New Church Life NCL May/June 2018 - Page 11

Letters to the Editors Letters may be sent to the Editors of New Church Life Box 743, Bryn Athyn, PA 19009 or e-mailed to Bruce.Henderson@newchurch.org An Internal Sense in the Writings To The Editors: The Rev. Erik Sandstrom’s comprehensive article on “ The Internal Sense” (January/February 2018 New Church Life) shows excellent research on the historical and correspondential things of the Old and New Testaments. However, I am disappointed with his conclusion, that the  Writings do not have an internal sense and that there are just “plain teachings” in the Writings. Although he concludes that if we read and re-read them and compare sentences, we will  then get an ever-deepening view.  I want to express some thoughts about the idea that there is no internal sense to the Writings.  What I find missing in this extremely well-researched article is a sight of the Divine Human of the Lord, who is now present in our midst. “The Second Coming of the Lord is not in person, but in the Word, which is from Him and is Himself.” (True Christian Religion 776) The Writings themselves clearly teach that they are the Word of the Second Coming. The Writings also teach that God cannot reveal Divine Truths without parable and that there are always cherubim to guard the way to the internal sense. These teachings are directly opposite to believing that in the letter are all plain teachings. What I am asking is this: If a person thinks the Writings are just the internal sense of the Old and New Testaments and that a person is in this “internal sense” just by reading the letter, then how can the Lord open a person’s mind to see the internal things there when he or she doesn’t believe there is an internal sense the Lord can bring him or her into?  If a person believes that the Writings are a New Word and a Third Testament and that they are the Lord Himself, they are read with a Holy sphere and with delight that what is written is “by the Lord alone.” Then, I believe, 187