Three Kinds Of Delusion

Humankind is prone to three kinds of delusion. They are all based on not knowing what our true purpose in life is.

The first of the three delusions is from ignorance. Most people do not attempt to know more than they are told by others, or, what they can pick up from their five senses. From this ignorance (and unwillingness to probe reality deeper) they settle in and establish their subjective belief system. Such individuals are described in Scripture as the “poor.”

The second delusion originates from this same type of ignorance—when one becomes inventive and concocts new ways to make untruths seem like brilliant ideas to others. This foolhardiness is referred to in Scripture as “the blind leading the blind.”

The third delusion is not a result of faulty understanding, but comes from a corrupt heart. Such individuals see reality and “truth” only as that which favors and confirms their imagined superiority. God’s Holy Word addresses this faulty human inclination through the symbolism of giants or threatening foreign armies.

The offspring of all these delusions are egoism, self-love, vanity, pride, self-conceit, credulity and suggestibility, to name a few.

Each of these three general delusions is also represented by a city in the Bible—Nineveh, Rehoboth and Calah. The narratives of Scripture contain a deeper symbolic language that has been forgotten, due to human delusions and level of reasoning which builds strongholds to protect its false beliefs. This deluded reasoning is described in Genesis 10:11 as going to Asshur to build the three cities just mentioned. “Asshur” (Assyria) represents a diminished quality of reasoning.

Inwardly, we build citadels and cities for our hearts and minds (spirit) to dwell in safety, from the ideas we embrace in our particular reasoning.

Battles over cities in Scripture are not just historical accounts, but on a deeper level deal with conflicts of the human heart and mind. (What else would be important to God?) When God is seen to favor one army over another in the Bible, it represents the force of divine truth challenging various human delusions and lifestyles that are difficult to give up and thus fight back (our self-esteem is often tied up in the delusions we cling to).

The stories of Scripture contain the deepest knowledge concerning our personal relationship with God and how to escape from our delusions. Only then can we grasp what our true purpose in life is all about.

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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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2 Responses to Three Kinds Of Delusion

  1. olly says:

    what about the delusion that text written ages ago proves there is a god?

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear olly,

      The only ancient texts that prove there is a God contain two higher and distinct levels of meaning above the literal sense of its words. The Holy Bible contains three levels of meaning in many of its narratives – the other stories, which do not carry these higher meanings, are constructs of the finite human mind.

      Spiritually yours,

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