Why would God create the universe? And why make us human beings a part of it? Join us, along with Rev. Chuck Blair and Chara Daum as we discuss Swedenborg's accounts of his spiritual experiences and what he learned through them.
-What is God’s Purpose in Creating and Why?
-What Role do We Play?
-Completing the Circle
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“The Lord did not create the universe for his own sake but for the sake of people he would be with in heaven. By its very nature, spiritual love wants to share what it has with others, and to the extent that it can do so, it is totally present, experiencing its peace and bliss. Spiritual love gets this quality from the Lord's divine love, which is like this in infinite measure. It then follows that divine love (and therefore divine providence) has the goal of a heaven made up of people who have become angels and are becoming angels, people with whom it can share all the bliss and joy of love and wisdom, giving them these blessings from the Lord's own presence within them. He cannot help doing this, because his image and likeness is in us from creation. His image in us is wisdom and his likeness in us is love; and the Lord within us is love united to wisdom and wisdom united to love, or goodness united to truth and truth united to goodness, which is the same thing.”
-Divine Providence 27
“In regard to God, loving and being loved in return are not possible in the case of others who have some share of infinity or anything of the essence and life of intrinsic love or of Divinity. If there were within them any share of infinity or anything of the essence and life of intrinsic love—of Divinity, that is—it would not be others who would be loving God. He would be loving himself.”
-Divine Love and Wisdom 49
“Through this union, the Lord is present in every work he has created...as a result, the functions of all created things rise level by level from the lowest things to us, and through us to God the Creator, their source.”
-Divine Love and Wisdom 170