By Swedenborg Project | September 28, 2013
Title: Steve and Galadriel Simons’ talk, “Share the Good News,” at the Creekside New Church (June 11, 2013).
1. To access it, first go to http://creeksidenewchurch.org/wp/?powerpress_pinw=325-podcast
2. In slider that comes up, click on the doublebar “off” symbol on left end of slider. Then click “on” arrowhead that comes up and the recording will play.
By Swedenborg Project | July 6, 2013
12. You Are A Priest
By Swedenborg Project | April 7, 2013
A copy of the Documents is now online in several formats
By Swedenborg Project | March 22, 2013
The Rotch Edition is unique since it was produced under the auspices of a major publisher, the Riverside Press of Houghton Mifflin. This presumably produced an editorially polished piece of work. It is thus of interest to compare the Rotch with completely in-house editions.
By Swedenborg Project | February 10, 2013
A scholarly but highly readable study guide, with discussion questions and organized readings.
From the Introduction:
“ This course is an “overview”that it involves a somewhat cursory view of the theology found in the whole body of Swedenborg’s theological writings, and also in the sense that this content will be seen as much as possible as a whole—with some attention to the structure of the theological system that is found in those volumes. It is something like a map-maker’s photograph of the earth from a high-flying plane or a satellite: it should provide a perception of enough detail that every part of the system can be recognized for what it is, but at the same time all the parts can be seen together, emphasizing their relationships to one another.”
By Swedenborg Project | July 3, 2012
The Swedenborg Concordance is now completerly online in a variety of formats.
By Swedenborg Project | June 30, 2012
The Swedenborg Project acquired New Church Now in June and relaunched it as an open community of people around the world that read and believe what Emanuel Swedenborg wrote.
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By Swedenborg Project | May 30, 2012
Brian Kingslake’s superb introduction to the teachings of the Second Coming, Inner Light; Swedenborg Explores the Spiritual Dimension, is now online on the Swedenborg Digital Library. The text is lively and covers a lot of territory in a remarkably short space. One of the few introductory works that I’m aware of that you can hand to almost anybody.
By Swedenborg Project | November 12, 2011
New Church Now is a multi-denominational, non-denominational, any/every tradition place where people from any local church or no local church can connect and invite their friends into the global network of people who know about and use what Emanuel Swedenborg wrote. It is an independent social network of affirmative New Church and Swedenborgian people where users can stay connected, update their friends on their status, form groups, invite friends, write blogs, live chat with friends, participate in forum discussions, schedule or attend local events, share photos and videos, and stay connected with their walk of faith, congregational life, and love for all things Swedenborg in a positive community environment.
New Church Now is by-invitation-only to increase its reach and support its mission of providing a positive online community for its user base through increased visitor engagement and participation. Every person who registers is asked to confirm that they are affirmative towards what Emanuel Swedenborg wrote (a simple “Yes” to a Yes/No question, nothing too deep) in order to provide a friendly community environment that people will be excited to invite their friends to join.
The site is, and always will be, structured as a Pay-If-You-Want-To site, where users can join for FREE or pay up to $99.95/month if they want to support the expansion and development of the community. It’s simple to join and once you are a member its easy to invite others.
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By Swedenborg Project | August 22, 2011
Positive marriage-related teachings or images are cited repeatedly throughout the Bible. God created man, male and female, in His “image” and “likeness.” (Genesis 1: 26-28) God saw that it was not good for man to be alone and created a companion for him and this explains why a man leaves his parents and is joined to his wife and the two become one. (Genesis 2:18-24)
The heavens tell of God’s glory and the sun bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom. (Psalm 19:5)
Isaiah tells of joy in the Lord Who has dressed him in clothing of salvation and the robe of righteousness like a bridegroom and bride adorned. (Isaiah 61:10)
God loves Zion and gives it a new name, Bride of God, and rejoices over Zion as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride. (Isaiah 62:1-5)
When the people return to God, the sounds of joy and voice of bridegrooms and brides will be heard again and people bringing thank offerings to God. (Jeremiah 33:11)
When the Pharisees asked Jesus about divorce, He quoted Genesis about man leaving parents and joining his wife and added that no one should separate what God had joined together. When the disciples said the teaching about divorce and adultery was hard, He said that not everyone can accept it but those can whom God helps. (Matthew 19:3-11)
The Kingdome of Heaven is like a king who made a wedding for his son and invited guests to the wedding. (Matthew 22:1-14)
The Kingdom of Heaven is like the story of the wedding with the five wise and five foolish virgins and only those enter the wedding who have oil of love for their lamps. (Matthew 25:1-13 and Mark 10:2-12)
Jesus also performed His first miracle at a wedding. (John 2: 1-11)
John describes the marriage of the Lamb and his wife and how blessed they are who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb. (Rev. 19:7, 9)
John saw the Holy City descending from God prepared as a bride for her husband and heard that the home of God is now among His people….An angel told John to come and see the bride, the wife of the Lamb and showed him the Holy City descending and filled with the glory of God. (Revelation 21:1-3, 9-11)
Why then would Jesus apparently turn around and say to the Sadducees that there is no marriage in heaven in answer to their story about the woman married to seven brothers in succession as each died? (Matthew 22:29-30; Mark 12:18-25; Luke 20: 34-37)
The picture clarifies when the audience Jesus was talking to is made clear. In the culture of that time, women had a very low status. Women could be “given” in marriage (Luke 20:27-33) like a piece of property as the women married to seven brothers. Women could be bought and sold as was Leah who was substituted for Rachel to marry Jacob (Genesis 29:14-30), Ruth was bought by Boaz (Ruth 4:9-10), and Hosea buying back his wife. (Hosea 3:2) And women were subject to polygamy as with Esau’s numerous wives. (Genesis 26:34, 28:9, and 36:2-3) Marriage as the people of that time understood it does not exist in heaven.
Those who have been spiritually regenerated, i.e. worthy of being raised from spiritual death, or hell, won’t have the kind of relationship, the legal-contract external marriage, His audience of Sadducees thought of as marriage. These people will experience the true internal spiritual marriage love of the angels.
Direct evidence that true marriage does occur in heaven is provided by Swedenborg’s experience there, where he saw weddings (e.g. Marriage Love 1,19-21, True Christian Religion 746-748) and spoke with married couples (e.g. Marriage Love 42, 137, 208, 355), wives (e.g. Marriage Love 293, 55) and husbands (e.g. Marriage Love 156c, 355).
Swedenborg tells us that “A spiritual wedding means being linked with the Lord, something that happens on earth, and if it has taken place on earth, it has also taken place in heaven. (Marriage Love 41:2)
“There are weddings in the heavens as there are on earth, but only for those for whom good and truth are married, for no others are angels. So it is spiritual weddings, the marriage of good and truth, which are meant by this passage….. So it is said of the five foolish maidens, who were also invited to the wedding, that they could not go in, because they lacked the marriage of good and truth; for they had no oil, but only lamps. (Matthew 25:1-13) Oil means good and lamps truth; and being given in marriage is entering heaven, where that marriage is.” (Marriage Love 44:10)
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