Where Jesus and pagans agree

PoseidonMy memory fails me at the moment, but I believe the phrase “Know Thyself” is attributed to the ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates. Greek philosophers were considered pagans.

When Jesus came into the world, He was adamant that we humans were to look at our own actions before judging others—we were instructed to know ourselves! Otherwise, human life was nothing more than “the blind leading the blind.”


The point here is that the laws of personal transformation never change! The phrase “Know Thyself” still holds true for all those who sincerely seek an elevated life.

The original Greek thinkers were not actually pagans. The authors of Greek mythology understood these unchanging laws and used spiritual symbolism as the noblest and most precise method for transmitting perennial wisdom. They did not literally believe in the existence of multiple gods, but rather, that these gods and titans represented ontological realities within the various hierarchical levels of activity within the human heart and mind.

These Greek mythologies were proven methods by which one could gain profound insights into one’s inner world. But the human mind has atrophied over time and now views these stories as superstitions and silly campfire tales concocted by simple goat-herders.

The educated post-modern mind supposedly sees through this mischievous nonsense. To be fair, some modern researchers are beginning to suspect that ancient myths, legends and even Fairy Tales are creative expressions of sophisticated cosmologies. But they lack the keys to unlock their codes.

The scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg spent a good deal of his life attempting to bring back this ancient form of symbolic communication. He claimed to have the key to translating these stories and called that key correspondences. Swedenborg explained that with this ancient storytelling style, terrestrial scenarios were ingeniously created to depict higher psycho-spiritual events that we all inwardly (but unconsciously) experience. These ancient stories provided a way to offer us a deeper look into our misguided behavior (and how to correct it).

For instance, the monstrous one-eyed Cyclops is a perfect symbolic representation of a diminished state of consciousness. In this Greek mythological scenario, Poseidon, the “God of the seas” (symbolizing pride in one’s own memory-data rather than true reasoning) impregnates a human female (worldly affection) giving birth to a gigantic beast with limited vision (delusional self-importance due to a lack of any sincere self-examination).

Swedenborg insisted that most of the Bible stories consist of this same multi-layered and symbolic form of storytelling, which reveals deeper insights into human behavior and deeper revelations concerning God’s sacred activities.

Swedenborg’s future success will be ultimately determined by how ready the human population will be to accepting the challenge of self-criticism and in elevating their hearts and minds to interpret the higher messages coming from a most loving and Divine friend!



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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2 Responses to Where Jesus and pagans agree

  1. Hi there! This post couldn’t be written much better! Going through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept preaching about this. I will send this information to him. Pretty sure he’ll have
    a very good read. I appreciate you for sharing!

    • thegodguy says:

      Thank you! I hope your former roommate enjoys the article. BTW, my next book (available this summer) will represent a creative blending of Pagan and biblical symbols. Please stay tuned!

      Spiritually yours,

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