A Heavenly list of my greatest accomplishments!

This long list of spiritual milestones can be grasped at a mere glance.

1)   Married, May 22, 1976

2)   Our first Anniversary

3)   Our second Anniversary

4)   Our third Anniversary

5)   Our fourth Anniversary

6)   Our fifth Anniversary

7)   Our sixth Anniversary

8)   Our seventh Anniversary

9)   Our eighth Anniversary

10)   Our ninth Anniversary

11)    Our tenth Anniversary

12)    Our eleventh Anniversary

13)    Our twelfth Anniversary

14)    Our thirteenth Anniversary

15)    Our fourteenth Anniversary

16)    Our fifteenth Anniversary

17)    Our sixteenth Anniversary

18)    Our seventeenth Anniversary

19)    Our eighteenth Anniversary

20)    Our nineteenth Anniversary

21)     Our twentieth Anniversary

22)     Our twenty-first Anniversary

23)     Our twenty-second Anniversary

24)     Our twenty-third Anniversary

25)     Our twenty-fourth Anniversary

26)     Our twenty-fifth Anniversary

27)     Our twenty-sixth Anniversary

28)     Our twenty-seventh Anniversary

29)     Our twenty-eighth Anniversary

30)     Our twenty-ninth Anniversary

31)      Our thirtieth Anniversary

32)      Our thirty-first Anniversary

33)      Our thirty-second Anniversary

34)      Our thirty-third Anniversary

35)      May 22, 2010: Our thirty-fourth Anniversary!!!

I could not have reached these spiritual milestones without the wonderful love and support of my wife Sue, the God of Heaven and the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (especially Conjugial Love). With that kind of continued support and guidance this list will continue to grow even after Sue and I leave this earth!



About thegodguy

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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9 Responses to A Heavenly list of my greatest accomplishments!

  1. Roger says:

    Congratulations to you and to your wife!

    Maybe you should write a book on marriage – taking guidance from ‘Conjugial Love” by Swedenborg, of course. But something that distills Swedenborg’s ideas and applies them to contemporary society.

    When you do that, you might want to also address the politically incorrect allowance of ‘pellicacy’ which Swedenborg made for unmarried males and for males who are married but separated. In another blog, you mentioned the polygamous nature of men – an artifact of evolution which Sephardic Judaism and Islam acknowledge, but which traditional Christianity and Ashkenazi Judaism do not. But life-long monogamy is clearly the heavenly ideal. How does this apply to, say, the hypothetical case of man whose wife was in a state of coma? Clearly, divorcing his wife will drop her off his company’s insurance plan. So he stays married and has a girlfriend. Is he violating Christian ethics? There is still a Biblical moral law that applies to all – Jew and Gentile. Christ did not abrogate the moral and ethical aspect of Torah – only the ritual and dietary laws, as has been indicated elsewhere. What is this law in the area of adultery? The Bible and its halachic exegesis by the Rabbis define adultery as the illicit relationship between a MARRIED woman and and any man other than her husband, regardless of his marital status. A married man such as Bill Clinton was never Biblically or halachically guilty of adultery since Monica Lewinsky was not married.


    • Sue says:

      Hi, Roger,
      I always enjoy your comments.
      Re: pellicacy (new word for me – very Swedenborgian evidently) and ” Is he violating Christian ethics? ”
      By having the girlfriend while his wife is in a coma, that is. Yes, I think he is. He’s relegating the girlfriend to an awkward role – waiting for the wife to die. It’s not just about the couple. It’s also important ethically to not use others. Same with the Monica Lewinskys of the world. Just because they don’t protect themselves well doesn’t mean it’s ok to work agains their best interests.

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Roger,

    It is a possibility. However, I have other writing projects ahead of me (including a video).

    On the surface of things it seems that such a book would be beneficial for contemporary society. But one cannot assume that the world is ready for such revelations. Swedenborg stated that Christians were the worst when it came to committing adultery.

    Most men do not treat their sperm as a sacred substance. And men do not have a grasp of the spiritual design of women. (These things must be considered before addressing hypothetical and “worldly” circumstances.) Furthermore, traditional Bible exegesis overlooks the deeper levels of meaning within the scaffolding and multidimensional aspects of its sacred architecture.

    An observation: Bill Clinton certainly looked red-faced to me!

    Spiritually yours,

    P.S. If you have read Swedenborg’s “Journal of Dreams” then you are aware that he lost all sexual desire about a year before his spiritual “eyes” were opened by the Lord. There is a hidden message concerning the dynamics of his “inner” development from this seemingly odd occurrence.

  3. Roger says:

    I do not know what the hidden message in Swedenborg’s loss of sexual desire was. Could you elaborate?



  4. thegodguy says:

    Dear Roger,

    I choose not elaborate on this matter within the constraints of a “blog reply.” But I will offer you a clue. Think of Swedenborg’s loss of desire as a re-direction of his prolific principle.

    Sorry – people want everything delivered to them on a silver platter. The only biblical case for such a thing dealt with John the Baptist’s head!


  5. Mrs. GodGuy says:

    Dearest GodGuy,
    I generally make it a point to enjoy your blog without commenting, but today is certainly a special exception to that. Happy Anniversary! Thanks from the heart for this very special post. What a perfect anniversary gift!

    I’m so happy to see that it’s sparked a comment and conversation with Roger, too. This blog has always been all about conversation on the important topics of daily life through new ideas offered up with a fresh new perspective on Swedenborg’s writings. And you’re right, Roger, a marriage book would definitely be worth doing…some day. He’s got a long literary “to-do” list. The God Guy actually first “won my heart” by sharing Swedenborg’s concept of heavenly, eternal marriage with me when we met. (Trust me, in the seventies, this is NOT how most men talked when first meeting a woman!) I knew he was someone special from the very beginning. I had never heard of Emanuel Swedenborg till this point in my life, but what I was hearing made more sense out of the world than anything I had ever heard before.

    All of you who enjoy (or are at least moved to “passionately disagree” with) what comes forth in this blog are very much a part of our marriage. You’ve been “guests” at our dinner table as my husband tries to think through his responses as he answers questions and comments. A lot of energy goes into this blog every day. His goal is always to provide enlightening and useful information in a fresh new way, always with respect and love, even if sometimes it’s “tough love.”

    I’m continually in awe of how he does this. And after living with him for 34 years, I’m still learning new stuff from him all the time, too. Thanks to all readers for joining together with us for this online celebration of our marriage today and for quite awhile now.

    Dear husband, I feel more honored every day to be your wife. Thanks for your love and your patience with me though the years and for continuing to inspire me every day!

    All my love forever,
    Mrs. GodGuy

  6. thegodguy says:

    Dear Wife,

    Thanks for being the living LOVE of the contents of my brain. You are proof of God’s spiritual design for the female essence in the universe.

    By the way, I would like to mention to my readers that Sue was the graphic designer for my book “Proving God.” She literally brought my ideas into the world as a spiritual “child!”

    Spiritually yours,

  7. Roger says:

    Needless to say, I am eagerly waiting for the book – it will be here the next week, I am sure. I’ll provide you with any feedback I have. I have been a Swedenborgian for no more than four years, but I have dabbled in philosophy and theology (I have a math and computer science major) for the last 30+ years.

    What’s this video that you folks are working on?

    The barrier to the spread of Swedenborgianism is that it is too high-brow, which is OK for the few but not for the many. Might be good to have catchy videos that go viral on the internet and spread the word. Not watered down outreach, which has its value too but which is best left to the organized New Church. Something which is deep and yet not difficult and tedious like Swedenborg’s writings – which are not exactly entertaining bedtime reading.


  8. thegodguy says:

    Dear Roger,

    You are a very intelligent guest reader. My first book “Sermon From The Compost Pile” explained Swedenborg’s ideas to gardeners and showed how the “going green” movement and eco-friendly living was harmonious to New Church doctrines.

    My new book “Proving God” attempts to unify science and theology through Swedenborg’s wide spectrum of works. I show how contemporary science is actually moving in his direction.

    My video project will attempt to use novel and imaginative visual portrayals of Swedenborgian ideas – for a world that is reading less and becoming more visually oriented. I have dabbled in these kinds of things in the past. My background is in both visual arts and writing.

    Spiritually yours,

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