A new way to read the Bible!

The Holy Bible has taken some hits recently by those who point out that it miserably fails when compared with modern scientific discoveries or to the emerging new social sensitivities. So how can it be considered infallible and an authoritative representative of an infinitely wise and loving Deity?

Perhaps Holy Scripture needs to be read differently. Let me explain.

We can all easily determine that we have an inner and outer life. Evidence for this is discernable because we can hide our deepest inner feelings and beliefs while we function in the outer physical world in a way we have learned will be most acceptable to those around us.

Furthermore, it can also be easily verified that this hidden and guarded inner world of ours is who we really are.

So, if Holy Scripture represents the true Word of God, it would be most effective if it were written in a way that addresses who we really are. That means the Bible should have an inner and outer message or storyline that correlates with our inner and outer lives.

The Bible is mostly judged by the outer or worldly meaning of its words. But if these words and narratives contain deeper meanings, such as found in metaphors, allegories or parables, then most of us, regardless of our education, have put ourselves in a cosmically embarrassing situation.

What if all the battles (including the Apocalypse) that are depicted in Holy Scripture cleverly signify the confrontations and “turf wars” between various beliefs and life choices that occupy our inner world? Isn’t this the world that God would seek to change in order to make the human race more spiritual and genuine?

The good news is that a deeper interpretation of the Bible stories is indeed slowly being revealed to men and women on earth who are serious about inner transformation. So while the outer world of humanity is bringing us greater despair and disillusionment, an inner megatrend will be bubbling up to the surface.



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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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6 Responses to A new way to read the Bible!

  1. Roger Noah says:

    Most modern folk understand that poetry and scripture is conducive to allegorical exegesis. The problem is that folks might generate their own inner meanings. Carl Jung generated a dictionary of dream symbols. Who will do that for the Bible? Swedenborg did not address all of the Bible from every possible exegetical angle. What he did with respect to the Bible’s inner meaning is couched in tomes that have no appeal to the man and woman on the street.

    What we need is a “Biblical Inner Meaning for Dummies”. Maybe you’ll do that for us – not that I am dummy 🙂

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Roger,

      Swedenborg’s exegesis definitely needs a more imaginative and modern interpreter. This is a big job because it requires not just two but three levels of explanation – natural (literal), spiritual (human regeneration) and Celestial (the Lord’s temptations and glorification). I have also (thanks to personal inner development) become aware of the circular advancement of the spiritual and sequential process that is ubiquitous within the genuine sacred narratives. So the challenge is: how much detail does one want to share with a doctrinal dummy?

      I have at least a half dozen writing projects ahead of me before I could even attempt such a demanding project.

      Spiritually yours,

  2. mitch eddy says:

    I’m just starting to honestly listen to and judge my fictitious self and man does it hurt. It hurts realizing that you allowed yourself to lie to yourself about the quality of your soul. And its so hard to change its like I’m afraid of being truly loving towards others instead of just appearing that way. Ouch….

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear mitch,

      Congratulations! You are experiencing the true taste of spiritual regeneration. Perhaps you will be brave enough to read my next book (which will be out in a couple weeks). Lots of “ouches.”

      Spiritually yours,

  3. thegodguy says:

    Dear mitch,

    Congratulations again! Many of my readers have found “Proving God” both a riveting and intellectually changing book. It has won three awards. Let me know what you think after reading the second half.

    Spiritually yours,

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