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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The Law of God

Why does every nation have some idea of a future life? and do different nations entertain similar views regarding a future life?

EVERYTHING has its genera and species, each specie its own distinctive and peculiar development.

This is from a law of diversity, which tends to greater harmony. The whole universe might be compared to an instrument upon which an anthem is played, each measure depending upon its own key-note for its volume and sweetness.

Each specie, from its particular place in the measure, has a peculiarity of development all its own. Every key of the instrument is not struck with the same power by the hand of the Almighty; if it were, there would be but a succession of monotonous notes—no melody—no harmony.

The perfect performer makes no mistakes in the measures he produces, but interprets his own thoughts clearly in the composition of his melodies.

Every race has its distinctive features, dependent upon its higher or lower place in the scale of development. According, then, to the development must the mental powers of comprehension be. According to the development of the race must be the revelation to the race of life as existing both on the earth and in future states.

Why does every nation have some idea of a future life? What is man placed in the world for? It is for a beginning of development, just as the seed of the tree is planted in the soil of the earth that it may begin a development of its possibilities, which it does with every little rootlet that it puts forth. Now, what kind of a development that man can obtain from the conditions of earth helps him most? Not a merely physical one, evidently, since the earthly body is dropped as a shell—is of no more lasting consequence than is the clothing necessary to preserve that body in health while it lasts.

The development, then, that is vital with any human soul is that which goes onward with him through eternity. How can any conception of the spirit that is in man—the principle that is greater than his outward, visible, material body—be gained save through some idea, however vague, of an existence beyond the earthly life?

It is obvious, then, why such a conception is in some way revealed to all races of mankind as soon as they are able to receive it. No people ever reach a development and remain at a standstill waiting for a revelation. The revelation is always waiting the development of the people to a full comprehension of it, always something for their minds to work up to; and an understanding of morality precedes that of any great spirituality.

Certainly different nations do not and cannot entertain the same views in regard to a future life, though there may be points of similarity. A rude and barbarous nation could not comprehend the spiritual thoughts of a highly cultivated and Christianised one; nor could they occupy, on the spiritual side of life, the same plane of existence.

It is with the race as with the individual; the most highly developed minds are most capable of comprehending existence, and they always lead those behind them in perception and reflection. Confucius and Buddha no doubt served their races as well in the revelations desirable for the elevation of the then peculiar development of the race as Moses and Jesus served theirs.

God works through ages. What a nation learns in one age is a transmitted knowledge, an uplift to the next age. And the light, the advancement of knowledge, of one nation spreads itself as gradually, as surely, to all nations of a world.

Do you wonder? What of the nations that are or were so far behind—that reach the spiritual life in such darkness of ignorance ? Well, they are progressing too. There are no false notes in God's harmonious measures.

To the individual, because he can feel his own pains, can realise his own aspirations and environments, there may seem to be many jars—chords that grate on his mortal ear—but this is only because he is still in a low state of development, because he possesses so little knowledge and perception of the vastness of the creation of which he is an atom.

When he realises that his own good, his own advancement, is assured along with the number of which he is a factor, then the law of brotherly love, and thus love to God—obedience to the law of God—is assured; he is beyond the law then; he has no further need of the law of command, such as was necessarily given through different revelations to different peoples of the world, because his own desires, his own will, leads him always to rejoice in helping to further the law.

Spirit Author Unknown — LEAFLETS OF TRUTH; OR, Light From the Shadow Land, M. KARL, CHICAGO: 1886