Even some of my colleagues who study the unique theology of Emanuel Swedenborg have called my Blog articles “provocative,” and at times, even “disturbing” to some of their social sensitivities. I seem to have developed a knack for expressing God’s truth in ways that often create doubt and make people scratch their heads. Shouldn’t someone who has studied Swedenborg for over 35 years, like me, be taking a more considerate and nurturing approach to ensure easy comprehension of important ideas?
In my defense, I will only say that I am simply applying God’s own wise tactics for proper spiritual instruction.
For instance, take this seemingly odd statement by Swedenborg after he had personally observed how souls were being taught about divine truths in the other world:
“Hence it is that as soon as in the other life any truth is presented before good spirits by a manifest experience, there is soon afterward presented something opposite which causes doubt. In this way it is given them to think about it, and to consider whether it be so, and to collect reasons, and thus to bring that truth into their minds rationally. (Arcana Coelestia 7298 )
Therefore, those in the spiritual world who are candidates for being admitted into God’s heavenly kingdom are taught both profound truths along with additional ideas purposely designed to create DOUBT!
Apparently, no one destined for heaven is ever spoon-fed. God promotes mental conflict to make sure that ideas, judgments, principles and choices are crystallized into one’s very living fabric by their efforts.
It is one thing to share knowledge, it is quite another to share understanding.