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[From The Rosicrucian Digest February 1939]
PRAYER, FAITH AND ACTSTHERE has been much disputation on the part of theologians in the past as to the differences of ideas between Saint James and Saint Paul. One of them seemed to think, from a casual reading, that the greatest act making for salvation was that of faith, while the other seemed to think that the greatest act was that of works or acts. But in truth these two men held the same idea, the same logical, rational, unavoidable and indisputable idea, because works are a result of faith and without having the faith you cannot do the work or perform the acts. On the other hand, faith alone and of itself will not bring salvation either in heaven, hell or here on earth. There are too many hypocritical, pious persons who walk about with the earmarks of their faith on their sleeves, or on their illogical grinning countenances, but who do not show by their acts or works that they are being consistent with their Christian religion, Jewish religion, or any other belief.
One of these great writers in the Bible argued what he thought was the most important thing, namely, works. But he plainly realized that preceding the works must come the faith, while the other argued that before the works could manifest there had to be faith. So after all, both of these great men were right. The real subject or question for disputation is this: Are you right in ignoring both of these subjects? Have you the necessary faith, and are you demonstrating the works and acts? You may place your faith in God or Jesus Christ or Mohammed or anyone else, but unless you go among the multitude or among men to demonstrate this faith, your faith will be of no avail. Some of the writers of the Holy Scripture have said that one must stand before God with his faith and justify it. To my way of thinking, and to the way of thinking of some of the greatest scriptural writers of the past, the way to demonstrate and justify one's faith is not before God but before mankind. If you justify your faith here on earth in your works and acts among men, you need not worry about the eventual or inevitable justification that will be recorded in the Consciousness of God. But if you are waiting until that remote Judgment Day when the Horn of Gabriel or the harp of some angel will bring you suddenly before the throne of God, and there with all of your piousness and all of your preachment and all of your smug objective attitude you will attempt to justify your faith and your goodness to God, you are doomed to disappointment, for God will know long before you reach the Judgment Day or reach His throne what you have done and it will be too late then to try and justify yourself or your faith or your acts or your attitude or anything else.
One of the greatest ways, the easiest ways of strengthening your faith in God and all of His laws, and at the same time cooperating with mankind in his effort to lift himself up, is to join with the multitude of others who meet in the Cathedral of the Soul in silent prayer and meditation and there find peace and that ecstasy and subliminal incarnation of a few minutes or a few hours where you are a living example of the "word made flesh." If you do not know how to do this, send for the little booklet Liber 777 which is absolutely free, and is also free of creed and dogma, and in the privacy of your own life use it to assist your consciousness to rise above the mundane, sordid things of life and point out to you not only the inward path of light but the goal of Godliness and Nirvana.
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