The two “do-gooders”

Once upon a time there were two do-gooders. Their names were Amy and Angus. They accepted the great challenge of making the world a better place.

But since they knew that there were two real worlds—physical and spiritual realms—they decided to divide their efforts. Amy would concentrate on the planet earth and Angus on the hereafter.

Amy went around the globe fighting for human equality, empathy and promoting social and economic justice.

So she focused on the needy—the poor, the uneducated, the orphans and the widows. She comforted them and told them that God loved them and that they were not “trash.”

As soon as Amy succeeded in getting food into the bellies of these people, plus life-saving medicines and dollars into their pockets, Angus would come in and prepare these same people for a future angelic life in heaven. After all, living 70 or 80 years on earth in relative tranquility is nothing compared to eternal happiness in Heaven.

Angus had a much harder job. He would abruptly introduce himself by telling these individuals that God loved them BUT that they were indeed trash! That idea caught everyone by surprise! Angus explained, “Being poor, sick, uneducated, an orphan, a widow or needy each represent different things in the spiritual world.”

Being poor, sick, needy and uneducated in the spiritual world meant that you desired God’s Truth but were in a state of theological ignorance.

“A widow represents someone with goodness, but without having the protection of angelic knowledge. And ‘spiritual orphans’ consist of those who are in innocence but still need to have their hearts led by the Lord (our heavenly parent) to a proper spiritual upbringing.”

Then Angus had to explain his anti-intuitive comment that spiritual growth depended on people embracing the idea that they were “ontological trash.”

“Spiritual transformation requires that people strive to obtain true humility,” he explained. Spiritual humility was also a more radical idea than most people were willing to accept—that nothing good comes from oneself, but everything comes from the Lord God of heaven. “God alone is Life and gives that life to all people to the extent that they can each receive it. As of ourselves we are nothing!

The notion of inherent personal self-worth is unknown to angels.”

He would next make everyone’s eyeballs roll even more when he taught that God’s Holy Word contains deeper levels of meaning. “The deepest level symbolizes and addresses the severe internal combats that the Lord God faced fighting and defeating all the hells while on the planet earth.”

Angus was adamant that before anyone could become truly helpful and a blessing to others, each of us has to allow the Lord to stir up (on a smaller scale) this same inner battle within our hearts and minds and that we humbly ask for divine help. “The human ego and animus cannot help us in this essential spiritual warfare of the soul. To legitimately appropriate God’s goodness and heavenly love from a state of innocence and humility, one has to bravely identify the hellish and selfish flaws of character lurking in our heart and mind, then resist them—from spiritual principles.”

Angus found this to be an approach that many people, especially in modern times, rejected. Most people wanted to believe that they were inherently good and that fixing the world was somehow different than fixing something in themselves.

Angus finally told his listeners, ”You need to forget about equal eternal outcomes. Heaven is different for everyone!”

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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
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