Is God a Liberal or a Conservative?

yin yangBoth!

With all the heated rhetoric going on in American politics I thought that it would be good to give this debate a spiritual twist.

This may be an oversimplification of the two divided viewpoints, but when you boil it down it seems that conservatives seek to promote personal success while liberals want social justice and change for all. One viewpoint challenges each of us to rise above the crowd and the other challenges us to advance the crowd. In a nutshell, one challenges us to distinguish ourselves as individuals, the other challenges us to unify.

Both political views point to each other’s downsides. Liberals warn that exceptionalism will lead to personal selfishness and the oppression of others while the conservatives argue that social justice will reward people regardless of their personal efforts (or lack of effort). It seems as though these two worldviews are hopelessly irreconcilable. However, God’s Grand Scheme requires that the human race solve this dilemma.

According to scientist/theologian, Emanuel Swedenborg, God’s Infinite character consists of three distinct functions – “Divine Love,” “Divine Truth” and “Divine Utility.” The third function combines the other two into something analogous to a marriage.

Swedenborg offers deep insights as to how this sacred three-fold dynamic created the manifest universe. These insights can throw some light on our political impasse.

Consider the present dichotomy in America from this spiritual dynamic: Truth distinguishes and Love unites.

Simply put, the ongoing process of nature to create coherent and increased complexity through self-organization requires the miraculous emergence and combination of new forms distinguishing themselves through the perfection of unity. This combination is affected through utility and purpose. Such a blueprint is obvious when we contemplate how each cell, tissue and organ in the human anatomy performs a specific function yet works in unison to perfect the whole. (Swedenborg even discovered that the angels of heaven were occupied in a similar organic fashion.)

Liberalism corresponds to God’s “Love” and conservatism corresponds to God’s “Truth.” They cannot exalt each other (as nature and angels do) unless they both can create systems that share similar ends and goals.

That the two political “parties” have great difficulties in coming together within human affairs tells me that people are hypnotized (by one or the other point of view) and that they don’t grasp what true spiritual (inner) growth actually involves—both. Thankfully, more and more people are starting to wake up and sense that a new paradigm is needed.

Again, this is an oversimplification. What do you think? (I will not accept any venomous comments.)


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
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9 Responses to Is God a Liberal or a Conservative?

  1. PTM says:

    I think you’re right on there God Guy! The answer to every real paradox is always “both”. As long as we focus on defending only one side, our side, we are hypnotized and remain partly blinded, trapped in seemingly irreconcilable and unfruitful dualities. A marriage of opposite perspectives, as you pointed out, shifts the focus to uplifting a common goal or utility. Unity is the third and higher perspective, and exactly the new paradigm that is needed!

    Every paradox, even political ones, present us an opportunity to ascend to higher ground mentally and spiritually, allowing us if we are willing, to understand the truth on both sides better, even leading on to see how they can, and must, come together.

    Thanks for your work in highlighting these important ideas. Let’s pray to God they are carried off as small seeds in the wind, falling into good soil where they take root and grow, and spread new life, and new paradigms, all over!

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear PTM,

    “Thy will be done.”

    Spiritually yours,

  3. PTM says:

    This leads me to wonder what a marriage of these political perspectives might actually look like and what fruits it might produce for the nation and for the world. I’ve never given this question much thought before, but maybe I will now. Thanks for stimulating my neurons God Guy!

  4. thegodguy says:

    Dear PTM,

    For kingdoms to change men must change. The answer will be angelic! Let me know where your neurons take you!

    Spiritually yours,

  5. Roger says:

    If you marry the good points in the conservative and liberal views in the USA, you will get Ron Paul! I a Ron Paul fan and a paleoc0nservative.

    For one, both Republican and Democratic administrations have been guilty of spending beyond their means and saddling the country and future generations with long-term debt. This includes all of the Presidents in recent memory from Reagan downwards.

    Both the Republicans and Democrats seem to have forgotten that while the free flow of capital, goods and people across boundaries is a desirable ideal, there needs to be economic and regulatory parity between the two sides. Free trade with China is a great idea, but does China skew the playing field? Unlimited immigration from Mexico might be beautiful, but does Mexico allow unlimited immigration from the USA? More importantly, is Mexico as desirable place for Americans to live and work, as America is for Mexicans? Since we allow a quota of immigrants from, say, India and China, do these nations allow Americans to settle in their lands? Do Americans want to settle there given the current state of those countries?

    We need to defend our ports and our borders, but do we need to police the world? If the Roman empire went bankrupt overstretching itself militarily, are we doing the same? Isn’t it better to just develop our own energy and quarantine out the Islamic world rather than meddle in their affairs? Why is it a violation of freedom of religion to deport Muslim non-citizens and keep Muslim non-citizens, good and bad, from visiting our shores except in extreme cases such as folks who need surgery or folks on a diplomatic visa? Isn’t this cheaper than fighting tribal wars in the Pashtun belt that straddles Eastern Afghanistan and Western Pakistan? Or propping up a Shia regime in Baghdad that, ultimately, plays second fiddle to Iran?


  6. thegodguy says:

    Dear Roger,

    Thank you for sharing your views. Do you have any spiritual insights into this terrible predicament that we all find ourselves in?

    Spiritually yours,

  7. Roger says:

    Swedenborg emphasized the primacy of the 10 commandments. The spirits in the lowest, natural heaven are devoted to the 10 commandments. The angels in the next higher heaven, the spiritual heaven, are devoted to these commandments and to the selfless love of their fellow-humans. The angels in the highest heaven, the celestial heaven, are devoted to these commandments, to the selfless love of their fellow-humans and to the love of God.

    What does this have to do with our world?

    First, getting into debt which we cannot pay is theft and a violation of the ten commandments.

    Getting into wars and into deadly political situations we do not understand is a violation of “You shall not kill”. Did the CIA know what it was doing in 1953 when it helped the Shah of Iran to overthrow Mossadegh?

    Apart from the requirement that governments must follow the 10 commandments as well as individuals, individual regeneration is the foundation on which any societal remedy can be built. It is fine for us to wait for the day when this nation and the world will be New Church, but that degree of good is not needed to make a drastic improvement in our present sorry state. Regeneration via any form or version of Christianity should be good enough for our nation at this juncture. We need to do what the Ninevehites did in Jonah.

    Without that we’re a bunch of thieves and liars electing other thieves and liars to high office. What does a politician who has gold-back securities in a Swiss bank account care about state of the nation’s economy? What does someone who does not believe in God or in eternal life care about except for their brief moment of power when they can lord it over their fellows? ‘Apres moi, la deluge’.


  8. thegodguy says:

    Thanks Roger for adding the spiritual dimension to your conversation! The lack of spiritual regeneration in the human race is the problem. The human “proprium” cannot solve the problem of the human “proprium.”

    Spiritually yours,

  9. Jim Rigney says:

    I believe that God is neither Democratic, Republican, liberal nor conservative. God is the leader of the Headwing party.

    My philosophy is Headwing Thought based on Godism. This thought places God, the standard of absolute value and our True Parent, True Teacher and True Owner, in the absolute center.

    When we human beings live in accordance with the Three Great Subject Body Thought, attending God in our life in the spirit world and on earth as our True Parent, True Teacher and True Owner, and living as His object partners, this will be the Kingdom of Heaven and the place where true love is practiced.

    We had better overcome atheistic and Communist philosophies that deny God and the spirit world, as well as the secular humanism and moral relativism that ignore the importance of absolute value and the vertical standard. It is time to overcome the hypocritical faith in God’s name that lacks true love, and abandon all selfish works that violate original human rights and result in injustice.

    The Headwing Thought transcends right and left wing, breaks down the walls between countries, races and religions, and brings about a broad and unified harmony centering on the absolute God. This task should be carried out with the help of both heaven and earth. We are in a great transition, and during this time the United Nations and the nations of the world must unite and cooperate with one another.

    Modern society is a world lacking an ideology or system of absolute philosophy. There are no absolute values that apply with consistency to individuals, families, societies, nations, the world and the cosmos. This is the reason that thinking has become confused, human relationships disordered, and human society chaotic. Facing unreflective pluralism and modernization, and without a basic axis in their hearts and daily lives, people in the modern age suffer an ever-worsening confusion of values.

    We should all join God’s party.

    God Bless us all,

    Jim Rigney,
    Another God Guy

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