“Faith is truth acknowledged in the heart.”

Emanuel Swedenborg wrote these words to get to a critical piece of Christian theology.  Faith is not, as we often treat it, a matter of intellectual consent or agreement.  It is a matter of the heart.  Truth, in the New Church, we believe should come to be known by the life within it.  (Secrets of Heaven, 1496)  That makes the marker of truth not the tight intellectual proposition the Western mind favors, but a matter of alignment with the greatest God given loves humanity can exercise.

As a matter of the heart, that turns faith away from certainty.  Likewise, it turns it towards an active stance of loving action.  As James 2 phrases it, “Faith by itself, if not accompanied by action, dead…. Show your faith by what you do.”  Faith and possibility then go hand-in-hand.

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