Why people don’t understand evil

Hypocrisy2Often we mistakenly judge goodness and evil based on whether an action taken is helpful or hurtful in society. This is flawed thinking because it is natural rather than spiritual.

You see, a “bad” person can be helpful to others while a “good” person can be hurtful. So what is the difference?

According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, evil has its origins in self-love. In other words, a person can be helpful for selfish reasons and a good person can make an innocent mistake. Selfishness is what makes an action different (and evil) from the very same action taken by an angelic being.

We are not to judge evil or good deeds based on how much they may outwardly affect worldly society, but on how innocently they are performed (all good deeds benefit others, but they are not all helpful to the doer’s soul).

Innocence is what makes “good works” good. (God’s love only flows in where there is innocence.) So don’t just try to do good deeds for the world to see—strive for the inner cleansing and sincerity that produces innocence.


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 http://www.staircasepress.com
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