“What is truth?”

jesuspilate1Those are the famous biblical words of the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, interrogating Jesus Christ.

While Pilate was convinced that Jesus had committed no crime he was still at a loss to understand the Lord’s personal defense of being a “King” from another, more sacred realm.

Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg stated that the Roman Empire represents or symbolizes the intellectual (reasoning) power of the human mind within this biblical narrative. At the time, this reasoning power of humankind (represented by Pilate) was devoid of spiritual truth—it consisted of reasoning from external or worldly observation. This outer observation (empiricism) only has a partial glimpse of reality.

But truth also embraces another, deeper reality. It is in the best interests of the human race to become aware of this inner reality. It represents who we really are and determines what part of us survives the death of the physical body.

Ironically, many of our manifestations prove the existence of this deeper reality. For instance, when we are insincere, hypocritical, or cultivate hidden agendas, it proves that there is an inner realm of our personality that can hide itself from the outside world. The Lord Jesus came into the physical world to bring more attention to humankind’s inner world—so that it would not become an exemplar of hell. This inner realm is where Jesus sets up his special kingdom and governance.

So there is cosmological truth (outside the person) and personal truth (inside the person).

Swedenborg also claimed that “truth” is the form of “good.” Humans have an obscure understanding of this particular and rarefied definition when they say “knowledge is power.” The power that knowledge gives a person is to accomplish something deemed positive and valuable—thus, good!

My award-winning book Proving God shows how science can be aligned and unified with theological truth, and that salvation is the lawful transformation of nature’s physical laws into their psycho-spiritual equivalents.


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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