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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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God: Puppetmaster or Manager of the Universe?

Back when Isaac Newton reigned supreme in the world of physics, it was popular among scientists and philosophers to think of the universe as a vast machine grinding along on an inevitable path that could be fully predicted into the

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Posted in All About God, Science Philosophy and History

Are Deaths from Natural Disasters an Unavoidable Side-Effect of God’s Creation?

As amazing and beautiful as this physical universe is, it is also filled with almost unimaginable cataclysmic violence—which commonly brings suffering, pain, and death to the living residents of our earth—plant, animal, and human. Why did God create the universe

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The Myth of Ownership: A Thanksgiving Reflection

One of the most powerful and enduring fictions of human society is the idea that we can own things. A large part of our legal, civil, and social system is based on property ownership and the right to possess what

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Posted in All About God, Spiritual Growth

Why Does God Require our Love, Worship, and Praise? Is God Insecure?

Here is a Spiritual Conundrum submitted to Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life by a reader named Cat: I am really puzzled by why God would require that Christians must love and worship him. I understand his requirement for us to

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Ruler of All Nations

(This article is a lightly edited version of a talk originally delivered on June 8, 2003.) Throughout recorded human history runs the thread of human beings trying to rule and control as much of this earth as we are able.

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God is Love . . . And That Makes All the Difference in the World

God is love. A nice sentiment. It’s the sort of thing those dreamy-eyed Christians say. But it’s not very practical. Or is it? Consider this: God created the universe. Now does the idea that God is love sound a little

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Can God Fail?

Here is a Spiritual Conundrum submitted to Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life by a reader named Achilles: I just read in one of your articles that before Jesus – God had sent many priests and prophets in an ATTEMPT to…

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How can we have Faith when So Many Bad Things happen to So Many Good People? Part 2

Click here for Part 1 of this article. In Part 1, we talked about the painful struggles of life, our questioning of God, and how coming to realize that we don’t understand the way God runs this universe is a

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Posted in Pain and Suffering, Science Philosophy and History

Viktor Frankl on Meaning through Relationship: It’s All About Love and Understanding

In the second part of Man’s Search for Meaning, psychiatrist and holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl lists three different ways we can find meaning in life: By creating a work or doing a deed By experiencing something or encountering someone By

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Posted in Science Philosophy and History, Sex Marriage Relationships, Spiritual Growth
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