The reason is that our ordinary habitual mind and its ideas are opposed to the requirements of angelic life. The biggest spiritual challenge we all face is to do battle with ourselves—which is anti-intuitive. In fact, many people would call this “crazy talk.”
This effort also requires new information. We do not have the knowledge that is necessary for legitimate spiritual transformation. In fact, many of those who are lucky enough to be introduced to this rarefied information tend to cherry-pick through it so that it harmonizes with their current beliefs, which means there is nothing to actually (fundamentally) change.
Let’s be honest—no one likes change. And especially, no one wants to find out anything “bad” about themselves. However, heavenly evolution requires that that we “lose our minds” and replace it with something more angelic and noble.
Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg has offered the world many of these paradigm-changing ideas. But even good ideas constantly need to be expressed in new imaginative and creative ways. At times, this even means that certain cosmic (universal) truths need to be presented in fresh ways to shock people out of their mental doldrums and habitual lives. Nothing shocks like unflattering news.
A traditional church cannot rise to this challenge. For one thing, a traditional church is hopelessly trapped into offering comfort and hope to its worshippers—rather than a swift kick in the ass. Most ministers, priests and other spiritual leaders are trained for offering support, charity and empathy but not trained for dealing with everyone’s darker side and inner demons, which everyone surely has. (This tells me that many spiritual leaders haven’t gone through the ego-deflating process of sincere spiritual transformation themselves and are simply following instructions fixed into their memories. So instead, they promote kindness and being nice to each other while skipping the necessary but uncomfortable step of sincere introspection.)
This oversight leads people to judge the optics of goodness rather than the deeper innocence of true goodness.
Certain individuals who find this automatized predicament unfulfilling for their own spiritual needs will simply free themselves from this external dogmatic captivity (which biblically represents escaping the bondage of Egypt in Exodus) in order to bravely explore new spiritual territory and deeper principles on their own. Such individuals will recognize others like themselves, then re-group to form new spiritual alliances and dynamic communities.
I have written three special books, dealing with fresh approaches to spiritual thought (new wine in new wine bottles) in the hope of attracting such new alliances among people who recognize these inner challenges, are willing to leave their ordinary senses behind, and who change the deepest fabric of their very being. Only this can bring about “heaven on earth,” which is the New Jerusalem!