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About thegodguy

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

Why people don’t understand evil

Often we mistakenly judge goodness and evil based on whether an action taken is helpful or hurtful in society. This is flawed thinking because it is natural rather than spiritual. You see, a “bad” person can be helpful to others … Continue reading

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Should women be ordained into the Swedenborgian Church?

There are two major branches of the Swedenborgian (New) Church. One is simply called “Convention” and the other “General.” The Convention branch is considered more liberal and currently ordains both gays and women into its ministry. The General Church does … Continue reading

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When does the Lord God start protecting one’s “remains”?

There is a spiritual function which is only discussed in the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg. Apparently, everyone during the innocence of their childhood has genuine feelings of love stored (and protected) deeply within their psyches. These noble feelings serve … Continue reading

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Are there real signs pointing to one’s genuine spiritual growth?

There indeed are. But making this sign known to most people on earth would only expose their personal fantasies relating to true spiritual transformation and bum them out. I however, being a rascal at heart, cannot resist talking about it. … Continue reading

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Throwing your parents under the bus

As harsh as such an action may seem, it is the actual outcome of genuine spiritual transformation. According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, when we transform our lives into spiritual/angelic beings, we then become the progeny of the Lord God. This … Continue reading

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Strange blog site visits

My egoism sometimes directs me to seek out the site stats of my spiritual/scientific blog page, so that I can “see how I am doing.” I am doing quite well. But every now and then I get a visit from … Continue reading

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Why didn’t Jesus come off the cross and kick ass?

That is a question that needs some thought because Jesus was not only capable of great miracles, He also had a whole host of angels backing him up. Yet, when nailed to the cross, He allowed Himself to be treated … Continue reading

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Seeing “Orbs”

I am not talking about witnessing supernatural lights or ball lightning, but something much, much deeper—like angelic perception. According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, angels see all complete processes as the power of God’s Truth advancing (Divine Providence) in a coordinated … Continue reading

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What would Swedenborg say about Quantum Foam?

First of all, Swedenborg would say that it is currently a flawed concept issuing from those working in a purely materialistic/scientific arena and that their ideas about the universe are now backing them into a wall. Quantum foam is a … Continue reading

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Should I keep writing books even after discovering I am a fraud?

My problem is that I write books about spiritual transformation and how we all engage in pretense when acting around others. This unflattering assessment is verified by my own observed behavior. Ironically, the more self-discoveries I make about my own … Continue reading

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