Even theologians are struggling over the radical relativity and pluralism of contemporary religious reflection. One of the outcomes of this new era of thinking is that religion and spirituality is not to be identified with an absolute deposit of some sacred text from above, or, an infallible tradition of interpretation. And, in the light of modern science, the verity of sacred writings seems especially illogical.
Religion, which comes from the Latin word for binding together (ligare) or a unifying principle, is failing to produce a sense of wholeness, unity and integrity for humanity.
One sign of hope is that some insightful theologians are beginning to look for a deeper interpretation of Holy Scripture—that its narratives are to be looked at as describing a transformative event of new life in the way we approach our daily activities. What I find intellectually interesting about this dynamically potent essential core to the future of religion is that it also begins to embrace science.
Well, personal transformation begins to tie Bible interpretation to the concept of reverse entropy! Scientifically speaking, reverse entropy is nature’s capacity to create order and complex structure in the universe. Scientists mostly see this as a serendipitous and temporary situation and that the trajectory of time will eventually give us a universe that runs its course and becomes devoid of coherent structure (entropy).
But personal transformation suggests that humans can assist reverse entropy into non-physical, psychical and spiritual realities—because it brings new order to our inner lives (hearts and minds).
The kingdom of heaven, from a scientific viewpoint, necessitates order on another level—far above thermodynamics and physical heat/energy conditions of physical nature.
Enter scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg.
He claimed that the stories of God’s Holy Word transcend literal (terrestrial) interpretation and contain higher orders of dynamical structure and communication. In other words, reverse entropy was providentially built into the architecture of Holy Scripture! These unique revelations, when grasped by humans, will provide the world with a divine guide for a universal saving activity.
Furthermore, these higher levels of meaning hidden within the seemingly archaic and mind-doubting stories of Scripture will offer a corrective view of theology, which is much needed in today’s world of intellectual and emotional divisiveness.
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