Most humans do not understand what freedom is. That is because humans have an outer (terrestrial) and inner (spiritual) life. Freedom can be a removal of physical chains or the invisible restraints placed on the human mind and spirit. The second type of freedom can be lost through personal illusion/delusion—such as self-deceit. This second kind of slavery is self-inflicted!
When a worldly government gives freedoms to its citizens, it is only half of the equation. This half-freedom can be a curse and is often like allowing people to merely jump from the frying pan into the fire. Because citizens gain greater freedom to make moral mistakes.
God’s heavenly government protects our inner freedom of belief—whether worldly governments give it or not. Without such freedom our spiritual fate could not be in our own hands. But free will is merely the price of entry towards gaining true freedom. One must still make choices—good or bad.
According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg true freedom is an internal or psycho-spiritual state. With humans, spiritual freedom is a state where we are free from our own lies and bullshit. Only God offers real freedom from a delusional spirit.
I totally agree with Swedenborg’s assessment.
Living in America (The Land Of The Free) does not protect me from myself or from my servitude (slavery) to personal fantasies and illusions.
I am quite aware that it is an anti-intuitive notion for most citizens that they don’t know what is best for them. So freedom of choice can actually be a curse if we make the wrong life-choices. Wisdom is required.
God has infinite wisdom.
Swedenborg insisted that only the Lord God knows how to bring the human race out of inner servitude and into true freedom. The process involves elevating a man or woman out of their external or worldly mind into their higher, spiritual mind. Not allowing the Lord to do this to oneself is a decision we make when we choose to rely solely on our own sagacity. This constitutes love of self and love of the world, which is in opposition to heavenly and mutual love.
Such a person sees gaining honors, wealth and status in the world as the essence of happiness, and as such, they worship these things above others. But they are not eternal gifts.
When a person dies, he or she takes the choices they have made in life into the next world with them. These choices become the very fabric of one’s spirit and the individual becomes locked into their own lies and bullshit.
That is the true nature of living in hell! “Fire and brimstone” are simply symbols representing the flare-up of hurtful passions burning inside us that we did not deal with on earth.
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