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

(Note: This post is a slightly edited version of an answer I recently wrote and posted on Christianity StackExchange. You can see the original question on StackExchange here, and the StackExchange version of my answer here.) In the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772),

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Posted in 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

Ezekiel 18: God’s Message of Hope . . . If You Think there’s No Hope for You

I want to talk to you about one of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible: Ezekiel 18. If you think you’re a goner, destined for the eternal flames of hell, this is the chapter for you. Ezekiel 18 delivers

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Posted in Spiritual Growth, The Bible Re-Viewed

Does God Send Terror Attacks because of Bathroom Rights and Evolution?

Those Christian fundamentalists are at it again! This time it’s Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of the famous evangelist Billy Graham. According to recent statements by Lotz, terror attacks such as 9/11 and the mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA, are

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Posted in All About God, Current Events

Evil Is Real, and it Does Harm the Innocent

There’s a New Age myth floating around that evil is not real; that evil is just an illusion; that if anything evil happens to us, it’s either karma for evil we ourselves did in a past life, or it’s something

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Posted in Current Events, Pain and Suffering

What Kind of a King is That???

The King. For most people these days, it has an old-fashioned sound. Yes, there is still some royalty left in the world. But few of today’s royals have any real power. Today, the powerful people of the earth are called

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Posted in All About God, The Bible Re-Viewed

Do Atheists Go to Heaven?

Do atheists go to heaven? For most atheists, the obvious answer is, “No.” Ironically, atheists agree with traditional Christians on this point. It’s just that atheists don’t think anyone else goes to heaven, either. And traditional Christians think that atheists

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Posted in All About God, Science Philosophy and History

Is Racism Equal-Opportunity?

I recently received an email asking these general questions: Why are whites held to a different standard than other races when it comes to racism? If people of other races can celebrate their own race, and form organizations based on

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Posted in Current Events

Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh, Ebola, and the Real Meaning of Christ Dying for Our Sins

On August 19, 2014, Ameyo Adadevoh died of Ebola in an isolation ward in Lagos, Nigeria. Her death was not in vain. Professionally, she was known as Dr. Stella Adadevoh. It was her quick thinking and heroic actions that saved

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Posted in All About God, Current Events

Power Corrupts? Absolutely Not. Arrogance Corrupts Power.

The issue of white privilege and black disadvantage has lately gained much-needed attention in American and international media due especially to: The fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, on February 26, 2012,

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Posted in Current Events
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