By Rudolf Steiner
1914. Contents: issues of View; Mysteries and their knowledge; Greek Sages earlier than Plato; knowledge of the Mysteries and fantasy; knowledge of Egypt; Gospels; Apocalypse; Jesus His historic historical past; St. Augustine and the Church.
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To comprehend merely the things of the world around, leads only to a denial of God. 20 C HRISTIANITY A S M YSTICAL F ACT On the evidence of the senses, God does not exist any more than he does for the intellect that interprets sensory experience. God lies spellbound in the world. To find God requires a power from God himself. That power must actually be awakened in the candidate for initiation, it was stated in the ancient teaching. So began the great cosmic drama in which the initiand’s life was engulfed.
Pythagoras of Samos On the ground of the Mysteries there also came into being an understanding of the world that was nevertheless different from that of Heraclitus. 40 The Pythagoreans regarded numbers and geometrical forms, understood mathematically, as the foundation of reality. Aristotle says of the Pythagoreans: 36 C HRISTIANITY A S M YSTICAL F ACT The so-called Pythagoreans led the field in mathematics and their studies convinced them that the principles of that science were of universal application.
The mystes’ aim is to grasp the godmaking power,18 which is something higher than the public divinities, and on a different plane. 19 And this was also the God of the Mysteries. ” For nowhere, the teaching asserted, could this God be found by one who trusted the senses alone. One’s gaze could be turned toward the wide world, but find there nothing divine; exert one’s intelligence to grasp the laws of coming-to-be and passing-away, and yet find no proof of the divine; intoxicate one’s imagination with religious fervor to make images taken to be gods, only to undermine them once more with the realization that they are manufactured by human beings from the material of the sense-perceptible world.
Christianity as Mystical Fact and the Mysteries of Antiquity by Rudolf Steiner