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!