If you read God’s Holy Word, what other conclusion could you come to? In Mark 13:12,13 we read the Lord’s warning about awful families who will kill each other!
And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father his children; and the children shall rise up against their parents, and shall put them to death; for ye shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake.
Such family disputes and abominations can get even worse!
Therefore the fathers shall eat their sons, and the sons shall eat their fathers . . . (Ezekiel 5:9,10)
No wonder a growing group of “enlightened” individuals have properly reasoned that a God of Love could not wish such things upon humanity. But they also make the mistake that such biblical passages prove that there is no God, and therefore, they can reject the supposed inerrancy and authority of Scripture.
Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg would say that the problem here is not religious faith versus reasoning but human reasoning based on a materialistic philosophy. Such worldly ideologies judge Scripture from a mere literal interpretation of its narratives (so do those who defend Scripture from blind faith).
Materialistic and terrestrial ideologies do not engender true enlightenment, whether you are a believer or atheist.
Swedenborg claimed that the Lord’s Holy Word was a spiritual document because its stories contained spiritual meanings. What is a spiritual meaning? It is a symbolic language that uses physical things, events and historical characters to represent qualities of the human heart and mind (a person’s spiritual reality).
Brothers killing each other as well as fathers and their children killing each other represent what happens when we adopt false ideas from evil or hurtful motives. A “father” represents the heart of the matter (in this case an evil heart). So spiritually speaking, the quality of one’s chosen values (derivatives of love) “fathers” a certain kind of progeny (mental ideas). Ideas are the progeny (sons) of some love, which rules the heart (father) as head of the family.
Therefore, an evil heart will produce thoughts that will engender destruction. Evil and its derivative false thinking bring its own punishment upon itself. The biblical passage above concerning the unlikely literal scenario of fathers and sons eating each other is another use of symbolic spiritual language to convey the more relevant lesson that evil and hatred breeds negative thoughts that will ultimately consume each other. This predicament is opposite to all true religion, which promotes mutual love, goodness and unity.
We instinctively understand this symbolism of the heart and mind when we say that a political ideology will eat its own children. Everyone can grasp the idea that if a political party “fathers” lots of different factions, its household will eventually turn on itself.
According to Swedenborg, all the stories in the Holy Word carry deeper meanings about the more important drama that takes place within the human heart and mind (and its relationship to God). We’ve all heard the expression that a divided house will fall. This notion has even greater spiritual relevance if applied it to the inner cacophony of ideas and feelings that inhabit the troubled mind (spiritual household).
God wants us to get our spiritual house in order.
The purpose of this blog is to express the richness of God’s Holy Word to those who take pride in their reasoning. The truly “enlightened” will embrace the profound and inexhaustible depth of Holy Scripture (God’s Infinite Wisdom).