Human History in the Light of Spiritual Investigation. Lecture 7 of 16
As one of the most brilliant stars in the sky of spiritual development, the Prophet Elijah shines to us from early antiquity. His traits, his actions, his whole greatness stick to our hearts as they are described in the Bible. Outer history can hardly understand this significant personality. However, for spiritual science just this personality is a sign of the fact that not only actions and ideas form the basis of the most important causes and impulses of human evolution which outer history reports, but that the human soul processes are the most important moving forces and impulses. In order to imagine this, we need only remind ourselves of the fact that also the foundation of Christianity is due for the most part to inner soul events which present themselves externally as the event of Damascus for the Apostle Paul. One cannot deny the outer fact that the foundation of Christianity is intimately connected with the event of Damascus, with the events in the soul of the Apostle Paul and what spread in his flaming words and in his serious sacrificial actions. At many other places we can also prove that human affairs, historical becoming, do finally not lead into the usual actions of history, but into the human soul, into the human heart.