkeys and poultry, the fish, the deer, the calves, the pigs, the donkey and horse speak – “we suffer unspeakably, but you do not hear our lamentation.”

Donkey and cow warmed the humble stable when Christ, the Son of the Eternal, came into this world, in order to bring peace to all creatures, and the awareness of the unity of Creation. They shared with Him the shelter that the people denied Him. How have you thanked your brothers and sisters, the donkey and the cow? Donkey and cow and more of your brothers and sisters lie on your tables – salami and veal filet, ham and poultry, nicely prepared and served on the Christmas table as spiced roasts. Is this your remembrance of the birth of the Son of God and your thanks to the Creator-God?

This resounds thousand-fold, million-fold from the little souls of the animals, filled with suffering, at the mercy we human beings show in the animal ghettos and slaughterhouses!

Why don’t we feel the misery and why don’t we hear the cry of the tortured animals in the barns of factory farming and in the slaughterhouses? Why don’t we feel into the nightly horror that takes place in forest and field when animals are shot away from their families, often dying miserably after long suffering? What then comes onto the festively decked Christmas table as saddle of venison or some other kind of game is part of the unspeakable history of suffering of a sentient being. Wouldn’t Christmas, in particular, be a good time to reflect on all this?

Christmas is the darkest time of the year, and so, we also light candles as symbols of light. For the light has come to us. And we also decorate conifer trees in our garden with lights.
Because the sap in the trees can be compared to the blood that flows in our bodies, we don’t cut down any trees in which the sap is still flowing. We respect the life, also in the trees. There are so many artificial trees that no one needs to cut one down in nature.

We like to light a lot of candles, as a sign that the light has come to us. We also like a certain amount of sparkle in our rooms, by all means with a bit of glitter, because it brings to mind the fact that the eternal homeland is filled with light, filled with the suns of the Being, filled with warmth. The Kingdom of God is seven dimensional – it shines in the most beautiful colors of the eternal Being. During this dark season, why shouldn’t we put a few pretty decorative ornaments on our table or on the holiday tree? Everything true is allowed – but always; what is important is that we are aware of why we celebrate the birth of the Son of God.

We come together and reflect on the Redeemer-spark of the Christ of God in us and live in the awareness that God dwells within, in each person, just as Jesus of Nazareth taught us.

Do we now understand why the betrayal of Jesus, the Christ, took place? Because the traditions, which we may also have been part of, or still are, are not Christian. It’s also worthwhile to think about this.

And, what may we wish for our sisters and brothers all over the world for the days of Christmas, and also for the animals all over the world? – Peace, peace, the peace which this world does not know.

Christmas 2010

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“Thanksgiving – For What Will We Give Thanks This Year?”

November, 2010

Almost everywhere on the Earth, Thanksgiving is celebrated for bringing in the harvest, at some point during the year. But for what, actually, shall we give thanks? For the fruit that man wrests from the earth, by spreading manure and slurry on the soil, including pesticides, herbicides and so much more? This causes countless life in the soil to die, but also animals such as hares, field hamsters, larks, hedgehogs, insects, butterflies, beetles, worms; all the microorganisms and the many mammals that live in the hedges and bushes and in the fields, perish with this.

So how can we say that we are celebrating Thanksgiving!? We force the earth to feed us; we do violence to her so that she gives us what we demand of her. The earth would voluntarily give, give, give, if we would supply her with what she needs from nature. It is also what we, of course, need. We also need nutrients such as minerals and trace elements, just like the earth. But does she get from us what she needs? No – we give her poison. So, what will we, in turn, harvest?

People who know how very much nature is maltreated, how the animals are tortured and slaugh­tered, cannot celebrate Thanksgiving.

The fruit of a tree is the expression of this tree and corresponds to the kind of tree it is. So, what about us? What is our fruit? Isn’t it what goes out from us, all that we sense, feel, think, say and do, what we bring forth, accomplish, but also all that we energetically – visibly or invisibly – bring about? This shows who we truly are; it reveals our kind, which, in turn, shapes our human nature, and this is the person’s state of consciousness.


So can we say: “No matter where life has placed me, I’ve given my best?”

We can give only that which we previously have unfolded and developed in ourselves as a gift of the heart. So, do we always give our best – which is also what God wants?

Many people have nothing to eat. Over one billion people on this earth live in poverty and suffer hunger. And why are they impoverished and hungry? Because mankind nurtures the satanic principle “I am my own best friend,” instead of fostering communication. The rich and mighty of this world should and could not only give bread to the hungry, but also land, in order to help them farm the land. Instead of that, they even rob them of their raw materials.

The earth would bring forth enough healthy food, enough healthy grain, enough healthy vegetables, to feed all the people on this earth. But what happens instead? Much of what is violently wrested from the earth is fed to artificially bred, so-called livestock, which then, after a life filled with suffering the rich nations slaughter and eat, if not to say, devour, ad nauseum,. Should we give thanks for this?

Nature is suffering – why? Because we have not served nature. If mankind had served nature, we would have a paradise on this earth.

The eternally unending heavenly Being is unity, which is based on all-encompassing com­munication. Where there is no communication, everything turns marshy; everything there is destroyed; nothing can really ripen or flourish. Who would want to celebrate Thanksgiving in such a place?

True community is communication, which seeks peace, because peace radiates from the mature soul and seeks community. And so, true communication also seeks true friends, brothers and sisters. True friends are with and for each other; they help and serve each other. The true help for a friend is the helping and serving of our neighbor. That is unity, which is communication, that is peace, that is the beginning of true love. And true unity encompasses all life – all animals, all nature and all human beings.

The Lord’s Prayer is the unity, the great, mighty thought of Creation, the great, mighty power of Creation, which Jesus of Nazareth taught us: “Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed is Your name.” If we hallow His name day by day by growing towards the unity of all life step by step, then our aura will become calmer and the divine world, our guardian beings, will draw closer to us. This alone brings joy, through which the fruit of life ripens.

November, 2010

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“Thanksgiving, Christmas & Easter:
A Celebration of Tradition or of Responsible Living?”

November 2009

With holidays and traditional celebrations , many look forward to family gatherings and time spent with loved ones. Memories of favorite meals fill our senses. But only few stop to think of what it is like for the turkeys, pigs, cows and other animals during this time of feasting and celebration.

Never in all the history of mankind has so much suffering been caused to animals at our hands as is happening today in animal farming, where victims of the modern meat industry are pressed together in such close quarters that they attack each other in fear and aggression, where these living commodities are barbarically maltreated on animal transports, or where they die under unendingly torturous conditions in the slaughter houses. This horrible treatment happens in countries that claim ethics and morals as the basis upon which rest the fundamental rights of man and which guidelines are based on humanitarian principles.
 
However, ever more alert and concerned people are joining in the fight for the rights of animals and a better world. One of their mottos is: “What Has Eyes, People Conscious of Their Responsibility Do Not Eat.” Keeping in mind that Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter are holidays filled with family traditions, one could use this rather provocative campaign statement to question these traditions. After all, a very central part of these festivities is the feasting that takes place – where people often gorge themselves on wonderfully prepared, tasty morsels of stuffed turkey, succulent ham, lobster, crab, leg of lamb, just to mention a few of the favorites. And it is especially during the holiday season that there is a staggering rise in the numbers of animals led to the slaughter bench to satisfy the palates at these traditional feasts. Yet how many stop to think about what it means to the rest of the world, and most particularly to the living being that was slaughtered for this purpose? And, what does this have to do with responsible action?
 
In looking at tradition, many people feel good, safe and secure, and look forward to time spent with family and friends, as they have done many times before. But, in another viewpoint and looking more deeply into what tradition means, someone once said that tradition is actually the enemy of independent thought and action, because it invites a kind of mindless repetition of something that is taken for granted under the motto, “it’s always been this way.” And how many people don’t shrug their shoulders as they say this in answer to a question raised?
 
Perhaps it’s high time we take a closer look at our actions and place them into question. Given the title of the campaign slogan, “What has eyes, people conscious of their responsibility do not eat”, we may be led to think that this means that meat eaters are irresponsible. So what does it means to be a responsible person.
 
Individual responsibility means that I see to it that what I do is done as well as possible, that nothing and no one is harmed. It is clear that we also bear responsibility for the Earth and for the animals – they also belong to the Earth. Therefore, this means to see that no harm comes to these animals. Until we stop eating meat, we cannot exclude ourselves from the act that comes before eating the meat, and that is that we are basically giving the order to kill. This is not a responsible way of behaving from an ethical point of view – if we assume that animals are creatures of God, that they are our little brothers and sisters, that they, like us, bear the life in themselves. Because, after all, ultimately we did not give life to them, so what gives us the right to take their life?
 
When one meets an animal and looks them in the eyes, how could he bring himself to take a knife and kill this animal? There is a story about Tolstoy, whose aunt wanted chicken. He told her, “Okay, I will serve it, but you must kill it yourself,” and of course, the aunt did without the chicken. If we had to kill our steak beforehand, the number of vegetarians in the world would presumably rise far above what it is today. Isn’t it then irresponsible to say: “I pass this task of killing on to another” and then take the meat from the freezer? Am I not also responsible for what I push onto others to do for me? Being a responsible person also means facing up to my actions and what they bear as consequences for other living beings – whether people or animals.
 
Another important aspect of this responsibility we cannot afford to ignore are the effects of animal farming on the environment. As the energy resources become ever scarcer, one should ask: At whose costs and under which suffering is today’s food produced? On our planet Earth we have circa 3 times as many of these animals as people, and they need living space. According to a report, put together by the UN, two thirds of the world’s agricultural land is used for livestock farming. But on these pastures one could grow a lot of fruit, grain and vegetables, which would produce enough healthy food for everyone. On the other side, these animals take a lot of food away from many people already. Just think of the famine that takes place in Africa and other parts of the world. We need enormous amounts of grain, soy products and other fruits and vegetables to produce beef and other meat products. For example, one third of the world’s cereal harvest, 95% of US soy production and 73 % of corn grown – just to mention a couple – is fed to farm animals. It is not for nothing that there is a saying: “The rich man’s cow eats the poor man’s bread.” There would be enough; Mother Earth gives us enough to feed all people. So, purely on an ethical note – given that today every second a person dies of hunger – the consumption of meat cannot be justified.
 
Factory farm animals are also a major source of the greenhouse gases of methane and nitrous oxide, which are causing the warming of our climate, not to mention the ammonia from liquid manure that is a major contributor to acid rain and pollutes the groundwater. What most of us aren’t aware of is that factory farms are like small, tightly packed cities of animals that generate huge amounts of waste. For example, ten thousand hogs on a typical factory farm will generate the water volume equivalent to a city of 25,000 people. However there are no laws on the disposal of such animal waste and the common practice is to keep it in underground pits or open cesspools until it is spread on the land as fertilizer or dumped into local waterways. Water is necessary for life, yet this resource is getting ever scarcer and polluted in this way. According to the United Nations, more than 1.4 billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water, and yet, 86% of fresh water consumed worldwide is used for agriculture, and the amount required to produce 1 Kg of grain-fed beef is 100 times the amount required to produce 1 Kg of wheat. We know that we should economize more with energy, and that it is inefficient to take plant foods to produce animal protein and animal products. This devours enormous amounts of energy resources, enormous amounts of water.
 
There are many more instances that could be mentioned, but the bottom line in all this is that we cannot push the responsibility for the state of the world – with respect to the problems of hunger and the environment – just on to the politicians and the laws, because with his breakfast, lunch and supper, every person shares the responsibility for the conditions of our planet as a whole. Never was a statement more true today: What we can change in ourselves could also change the world. The American Indians already knew this when they said “We did not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, instead, we are renting it from our children.” This clearly defines our responsibility.
 
It is high time to focus on our traditions and habits and ask ourselves whether they are the result of responsible acts of conscience or the blind actions of the masses. Let us ponder this throughout the year to really give thanks for the gifts of life and of our beautiful planet Mother Earth. Let us consider the following: If we truly are thankful, doesn’t this mean that in our heart, in the deepest part of our being, that we also feel responsible to see that future generations also have a good basis for a responsible and meaningful life?

 

   
 

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