Spiritual Topics

Here's a place where we talk about life's deep questions.


When people explore the Bible and its meaning for their lives, questions come up thick and fast. This page is the gateway to a growing set of resources on spiritual topics, ranging from mind-boggling cosmic ideas to specific theological points. This section is growing fast, so we have listed the topics in a table below, so you can sort them, and search for specific terms. If you are not sure where to start, you may want to head to our "pathways" page where we have organized sets of spiritual topics around common themes.

If you would like to contribute your own explanations of spiritual topics, you may submit them here for review.

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Wooden Christmas tree ornaments

Advent, Again

The word advent means coming or arrival - and it is the spiritual practice of preparing for Christmas. Practicing Advent means we are going to actually do something to make way for the Lord.

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Sonce II, a painting by Rihard Jakopič

The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light

"The people who walk in darkness" symbolize people who have faith -- they are walking -- but it's a dim faith, without much knowledge of the genuine truths in the Word. And yet, when the Lord is born, they are receptive.

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Rickenbacker and his Spad.

Eddie Rickenbacker's Bird's Eye View of Peace

This isn't from the Bible, but... it's good. It happened 100 years ago. It needs to stay with us.

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Project News:


3 New Translations Dec 4, 2018:

We just had a chance to process/import 3 translations of Swedenborg's theological works from Rev. N. Bruce Rogers - Doctrine of the Lord, Doctrine of the Sacred Scripture, and Doctrine of Life. These works were really important in establishing a Biblical basis for the New Christian doctrine that Swedenborg was writing about.


Divine Wisdom in Dutch Nov 22, 2018:

Swedenborg wrote (but didn't publish) a short work entitled "De Divina Sapientia", or "The Divine Wisdom" in English. It was a precursor to "Divine Love and Wisdom", and it's not a polished work - but it IS interesting. Here's a link to "De Goddelijke Wijsheid", a Dutch translation by Anton Zelling, modernized by Guus Janssens in 2007, and linked to the Bible and others of Swedenborg's works today!


AC in Swedish! Nov 21, 2018:

Swedenborg wrote his theological works in Latin, so they could be widely read by the thought-leaders of his day. But, we're guessing that he'd be delighted to see them translated into his native Swedish. Here's the first piece we have of Swedenborg's biggest work, Arcana Caelestia, in Swedish. It provides insight into the inner meaning of Genesis 18-22, or Första Moseboken 18–22.


German UI Nov 19, 2018:

We just deployed an updated German user interface, thanks to one of our bilingual volunteer "friends of the project". So... with a UI, Bible translations, and 16 translations of Swedenborg's works in our system, German's getting to be a well-supported language for us - right up there with English, French, Portuguese, Dutch, and Czech. It's good!


L'Apocalypse Révélée Oct 18, 2018:

We just posted a French translation of Apocalypse Revealed, L'Apocalypse Révélée, with hyperlinks to scripture references. It's still a little rough in places, with some errors left from the scanning process, but... it's up there, and ready to help French-speakers figure out the inner spiritual meaning of John's apocalyptic visions.


More Bible Word Mapping Oct 9, 2018:

We're starting to ripple the symbolic meanings of Bible words into Dutch and German; the first batches of matched words just got posted over the weekend. Lots more to do, but this rippling process is working, and that's good!


Russian and Georgian UI Oct 8, 2018:

Thanks to our wonderful bilingual volunteers, we were able to deploy updates to our Russian and Georgian interfaces.


Japanese UI Oct 1, 2018:

We've just deployed a Japanese user interface. That makes 12 UIs so far, so New Christian ideas are becoming available to something like 4 billion people.


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