Does God’s heavenly kingdom operate under socialism or capitalism?

The answer is both! However, to understand how this is possible, we need to look through non-physical lenses, since heaven is not in time and space. This will take a little setup.

The spiritual world consists not of physical matter but of spiritual substance. What is spiritual substance? It is disposition, endeavor, and intention. These spiritual qualities are the fundamental law-generating forces of the universe.

These primal dynamical essences are also all derivatives of Love. Heaven is not simply a “place” where people love, it is where love finds form, measure, and embodiment in the various spiritual qualities of the hearts and minds of those who inhabit this non-local and non-temporal realm.

Evidence for this claim is that the human heart and mind are not completely constrained by the laws that govern spacetime. For instance, we can share half of our knowledge with others yet still keep all of our knowledge (this cannot be done with physical possessions). Also, the human function of memory brings back things that already took place in time, and therefore, the reality of the event finds perpetuity beyond the physical duration of the event.

When we die and shed the constraints of our physical bodies, we live as spiritual beings with spiritual bodies and under spiritual laws. Not only are our spiritual bodies the measurement and morphogenetic expression of our loves, beliefs, and worldviews, so is the topological quality of our final spiritual abode.

God loves everyone equally. But there is differentiation in heaven because not everyone responds to Gods love equally—which is according to the measure of our love for others (for this is a primary spiritual precept and law).

Heaven is socialistic because everyone seeks the best for everyone else—from the principle of love. Heaven is also capitalistic because some aspire to this noble undertaking more than others—from the magnitude of their love.

“Currency” in the other world is truth—the measure of our love. The more sincere love we have for others the greater the richness of our lives. This richness is instantly reflected by the spiritual environment’s reciprocal response to mirror our inner qualities (everything there is living, spiritual substance). We see powerful examples of environments and habitats taking on the qualities of the human psyche in books and movies—like having evil people lurking in the shadows. Horror stories always depict monsters living in caves, swamps, or in dark, empty castles and mostly coming out at night. This creative story telling comes from our instinctive knowledge about the nature and reciprocal dynamics of the spiritual world.

To repeat, the spiritual world is a holographic feedback system that faithfully projects the qualities of our hearts and minds onto the topological features that make up our eternal environment. Since everything in this realm represents some expression of love, socialism (sharing our talents) and capitalism (increased worth to human society through our developed capacities and aspirations to be useful) are put into perfect harmony.

Only God’s heavenly government can bring about such harmony between what normally seems to us terrestrial humans like opposing values.


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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
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6 Responses to Does God’s heavenly kingdom operate under socialism or capitalism?

  1. thinkpoint says:

    Heaven: Reserved for one group only

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear thinkpoint,

    What is your point? If it is that heaven is reserved for
    only one religion or denomination you are wrong!
    “Loving God” and “loving the neighbor” trumps all
    doctrinal knowledge!

    Heaven is not a place you go to – it is something you

    Spiritually yours,

  3. Thank you for your article. I think it speaks the truth that God’ s kingdom is both socialistic and capitalistic.
    As you well know it is very difficult to reveal such truth to spiritually immature people. I feel that most American voters are spiritually immature and therefore incapable of understanding the spiritual essence of socialism and capitalism. Because of this, the very idea of a government of the people, by the people and for the people is absurd. God must still reign in the affairs of mankind until the time that he matures us all and brings us all into the knowledge of the truth. At present the words socialism and capitalism cannot be fully understood by most and in most people’ s minds these words are simplistically understood as either bad or good. For example many Americans are easily led to believe that socialism is “bad” while Capitalism is mostly good.
    I would like to talk with you more about this topic.

    In His Majesty’ s Secret Service,

    David Thompson

  4. thegodguy says:

    Dear david,

    Socialism and capitalism both offer noble principles – much like the two (right and left) hemispheres of the human brain. When explored deeply, elements of both socialism and capitalism can be “harmonized” in such a way as to increase LOVE and human potentiality.

    Feel free to continue this conversation!

    Spiritually yours,

  5. Francoir Dâusab says:

    Please affirm or redirect me. I find from Genesis that elders were representing a geographical, certian portion of people (clans, tribes) based on their character. Moses maybe forgot the he was sent to elders and them must accompany to faraoh so he would know that Israel is with him. He tried to do things by himself, but thanks to Jethro he repented. In NT the apostles did the same, but came to their senses and ask the church to elect deacons.

    The mandate given to 5-fold ministries is to equip saints, meaning schooling. Why are they in finances, social issues, authoritorian issues? If elders and deacons are supposed to work with the indivdual, family and community issues like widows, orphans, strangers deviding of wealth to the needy. Are the system of churchism killing God’s intent?

  6. thegodguy says:

    Dear Francoir,

    God’s intent is to create a heaven from the human race. A church can interfere with this divine goal if it concentrates solely on EXTERNAL issues of social justice. We are victims of hell’s influence – which cannot be addressed simply by changing worldly systems or re-distributing wealth. We need to redistribute God’s teachings of love and goodness (and “clean the inside of the cup”). We spend little time preparing ourselves for eternal life.

    Spiritually yours,

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