A God Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, even before there was any time or any space, there lived someone with Infinite Love and Infinite Wisdom. This wonderful Person was called God.

In spite of all this inexhaustible love and wisdom God was alone.  God’s love and wisdom were like the rays of a sun that had no world or planets to shine on. God then decided to create a physical world—because real love needs something outside of itself, and not itself, to love.

To accomplish this God had to turn infinite qualities into finite things. This first involved a concentrated effort to distinguish different values of Infinite Love into finite forms or parcels, called Truth.

These various forms of love became spiritual substances and constantly changed to reflect all of God’s innumerable thoughts and divine plans. But even this effort did not create time, space or matter. The measurements and durations of these holy actions and forms were not yet physical. They were like ideas that changed into new ideas expressing a standard of measurement (metrics) according to different values.

God began to combine these quantities and qualities (measures) of love into more complex forms according to affinity, then concentrated them into points of pure endeavor. These points or units of effort no longer simply changed from one value or state to another but could change their placement and move out from themselves. Not only could they displace their position, they could do so in a way that turned the values and relationships between God’s love and truth into their proper physical equivalents—that is, to corresponding measurements, proportions and scales within the constraints of spacetime.

These points of pure effort created time, space and fundamental matter by self-organizing themselves and their trajectories into entities that described real centers, peripheries, diameters and poles. The beginning of physical creation was the process by which potentialities and tendencies gained coherence and stability through the subordination and coordination of motion (kinetic energy).

These newly-created physical units and entities continued to reflect and respond to God’s perpetual influence of love and continued to form new relationships, aggregations and complexities. This incessant drive to form new levels of order is a derivative of love, which is a living influence that constantly seeks to unite all diverse things. This is why the universe is unified and its laws are bio-friendly.

This process of self-organization and generation of more complex structure continues with the emergence and evolution of life. Organic life is simply form and structure capable of more perfectly receiving God’s living force. As nature evolves, it strives to become a more perfect mirror image of God. But God’s love is not a one-way street. Real spiritual love is reciprocal. For love to find its fullness in time and space, a special creature must evolve with a brain and mind (subjective experience) that could not only recognize a Divine Being, but could become a creature that would ultimately have the ability to love God in return.

This mutual love and special conjunction (called God’s covenant) allows an Infinite God to flow into and “eternalize” the finite human acts of sincere love—so that a heaven could be created from the human race. God’s great wish for creation is that we can all live happily ever after.

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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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