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Is removing one’s negative characteristics different from being angelic and kind?

Nope! But I once had someone respond to me on the Internet by saying they would rather do good in the world, than spending time removing personally negative character traits—as though the two functions had nothing to do with each … Continue reading

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Should women be ordained into the Swedenborgian Church?

There are two major branches of the Swedenborgian (New) Church. One is simply called “Convention” and the other “General.” The Convention branch is considered more liberal and currently ordains both gays and women into its ministry. The General Church does … Continue reading

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God is taking me to my secret hiding place

Actually, I have spent a good portion of my life in this secret place. What God has done is to shake me out of a dream and wake me up to the fact that this was (and still is) my … Continue reading

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A misunderstood Swedenborgian detail

Those who have studied the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg are aware that human beings have an internal (spiritual) reality and an external (natural) reality. However, so much emphasis has been placed on love, good works and usefulness, that an … Continue reading

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Is God a body snatcher?

Most definitely! With the 2013 Halloween season approaching, I found myself contemplating the classic horror film Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I wondered if there was any spiritual symbolism that could be teased out of this morbid tale. In the … Continue reading

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The Devil addresses his hellish crew at their annual assembly

“ . . . and that is why the numbers of humans entering the kingdom of Hell continually increases to this day,” stated the Devil as he finished up his talk and puffing out his chest with great pride. The … Continue reading

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A new Swedenborgian principle behind true spiritual transformation?

The principle is not new, it’s just being ignored by many people who have good intentions. What is it? Swedenborg claimed that without “good works” one’s spiritual faith or belief system was “dead.” He further spoke about God’s Heavenly Kingdom … Continue reading

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The Second Coming of Emanuel Swedenborg

Sam, just recently ordained as a new minister in the Swedenborgian Church, was meditating on his upcoming job responsibilities. He seemed a bit perplexed because as he poured through the pages of Emanuel Swedenborg’s vast theological writings he could find … Continue reading

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The Swedenborgian Church (like Jesus) has an inner circle

On this particular Sunday morning, a Swedenborgian minister gave his congregation a sermon about the stages of spiritual growth. He told them that the first stage lasts roughly from birth to the age of five years old. This is a … Continue reading

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It is easy to turn evil into good, but much harder to turn good into good

I am aware that the above heading sounds anti-intuitive. Most people simply do not look deeper than the mere outward expression of goodness. However, the notion that not all good deeds and kind acts are really good is a most … Continue reading

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