Ted and Fred


Once upon a time there were two very moral men, named Ted and Fred. You could not tell them apart by observing their efforts to do the right thing for their fellow citizens. However Ted received many more honors while on earth than Fred did.

When they both died and went on to the Spiritual World, Ted noticed that Fred lived in an “opposite direction” and appeared to be much more content.

Ted asked Fred why he seemed to be living a life that was much happier than his, especially since they had both worked equally hard to make positive changes while living in the physical world. Ted further stated that he even received more honors for his service than Fred, and therefore, deserved more recognition in the afterlife.

“I never wanted recognition,” said Fred. “It is the Lord God alone who is the true source of morality. You may be more miserable than me where you now live because you were inwardly driven by the need to receive special honors and the compliments of others.”

Fred thought for another moment and said, “We are now living in a realm that reflects the exact nature and quality of our inward drives. Heaven is more than a realm of usefulness to others. It is truly a realm of innocence.”


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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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