Unflattering self-discoveries

Argue2What many people miss about the purpose of religion is that, while living, each of us is to “die” to our old self and its ways.

Changing one’s smile, wardrobe, hairstyle or the books one reads doesn’t cut it. These are merely external modifications and don’t go deep enough to effect a change in the quality of one’s spirit.

The problem is that we are conditioned to underestimate how rotten our spirits (passions and intentions) have become. However, one extraordinary test for confirming this rottenness in our lives is if anyone or any group of people causes a feeling of indignation in us.

Theologian Emanuel Swedenborg claimed that all personal evil bubbles up from a principle of self-love. And indignation certainly comes from a feeling of superiority.

True religion was meant as a means for identifying such behavioral flaws in our lives and then removing them (causing our old self to “die” and a new one to emerge). But instead, many faith systems are giving us more reasons for feeling indignant toward others.

This kind of rottenness, if kept unchecked in one’s inner spirit, will go with us into the spiritual world.


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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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