Goodness is no excuse for side-stepping regeneration

introspection2People would rather be seen as doing “good” in the world than have to experience the mental pain of spiritual regeneration and re-birth.

But without “personal housecleaning,” all the reasons we choose to do “good” in the world can be suspect. We are flawed creatures, and covering our flaws with charitable actions—before of rooting them out—is merely deception, whereby we don’t have to change who we really are inside.

Only the Lord God is good.

So when we search out and remove suspicious elements hiding deeply within our motives, room is made for God’s genuine love to flow in and guide our actions.

This purifying process is how we regain innocence—which makes our acts of goodness spiritually good and angelic.

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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