True spiritual temptation is very personal and heart-felt

Capital_temptation_MNMA_Cl18999-smThere are those who genuinely seek God’s guidance but who fail to grasp the real process of spiritual cleansing through temptations (spiritual combat).

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.


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
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