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|Swedenborg's Theological Writings|
What governs the world we live in and the outcome of our lives? This book explains that all the forces operating in creation are contained within, and ultimately serve, an over-arching Divine providence. God is love itself, and therefore the primary goal of Divine providence is our eternal happiness. We attain happiness by being joined to God, the source of life. It is love that conjoins, and genuine love can be given only in freedom. Therefore, in His providence God always seeks to preserve our uniquely human faculties of freedom and reason. Because humans tend to misuse these faculties for evil ends, it is inevitable that painful things will happen. In providence, God permits evil for the sake of maintaining the freedom upon which our salvation depends, but He never wills it.
And in the end, those who follow
His way find the peace and joy of heaven. As a hidden current
silently draws a ship in the ocean, so providence leads us out
of our self-involvement and the confusion of merely natural
thought, and into the order and joy of heavenly life, into the
true humanity for which we were created. This edition is bound
in red, with "The Word" inscribed on the spine in golden