The discussion about the figure of Judas has flared up anew since recently a Gospel of Judas was found.
Repeatedly attempts have been made in the most varied ways to understand the nature and deed of Judas Iscariot. The interpretations range from Judas as traitor who had succumbed to evil to Judas as hero and initiate who even surpassed Jesus in readiness to sacrifice. His character and his deed raise the question of the nature and the meaning of evil in the world.
The here somewhat expanded text of the lecture given in 2006 at the Frankfurt Book Fair is a contribution to answering this question and to a better understanding of Jesus’ disciple Judas. For the Judas principle is active in all times in every pupil on the spiritual path and can only be overcome when we clearly see through it. To enable readers to form their own opinions, the passages in the canonical gospels pertaining to Judas are printed before the lecture. These along with the Gospel of Judas recently brought into public discussion being the texts with which the lecture deals.
The Bible is widely regarded as the book of books. In a way, people shaped by Western culture are all children of the Bible: Its language has shaped our languages. Its morality is a foundation of our humanity. Its pictures have furnished our world of imagination. Its parables have given material and reference points to our literature and culture. But who really knows the Bible? How is it structured? What is its content? When and according to what criteria was it determined which scriptures were to be included in the Bible and which were not? What is the best way to interpret it: historically, salvation-historically, or spiritually? And what significance can the Bible have for Christians and all spiritual seekers today? You will find answers in this book.
• Already a few decades after Jesus, it had been forgotten that Christianity is a spiritual path on which the image of God, our deepest essence, which is threatened with suffocation under our false, egocentric nature, is again awakened to life.
• Jesus himself lived this path as an example. Anchored in the divine forces, he brought the true self, the Kingdom of God, to appearance in the measure that he recognized and weakened the false self—the pharisaic self-righteousness and the demonic forces of the striving for power, honour, and possessions.
• The disciples of Jesus followed this path in the forces of their master. All miracles, events, and sayings in the gospels are stations of a precisely structured inner development.
• Those who read the Gospel of Luke with this perspective, experience a foretaste of the spiritual path of Jesus and his disciples, which can also become their path.
In the Spiritual School of the Rosycross, this way is walked in the sign of Christian Rosycross. It connects to the consciousness of the modern human being on the basis of the original Christianity while at the same time reaching back to the long, independent spiritual tradition of the West.
The inner workings of this spiritual school are made transparent for the onlooker: Who were its founders, from which sources did they draw, what are the contents of the Rosicrucian philosophy, how does a spiritual power field work, what is the structure of the Spiritual School?
We see that not only the individual pupil is on the way but also the whole community, that this path is not an automatic one, however, and that it can happen that individual pupils under certain conditions may not be able to reach the goal.
A spiritual school is a visible model of a human community of the future in which there is a striving for unity, freedom, and love among human beings, for these characteristics are the destiny of every human being and of humanity. Therefore, renewing impulses can also go out from the Spiritual School to society, science, culture, and religion.