The following is the text with which I started this blog. Here is the essential again:
2125. The present quality of the men of the Christian Church was exhibited to my view by means of representations. In a dark cloud there appeared spirits so black that I shuddered, …First, there appeared children who were being combed by their mothers so cruelly that the blood ran down; by which was represented that such is the bringing up of little children at this day.
Afterwards there appeared a tree which seemed as if it were the tree of knowledge, into which there was seen to climb a great viper, such as to strike one with horror…I was told that the tree into which the viper climbed represented the state of the men of the church as they are at this day, in that in place of love and charity they have deadly hatreds that are beset with pretenses of what is honorable, and with deceits, together with wicked thoughts concerning all matters that belong to the faith.
Swedenborg year 1770 – ARCANA CEOLESTIA 2125.
(for the complete text please see previous post)
This is how God and the Angels in heaven see perfectly well the true face of the falsity which has grown among Christians. So much so, that they describe present Christianity by these very examples, of people, including mothers, who treated their children horribly sadistically. Moreover, in the sacred scriptures, children, mean all the innocent and good people, not only actual children of age on earth.
This understanding is crucial for all who turn their backs disgusted with religions, particularly on Christianity, accusing it and God, for its falsities. They are often rightly disgusted, and no one can accuse atheists and agnostics for the disbelief and distrusts which hence has grown among many.
These writings of Swedenborg are from 1770. That is the time this refers too. But in heaven realities don’t relate to time: rather to the psychological, inner and spiritual state of people. So we can wonder at these pictures in word, and conclude how it is that today’s false Christianity appear to the Beloved in heaven.
I am amazed by reading these texts for the first time. I too have perceived from youth that our society and our lives are dependent of how we treat and understand our children. That particularly among certain folks in the past, their punishing, whipping sadistically their children not out of loosing their temper, but in a controlled and systematic way, would lead to barbaric wars, hate and ignorance.
We see in paragraph 2125 that education has such important, that it is chosen to exemplify by itself what is the present state of christians! Indeed how could you be compassionate and good to your fellow-man if you are whipping out your innocent children? Yet these same people were the ones who would be giving lessons in “what love is”, or “how you must be to be loving and according to God”.
We did advance in this field, stuttering, but we did. Less then we think, bet we did. For instance let us honour the Scottish A. S. Neill (late 1960’s) – Summerhill – The man who knew how to make happy unhappy children from parents who didn’t know how to love.
He was asked about religion, and he said “here we practice it”.
A. S. Neil became quite poor, in order to have his school of love. If the Angels find that how we are with children says all about the state of our civilisation, then it is the right place to honour a man who didn’t aprove of methods of education we sill have.A.S.Neil, and his wives, who were some of the fighters against the millennia concept that children — or anybody for that matter — learn though cruel “punishment”, hitting and spanking.
Among our barbarism — for millions of children, and particularly women, still get that “treatment” — psychology and results in schools have shown that love is the best and real teacher, and the leader of the unconscious in the human mind. Yet we didn’t change accordingly in many other aspects, hence we now often have the reverse problem in schools.
We’re still far from realising the implications of that learning in all other fields. We are far from letting the understanding of how the unconscious works, and let the true love of our neighbour, lead the society of the ones in power, and accordingly let be solved the problems which make of us a violent species where more than 99.9% of people leave in an ocean of sorrow and torture. We still dismiss love, compassion, true charity, spiritual understanding, ethics, as a feminine subject secondary to economy, hard science, war, and the “real” world of survival.
Yet none of these faults lay on God or religion, but in the people themselves, and how people treat each others, and hence transmit the same problems and sins. And if that is not changed, people will carry the same mistakes and cruelty multiplied by millions into their atheist, agnostic or “only spiritual” society.
Obviously, this is more than proven in the last 112 years, with all the atheist and anti-religious societies of last and present century, as well as the attempted alternatives, which shockingly, in spite of the better intention of “equality, fraternity and freedom”, having acquired full power, have the world snared into slavery, growing poverty, violence and horror.
But it is not only politically and on a large-scale that we can see how quickly rational ideas turn into hate surprisingly quickly. See an interesting example of that in this article:
Subversive Thinking: Rebecca Watson (Skepchick) on sexual harassment and rape threats coming from skeptics and atheists. Evidence suggestive of organized skeptics as a HATE group – (thank you Jime)
But back to our study of false christianity, so that we understand the need for a true christianity:
By these ES writings we can imagine, we can see, how the corrupt — or even just too hard and cruel — people in religion, with their varied rites and ways of worship, are seen in heaven by God.
“True Christianity”, which I shall call in another way, is different than anything of what people learned to hate and rightly turn their backs on. True Christianity, has never been that anyway. The false face of Christianity had to do with human cruelty, and was the very upside down turning, and the corruption of Christ’s message, his essence, and his teaching.
A. S. Neill photos : curriculumreform – A. S. Neill and A. S. Neill’s Summerhill School
You can read some A. S. Neill online here : A dominie’s log : Neill, Alexander Sutherland, 1883-1973 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
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