Why does God keep secrets from us?

God doesn’t always tell us the whole truth. Why would this be?

For one thing, as humans with finite minds, we are unable to absorb and comprehend the ineffable data concerning an Infinite God. But God also keeps secrets from us about things that we are quite capable of comprehending.

In the second case, these secrets are kept from us for our own good. God actually keeps billions of people on earth in ignorance in order to save them.

When we know something, it is mere data in the memory. But what we acknowledge from the things we know becomes a part of the very fabric of our lives. In other words, what we acknowledge we become responsible for.

Not taking responsibility for what we believe to be true is to profane that truth or idea.

God is continuously seeking to reveal deeper spiritual truths to humankind. This includes putting many of the deepest mysteries of faith within the reach of human reasoning. But God has to be very, very careful. If we were to learn something new concerning God, acknowledge it, then not take responsibility for this new information, we would be profaning that very spiritual truth.

The mixing up of deeper spiritual truth with one’s own personal worldly preferences causes both divine and profane things to become fused together into the very fabric of one’s spiritual reality. Having profane things contained within the fabric and texture of our spirit is what leads to damnation. God never condemns anyone. The reason for damnation is that the spiritual world (one’s eternal abode) reflects the quality of one’s inner reality. Everyone is his or her own punishment.

So God is careful not to reveal deeper secrets to those who can neither handle the extra responsibility nor to those that the new information will simply go over their heads. In either case, nothing is profaned.

I am saying this to you because God is now actively making new information available to the world. The secret of the Lord’s Second Coming is that it involves new ideas—a paradigm shift. God’s revealed truths contained within the narratives of Holy Scripture actually have much, much more to reveal than meets the eye.

One of the main purposes of this blog is to help introduce you to new levels of meaning within the Holy Word. This new information will not only offer greater evidence for the authority of Scripture, but will even unify science with theology.

Remember, if this stuff goes over your head it is still a good thing!

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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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16 Responses to Why does God keep secrets from us?

  1. gfdgf says:

    Let me just say that I think you are really wise. I have compared everything you said with the true inner divine doctrine and it matches correctly. What is your idea on repentance?

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear gfdgf,

    If you have read several of my my posts you know that I am a student of the theological (and scientific) writings of Emmanel Swedenborg. It is his wisdom, not mine, that you are referring to.

    In Swedenborg’s great theological work “True Christianity,” he offers this definition of repentance:

    “Actual repentance consists in a man’s examining himself, recognizing his sins, making confession to the Lord, and thus beginning a new life.”

    Repentance requires introspection and self-examination.

    This practice is not seen as necessary and is even flatly rejected by those of the Reformed Christian Church, who feel, that after the Lord’s advent, they are now under GRACE and should no longer have to scrutinize their lives according to the Law (Ten commandments).

    Swedenborg, in a discussion that took place in the Spiritual World, asked those of the Reformed Church why they did not practice repentance. They claimed that it was impossible to examine themselves because they acknowledged from their faith that they were “nothing but sin.” These sins, which originated in Adam, can only be washed away by the “waters of baptism, and wiped off and covered over by the merit of Christ.”

    Swedenborg challenged them, stating that their notion of redemption and salvation was not the view held by God’s angels (spiritually evolved humans). By examining and recognizing SPECIFIC intentions and actions as transgressions to God’s Laws, then, asking the Lord to remove them, is a signal to the Creator exactly how YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE. The Lord will only remove those dispositions that you discover, identify as harmful, and make the effort to resist.

    Swedenborg sums things up with this warning:

    “Therefore, kind reader, look into yourself, search out one or more of the evils within you, and from a principle of religion, remove them; if you do so for any other reason, you only succeed in concealing them from the world.”

    See my April post entitled “Why Even Great Leaders Can Fall Into Scandal.”

    If you want more details on repentance please contact the Swedenborg Foundation and purchase a copy of “True Christianity.”

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

  3. ------- says:

    Are you saying if one still sins and he knows truth he is profaning ????Please elaborate on this for me.

  4. ------- says:

    Is repentance possible more than once ?????

  5. thegodguy says:

    Dear ——-,

    When we know God’s truth and act otherwise, how can that not be profanation? Profanation is the act of mixing up our unchecked worldly manifestations with things that are Holy. This is the adulteration of God’s sacred truth.

    As to your second question, repentance is ongoing. We must keep guard against hurtful and unChristian inclinations. As we do this the Lord God works inwardly to remove the compulsion in our spirit. We cannot return to a state of innocence unless we actually seek it and ask the Lord for help.

    God cannot change a leopard’s spots unless the leopard sincerely seeks to become a lamb and reject its former life. One cannot reject one’s former way of living unless unless real changes are made. This is not meritorious if God’s help is sought after from sincere humility.

    This is not the view of Christian Orthodoxy. Swedenborg witnessed those of the Reformed Church, who upon entering the spiritual world after the death of the body, came into a state of complete fear and panic when they were told by angelic spirits that self-examination is crucial.

    TheGodGuy

  6. ------ says:

    If man after repentance of heart relapses to former evils he profanes, and his latter state is then worse than his former (n. 8394).This is why I am asking ??????

  7. ------ says:

    Is there way we can talk with out posting all the time????????

  8. thegodguy says:

    Dear —–,

    Yes, things get much worse if after repentance one relapses into former evils. This is why God keeps secrets from us. We are better off living in obscurity then learning some deep truth only to reject it later. The Lord is careful about revealing new things to people (for their own good).

    In the spiritual world, education concerning God and the Holy Word continues. However, the Lord’s Second Coming involves revealing deeper truths to those in the world who can receive them (and live up to them).

    If you would like a more private conversation I will see what I can do (I may actually have your email address). However, I am working on a very challenging book project entitled “Proving God.” So I may not be able to respond to your questions immediately.

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

  9. ---- says:

    I fear I may have made a mistake in the past when I was 16 years old. I am in a state of fear of damnation.

  10. thegodguy says:

    Dear —–,

    Fear not my friend. Making mistakes happens to all of us. The only thing to really fear is making the same mistake over and over again, without offering any resistance. To be more specific, having the inclination and AFFECTION for making the same mistake is damning. We are not damned for what we’ve done but for what we choose to continue doing.

    God punishes no one. God even loves those in hell (all life is still dependent on God). Those in hell have turned their backs on God.

    If the mistake you made at 16 is something that provides you with inward joy then I would start to worry. You seem repentant. That is a good sign.

    I hope I have offered some help and peace of mind.

    TheGodGuy

  11. -------- says:

    First off I just want to say that I read your blog and sometimes it strikes such fear in me that I can’t sleep. I had no Idea that profanation could mean so many things. I never in my entire life ever wanted to profane anything but now I am finding out many different definitions of profanation. I now know what It means to profane and fear my lifestyle may fall into that category. I always thought there was repentance when you fall and as long as you changed your ways there was hope. I now know what It means to profane because your blog explained it to me. It’s not just by speaking man can profane but by actions as well.I DID NOT KNOW THAT. Why did none of my church friends tell me this ???I had a misunderstanding of what repentance is and what responsibility comes with being a member of the church. I had a misunderstanding of what profanation of the word was until i read your blog this caused me to look it up in arcana.

  12. thegodguy says:

    Dear —–,

    Perhaps your friends assumed you knew. Or perhaps they don’t even know themselves (then you would have to fill them in!).

    All knowledge comes with responsibility. Our faith and love finds “embodiment” in our actions. True worship involves applying faith (what we know) to our heart (what we do). If we act contrary to faith this is profanation.

    The hardest thing for Christians to do is self-examination. Swedenborg describes observing Christian spirits being struck with fear in the other world when they hear from angels that introspection is an important aspect of salvation.

    But now you know. Now you have a potent tool for letting the Lord God help you.

    I hope you gain enough comfort from this to be able to get a good night’s sleep.

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

  13. ----- says:

    By acting contrary you mean not having temptation anymore right ???? I still had temptation but In my teen years I went in the wrong direction. Is there still hope for change?? I am in my 20′s now? I never liked sin I hated it but it was there. The desire to sin is always there at certain times and of course conflict happens. There was a point where I was losing almost every time to certain sin when conflict had taken place thinking that I will change and in the future become stronger. I just hope that this new understanding that I have received will help me. I thought sin was sin but now I find out sin can mean profanation which is something I so fear and detest. Word can not express how afraid I am to make a mistake with the word. Yet somehow I found out information that struck fear and terror in me. I guess my question is if you don’t have knowledge of what it means to profane can you still profane? Now that I know what it means to profane I will take all measures to avoid it but is it to late ?????? Please help to the best of your knowledge.

  14. thegodguy says:

    Dear —–,

    Real temptation is actually a good sign. It means that the Lord feels you are worthy of spiritual combat.

    What most people do not understand is that God is actually closest to us when we are being tempted. In fact, it is the Lord’s nearness and approach that stirs things up. Spirits, who are associated with us, and wish us harm, react with violent opposition as the Lord approaches. This intensifies in us the feeling of temptation. It is a battle for your soul.

    The thing to remember is that these hurtful influences are coming from the spiritual world. Not you. Spirits try to trick you into thinking it is you. This is where you make your fight (and ask for the Lord’s help).

    You cannot fight hell alone.

    If you are without certain knowledge then you cannot profane it. However, it then becomes a crap shoot as to whether you will accept new knowledge and teachings in the other world. I would rather be tested now and get some feel for my spiritual orientation.

    We will all suffer temptation throughout our lives. Spiritual evolution consists of resisting tougher and more subtle temptations. As this happens we move away from self-love and closer to loving the neighbor and God. Heaven is hierarchical. The angels in the highest heaven are those who (with the Lord’s help) have overcome the most damning temptations.

    I suggest you read Swedenborg’s “True Christianity.” It can be ordered easily through the Swedenborg Foundation. It will tell you everything you need to know.

    TheGodGuy

    As long as you are alive on this planet it is not too late.

  15. ----- says:

    What do you define as real temptation dear friend ?? Do you think nude models on the internet pose a threat to our modern day youth like myself?Internet has made its way into everyone’s home and causes even the best of us to be tempted. The internet has it’s evil side and allows one to be very tempted to search nude models. I guess what I am asking you now is something very complicated. Please try to answer to the best of your ability. Do you feel the internet is causing many to fall into very harmful addictions and in what way should this be addressed? Pornography is a very very harmful modern day threat to our soul. How can this be addressed to our young modern day Christian youth.

  16. thegodguy says:

    Dear —–,

    Your questions are indeed getting more complicated, and my poor little brain is getting tired (I am also writing a difficult book on unifying theology and science.)

    Temptation is the inclination to do something that does not help promote spiritual evolution.

    In a nutshell, though, pornography on the internet is a very big problem. It is so accessible and private. In my young days, a lad with raging hormones had to walk into a store, quickly pick up a magazine, and hope the store clerk could get it into a brown paper bag before too many customers noticed the purchase.

    Everyone is different. Everyone is educated differently, has parents with different capacities for involvement and giving advice. And everyone approaches religion differently (if at all), So I cannot give you a blanket statement about how to address this situation.

    What one loves and seeks represents what one really is.

    I guess if young men (or anyone else for that matter) could grasp the idea that our SPIRITUAL bodies and facial features “morph” according to what we love, we would see that in accordance to our specific lusts, we would grow features corresponding to various species of predators.

    Besides, few people really understand what Angelic Love between two partners in heaven consists of. I believe that Swedenborg’s vast theological works have the solutions. That is why my blog is dedicated to promoting Swedenborg’s ideas in ways that can capture the world’s attention.

    If that isn’t enough for you, please respond again tomorrow, after my brain has had some rest.

    TheGodGuy

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