Is Heaven a home wrecker?

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Heaven is not a physical place nor is it a retirement destination. It is a reflection of the inner quality of your heart and mind (that is why the Lord said that His kingdom was “within”).

It is true that family members and loved ones can meet up with each other in the spiritual realm, but once the process of having one’s inner reality opened up begins, individuals start to go in the directions that their own hearts (spirits) take them. For a family to stay together in the Spiritual realm they would have to share the same inner realities—which is rare.

In heaven, individuals gravitate toward those who share similar affections and beliefs. This allows people to find their true spiritual families and communities.

Genetics is tossed out with the decay of the physical body.

Husbands and wives have the greatest potential for creating stronger relationships throughout eternity. But this eternal intimacy is according to their willingness to become spiritual partners with the same spiritual values and goals.

Of course, most of us on earth would like to design heaven according to our own hopes, wishes and comfort factors, rather than on God’s Truth and Wisdom.

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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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8 Responses to Is Heaven a home wrecker?

  1. Jim Rigney says:

    That sounds interesting, but applies to today only, since we are not living in the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, and are not establishing the Kingdom of Heaven in the Spirit World when we get there. When we do establish the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, when the Lord returns to teach us how, the situation in the Heaven you described in your post will be different. There will be no home wrecking, no breakup of the mansion, no breakup of the home of God.
    If Adam and Eve had not fallen, we would have been in God’s lineage. The Kingdom of Heaven would have begun in the Garden of Eden, and all of Adam and Eve’s children would have been in God’s lineage and there would be true love all over this earth; no hate, no wars, no immorality, no boundaries, one family under God. We would be descendants of the original True Parents of humankind. Therefore, in the ideal world all people would be in one lineage, God’s lineage. Therefore, in the Kingdom of Heaven, all would be living in the system of God’s love, a True Parents’ ideology. There would be one cosmic spiritual hometown where all would live in love all together as one family with God as our parent, in the Kingdom of Heaven in the spirit world after leaving the one Kingdom of Heaven on the earth. There would be no separations or walls between ideologies because it is God’s one ideology. God’s lineage and love true parent system on earth would continue in the spiritual realm since God is our Father on earth, and He is our Father in the Spiritual realm. God’s genetic family will move with God and be together with Him in the spiritual realm.
    Unfortunately, Adam and Eve fell. They were seduced into Satan’s lineage, and became a family of broods of vipers, sons and daughters of the devil. There was no Kingdom of Heaven on earth, and there were no descendants of God on Earth, until Jesus came. Jesus was the second Adam who was going to start God’s kingdom on Earth with a family of humankind. It is the same concept of the family that God had in mind when he created Adam and Eve. God anointed Jesus, God was in Jesus and he was in God. When you saw Jesus, you saw the Father. As God’s son, Jesus brought the solutions to the problems of humankind and of God. He told us to repent for the Kingdom of Heaven on earth was at hand. He knew God’s original plan and was to solve them by teaching us many things but unfortunately, as Jesus said, we could not bear them then. Then, Jesus needed to have a wife in order to be the Father of God’s family, but since the people did not believe that he was the one that was to come, they crucified Jesus, The Jews continue to look for another, while the Christians are waiting for his return.
    Most Christians are waiting, like the Jews, for the messiah, the anointed one, to come down from the clouds of heaven. Just as the Jews were slaves to the letter of the laws and words in the Jewish teachings, the Christians are slaves to the laws and teaching in the New Testament. When the Lord comes, again he will be rejected by his generation again, so he will work quietly on this earth, like a thief in the night until he has a foundation to proclaim himself. He will bring to us God’s Words, God’s Truth and Teachings – the original plan that God had in His mind before He created -God’s Original Plan of the true love family, His ideal for His creation. He will teach all truths, by example and with words that will be printed in books and teaching materials. All eyes will see him via technology of the internet. He will succeed in establishing God’s True Family on this earth, God’s blood lineage on earth, and in our time. This One Family under God will gradually spread across the surface of the earth like a mustard seed grows. The returning Lord will establish God’s physical family on earth, create the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth and will gradually move into the many rooms of the mansion of the Kingdom of Heaven in the spiritual world because it is God’s Original Plan to do that. There will be a Kingdom of Heaven in the spiritual world similar to the Kingdom of Heaven that is growing on this earth. There will be one lineage of God where we will be all sons and daughters of the living God of True Love. We will all live in a place where God’s love is the air we breathe. We should repent, the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand and we should search for the True Parents of Humankind. Those of us who seek and find the True Parents should unite, and work together with them in order to bring about the quick establishment of the Kingdom of God. Otherwise, we will be against God’s providence.
    Swedenborg had great insight into God’s original plan. Some even thought he was the Messiah. His scientific thinking is excellent and should be studied because he knew God’s spiraling system. He knew about the center, the foundation and origin of True Parents’ Ideology. God’s Love and Heart, His Word and perfect original plan, are the center of all.

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Jim,

      Thank you for contributing to this discussion. There is nothing wrong with “today” since it affects all those who are now living on earth. Furthermore, Swedenborg observed that the heavenly kingdom was distinguished into different societies much like the organs, tissues and cells of the human body (which work in harmony but have distinct functions). When our physical bodies die we spiritually gravitate to the society that most matches our ruling function (either in heaven or hell).

      Spiritually yours,
      TheGodGuy

      • Do you feel that the kingdom of heaven on earth is not to become a reality? Jesus’ Lord’s Prayer is not valid? and we will always be separated from each other in the Spirit World?

        It is true that the human body is one entity, and all the cells, tissues, organs, mussels and bones work in through the central nervous system so that a human being will be one harmonious being. Heaven should be also one harmonious place, on earth and in Heaven. God is our parent, we are His children and should all have His lineage.

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Jim,

    The Kingdom of heaven on earth will indeed happen as each individual chooses to become genuinely spiritual – not by God’s show of force. Still, we are created by God to live in an eternal, non-spatial, spiritual abode (Heaven is not some place you go to but what you become). Heaven is not the same for everybody because the Lord will Judge us by our WORKS – which is different in everybody. FYI – My doctrinal ideas are taken from the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg.

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

  3. Dear Edward,

    FYI, when I use the word “true” I am indicating “centered on God.” What do you mean by becoming “genuinely spiritual?” Would we become “genuinely spiritual” when the spirit is breathed into us upon birth into the physical world?

    I think that your becoming “genuinely spiritual” indicates that one begins a life on earth and as he or she learns to become one with God, to become a temple of God, as a true man or true woman or true child. After reaching the oneness with God, all will be doing actions to live a Godly life, all would be loving God with one’s whole heart and whole mind, and all would be loving one’s neighbor as oneself. That said, we all, here on earth, and in that environment of True Love on earth, will be accomplishing works that benefit the plan and goal of the Creator, becoming sons and daughters of God, both on earth, and in the spiritual realm, and having hearts and thoughts centered on God’s will. We will be living for the sake of ourselves, our family, our neighbors, our society, our nation, our world, the cosmos, and for God. God lives for the sake of us, and we should live for the sake of God.

    Since God has both masculine and feminine characteristics, he would certainly want his children on earth to represent Him on earth as male and female. He created us in His image, male and female he created us. If the first human male and female, Adam and Eve, not fallen, they wold have embodied God in the Garden of Eden, and would have become the first physical True Man and True Woman, and the first physical True Parents on earth. They would have become the first representatives of God on earth. They would have become the original physical True Parents of earth and humankind, They would have taken credit for raising the first True Family which was to develop into the first True Clan, the first True Society, and the first True Nation on the earth. All of creation would no longer have to be longing in travail if that had happened. The Kingdom of Heaven on earth would have become a reality where all were sons and daughters of the Living God, and have His lineage. God’s earthly family would have ruled over the creation, taken dominion of it, including dominion over the angels.

    In such a world when each person leves his or her body in the physical world, his/her spirit would live eternally in the spirit world together will all of God’s perfected children who had been accomplishing God’s will on earth. They would have all been living in the Kingdom of Heaven in the spiritual world, all would have been in God’s direct lineage, and sharing the same vast space of True Love with God in one huge Kingdom of Heaven in the spiritual world. Of course, each person would have a unique expression of God, and would have had different talents, and accomplished different acts of goodness, and loved others, based upon God’s will. Therefore, each person would have the same value of God Himself, having been the temple of God on earth, they would have passed into the house of God in the spiritual realm. In the mansion, there is one intercom system, a multiple-party line, one lineage of God. There would have been one huge spiritual family of God in the spiritual realm all communicating on the same level as sons and daughters of God. There would be no need for different levels of the kingdom of heaven at all, different realms where a spiritual being lived according to his or her acts while on earth. Each physical person would have lived on earth in accord with God’s will.

    Do you think that Swedenborg is absolutely correct in all that he believed and taught, and all others are not so correct? Do you believe that Swedenborg was the person Jesus indicated would come to reveal all truth? Are you supported by the Swedenborg foundation?

    I believe that Swedenborg was a genius and was in communication with the higher powers and he was inspired in many ways to pass on to humankind many, many, many important truths. But not all truths. Unfortunately he was not able understand or teach what was the origin of evil, or to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on earth with people in God’s direct lineage. He did not remove the lineage of the devil from us, since we continue to be born with original sin.

    By the way, thank you for your works so that we may have a better understanding of Swedenborg’s thinking and revaluations. God bless you.

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Jim,

      Thank you for sharing your beliefs with my readers. Why do you blame Swedenborg for not removing Hell’s lineage from human lives? A person who is “genuinely spiritual” is willing to battle the hurtful leanings of one’s self-love (the real origin of evil). Swedenborg says that such a cleansing process is our choice (because we have to make a sincere effort at searching out our own spiritual flaws. Humans have the freedom to lead hellish or heavenly lives. Even the Lord God will not overrule our individual choices.

      Spiritually yours,
      TheGodGuy

      • oneelegantmodel says:

        Dear Edward,
        I did not think to be blaming anyone. I love Swedenborg.

        For lineage, we need a mother and a father. Adam and Eve would have passed on God’s lineage had they not fallen. However, they passed on Satan’s lineage. Originally they were to have become True (centered on God) Parents of humankind. Had Jesus not been crucified, he would have found a wife and been married and passed on God’s lineage. His children would have been born without original sin. Jesus and his wife would have been True (centered on God) Parents had they started God’s lineage. When the Lord comes again he will take a wife, get married, and become the True Parents of Humankind. His children will be born without original sin, like Adam and Eves children should have, and like Jesus’ children should have. The family of the True Parents will begin to establish God’s family on earth by en-grafting onto God’s lineage through the True Parents, as Jesus wanted the people to become the branches of the vine. The wine that Jesus passed out at the Last Supper signified the blood lineage of God, and the vine was a symbol for the tree of life and the root is God.

        Swedenborg is a great man. However, Swedenborg and his wife did not claim to be the true couple or the True Parents and did not claim to be passing on God’s lineage through their children. I also do not believe that he was forgiving people’s sins, or holding wedding ceremonies for his organization’s members and holding ceremonies for the symbolic changing of the blood lineage. It is not his fault. It was not the right time for the second coming of the Lord.
        Children of the third Adam will be born into God’s lineage, but still have to perfect their love and grow up to become a true person. Once True Parents are established, it will kick off the beginning of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, and the kingdom will begin to grow like a mustard seed. The Lord will pass on to humankind God’s words on how we can build the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, and continue with it in the Kingdom of Heaven in the spiritual world.

        God Bless us all.

  4. thegodguy says:

    Dear Jim,

    You may love Swedenborg but you are not expressing his theology. Adam and Eve plus the crucifixion have deeper (spiritual) meanings than you are acknowledging. Jesus was Jehovah in the flesh! And, Eve was the false love of self-guidance (which destroyed the heavenly lineage). Gotta go – I am preparing for a lecture.

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

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