Consciousness and Scripture

Human consciousness is multiplexed. For instance, we can see the world we live in. Physical sight represents just one kind of awareness. We also can internalize and store these observations in our memory as mental ideas, where from a higher frame of reference we can survey them and detect novel relationships. This kind of “seeing” represents imaginary sight, which leads to ingenuity and inventiveness.

We can also collect all the things we have imagined, and from an even higher frame of reference, find even newer relationships where ideas become objects of reasoning, that is, objects of truth and falsity. This kind of “seeing” is called rationality and judgment.

These distinct cognitive functions of consciousness are inadequate for verifying either the inerrancy or divine authority of Sacred Scripture. As evidence, these levels of ordinary human consciousness have given rise to an intense conflict of biblical interpretation among the faithful and also to serious-thinking skeptics who put their faith solely in moral autonomy.

There is need for a genuinely inclusive, unified approach to the systematic exposition of Christian doctrine derived from Scripture that makes sense in our post-modern and scientific culture. However, a new theological consensus will not come from the scholarship of men and women, but can only come from new Divine revelation concerning Scripture.

We need divine instruction on how to gain an even higher frame of reference for evaluating the Holy Word. This is the purpose of the Lord’s Second Coming – to help us connect to a higher and untapped level of consciousness by providing a “vertical” interpretation of the narratives in Scripture. These vertical interpretations transcend human subjectivity (and its abuses) as well as historical criticism because the events described in Scripture are raised to more elevated meanings, which have more potency and relevance to our lives.

Scripture is a multi-leveled deposit of Divine revelation, accommodating the Creator’s Infinite Wisdom to different levels of human consciousness. The good news is that it is now permitted for each of us to have access to these deeper spiritual levels of truth that previously were only available to the prophets. It is only through these deeper levels shining through, that the literal words in Scripture are turned into gems and gain translucency. But you have to want it. You will have to want the Lord to “make all things anew.”

The Lord’s Second Coming on earth is taking place NOW – one person at a time! The world can change only when people change. We are God’s instruments for change.

Do you think this change can be forced on anyone?

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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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6 Responses to Consciousness and Scripture

  1. Harrison says:

    Yes. I think this change is being forced upon us all. It is inevitable that we align ourselves with the divine law, or we shall perish. And God doesn’t really care. Its up to us, but certainly the pressure is on. Isn’t it fantastic?

  2. thegodguy says:

    Even though I prefer Divine Law over self-prudence I reserve the right to screw up and reject the Lord’s influence. Love is meaningless without free will. Nothing can be given or appropriated by force (it only makes one rebel harder).

    I do not want to be force-fed the flesh of kings and horsemeat (Rev. 19:18). Yuk! That would
    not be fantastic to me. It would be fantastic if this verse had a more “elevated” meaning other than mundane cannibalism.

    What do you mean that God doesn’t care? Is Divine Law something abstracted from a God of Infinite Love?

  3. lifelessonsfromwriting says:

    If you’re worried about people arguing over the ‘true meaning’ of Scripture, I have a suggestion:

    Realize that it’s all a load of bunk in the first place and toss the Bible out the window. Problem solved!

  4. thegodguy says:

    That would sure solve one problem real fast! But we would still have people arguing over what interpretation of quantum physics is correct and taking sides. If not that, we would be arguing over whose baseball team is best.

    I am attempting to offer a new interpretation of Scripture that will allow theology to respond to the New Physics. I believe that all true knowledge is ultimately connected and hope that I am given a chance to prove it in my next book – before people have to start throwing their Bibles out the window.

    Certainly, if we take Scripture literally, the Lord should have returned by now. The problem with religion is not Scripture, it is that we are attempting to interpret it in a state of diminished cognitive ability.

  5. The problem with religion is religion. Faith is a rejection of knowledge in favour of fairy tales and irrationality. When there is an argument over quantum physics an experiment is devised and the matter is settled. When there is an argument over religion, genocide is committed and the argument goes on and on.

    If scripture is subject to interpretation, that means it’s the equivalent of Aesop’s fables and the Tales from the Brothers Grimm (except not as well written). Let’s get on with taxing religion like we do with the rest of the entertainment industry and move on with life.

  6. thegodguy says:

    Yes, in many ways religion has blown it! But this comes from the human interpretation of Scripture, which unfortunately, does not elevate itself avove the literal sense of the words. Faith is a belief system or world-view, and therefore should be based on knowledge and rationality.

    When genocide is commited from an argument over religion then obviously people have horribly missjudged what the true purpose of religion entails. Like every other human endeavor, including science, people seek power.

    Interestingly, in a previous post I addressed the issue of whether Scripture was a Fairy Tale and if dragons, satyrs, and talking serpents have ontological status. Check it out.

    Thanks for the response. This is a healthy conversation.

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