1. The point of view of the Simple Believer, who holds fast to the words that are giving him. Many people, however, cannot reconcile the standpoint with their modern thought and they then pass on to:2. The point of view of the Critic, the Doubter, the one who denies. This is the point of view of the “clever, enlightened men”, who have “risen above” religious truths. But many of them search further and discover that a very great deal is nevertheless contained in these religious documents they wrestle through to:3. The point of view of the Symbolists. These interpret the religious records in their own way and find in them much or little, according to their knowledge or acuteness. In Germany many former Freethinkers have come to this point of view. Finally, it is possible through Spiritual Science to arrive at:4. The point of view where one learns to take the religious documents literally once more. We find many remarkable examples of this in the study St. John's Gospel.
1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a God.2. The same was in the very beginning with God.3. All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.4. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.5. And the Light shone in the darkness, but the darkness did not comprehend it.6. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.7. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that through him all men might believe.8. He was not that Light, that came to bear witness of the Light.9. For the true Light, which enlighteneth all men, was to come into the world.10. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, but the world did not recognize Him.11. It came into the several human beings, even into the ego-men; but the individual human beings, the ego-men, did not receive Him.12. But those that did receive Him, to them gave He power to manifest that they were Sons of God.13. Those who trusted in His Name were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.14. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we have heard His teaching, the teaching of the only begotten Son of the Father, full of devotion and truth. (in St. John's Gospel truth — aletheia — is Spirit Self, devotion — charis — is Life Spirit, and wisdom — sophia — is Spirit Man.)