This expression, so often used, is one of the principal sedatives of all those who call themselves believing Christians. But it is a poison which intoxicates. Like many poisons which are only used to deaden physical pain arising from disease, thus creating apparent relief, so a similar condition is brought about spiritually with the words: “Cast all your guilt upon Him; for He has redeemed us and through His wounds we are healed!”
Since this is accepted by the faithful as one of the basic tenets of the doctrines of the Christian churches, its effect upon them is so much the more devastating. Their whole inner attitude is built upon it. Through this, however, they fall prey to the deadly embrace of blind faith, in which they are only able to view everything else as in a dense mist, until finally the whole picture is blurred, and a gray veil descends over the Truth. Thus they are only able to find support in the artificial structure of distorted theories, all of which must collapse on the day of recognition.
“Cast all your guilt upon Him...!” Foolish delusion! Like a fire, the shining Truth will sweep into the hosts of false teachers and indolent believers, and consume all that is untrue! Yet even today the masses bask comfortably in the belief that everything the Savior suffered and did was done for them. With their indolent thinking they call presumptuous and sacrilegious all those who imagine that they themselves must also contribute something in order to be able to enter Heaven. In this respect many show an astonishing humility and modesty, qualities which in other areas are completely lacking in them. In their opinion it would be blasphemy to harbor the thought, however faint and timid, that the Savior’s descent to earth, and the suffering and death He therewith took upon Himself, were not sufficient to wipe away the sins of all those human beings who no longer doubt that He lived on earth at that time.
“Cast all your guilt upon Him...” they think with fervent devotion, without knowing what they are really doing. They sleep, but the time will come when they will have a terrible awakening! Their faith, apparently so humble, is nothing but self-complacency and boundless arrogance in imagining that a Son of God would come down to serve them, and prepare a path on which they can mindlessly saunter straight into Heaven. Actually, everyone should be able to readily recognize the hollowness of this. It can only arise out of an indescribable laziness and frivolity, unless it was used out of shrewdness as bait to gain earthly advantages!
Mankind have lost themselves in a maze of a thousand paths, and deceive themselves in their foolish faith. What a debasement of God this implies. What is man to have the effrontery to expect God to send His Inborn Son, a part of His Own Unsubstantiate Essence, so that men can cast their load of sin upon Him, only in order to avoid the trouble of washing their own dirty linen and clearing away the dark layer they had heaped upon themselves. Woe to those who will one day have to account for such thoughts! It is the most insolent defilement of the Sublime Godhead! The Mission of Christ was not of such a low order, but sublime and demanding in pointing to the Father.
I have already referred to the Son of God’s great work of redemption. *(Lecture No. 14: The Redeemer) The seeds sown by His great Work of Love have sprouted in this world and in the beyond, bringing forth all kinds of fruit. In the meantime many who were called by men have frequently claimed to be called by God. They seized these pure teachings with unholy hands, dragged them down to their own level, thereby dimming their clarity. Mankind, who trusted them without first seriously examining the Word which they taught, fell with them. The lofty kernel of Divine Truth was surrounded with earthly narrow-mindedness, such that the form remained, but all luminosity was destroyed through the obsession with earthly power and advantage. Only dim twilight reigns where the brightest radiance of spiritual life could be. Pleading humanity was robbed of the precious jewel which Christ Jesus brought to all who long for it. Distorted by a veil of selfish desires, seekers are shown a false path, which not only makes them lose precious time, but very often even drives them into the arms of the darkness.
False doctrines grew up rapidly. They choked simplicity and truth, covering them with an iridescent garment, the brilliant colors of which, however, like poisonous plants, hold dangers benumbing all who approach, whereby the vigilance of the faithful with regard to themselves is paralyzed and finally dies. With this every possibility for ascent to the true Light dies! Once more the mighty Call of Truth will reverberate through every land. Then the final reckoning will come for each one through the fate he himself has woven. Men will finally receive what they have so persistently advocated in the past. They will have to live through all the errors which they sought to advance in their desires or presumptuous thoughts, or which they tried to follow. For many the result will be howling and gnashing of teeth from fear, anger and from despair.
Those who are badly stricken by evil and those who are rejected in the Judgment will suddenly perceive it as unjust and cruel as soon as they are thrust into that reality which, during their earth-life, was the only one they wanted to recognize as being true, and which they also continually bestowed upon their fellow-men. Then they expect help from God whom they had faced with such boundless presumption! They will beseech Him and call Him, they will expect Him in His Divinity to easily forgive even the worst sins of the “ignorant,” small human beings. In their way of thinking, He will suddenly be far too “great” to be able to hold such things against them. He Whom they had so debased!
But He will not listen to them, nor will He help them anymore, because they did not want to listen before to His Word which He sent them! And herein lies that Justice which can never be separated from His great Love.
It was the duty of men to examine for themselves the Word which He had given to them, even if they refused to accept His messengers as such. Like thunder, a voice will therefore reverberate towards them: “You have refused! Therefore you will now be destroyed and erased from the Book of Life!”