Bultmann calls the "coming of the Redeemer an "eschatological event," "the turning-point of the ages.""- George Eldon Ladd
"Rudolf Bultmann reinterprets eschatology along existential lines. He calls the coming of the Redeemer an "eschatological event," "the turning-point of the ages," from such verses as 3:19; 9:39... The sayings about a future coming of Jesus do not refer to a "coming again" but merely to his coming. Here are to be found the real foundations in the words of Jesus about his coming. But this coming is no second eschatological event but the consummation and fruition of that which is being brought to fulfillment: the coming of Jesus in the Paraclete. The resurrection inaugurates the parousia. Apocalyptic thought later separated these two events and reinterpreted the parousia in terms of Jewish apocalyptic.
Such views of a completely realized eschatology have not persuaded all scholars. They have seen the difference between John and the Synoptics as one of emphasis, and have held that John indeed shares the essentials of primitive Christian eschatology. Kummel answered Bultmann's interpretation of the eschatology of the Fourth Gospel with an essay in which he argued that a futuristic eschatology is essential to the structure of the Johannine thought. John does not purpose to supplement the Synoptics but to set forth their true meaning. The glory of God was present in Jesus but was recognized only by a few who had faith. The hiddenness of both the Christ and of salvation and the final overcoming of death must await in the future. Jesus came from eternity as the one sent by God in the present. Such a person with a past and a present must also have a future. Therefore the hope of the parousia and an eschatological consummation is an essential element in Johannine thought. John does not express this hope in apocalyptic terms, for his concern is primarily the destiny of the individual, not the destiny of the cosmos."
George Eldon Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1993, pages 336-7
"Though you can understand that Mother's Love makes it very easy for you to get to your Realization and that the whole story of Last Judgment — which looks such a horrifying experience — has been made very beautiful, and very tender, and delicate, and does not disturb you."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
Bombay, India — Sept 28, 1979
[Mother's Love has made the whole story of the Last Judgment into a beautiful, tender, delicate, thing, that does not disturb us.]
"In between Jesus Christ and His destroying incarnation of Mahavishnu called as Kalki there is a time given to human beings to rectify themselves; for them to enter into the Kingdom of God which in the Bible is called as Last Judgment" — that you will be judged, all of you, will be judged on this Earth. The population of the Earth is at the maximum these days because all those, practically all those, who had aspirations to enter into the Kingdom of God are born in Modern Times, and are going to be born very soon. This is the most important times because Sahaja Yoga is the Last Judgment. It is fantastic to hear this but that's the fact it is the Truth."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
Kundalini And Kalki Shakti, Bombay, India — September 28, 1979
[As Shri Mataji said, Sahaja Yoga is the Last Judgment, and though it may be "fantastic" to hear it, it is the Truth.]
"Of course there are some absurd things which grew with misinterpretation and interference from unholy people, which are common in these religions. For example, Jews, Christian and Muslims believe that when they die their bodies will come out of their graves and they will all be resurrected at the Time of Resurrection, at the Time of Last Judgment, at the Time of Qiyamah. It is illogical to think what will remain inside those graves after five hundred years. Nobody wants to think and understand that it is not the body but the soul that will come out of these bodies, be born again as human beings and be saved through Qiyamah and Resurrection."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
[The Jews, Christians and Muslims were obviously thinking about their physical bodies only - not understanding that there is the subtle body, which re-incarnates.]
"The Time has come for you to get all that is promised in the scriptures, not only in the Bible but all the scriptures of the world. The Time has come today that you have to become a Christian, a Brahmin, a Pir, through your Kundalini awakening only. There is no other way out and your Last Judgment is also now. Only through Kundalini awakening God is going to judge you."
The Message Of Christ,
London, U.K. — December 10, 1979
[Shri Mataji has explained the connection between Kundalini awakening and the Last Judgment.]
"So that Mahamaya is acting all the time, but that's the only way you can judge people. This Last Judgment is not an easy thing and even if you put thousands of judges they cannot do this Judgment - all the time you have to know what is what. And somehow I know everything but I will never show that I know. That's how I work it out and gradually I know what I have to do about that person.
This Resurrection of yours is much more blessed than that of Christ . Only thing is first of all you have to recognize Me — that's all. You need not know Me; it's not easy. It's difficult to know Me. But if you recognize Me — that's all...
But that's the Love of your Mother that She wants to save as many as possible all that are created on this Earth, to give them their Resurrection. This is a Special Time!"
Self-Knowledge For Resurrection,
Easter Puja, Calcutta, India — March 14, 1995
[Recognizing who Shri Mataji is, is the first step. It is difficult to "know Her", as Shri Mataji says. The way to "know Her" is to accept Her introduction to the Divine Mother within. Once you realise She is your "very Greater Self" within you, you will have no need to be near Her physical incarnation, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi.]
"Sahaja Yoga is the way of Nature, is the Way of God. He has given you the right to be that. It is your right that you get it, that you establish your Self in your own doing . . . So you have to grow into it. Then you will enjoy and that is the Kingdom of God which is being promised to you in which you will feel Collectively Consciousness. That is what it is and that is the Last Judgment which has been talked [about]. How are they going to judge you? Are they going to weigh you on a scale? . . . Think about it — How are they going to judge you? The Judgment is Here!"
Seeking In The West, London, U.K. — November 21, 1979
[Shri Mataji explains that Sahaja Yoga is the way of Nature, the Way of God and that we have a right to "get" Sahaja Yoga and establish our "Self" by growing into it. Then we will enjoy the Kingdom of God!]
"Of course, this is also the age of science and technology in which human beings progressed beyond the stage of blind faith. And in this great happening of the Last Judgment (Bible) and the Resurrection Time (Koran), one need not, and should not, believe blindfolded in whatever is said about ascent or salvation, but should treat it like a hypothesis, and observe the facts with an open mind like a scientist. Of course, if a hypothesis is proved, then any honest, scientifically minded modern person has to accept it. The pure Knowledge of the Divine, manifesting itself directly through Self-Realization, will progressively lead to the creation of a new race for the new Age. This Knowledge is not then for very few privileged individuals, as it was in the past, but for the benevolence of the whole world. In this way, the last breakthrough of our evolution will be achieved en masse. The entire human race can be renewed and transformed. Dharma, righteousness, will once again be universally respected, and human beings will live in Peace, harmoniously with themselves, with Nature, and with each other."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
[It's helpful and comforting to know that Shri Mataji said that the pure Knowledge of the Divine, manifesting itself directly through Self-Realisation, is going to happen "progressively." It happens progressively, because it takes time for the pure Knowledge of the Divine to sink into human consciousness, but it is happening. Shri Mataji says that this is how the human race can be transformed.]
"Jesus Christ incarnated to open the Agnya Chakra and to dissolve our ego. My job is to awaken your Kundalini Power so that it could pierce your Sahasrara Chakra. This work is of a collective nature. I have therefore to do it in the case of one and all. I want to tell you about Jesus Christ, Guru Nanaka, King Janaka and a number of other incarnations and the way they relate with the Collectivity. Similarly, I wish to talk to you about incarnations of Shri Rama, Shri Krishna, etcetera and also about Shri Shiva because all the Powers of these Gods and Deities are in us. Now the Time has come for Collective Consciousness to manifest.
In this Kali Yuga all those who are seeking God shall find Him and millions of people will be able to do so. Sahaja Yoga is the Last Judgment. This is described in the Bible. You are judged only after you come to Sahaja Yoga...
The Judgment in this matter is to be made by the individual himself. It is only when you stabilize in Sahaja Yoga that the state of thoughtless awareness is established. So long as the Kundalini Power does not pass through the Agnya Chakra the state of thoughtless awareness is not reached. As soon as the Kundalini crosses the Agnya Chakra the thoughtless awareness is established. It is the Power of Shri Jesus which is instrumental in opening the subtle door located above the Agnya Chakra. For that purpose you are to recite the Lord's Prayer composed by Jesus Christ. After crossing this Door the Kundalini Power enters the limbic area of the brain. It is after the Kundalini enters this area, which is also termed as the Kingdom of God, that the state of thoughtless awareness is established."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
[Here is another example, where Shri Mataji combines knowledge of the Kali Yuga, with Sahaja Yoga and the Last Judgment, mentioning the Bible, mentioning the Agnya Chakra, mentioning Jesus Christ, mentioning the Kundalini, and mentioning the Kingdom of God and thoughtless awareness. Showing how all these things are connected, helps people to understand it.]
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