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THE SCIENCE OF LIGHT

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Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; Thou art clothed with honor and majesty:  Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment... Psalm CIV

Divine love and wisdom are substance and form in themselves, thus the one and only absolute. E. Swedenborg

JUSTICE

It is disheartening at times to witness the injustice and cruelty that is manifested on earth and yet God seems to let it happen. Malicious, selfish and cruel human beings seem to be rewarded with wealth, health, power and  glory in the world while those who strive to live and behave according to conscience and reason must often endure poverty, illness, persecution and suffering.

We must regularly watch selfish dictators slaughter their own people  in order to retain power, bankers accumulate vast amounts of wealth while hard-working people struggle to feed their families, depraved priests and ministers abuse innocent children and fleece the members of their congregation for their own selfish ends, and corrupted politicians being bribed by large corporations.

If God is omniscient does He also just sit by and watch all this injustice without responding in any way? God must know something that we don't! If He is a God of Justice, Mercy and Judgment, His Justice will be realized in the end.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their  flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-9

Surely, it is the wicked that are being deceived by the world, while the innocent enter the kingdom of God.

The earth is not a place where we fulfill our selfish desires; it is the place where we freely and willingly build our soul. And the quality of our soul will determine the spiritual atmosphere in which we will feel most at ease and comfortable after we leave the earth. Those who consistently indulge in selfish or infernal delights while on earth, ultimately develop an infernal soul that only has the capacity to reside in the obscure spheres of hell. And, in hell, they will continue to experience the fire of their unfulfilled and burning lusts. They will also clash with others like themselves who desire to rule through threat, fear, and punishment. 

In contrast, those who have freely and willingly developed a heavenly soul by means  of faith in God and useful and charitable works on earth will be able to reside in the harmonious, enlightened and delightful spheres of Heaven where they will continue to perform a useful function in the company of peaceful and mindful angels like themselves. This is God's ultimate Justice.

            1 Surely God is good to Israel,
                to those who are pure in heart.
            2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
                I had nearly lost my foothold.
            3 For I envied the arrogant
                when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
            4 They have no struggles;
                their bodies are healthy and strong.
            5 They are free from common human burdens;
                they are not plagued by human ills.
            6 Therefore pride is their necklace;
                they clothe themselves with violence.
            7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity;
                their evil imaginations have no limits.
            8 They scoff, and speak with malice;
                with arrogance they threaten oppression.
            9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
                and their tongues take possession of the earth.
            10 Therefore their people turn to them
                and drink up waters in abundance.
            11 They say, “How would God know?
                Does the Most High know anything?”
            12 This is what the wicked are like—
                always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.
            13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
                and have washed my hands in innocence.
            14 All day long I have been afflicted,
                and every morning brings new punishments.
            15 If I had spoken out like that,
                I would have betrayed your children.
            16 When I tried to understand all this,
                it troubled me deeply
            17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;
                then I understood their final destiny.
            18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;
                you cast them down to ruin.
            19 How suddenly are they destroyed,
                completely swept away by terrors!
            20 They are like a dream when one awakes;
                when you arise, Lord,
                you will despise them as fantasies.
            21 When my heart was grieved
                and my spirit embittered,
            22 I was senseless and ignorant;
                I was a brute beast before you.
            23 Yet I am always with you;
                you hold me by my right hand.
            24 You guide me with your counsel,
                and afterward you will take me into glory.
            25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
                And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
            26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
                but God is the strength of my heart
                and my portion forever.
            27 Those who are far from you will perish;
                you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
            28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
                I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
                I will tell of all your deeds. PSALM 73

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