The downside of God’s Love

heart-flipI love writing about anti-intuitive topics. And this is one of them.

The benefit of doing this kind of writing is to create “pondering,” which forces people to think more deeply about things than ordinary existence generally requires.

The commonly held (and automatic) belief by humans who believe in a Creator-God is that such a superior entity would never allow something harmful to happen. Yet, in this finite world, we see harmful situations every day.

This brings about the sticky question of theodicy—how can a God of Infinite love allow this to happen? The explanation is actually to be found in the true nature of love in the humans themselves. There can be no such thing as love in humans, unless it comes from one’s free will. Unfortunately, free will lets people make bad choices.

This means that as God’s love descends into the hearts and minds of terrestrial humans it can be twisted by them until it is even turned into its exact opposite. Humans are quite capable of turning the life-giving energy of heavenly and mutual love into egoism and a selfish love for acquiring dominance and worldly riches.

If God held back His love from anyone, then he or she would immediately perish. But true eternal and heavenly love, in order to exist forever, must keep loving—everyone. That is why God’s love also comes with spiritual laws attached, called Divine Truth and Wisdom. It is not enough for humans to simply express any kind of love or intention in the world that they desire. True beneficial Love must be qualified by God’s tenets for living properly and justly among others.

All truth in the universe represents the forms and structures that make genuine love visible to our understanding and inner sight. And all people instinctively acknowledge that cooperative love makes a better world for its people. So what goes wrong?

Love (and free will) without truth leads to trance. The fall of man happened not long after Adam was put to “sleep.” Spiritual sleep is living in a trancelike state where one is no longer able to discern God’s Truth. That possibility in human terrestrial life is the downside of our only/merely receiving God’s love.

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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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