God’s Justice is not Social Justice

This is a topic I have tried to stay away from, but the declining conditions of life on earth are forcing me to say something—now!

Current governments and worldviews are being challenged because of the increasing inequalities between the rich and the poor, the “haves” and the “have-nots.” Those who embrace the notions of love and compassion would like to spread the wealth around so that everyone can be treated in a fair manner.

However, I have found that true planetary fairness is something beyond the range of my flawed worldly wisdom.

I remember several years ago that I was concerned about contractors buying up rich farmland and building lots of new suburban-type houses. From my point of view, these houses were being constructed on some of the best farmland in the country, forcing us to get more of our food from places that were further away, where more water, chemical inputs and transportation costs were needed.

I wanted to see this trend stop. With the “housing bubble,” I got my wish. But as an unintended consequence, many of the laborers who were building these houses were laid off and without jobs. Here was a real Catch-22.

Everything is so interconnected that only God’s Infinite wisdom can show us the way out of our current situation. We are spiritual creatures, created for an eternal realm, but must live temporarily on a finite planet with limited resources. Because these resources are limited, the prosperity of one individual is always built on the adversity of many.

There simply is not enough of everything required for everyone’s external welfare.  And the rapid growth of the human population is exasperating the situation.

Is this what God wants?

No. But God allows even bad things to progress so that we humans are shaken out of our habitual minds to the point where it becomes necessary for us to show our true colors. Many people question God’s existence because there is so much suffering in the physical world. The problem is we have our eyes on the wrong ball (or globe)! It is more important than ever to understand why we were put on this planet and what is expected of us. We no longer understand what heaven really is—other than a happy earthly society with lots of “stuff” to go around.

External (social) justice, and a re-distribution of wealth, especially when legislated, does not guarantee the spiritual growth of anyone. It creates a world were people feel that success and happiness is a birthright, rather than something that is obtained through humility and sacrifice. Of course, we can’t tolerate those who would treat us unfairly and stomp on us but we also must take personal responsibility for finding the real heaven—in spite of being treated unfairly!

How can there be true justice for anyone living a mere 80-year lifespan and forced to see his or her abilities frighteningly diminish? That humans are trying to increase this measly lifespan shows the degree to which we are willing to delude ourselves about ultimate reality (and true happiness).

Such vanity is expensive—for all of us. I predict a lot of “balloon-popping” in the future over current worldviews.

God’s justice moves inwards—to the qualities and values deep in our hearts and minds. Because, if our consciousness survives death, then so will our biases and beliefs. These are the things of our lives that God is most interested in—things that we must be vigilant over during our worldly lives. This inner world is the real world we live in and will live to eternity.

That is why the Lord said, “Heaven is within us.”

Be careful what you wish for.


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 http://www.staircasepress.com
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2 Responses to God’s Justice is not Social Justice

  1. Seeker ... says:

    Ed thank you for presenting your ideas in this post. I have to ask, does God have the intelligence and or the ability to provide for us? If so we can trust there will be “enough of everything required to provide for everyone’s external welfare”. No need to fret about these things; they rob us of our spiritually centered balance. We can trust everything will work out perfectly if God is in the mix. Our perspectives, which we tend to defend with intensity, are limited indeed. They are the source of much suffering. Continue to spread your positive truth of internal spirituality.

    Can we trust leaving the rest to God?

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Seeker,

      God is Love. But Love does not find its fullness unless it is reciprocal. God wants a partnership with us so that love finds its full potential. One therefore, should not simply trust leaving love to the other partner.

      Spiritually yours,

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