This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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The kingdom of heaven is within you

Most people envision both God and Satan ‘objectively,’ which is to say as persons external to themselves, and naturally they do this as well with posthumous ‘places’ such as heaven, hell, and purgatory and these are always thought of as places other than where we are at now, experienced at a point and time that is certainly not now.  Yet we must sooner or later face the doctrine of Christ that ‘the kingdom of heaven is within you,’ which is to say, it has a presence here and now and not separate from yourself. The same, unfortunately, must be admitted of hell. Thus, Jacob Boehme’s saying that ‘heaven and hell are everywhere, being universally extended…Thou are accordingly in heaven or hell…The soul hath heaven or hell within itself.’[1] If we take this doctrine seriously, which we must on pain of admitting nonsense into the sayings of Christ, then in it would seem that the soul does not go to salvation or damnation upon death.

[1] Jacob Boehme, “Of Heaven and Hell,” pp. 259, 260.

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