John 1:3

English: King James Version

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3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

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Nicknamed 'God the Geometer,' this  artwork shows God using geometric principles in creating the earth. It is the Frontispiece of Bible Moralisee, in the Codex Vindobonensis 2554 (French, ca. 1250), in the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek.

It sounds strange to say that the universe was created by divine truth – "truth" doesn’t sound like an active, building kind of thing – but it makes more sense when we think of "truth" in its deepest sense: as love expressed, as love given form. Because the Lord was love itself He had to create so He would have something to love. And truth is the thing that turns love into creation, by giving love expression and giving it form.

That’s not easy to visualize. But it’s interesting – and a bit stunning – how those ideas from the Writings were borne out by Albert Einstein 130-some years later. One of Einstein’s most important findings was that mass and energy are really the same thing. That’s expressed in the famous equation e=mc2, in which "e" is energy, "m" is mass and "c" is the speed of light. It meant that mass – the "stuff" things are made of, the stuff we can feel and heft – is actually made up of huge amounts of energy trapped in very small spaces. This meant that breaking up "stuff" and releasing the energy would be very powerful – it is the basis of nuclear weapons and powerplants – and also meant that the universe was ulatimately one big energy field, folded and crinkled to form mass, in ways complex enough to form the world we know.

These thing were not known or even imagined when the Writing were written, but replace energy with "love" and mass with "truth" and you can see how alike it is. Truth is love in patterns, crinkled and folded to form solid concepts, just as mass is energy in patterns, folded and crinkled to form physical things. And that natural reality of mass and energy is an extension of the spiritual reality of truth and love.

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Explanation(s) or references from Swedenborg's works:

Arcana Coelestia 20, 1069, 2803, 2894, 3704, 4180, 4415 ...

Apocalypse Revealed 58, 200, 888

Conjugial Love 129, 336

The Lord 1, 2

Sacred Scripture 98

Worlds in Space 122

Heaven and Hell 137

Interaction of the Soul and Body 5

True Christianity 50, 76, 85, 224, 716

The White Horse 14

The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine 263, 284

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