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True spiritual temptation is very personal and heart-felt

There are those who genuinely seek God’s guidance but who fail to grasp the real process of spiritual cleansing through temptations (spiritual combat). Many think that making a choice between an outwardly negative action and a more positive action is … 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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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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Often, God’s approach is not a pretty sight

Most people assume (and expect) that as the Lord God approaches more closely to us, the more we will feel the loving warmth and comforting arms of His divine embrace. I have found things to be otherwise. Lately, my spiritual … Continue reading

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Creating a predatory inner dictate

It took awhile for me to connect my habitual consciousness and knowledge to my inner conscience (what Emanuel Swedenborg calls the sacred data of one’s “remains”). The special functioning of my remains within my internal natural mind (subconscious mind) represents a … Continue reading

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What did the Lord’s crucifixion and resurrection actually accomplish?

I ask this question because it seems that the work of human salvation is not finished. Thus, there is the spiritual addendum called the “Second Coming.” Something further seems to be required for things to improve in the world. Even … Continue reading

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I hang out with lots of shady characters

I have been on a spiritual path for four decades. Amazingly, I feel worse off today than I did forty years ago. What has become more apparent to me is the reality of my imagined goodness. This imagined goodness was … Continue reading

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The Devil and the Cross

The Devil had a serious look of concern on his face. Jesus had been nailed to the cross for several hours and still showed no signs of trying to get off and kick some butt. This is not what the … Continue reading

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There are terrible consequences for being a good person

I am not simply talking about the strange phenomena of bad behavior being rewarded over good people in our modern society, but the spiritual or “other-world” consequences of having a good conscience and living a life of goodness. Our good … Continue reading

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The Lord God is a potter, but don’t forget the kiln!

I will make this post short since it touches on an uncomfortable part of an otherwise glorious process. In Sacred Scripture we find several references to God being compared to a potter. This is to be understood as a metaphor … Continue reading

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