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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

How Many Hells did Swedenborg Say there Are?

Question: In his essay “The Red Angel,” the British writer and literary critic G.K. Chesterton (1874–1936) wrote: If you keep bogies and goblins away from children they would make them up for themselves. One small child in the dark can invent more

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Posted in The Afterlife

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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Posted in Pain and Suffering, Science Philosophy and History

Will Happily Married Couples be Together in Heaven?

The first article in this series, “Didn’t Jesus Say There’s No Marriage in Heaven?” responded to a Spiritual Conundrum from a reader named Nita, in which she wrote: I am widow and a believer in Jesus Christ. . . .

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Posted in Sex Marriage Relationships, The Afterlife

Marriage in the Resurrection: The Deeper Meaning

Are you in a happy marriage that you hope will continue forever in heaven? Has your beloved husband or wife died, and you hope and pray that you will be able to rejoin him or her when it comes your

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Posted in Sex Marriage Relationships, Spiritual Growth, The Afterlife

What is the Source of the Belief that the Deceased become Angels?

In Heaven: A History (1995: Yale University Press) the authors, Drs. Colleen McDannell and Bernhard Lang, state that Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) had a pivotal role in bringing about a changed view of heaven, including the idea that angels are humans who have died and

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Posted in The Afterlife

What is the Difference between Justification and Salvation in Swedenborg’s Theology?

In the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772), as in other Christian theologies, justification is seen as part of a process that results in our salvation. In a nod to the traditional Christian concept of the ordo salutis (“order of salvation”), Swedenborg

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Posted in The Bible Re-Viewed

The Meaning and Power of Baptism

Two Spiritual Conundrums have been submitted to Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life on the subject of baptism. First by a reader named Harshit Anjalika Murmu: Hello sir, I liked your website very much. I want to ask a question about

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Posted in Spiritual Growth, The Bible Re-Viewed

Pain, Punishment, Prison, and Hell

In the course of a discussion on the recent article, “How Imagination and Fantasy Help our Spiritual Growth,” a reader named Frankly Frank said: “And hell is not a punishment”……. I dunno about that one, Lee. There are vivid accounts

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Posted in The Afterlife

Should Christians Tithe?

Over the past couple of years four readers have submitted Spiritual Conundrums to Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life about tithing. First, a reader named Lisa: Lee: I belonged to a Christian church for thirty years which was fundamentalist. My husband paid

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Posted in Money and Business, The Bible Re-Viewed
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