For much of the faithful who embrace traditional religious doctrine, no other proof of the sacredness and inerrancy of God’s Word is required than the literal meaning of its narratives (and strong faith.) So they are happy campers.
For Swedenborgians, the Divine authority of Holy Scripture is found within higher levels of meaning that can be lawfully abstracted out of the Bible stories.
For scientists, they would need to see how God’s Holy Word could help them formulate an all-encompassing theory of causal process. Such a potent “revelation” would more than turn heads in a world that seems to be spinning out of control!
I personally believe that the biggest paradigm shift in the history of human ideas will be brought on by the descent of the Holy City, The New Jerusalem. This descent of new concepts from heaven will include unexpected insights and evidence that all things in the created world actually came from patterning principles hidden within the multilevel architecture of God’s Words (John 1:1-3).
While Swedenborgians have the best shot at helping to usher in such potent new knowledge that could ultimately unify science and theology, their ecclesiastical trajectory is taking them further away from preparing their deeper theology for a serious encounter with science and the post-modern world.
I have written a new book, Proving God, and created this blog site for the purpose of offering clues to procuring a scientifically plausible theistic model of reality. Of course, one must expect to be hammered from all sides for making such a “preposterous” claim. And indeed, I often get hammered.
While I can easily see how such ideas might be threatening to contemporary academia, even I bristle when fellow Swedenborgians take issue with me. So I will challenge them here and now to explain to me—through their advanced theology—why the numbers “three” and “seven” have the same symbolic meaning? There is more to divine order and divine dynamics than threefoldness.
In an earlier blog post I attempted to show that the different colors of a rainbow were a physical metaphor for the unfolding of biblical passages into a holistic series expressing God’s Divine order. One reader logically challenged this blueprint by asking why my exposition was not arbitrary. Another reader offered a more perplexing challenge—that all my observations of nature and Scripture were merely appearances.
Both “challengers” have studied Swedenborgian doctrine, so I was careful to include the chapter number and verses of the biblical passages that I used to make my point about the divine sequencing of universal causal process—so that they could double check Swedenborg on his own exposition of these very same verses. If one investigates the deeper exegesis of these precise passages, as given by Swedenborg, he or she will learn that the phrases “And it came to pass” or “it was” represent a new distinct state, step, gravitational center and trajectory within the Bible story. My pointing to these non-continuous steps and distinctions is taken from the Lord God’s revealed wisdom, as described by Swedenborg—not merely from appearances of my faulty eyes and intellect.
I fully expect people to follow my leads and make the proper efforts—whether they purchase my book or not.