At the age of 30 the Danish writer and mystic Martinus Thomsen (11 August 1890 – 8 March 1981) had a series of profound, illuminative spiritual experiences, after which he experienced – through his intuition – that the universe was pervaded by infinite love and wisdom, and also found that he, in a logical and elaborate way, could give scientifically satisfying answers to the most fundamental questions of life.
This experience which he called cosmic consciousness, would be the source for Livets Bog (The Book of Life) and the other books he became the author of – by Martinus collectively entitled “Det Tredie Testamente” (The Third Testament) – which describe a logical, cohesive world picture, the eternal, spiritual laws and a path to theoretical cosmic insight, that shows that all living beings form part of a living universe and evolve continuously towards higher forms of life. The great upheavals and crises of our time are expressive of the downfall of a world culture and the birth of new, humane world society.
In a logical and scientific way the analysis of the living universe makes it probable that an eternal, all-loving God exists, a God that has always been the source of religions and spiritual life. Martinus also shows how our consciousness, psyche and morality evolve through reincarnation and karma according to natural laws that in the course of time result in all experiences, both pleasant and unpleasant, benefitting the individual. The Third Testament constitutes a cosmology or spiritual science that can give the reader an optimistic view of life and inspire him to practise tolerance, neighbourly love and a living relationship to God.
The Third Testament comprises 100 symbols and more than 10000 pages of text. Livets Bog in 7 volumes is the main work, and the symbol books, The Eternal World Picture in 6 volumes, forms a supplement to Livets Bog. Martinus has also written a series of other books and a substantial number of articles and many of his lectures have been transcribed and published. Some of his works have been translated into twenty languages, and while he is not yet very well-known internationally, his work remains popular in Scandinavia. There is no form of association or membership in connection with The Third Testament. The work by Martinus instead points to a bright future of freedom and a culture of giving.