January 23, 2015

Why Humiliation and Submission Must Be In Presence of the Divine When Man is in Worship

A Portion of a Passage in Arcana Coelestia ~ Emanuel Swedenborg
They who are not in the knowledge of interior things cannot believe otherwise than that the Divine wills the humiliation and submission of man, as a man does who is in the lust of glory; and consequently that the Divine wills glory therefrom, and is affected with the glory which man ascribes to Him. But the case is altogether different.

The Divine is not in any affection of glory, for what glory has the Divine from man?

But He wills humiliation and submission, not for His own, but for man's sake.  For when man is in humiliation he feels aversion for the evil and falsity in him, and thus removes them, and on their removal the Divine can flow in with good and truth.  Everyone may be aware of this in himself.  He who is of elated mind is in the love of self, and not only sets himself above others, but also cares nothing for the Divine, and consequently rejects the influx of good, and thence its conjunction with truths.  This is the genuine reason for man's humiliation before the Divine.
(Arcana Coelestia 4347)