Spiritual Healthcare

When Jesus was on earth he preformed many miracles, including healing the sick and raising the dead. He did it all for free, too!

Unfortunately, the miracles of modern medicine come with a big price tag. Lots of resources go into keeping people healthy. America is now trying to come up with a way to help as many people as possible gain access to these modern cures—with everyone chipping in. I’d like to share some insights.

Since I believe in an afterlife I am compelled to look at the challenge of helping people live long and healthy lives from a two-fold perspective. According to the scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, Jesus was occupied with spiritual rather than worldly healthcare. In other words, the New Testament miracles served to convey a more “profound” message than mere terrestrial wellness.

What could be more profound than healing disease and raising the dead? The answer is that Jesus’ cures included the greater miracle of healing sick souls and raising the dead for life in an eternal and heavenly kingdom. The Kingdom of Heaven is the abode that the Lord stressed was to be sought for.

This is a tough sell to make when people are suffering on the planetary plane or when one is faced with the possible loss of a loved one. Which means that I am actually challenged to look at healthcare from a third perspective. This third perspective is ME—my heart also has to be included into the equation.

The Lord said to love the neighbor. Heaven is a kingdom of mutual love. We are all on this earth to be of service to our community, our country, the world, and to GOD.

Because there is a real spiritual element within the topic of universal health, I know my heart is always being tested concerning the value of people other than myself. So I have to look at healthcare from the point of view of healing myself as I attempt to heal others. This means that the most beneficial healthcare plan should include a means by which we can transcend our biological selves and become spiritual beings. Otherwise, the best healthcare plan on earth will only prolong the inevitable.

But physical health does serve God’s purpose. The longer you keep people physically healthy, the more you increase their chances to become spiritually healthy. Physical health leads to brain health, and brain health can lead individuals to make the right life-choices and ultimately find God. So my personal health plan, so far, has been to contribute to various charities over the years and write articles and books on how to look after the soul.

Please share your thoughts on this most important topic. I will accept all viewpoints, whether atheistic or religious!  Also visit http://www.provinggod.com

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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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2 Responses to Spiritual Healthcare

  1. Kate says:

    Wow!! What a topic….and one that hits rather close to my heart. My Mother was one of the most spiritual people I have ever known…maybe not the most intellectual, however to me, she truely LIVED a spiritual life in all she did. She believed in quality, not quantity of life, she lived a life of use until the very end. She also “believed” in a cure…and I also believe she discovered the “cure” , only it wasn’t the one I expected.

    Sometimes, the “medicine” may be in a form of a pill, or antibiotic, or whatever, but ultimately it will be on a spiritual level, and serve the most good for all concerned, it may not be what anyone expected, but it will serve a higher good.
    Universal healthcare, a topic I exhausted myself with-until a close friend showed me that the higher good will always prevail, no matter what….I choose happiness…

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Kate,

    You hit the nail on the head! Happiness and heaven is a choice.

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

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