Our philosophically-minded panel is here to answer your questions about God, existence, the afterlife, religion, spirituality, and more! In this episode, host Curtis Childs from the Swedenborg Foundation and featured guests take questions from viewers and provide answers with the help of 18th-century philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg’s spiritual insights.
This is an audio-only version of video-based show, and the podcast may contain references to visuals from the original episode. Watch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hE70Ad1ku4
[Are there] senses on the other side—feeling, touching, smelling, intimacy? 1:47
Has the universe existed from all eternity, like God? 7:22
Does Swedenborg make any statements about a rapture type of event? I don’t think it is very plausible. 11:54
Why doesn’t God correct the heart in a way that doesn’t involve a chaotic type world as earth/humans? 17:03
Can people who go to hell repent and do angels try to get them to change their minds and turn to good? 26:08
What does Swedenborg have to say about the sleep paralysis phenomena? I’ve suffered it all my life…in every sense (hearing, seeing, feeling, out of body)…most terrifying. Is there a point in allowing spirits to hold us under sleep paralysis while tormenting? 31:15
Does he speak about God having a partner for everyone? Does God know who we are supposed to partner up with or is it completely up to us and a part of free will? 39:22
Do we eat food on the other side? 48:02
Could you please address Life on Other Planets. 51:16
It seems often evil spirits are prevented from causing harm, but in others they are clearly influencing behavior. Can you comment on their ability to hurt and harm us? 57:54
References and Downloads:
Divine Providence by Emanuel Swedenborg: http://www.swedenborg.com/product/divine-providence-nce/?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=DP&utm_content=jun22&utm_campaign=SAL This work contains Swedenborg’s answer to the question of how one is to reconcile the notion of a loving God with the existence of evil, hardship, and suffering.
Secrets of Heaven by Emanuel Swedenborg: http://www.swedenborg.com/product/secrets-heaven-1-nce/?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=SH&utm_content=jun22&utm_campaign=SAL Here Swedenborg uses correspondences (connections through symbol between the material and spiritual world) to explain the inner meaning of the Bible.
Heaven and Hell by Emanuel Swedenborg: http://www.swedenborg.com/product/heaven-hell-nce/?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=HH&utm_content=jun22&utm_campaign=SAL Heaven and Hell is Swedenborg’s most popular book and his fullest report of his experiences in the other world.
True Christianity by Emanuel Swedenborg: http://www.swedenborg.com/product/true-christianity-1-nce/?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=TC&utm_content=jun22&utm_campaign=SAL A systematic description of Swedenborg’s view on the church in this world and the next.
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