What is sin?

The Greek word for sin is hamartia, meaning “failing to hit the mark.” Hamartia could easily be translated as a mistake or failure. As we all know, both mistakes and failures are redemptive. In this context, Jesus proclaimed that “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

Is your perception is limited?

“You can’t see the forest for the trees.” This often means that people fail to see the larger picture, because they are focused on a small and narrow spot. According to Emanuel Swedenborg, people are innately focused on the materialistic and physical way of living and being, and thus are not capable of perceiving the spiritual reality within which their true existence resides.

Receiving God’s Truth

It seems that there is definitely something special about being Jesus’s disciples, because they were given the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, while others were not. The disciples symbolize the spiritual preparedness for the spiritual journey.

To Be Born from Above

Being “born again,” which sounds impossible when taken literally, focuses on the transformation of human mentality (or spirituality), while being “born from above” focuses on the necessity of acknowledging the truth that life is from God, and we are just vessels that receive and contain the life from God.

The Truth at Heart

Having faith in Jesus or in any religion is not about saying certain things because they are considered true and correct by others, but about actually knowing what one believes with experience and understanding. The reality of faith does not dwell in knowing the right things, but arises from living what is true to one’s heart.

Sharing the Joy of Jesus

The joy of Jesus is not of any materialistic origin but from heaven and of the Creator. Our hearts are hungry for this essential joy. However, this joy comes to our hearts neither as an automatic flow nor by a transactional action.