What is temptation?

According to Swedenborg, there are two temptations: worldly and spiritual. Worldly temptations are the ones that we often consider as temptations, but spiritual temptations are the ones that really matter.

What is the significance of baptism?

The importance and ritualistic significance of baptism arose from Jesus. Cleansing of one’s wrongdoing with water had been an ancient practice by Israelites as it is written in Leviticus. There are two significant differences between cleaning with water in the Old Testament and baptism in Gospels.

Three Lessons from Jesus

The truth about Jesus is that we do not know when he was born, where he lived, or what he actually taught. We have the Four Gospels, which are perhaps the best record of what might have happened as his disciples remembered it. Therefore, what is amazing and inspiring about Jesus is not who he was or when he lived, but what he believed and taught, and how he lived.

Who was Jesus?

The Gospel of Matthew proudly begins with the statement, “An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” The obvious and simple problem with this account is that Jesus was not biologically connected to Joseph, who was the descendant of David.

What is a good father?

I was filled with amazement and fear when I met Roiy for the first time. I was amazed at the beauty of the little being who was full of life and innocence. Just being in his presence was inspiring and fulfilling. Yet, as much as I was amazed, I was filled with a deep fear because I had no idea how to be a good father to him.

Seeking Truth

Reading the Bible through the lens of Emanuel Swedenborg, I believed I was beginning to understand the book for the first time. After many years, I suddenly felt that my life-long thirst for seeking truth about life, and my life in particular, had disappeared. My mind was at peace for the first time and with a degree of understanding about life, the world, and myself.

What is mercy?

Both Isaiah and Luke intentionally use the word “mercy” as the essential nature of God. The Hebrew word for mercy is racham, which means “to love or to have compassion.” In Greek, the word for mercy is oikkos, which also means “to pity or to have compassion on.”

Who is a soldier?

When our ancestors began to make metal weapons around 3,300 B.C., their main target was no longer forces in nature, but other humans. Ever since, humanity has never been free of wars and thus, the pain, sadness, and sorrow caused by wars fills our history.

Mother’s Loving Sacrifice

In my experience, having and raising a child requires almost unconditional sacrifice of the mother as the one who would carry the child in her womb for nine months and then breastfeed the child for many months after.