Would you go to heaven if God removed all your sins with a snap of the finger?

Nope. You would cease to think or emote!

Scientist/theologian, Emanuel Swedenborg, who claimed that the Lord God opened his spiritual sight so that he could observe phenomena in the spiritual world and publish his findings for humanity, witnessed the following experiment.

An individual, who once lived on earth and now resided in hell, believed from traditional Christian doctrine that if God simply wiped away his sins he could leave hell and enter heaven.

Swedenborg was allowed to see what would happen as this individual spirit had all the sins of his worldly life removed instantaneously by the Lord.

The individual in question suddenly dropped to the ground paddling his hands and kicking his feet like a helpless newborn baby. Not only his sins were wiped clean, so was his mind and subjective identity. He could no longer walk, speak, or learn anything. But when his evil delights were restored his life returned in full!

How could this be? What is unknown in the world of terrestrial beings is that one’s free will and intellectual discernment is based on what he or she finds most delightful. People sin from a principle of love of self and love of the world. Such individuals have learned to find their deepest delight in commanding others, persecution, hating those who do not serve them, hassling and tormenting others for the sake of self and grabbing for themselves the things that belong to others. Within this evil love and delight a misguided person finds his true life, identity, and worldview.

So. if one were to have these evil delights miraculously removed, little would remain of one’s life (what floats one’s boat). All one’s drives and endeavors would vanish, leaving the person devoid of any meaningful cognitive function.

This is why the Christian doctrine of vicarious atonement is flawed. It replaces the personal responsibility of following God’s precepts and commandments with salvation by mere “belief” that the Lord’s crucifixion was redemption itself and that such a belief wipes our sins away in an instant. Such a process could not keep one’s personage intact.

What is not taken into account is that by following God’s commandments, an individual challenges his worldly and selfish delights in a way that allows the person to have their intelligence and identity gradually grow into the newer and nobler delights of spiritual love. That way, as God helps a person to remove their sins over a lifetime nothing essential to the person is lost.

As I have said many times on this blog, heaven is not a place you go to or a reward or a retirement destination. It is something you become.


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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2 Responses to Would you go to heaven if God removed all your sins with a snap of the finger?

  1. Christine Kallstrom says:

    Did the rest of this get through to you?

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Christine,

    I do not know what you are asking? Please clarify?

    Spiritually yours,

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