Endeavor precedes force

In physics, it is generally understood that force generates energy and energy (kinetic) causes something with mass (like matter) to move in a measurable way. Therefore, force is considered the cause of motion. Force itself is a potential power or capacity.

Scientist/theologian, Emanuel Swedenborg claimed that there is a causal influence and principle even more preeminent than “force.” He called this primal mover endeavor. In other words, prior to force, nature consists of a perpetual compulsion or striving.

Modern complexity theory points to nature’s incessant striving to form coherent structure and organized systems but informs us little about the origins of such irreversible consequences which play out in the arrow of time.

Let us return to Swedenborg’s ideas. Swedenborg not only suggested that nature was in a constant effort towards growing structure spontaneously but that this effort flowed from the will of God. The will of God also contains wisdom, so that nature’s effort carried a conscious patterning principle or template with it.

While scientists reject anything that smacks of Intelligent Design, their own rules of order call for such a possibility. For instance, scientists know that any original force is maintained (preserved) throughout the various stages that produce a formal and structural kinetic effect. Therefore, if nature’s rules and laws are indeed inwardly consistent, then the various created systems in the universe can unveil for us the actual character of the endeavor that reigns deep within the process.

Most scientists also agree that the natural world is unified, with rational order and orientation. Swedenborg pointed out that nothing could form a coherent system unless it entered into a reciprocal relationship with everything else in that system and helped to promote a common equilibrium among all the succession of parts and their various and distinct processes.

This reciprocal and cooperative unity (sharing between a diversity of elements) is the physical analog of God’s love. When Jesus said to “love thy neighbor” he was simply communicating the ubiquitous laws of the universe. Heaven is a continuation of those laws into a non-physical realm. Heaven is a real structured form and organization consisting of a unified kingdom of souls in reciprocal relationship.

Love powers the universe!

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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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2 Responses to Endeavor precedes force

  1. swword says:

    Sending you thanks for this thoughtful post. 🙂

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