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How did the Incarnation Change God’s Relationship with Us?

In a comment here, a reader named “Seeking to understand” asked some questions about the change in God’s relationship with us from before to after the Incarnation: God “becoming flesh” as Jesus Christ. These questions boiled down to three basic

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Marriage in Heaven: A Response to Randy Alcorn and John Piper

In a comment posted here, a reader named Eric Breaux asked for my response to a couple of articles by two well-known Christian writers and preachers, Randy Alcorn and John Piper. You can read the articles here: Do You Think

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Posted in Sex Marriage Relationships, The Afterlife

The Tree of Life, by Louis G. Hoeck – A Swedenborgian Commentary on the Bible

I am pleased to bring back into print a classic Swedenborgian Bible commentary by the Rev. Louis G. Hoeck, originally published in four saddle-stitched volumes in 1940. Though the text is freely available online at various websites, this is the

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How did Swedenborg interpret 1 John 2:2: “He is the propitiation for our sins”?

(Note: This answer, imported from Christianity StackExchange, is more technical and scholarly in style than most of my posts here. However, the subject is worthwhile and informative for people who wish to gain a better understanding of atonement as presented

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Posted in The Bible Re-Viewed

Spiritual Insights Volume 2: The Bible and its Stories, by Lee Woofenden

Sure the Web is great, but books are . . . great too! Introducing Volume 2 of articles reprinted from Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life: (Yes, I started with Volume 2, not Volume 1, of a planned five volume set.

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Cast Adrift, by T. S. Arthur

And now for something completely different! Here is a potboiler of a novel written by T. S. Arthur and first published in 1872. Cast Adrift was T.S. Arthur’s most fervent cry against the moral, social, and physical degradation in which

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Posted in Books and Literature

Where is the Garden of Eden?

Here is a Spiritual Conundrum submitted to Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life by the Rev. Fats Montsho: Does Swedenborg in any of his books geographically describe Eden in detail? Thanks for the interesting question, Rev. Montsho! When we hear “Eden”

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Posted in The Bible Re-Viewed

War, Military Service, Violence, and Self-Defense: What’s a Christian to Do?

The Bible sends mixed messages about war. The Lord is presented as the Prince of Peace; the Lord is also presented as a warrior, commanding the people in battle. How can a Christian decide about war, military service, violence, and

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Posted in Pain and Suffering, The Bible Re-Viewed

Jesus Changed Paul’s World

(Note: This post is an edited version of one of my responses in an ongoing conversation with a reader. Click here to see the original version within its thread.) Hi Ben, Thanks for sticking with the conversation. I wish I

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Posted in Science Philosophy and History, The Bible Re-Viewed

Is Christianity an Abusive Relationship with God?

Here is a Spiritual Conundrum submitted to Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life by a reader named Gonzo: Hi. I love reading your posts and do find them both comforting and inspiring in my personal life. As one who’s coming to

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Posted in All About God, Sex Marriage Relationships, The Bible Re-Viewed
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