A Path Not Taken By Feet

One of the main challenges of this blog is to provide you with convincing evidence that Scripture contains within its narrative a deeper, quantum interpretation.

This deeper interpretation is important because it allows us to have access to more expanded meanings that remain obscure within the literal and worldly sense of ordinary language.

Thankfully, there are places in Scripture where the higher levels of meaning of its stories are more transparent, even in its literal words. For instance, take the phrase in Isaiah 41:3 which states that:

He passed through in peace, a way that He had not gone with his feet . . .

Religion is essentially walking with God. One who walks with God, does not literally mean walking along with God down some dirt road, or busy city street. It means to follow a spiritual path according to God’s precepts and tenets.

 It is a path that our heart and mind takes. It is the path of our spirit.

To move through a place in peace and safety is to live in a state of innocence – from adopting the Lord’s teachings of mutual love. You don’t reach this state of inner peace from physical footwork. 

The above biblical passage therefore offers us a simple example of how physical terms can be used to describe non-physical (spiritual) dynamics.

The point to all this is that scientist/theologian, Emanuel Swedenborg, insisted that this was the case for all the narratives within God’s Holy Word.

This puts a whole new wrinkle on the way we can approach God’s revealed truths. Even the biblical stories that depict actual history are used by God’s infinite creativity to communicate higher levels of meaning. These higher levels of meaning directly address our spiritual reality and its psycho-scape.

The Garden of Eden, Noah’s Ark and the Flood, the escape of the Israelites out of Egypt and bondage and their long trek to the land of Canaan, the Second Coming, all represent various qualities of the human spirit and its changing relationship with God.

Knowing this allows us to receive deeply personal and relevant teachings from stories which, on the surface, seem to depict situations that no longer address the problems of modern society.

If you have followed what I have been saying, this, too, was not a path taken by your feet!


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
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