Many think that making a choice between an outwardly negative action and a more positive action is a sure sign of spiritual advancement. But Emanuel Swedenborg warns us that because we have a dual mind (literally a split consciousness), morality can be external or internal.
What does that mean?
Outer morality deals with the laws of one’s society but inner morality deals with an inner dictate, written on the individual’s heart, and goes by the name of spiritual conscience.
True spiritual temptation is felt as a deep conflict in one’s heart because it is from God’s action of personally challenging what we love most on this planet—not in us simply acting as model citizens before the eyes of the world.
During such uncomfortable tests of genuine temptation a person feels something evil being stirred-up from their deepest emotional levels (where it secretly rules our lives), rather than as a more mundane challenge of making the right or wrong decisions on a school math test or whether to give money to some charity.
God wants the world of humans to think more deeply about their situations and see what is at the bottom of their life-choices.