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Pondering Swedenborg’s Doctrines more deeply

I have been studying Emanuel Swedenborg’s theological writings for forty years. Each year I am becoming more convinced that I have wrongly interpreted Swedenborg’s insights towards spiritual transformation. It is true that Swedenborg pointed out the incorrectness of the Christian … Continue reading

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Cutting-edge Swedenborgianism

Emanuel Swedenborg made the unique discovery that we each have three kinds or levels of blood—the red blood, the middle blood or Animal Spirit, and a higher blood fashioned from the human Soul. He first wrote about these three bloods … Continue reading

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How do you circumcise fruit?

We are told in Holy Scripture that we will be “known by our fruit” (the spiritual quality of our works). Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg also points out that “good” fruit is circumcised fruit. But how do you go about circumcising fruit? … Continue reading

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The Devil addresses his hellish crew at their annual assembly

“ . . . and that is why the numbers of humans entering the kingdom of Hell continually increases to this day,” stated the Devil as he finished up his talk and puffing out his chest with great pride. The … Continue reading

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A new Swedenborgian principle behind true spiritual transformation?

The principle is not new, it’s just being ignored by many people who have good intentions. What is it? Swedenborg claimed that without “good works” one’s spiritual faith or belief system was “dead.” He further spoke about God’s Heavenly Kingdom … Continue reading

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Borrowed interest

The term “borrowed interest” is something I learned when I was working for an advertising agency. It is a tactic used when there is little to tout about a product or service’s actual distinctive benefits that you are trying to … Continue reading

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What really is “salvation by faith alone?”

Many followers of the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg believe that he changed the focus of spiritual transformation in Christianity from “faith” to “good works.” In other words, salvation does not consist of mere belief and acknowledgement of the Lord Jesus … Continue reading

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My fraudulent spirituality

I was introduced to the spiritual ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George Gurdjieff on the very same day. This gave me a rare opportunity to double-check my spiritual trajectory. I studied the ideas of both men and joined their … Continue reading

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Love precedes Faith

This is a most important topic because when love is seen as the first principle of faith then religious disagreements can begin to fall by the wayside. Faith deals with the “truth” of doctrine but love determines the actual quality … Continue reading

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Faith or Good Works?

There has been a long, ongoing battle between Christians as to whether one is saved by faith alone or with the augmentation of good works. Something as important as eternal salvation needs resolution. An effective means for throwing light on … Continue reading

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