God’s inside track

Jesus-transfigurationWhile it may seem unfair to prevailing post-modern human sensitivities concerning human equality and fairness, when Jesus was on earth, He definitely played favorites.

For instance, Jesus would address larger gatherings of people (like when He miraculously fed the 5,000) then pull His twelve disciples aside for deeper and more special teachings. Even from these twelve followers, Jesus led three of them up a mountain to witness His transfiguration. He also discussed secret things with a small number of His disciples on the road to Emmaus. And finally, Jesus gave his most beloved disciple, John, a remarkable visionary experience in Revelation.

Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg shared the nature of this insider information in his voluminous spiritual writings. But within this deeper treatment of theology, Swedenborg definitely alludes to the existence of an innermost circle of readers that he has also been sharing knowledge with. (This innermost circle simply comprises those who have made greater personal efforts than most others.)

While reading his unique writings the other day, I came upon a curious passage. In his great work, the Arcana Coelestia (Secrets of Heaven) Swedenborg was addressing how God’s truth and good proceeds from heaven and are generated from each other (AC 9849). This order, while portraying how a person is guided from truth to good, and then later, to greater truth from good is also how God’s influx (influence) forms a coherent process, through their connections, in all things that manifest structure in the universe (relational holism).

Well, Swedenborg ends this dense paragraph with the words, “But these things are said for those who know how series of things are produced successively.”

Was Swedenborg addressing people who had gone beyond most others in knowledge? I think so. In fact, my award-winning book Proving God offers insights giving the reader a true taste of this deeper knowledge concerning divine process and true order.



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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4 Responses to God’s inside track

  1. Lee says:

    It appears that Swedenborg expected some portion of the educated classes of his day to absorb what he wrote and pass it on to the less educated and the illiterate classes of his day in more ordinary, concrete language. Even so, Swedenborg himself was at the pinnacle of the educated world in terms of intelligence and study, and I’m sure was aware that some of what he wrote would be “dense” even for many literate people. And beyond that, he was aware that people who have no interest in spiritual subjects for their own spiritual nourishment and growth would have little interest in his writings.

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Lee,

      At first, Swedenborg was disappointed with the sales of his writings but learned in Heaven that things were actually going according to God’s plans. While some believe that Swedenborg was at the pinnacle of the educated world in terms of intelligence and study, he himself claimed to be tapping into much deeper (distinct) levels and substrates of cortical activity – such as angels have.

      Also, I find that many people who have an interest in spiritual subjects tend to shy away from the real challenges of regeneration (which is unflattering), and tend to keep alive their “imagined” sense of self-worth.

      Spiritually yours,

  2. Mr Silvia, I have read with interest your blogs, whatever stories were out on your books and then of of course had to go and read a little of Swedenborg-beliefs, writings, etc. I did this because I kept thinking something wasn’t quite right or all there or left out in the stories.
    I too have studied the Word of God -admittedly sometimes more deeply that other times in my life.
    But the one thing that I know to be absolute truth is that everything about the Bible and God’s working/disciplining/pruning his own is to make us ready for heaven. BUT absolutely none of that work starts until we recognize HIS Son Jesus Christ and the work that was done at the cross. If I talked only in my blog about God, but never mentioned the saving grace of His Son, MY GOD, My Heavenly Father would be severely unhappy with me. And I say this because everything symbolic from the ARK of the Covenant, to the PassOver when the Israelites left Egypt was to point us to the Ultimate Ark, The BLOOD shed (remember the Bible also says without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins), The snake on a pole raised up in the wilderness-for people to look at to save themselves from death by a snake bite, all of these and many more were to point the way to Jesus Christ and what HE would do for us.
    So after reading, and maybe not enough, but the Holy Spirit certainly speaks to me, cautions me, that anything or anyone, no matter how likeable (SORRY, I make up appropriate words) it is, or how good it makes me feel, if it leaves out what Jesus did, then it is an empty gospel –I would say the same about the “prosperity gospel”. That too leaves Jesus and His work out of anything important. Everything is feeling good and making that money-getting it from somewhere.
    Don’t think I wouldn’t like this either, but my Heavenly Father says not to be consumed with these things-but to be consumed with Him. I am not there yet. I won’t be till I am in Their Presence someday-soon- the way our times are now-again according to His Word.
    If I have brought up something new or that you hadn’t thought about as “being left out” and you’d like to discuss that or just diss what I am saying-that’s ok.

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Cindy,

      The blog above certainly does not leave Jesus out of anything but offers deeper insights to His activities on earth.

      You talk about Jesus and Jehovah as if they were two different Person’s. Jesus was Jehovah in the flesh and his sufferings on the Cross (and Glorification) has a much deeper meaning then mere physical blood-shedding. I think you have to either read more of my blogs or actually purchase my books! We could not have a serious theological discussion if you only grasp the literal sense of the Bible narratives. God’s Holy Word has two higher levels of meaning, which the angels of heaven are fully aware of!

      Spiritually yours,

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