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Question 25

[1678] Question 25: "Has the state the task to guarantee the freedom of conscience and belief of the individual, or should it delegate the supervisory and educational right in religious matters to the existing religious communities?"

[1679] Answer: The state can at best set the framework conditions for any form of freedom, it can guarantee little. It has not the omnipotence of L in order to determine the processes that lead to the development of conscience and the decision for a belief. The important deterministic effective power of the state is negligible. [1680] Since the state rather restrains itself here than to bring about something positively, but tries only to eliminate negative influences, as far as this is in its power, the best contact, both individually and collectively, in liberty issues is L. L judges and acts according to zis ideas, i.e. after the highest developed ones. The conscience develops after the karma and affects this in return. [1681] The more developed one is, the more freedom one has, since one also has more possibilities. Only then it becomes possible to take a well-considered belief decision, since one got, to a large extent, rid of all secondary decision factors. Much more decisive than the state is therefore the personal development that one passes through. That this happens justly, only L can guarantee. [1682] It is to educate fundamentally after qualifications, both at the side of the educating and the persons to be educated. Who has the best qualification is the first choice, whether ze belongs to a certain religious community or does not. Since it should be educated preferably comprehensively, the religious communities are to be appropriately considered, at least contentwise according to their quantitative and qualitative importance. [1683] After conveying indispensable basics, it is to rely increasingly on the freedom of choice of the persons to be educated. This requires that they can judge what is to be chosen sufficiently by exposing the essential and distinguishing clearly, appropriately to development and understandable. For this purpose, sufficiently many alternatives are to offer, also individually, where the persons to educate may decide anew - and possibly differently - in appropriate time intervals. [1684] The question is extended by the posing of the question how liberties can be guaranteed. Freedoms arise through development. This is possible if one is not too much fixed into everyday life, but has leisure to develop. For this purpose, duties must be minimised, without neglecting their importance. With increasing age, the leadership, strong at the beginning, has to decrease more and more and to make way for autonomous judging and acting within freely chosen relationships. [1685] The best development and support can be found in the relationship with L. It is likewise the most demanding and fulfilling. One owns then most certainly exactly the liberties that further one. Also in interpersonal relationships one can live out liberties, but rather on an equal footing with all the associated advantages and disadvantages. However, no man can offer what L can offer. [1686] The most important liberty is to think one's own thoughts. One must be sensitive and know oneself well to recognise foreign thoughts, since they pose readily as one's own ones, especially if they are eminently good or one would have had them willingly oneself. It can strongly badger oneself to be often exposed to foreign thoughts, particularly if they press one. [1687] One has no problems with them if one is in a healthy relationship with zis environment and oneself. This requires refinement of oneself. Who so cares for zis health through zis judging and acting has from L the guarantee to have nothing to fear. It applies to avoid the extremes and one-sidedness in the long run and broadly to cover the range of human existence cover. [1688] In so doing, one should bring many suggestions, without being too much captured by them. Intensive conversations allow through their corrective function new room, which is to enjoy. One should assess zis life thoroughly and try to get rid of everything that makes oneself dependent, to have time for that what has real importance to L, others and oneself.

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