A devil works twice as hard as a good person but half as hard as an angel

This is a topic worth contemplating because it addresses how God governs the universe and even allows “bad” people to be rewarded and to seemingly get ahead of those with only goodness in their heart.

Since good-hearted people are more content and live life with more sincere humility they have less drive and burning desire to accomplish great things for mere personal advantage and self-glory. Those who love others as themselves (one of God’s commandments) often don’t share the same personal ambition to outdo and put themselves above others as do those who have less noble intentions. I will refer to such misguided individuals as devils. By devils, I mean those who want everyone to serve them rather than finding happiness in serving others (which is the reverse of true spiritual love).

God’s Infinite Wisdom understands very well that many things would not get done on planet earth without the accomplishments of extremely selfish people. Even the devils among us, who merely worship themselves, cannot succeed in this world without doing something that can provide real benefit to others through either motivating people or creating new products or services. As a simple example, one cannot become an oil tycoon or bank executive and amass riches without providing something useful to the public good, regardless of one’s inner agenda.

So what we fail to see is how God manipulates evil and self-serving individuals to serve some true purpose—even from those who seek only worldly success and personal reward. Evil cannot exist in the universe without playing some useful role in God’s eternal scheme—which is to create a heaven from the human race.

Even horrific evil is allowed to happen from time to time for the purposes of reformation and salvation! The reason for this is that evil cannot be addressed unless it comes to light and is seen. We would not know what we harbor in our hearts if our worst compulsions were always kept hidden from the world. We are all capable of acting like animals.

Angels work twice as hard as “evildoers” because they share the same intense drive to accomplish great things, but make the additional effort of keeping a careful check on their motives and heart’s desires. But to become an angel you first have be a good person.

This is just a small taste of some of the new insights on the challenging topic of theodicy (the issue of evil in the world) that I address in my upcoming book Proving God. Since many people deny God’s existence because of the evil and suffering in the world I have devoted a whole chapter in my new book to throw new light on this most important subject.

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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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4 Responses to A devil works twice as hard as a good person but half as hard as an angel

  1. rubensepulvedajunior says:

    Interesting!

  2. thegodguy says:

    This is also the reason why good people don’t run for political office!

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

  3. Roger says:

    I take mild offence at your last jest :-). My wife, who is a moderately good person, got elected to a municipal political office. She was totally energized during the campaign – I saw a side of her I never knew before.

    Most people have both good and bad in them. That is why good people are purified here and in the world of spirits. The dualistic good/bad dichotomy does not exist until one attains one’s final home.

    While I do not agree with President Obama’s spending spree or his views on abortion and homosexuality, I think he is a good person. Also, while I did not agree with President Bush’s war on terror (the right response to 9/11 should have been to invest those war trillions in developing our own energy resources), I think he was a good person too.

    Roger

  4. thegodguy says:

    Dear Roger,

    As terrestrial beings we are unable to know a person’s inner reality. Swedenborg’s experiences in the spiritual world offer shocking revelations about people. He described kings, popes and highly learned individuals as ending up in some society in hell.

    Even a person who is immersed in self-love, reputation and worldly gain cannot find success with performing some real use to society. Such good benefits society but does not benefit the soul of the individual who operates under egocentric principles.

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

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