October 29th, 1918.
Received by:James Padgett.
I am here - your own true and loving Helen.
Well dear, I see that you have been reading portions of the Bible
tonight and that you have not found in the same any mention of the
Divine Love in the sense that it has been explained to you or any
evidence that the writers had any knowledge of the love in the way
of being born again. Of course they used the expression, but the
meaning that they gave to it is altogether different from the one
that Jesus gave the other night.
Now you have been told that he taught the apostles this true meaning
and that they to a more or less extent understood it, and especially
John, and as a truth, being the very foundation of the truth of
salvation, it may be surprising to you that if John wrote the epistles
which are ascribed to him, he did not speak of or attempt to explain
the meaning of this New Existence. But the epistles do not mention
the New Birth in the light of the explanation that has been given
to you, and you may very reasonably infer that these epistles were
not written by any of the apostles to whom they are accredited,
but by some writers who had some knowledge of the moral truths of
Jesus' teachings and of the great one expressed as "that they should
love their brethren as themselves." You will find very little in
any portion of the Bible that will show you that the great truth
of the New Birth was understood by the writers thereof; and all
that you will find is, that love between man and God, and man and
man, with all that flows from it, such as patience and kindness
and charity, etc., is the fulfilling of the Christian doctrines.
No distinction is made between the natural love of man and the love
of God bestowed upon him at his creation and the great Divine Love
which man never possessed until the coming of the Master.
It may seem strange, that this knowledge that the apostles and
many others had in the time of the Master when on earth, should
have been lost to the world. But it is a fact, and, as a consequence,
the teachings of Jesus as to this great truth have for all these
long years failed to work out his mission. Well, I could write for
a long time on this matter but it is not necessary, as you already
know of these things. Good night.
Your own true and loving,