In the wise words of the Walt Kelly cartoon strip, Pogo, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
Ignorance of our true situation seems to be the obstacle to making a better world. We need to elevate our consciousness to get the highest and most objective viewpoint possible in order to come up with the most rational solutions to the world’s countless problems. Both groups embrace education but with different strategies.
One strategy to reach this higher level of consciousness is through God. The other is through strengthening human sagacity and reasoning through human institutions. The former believes that only God can cure human injustices and solve sustainability issues while the latter rejects “blind faith” and points to innumerable signs of how religion is irrational and has actually brought out the worst in humans.
Both parties are right!
Enter scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg. He came upon new theological concepts from probing the scientific laws and forces behind reality and experiencing divine revelation. He discovered that, indeed, religion was the proper path to creating a better world ,but that humans (not God) ultimately built up religious institutions that catered to their character flaws, misjudgments and a lack of intellectual depth in perceiving God’s important messages.
Swedenborg’s theology was the most scientific and rational approach to Faith in all history (thus unifying theology with scientific discernment). He discovered that God’s Holy Word contains three distinct levels of meaning—the two highest levels depicting non-physical realities that are more intricate than any of today’s multi-universe or super string theories. And these deeper levels of divine communication are profoundly personal and relevant to us all—for they reveal God’s purpose behind Creation and our unique individual responsibilities within this Divine Cosmic Plan of promoting mutual love throughout the human race.
This great theological effort showed the inerrancy of Scripture—not from blind belief—but from its lawful multi-dimensional architecture (which exceeds human inventiveness). He offered a rational approach to elevating the human mind so that sincere seekers could detect and verify the hidden depth and relevancy of God’s Holy Word. This rigorous evidence is well suited for the scholar or scientist and for the benefit of our skeptical post-modern world.
Swedenborg has produced a rational religious doctrine that is truly universal and made-to-order for the ever-questioning worshipper, scientists, non-sectarian humanists and atheists!
I believe a promising future will not manifest without embracing Swedenborg’s powerful and unifying insights.