Tag Archives: goodness

You cannot change your mind in the spiritual world

Some people believe that if they were to die and find themselves in a spiritual kingdom they would instantly change their minds concerning God. But if you had nurtured a predisposition to not have such a notion in the very … Continue reading

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Reaching God’s Heaven requires self-initiation

Too many people only want to go were they can find acceptance (they even expect this from God). But God and heaven’s angels already accept everyone into their kingdom of mutual love. So what keeps people from enjoying heavenly peace … Continue reading

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Is spiritual transformation selfish?

Some see the process of spiritual transformation as the epitome of self-centeredness. After all, one is trying to get God’s attention and protect one’s eternal behind. So rather than getting caught up in mere “navel-gazing,” people are choosing to be … Continue reading

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The Swedenborgian Church (like Jesus) has an inner circle

On this particular Sunday morning, a Swedenborgian minister gave his congregation a sermon about the stages of spiritual growth. He told them that the first stage lasts roughly from birth to the age of five years old. This is a … Continue reading

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It is easy to turn evil into good, but much harder to turn good into good

I am aware that the above heading sounds anti-intuitive. Most people simply do not look deeper than the mere outward expression of goodness. However, the notion that not all good deeds and kind acts are really good is a most … Continue reading

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Bio-theology

In my most recent book Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing links (Anti-intuitive Essays for Personal Transformation) I challenge the notion of human goodness in the context of most contemporary religious traditions. Both Emanuel Swedenborg and George Gurdjieff stated that sincere … Continue reading

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A prince finds humility in heaven

In his work called The Spiritual Diary, scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg began to record his experiences with spirits and angels in the other world. He claimed to have received this gift of second sight directly from the Lord—a gift that Swedenborg … Continue reading

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An interview with a real angel from heaven

INTERVIEWER: “Hello everyone. Today we have a most special guest—a real angel from heaven.”  He addresses the guest: “I am glad that you have been allowed to materialize into a physical body and take my questions.” ANGEL: “Actually your spiritual … Continue reading

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“What is truth?”

Those are the famous biblical words of the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, interrogating Jesus Christ. While Pilate was convinced that Jesus had committed no crime he was still at a loss to understand the Lord’s personal defense of being a … Continue reading

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The lost message of Christmas

Through the years various voices have complained about the way Christmas has lost its original message—deteriorating from people being thankful towards the Lord being born on earth to that of shallow and mindless consumerism. The Advent of the Lord has … Continue reading

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