Have you ever stopped to think “why am I
here?”. We are born, we live, we die. Why? Somewhere along the
way we might be married, and have children. But what is the purpose of all
this and do we have a purpose driven life?
OK, so we are born because, nine months
previously, our parents conceived us. We die because our bodies get worn out,
or are attacked by illness of some sort, or we suffer a serious accident. But
death, really? Does it all stop at that point?
It can all seem so mundane. Sure, there
may be exciting trappings like nice clothes, big houses, fast cars, exotic
holidays, having fun, but is this really the point? We could live without these
things, and many people do.
Surely there must be a higher purpose
than this, a real reason for our existence?
Emanuel Swedenborg explains that
the universe is a single unit coherently organised from beginning to end,
because in creating it God had one end in view, which was to establish and
maintain a heaven of angels from the human race. This includes all human
beings, not just those of a particular religion or sect.
Surely it doesn’t all end when our
bodies die? It doesn’t. Swedenborg tells us that people’s lives from
infancy to old age are nothing else than an advance from this world towards an
unending life in the spiritual world, the last stage of which is death
and the actual transition from this life to the next. Our lives in this
world train us for our lives in the next. In fact, we will find that a life of
love and usefulness gives us a deep sense of purpose that results in further
fulfilment in heaven.
Does it help to think that we are all
potential angels? Does it help to think that there is a real purpose to
our births, lives, and transition into the next life? Does it help to realise
that, despite the trials and tribulations of this life, there is a happy and
fulfilling next life? For me, it does.
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