Please don’t eat the flesh of your own arm!

The Bible (Isaiah 9:20) warns us of people who actually eat the flesh of their arms. I could not think of a more applicable and relevant warning for contemporary society.

Such a warning against self-cannibalism even offers further proof of the authority, infallibility and inerrancy of God’s Holy Word. (Are you listening Richard Dawkins?)

There is no way around it. We are all guilty of gnawing on our arms.

Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg made this problem rationally clear when he pointed out that Holy Scripture was written in a symbolic language (correspondences) that contained deeper meanings and deeper truth.

To decipher this profound psycho-spiritual language one must start from the literal words of human terrestrial language and raise their meanings to a higher level or analog.

Here is how:

Since an “arm” represents where we have our power, and the “flesh” represents the living part of the arm, when the Bible mentions people eating the flesh of their arms it means that he or she is swallowing the conviction that one should only trust the power of their own life-abilities and prudence (rather than God’s).

So even if your physical arm shows no teeth marks, if you favor your own wisdom and judgment over God’s, you are spiritually chomping on your own flesh.

Without a grasp or knowledge of this higher interpretation of the words and narratives in the Holy Word, the human race will remain as a primitive society, in spite of any new technology that comes along!

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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