Paul, Job and John

The three biblical gentlemen mentioned above and their stories represent three kinds of religious writings. Although all three appear in the canonical Bible, only one’s writings represent the legitimate Word of God.

According to the discoveries of scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, God’s Word, which comes directly out of heaven, descended through lawful causal steps until it terminated in the finite minds of the various Prophets and their worldly (terrestrial) language. The result of this top-down communication from God to humans is that His Holy Word contains three discrete levels of meanings.

The highest level of meaning is heavenly and communicates all things concerning God and His ultimate glorification. On the next lower “tier” of meaning, the Holy Word contains an inner narrative that addresses the process of spiritual evolution—both of a church and of the individual.

Below this second level, the Word contains Prophetical and Historical stories which convey literal meanings. These three levels of meaning, while distinct, correspond to each other (i.e., the word “light” in the literal text corresponds to “understanding” on the next higher level and God’s “Wisdom” on its highest or heavenly level). For religious writings to represent the true Word of God they must contain all three levels!

Paul’s religious writings and letters (of the New Testament) contain only a literal level of exposition. They represent Paul’s personal take and opinion on Christian theology.

The story of Job was written by a more ancient civilization that understood the language of correspondences—that all process, people and objects in the physical world could reflect and symbolize higher meanings—which address the non-material issues of the human heart and mind. So the story of Job contains two distinct levels of meaning; a literal and psycho-spiritual level, but is still not the true Word of God.

According to Swedenborg, the apostle John’s Gospel and his fantastic account of the Apocalypse (Revelation) were communicated directly to him through visions from the God of Heaven and represented God’s Word in all its three-fold fullness. Many modern theologians recognize that Revelation is highly symbolic with meanings that remain a mystery, but this notion only scratches the surface of the Infinite Wisdom contained in all of God’s Holy Word. Since God’s Word is God (John 1:1-3) it must contain Infinite knowledge.

Swedenborg’s theological discoveries are a game-changer. It is my passion and goal to share these startling ideas with the world.  But it is a most difficult challenge because it challenges most people’s current worldviews about reality (and the Bible). The purpose of this blog and my books is to expose you to the existence of this special divine knowledge, which escapes the cognition of the terrestrial and habitual human mind.

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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 Paul, Job and John

  1. Walt says:

    Thanks for this excellent article, it is really helping me understand the Bible at a much deeper level. Your books have also been a big help to me in my search for spiritual truth.

    I have always been taught that the whole Bible is the word of God. This has caused me some confusion because of the things written in the Bible, mainly in the Old Testament, that contradict what I believe about a God whom I believe is love. The verses I’m referring to are the ones where supposedly God ordered Israel to kill all the men, women, children and even animals of their enemies after they won the battle. Then, in another place God supposedly ordered them to rape the virgins of their enemies after they won the battle.

    Since these things are certainly not consistant with a God of love, I am hoping to one day be able to figure out how to intrepret these writings.

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Walt,

    Thanks for your support! Just remember that all those battles referred to in God’s Holy Word are not physical battles but battles that take place in our hearts and minds. The Apocalypse is just such a battle. I suggest you contact the Swedenborg Foundation and order a volume or two from Swedenborg’s works called the “Arcana Coelestia” and “Apocalypse Revealed.” Then tell your closest friends!

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

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