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Angels and Demons

“It is believed that in the beginning angels were created and heaven was thus formed; also that the devil or Satan was an angel of light, but having rebelled he was cast down with his crew . . . [But] there is not a single angel who was created such from the beginning, nor in hell any devil who was created an angel of light and cast down; but that all, both in heaven and in hell, are from the human race” Heaven and Hell n. 311.

It is Swedenborg’s claim that angels and demons are not a separate class of being than humans. His claim is that angels and demons are all from the human race. This means that we are all angels or demons in the making.

I like this idea. I like to think that I am becoming an angel, and dread the thought that I could be becoming a demon. I think we have tendencies to either here in the material world. I take comfort in Jesus’ words, “ Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). It reminds me of a line from that Gospel song, “Just a few more weary days and then I’ll fly away.” I like to think I’ll fly away, the burden of spirituality being easy and light.

History and Fact

Do scriptures have to be historical fact for them to be meaningful? Is the Bible scientific fact, or spiritual truth? Are the 7 days of creation intended to be about science, or about spirituality? Did David have to actually fight Goliath for the story to have meaning? Or does it serve spirituality better as an example of trust in God and the power that small ventures can muster against great odds? Does the dragon in Revelation actually have to sweep a third of the stars out of the sky for the episode to have meaning? Or is it an example of falsity sweeping away the lights of truth?

I say that sacred scriptures are more meaningful when they are not looked at as historical or scientific fact. Myth matters more than history and fact. Poetic metaphor, symbols, and myth speak to the heart, mind, and soul. There is much more power in symbol than there is in a mathematical equation or scientific theory. The theory of relativity does nothing for my soul.

New Our Daily Bread Site

Welcome to the new website for Our Daily Bread. The site is currently under construction, so please excuse we while we put together a website full of mediations, sermons, and resources, as well as connect you with our social media (which is also currently being put together). Thanks for your patience, and many blessings!