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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.