Saints and heroes are not tolerated in heaven

article-new_ehow_images_a05_2n_nm_build-rack-military-medals-800x800Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg made a great anti-intuitive observation about those in heaven who had received great honors while on earth.

Those individuals declared saints or who received notoriety and fame on earth are not told of their special worldly status and are kept away from angelic spirits who might be prone to praise and worship them. This is done so that no further honors will fall upon these individuals that could hinder their humility, innocence and spiritual well-being.

All praise in heaven is given to the Lord God alone. Swedenborg even said that the Mother Mary considered herself as not having any special importance in heaven.

Heroes and superstars on earth are not heroes and superstars in heaven. Greatness is reserved for the Lord alone.

The Lord God is the only true hero in the entire universe. This divine heroism is deeply hidden within the narratives and text of Holy Scripture. From the moment of the Lord’s coming into the world to His crucifixion and death, He suffered every kind of abuse and humility—not only from men in this world, but from all the hellish spirits in the other realm—and withstood these horrendous and dual challenges. In this way Jesus saved humanity from ultimate destruction—not by brute force, but by living the truth.

When this deeper story of the Lord’s life is revealed and accepted by humans they will then see the extent of His true glory—which consisted of perfecting and uniting his humanness with his divineness. Until then, most people will honor mere human and worldly achievement instead.

They loved the glory of men more than the glory of God (John 12:43).

Who do you praise?


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
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