Saturday, September 3, 2016

How did Jesus Save Humanity?

The essence of Christianity is that God descended and became incarnate in human form as Jesus Christ, in order to save humanity.  So why was this necessary?  And how was it effected?  It is at the heart of Christianity, for once one understands this, one understands the rationale for the Christian way of life.

This is a common question that will come up, one can see it here on Christianity Stackexchange: How does Jesus' death and resurrection save humanity?  There is even a question asked on Yahoo answers: How did the self-sacrifice of Jesus save humanity?  After reading Yahoo answers, and seeing no one gave a right answer, I wrote this answer:
Jesus saved humanity by assuming a human form that could be tempted to do evil, as the human form had inherited evil tendencies from the mother. However as His soul was Divine, He could not commit any evil, so in His human form a spiritual battle arose between Jehovah and all of hell. Through resisting and conquering temptation in His human form, Jesus conquered the power of hell, and this continued until Jesus rose from the dead at which time His human form was made Divine. The Divine could now flow through His human form into all humanity through the Holy Spirit, and it is through that that each person can call upon Him when one tries to resist and repent from evil. Without His coming, the dominion of hell had cutoff heaven, and angels could no longer influence humanity towards heaven as they could at the beginning, and all would have been lost had not the Divine directly intervened. 
There are several passages in which it is stated that sins are remitted and removed by the "blood of Christ."  But "blood" in scripture is symbolic of the Divine truth, which is shown in What is Blood Atonement or Vicarious Atonement?  Swedenborg shows this from multiple passages, as found in Heavenly Arcana, True Christian Religion, and Apocalypse Explained.  When this is known, the Divine truth that flows into humanity through the Holy Spirit is known to be the blood of Christ. Sins are removed only through repentance, in which one shuns evil and resists, while acknowledging that it is the Lord through the Holy Spirit acting though the self effort of our own will and thought. Acknowledgment of the Lord as the source of good and truth, as the one who fights against one's sin, humbles and removes the selfish ego which is the origin of evil in the first place. One acts "as if from self" acknowledging this is but an appearance, as all good and truth flow in from the Lord through us when we act according to His will.

That Jesus saved and saves humanity in such a manner can be shown from scripture.  Jesus said,
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth
. (John 17:17-19)
Note that Jesus stated that He must first sanctify Himself - to sanctify is to cleans oneself of evils by the truth.  Jesus was Divine truth incarnate, but His human form, which he inherited from the human mother, had inherited evil tendencies.  Thus His entire life was a spiritual war against all of hell, and some of this is explained metaphorically by His temptation in the wilderness, but they are spelled out in prophetic detail in the Psalms.  Once the Lord conquered all sin and evil in His external human form, the human form became united with the Divine, or glorified as a Divine Human.  Before the resurrection there was a dichotomy between the internal soul and external human form, but after the resurrection Jesus was completely Divine, and one with the Father.

So, this is why the resurrection was needed - once the external human form was glorified, the Holy Spirit could be made available:
But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet; because that Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:39)
This is a problematic passage for those who have a false idea of a trinity of three person: how come the Holy Spirit did not exist yet? The answer is that the Holy Trinity exists in one person, Jesus Christ: the soul, body and spirit of Jesus Christ is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  The Divine had to sanctify the external human form, and once the human form was glorified, the Holy Spirit could flow through that external Divine form to all humanity.

The effect of Jesus' coming in the spiritual world was dramatic: for the Divine has infinite love to each and every person of the human race.  And the greater the love, the greater the hell that opposes it.  For each person born in this world there is a balance between heaven and hell, between good and evil spirits, which is effected in external form in the thoughts of our mind.  Thus when Jesus came, it was all out war against evil spirits, which had even ascended into heaven:
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. (Luke 10:17-18)
This spiritual war culminated in a final judgment, in which the evil were separated from the good in the spiritual world, and hell's dominion no longer had the same power as it once did over the inhabitants of this earth:
Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. (John 12:31)
This last judgment and its effects are described by Swedenborg in detail in his work, The Final Judgment.  Although the spiritual realms of heaven and hell are hidden to us until we die, this spiritual battle played out in demoniacs who had taken possession of people's minds.  Evil spirits had begun to take control over people's minds, where they had no self control.  Today, many suffer from internal depression, or weakness against sins they hide from others.  It is for this reason Jesus came into the world, for inasmuch as one receives Him, and lives by His commandments, and trusts and hopes in Him, He can give the will power to resist evil and falsity. As Jesus lived, so shall we: as He resisted temptation in Himself, so we must conquer in temptation through Him.  This is what it means to bear one's cross - evils must be removed in temptation and repentance, before the Lord can live in our heart in love:
Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Mark 8:34)
In the Christian revelation, the complete revelation of God and His will is shown in the incarnation of Jesus Christ.  In Jesus Christ there is a complete union between the Divine and the human, where He is now the Divine Human at the center of all of heaven.  For God is Man, and we are but his images, for the human form is the external visible form that effects love and truth, and God is Love and Truth itself.  In the union of the Divine with the human in Jesus Christ, it is revealed that God loves us, and desires to be one with us in love: we are conjoined to the Lord through love in our heart. As God is love, so He desires to love others.  And that is the purpose of creation, that is the reason why we exist. Love, is the answer to all things.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Venusians of Proxima Centauri

In the 1960s, remote probes to Venus showed that Venus is not a habitable planet, with temperatures rising to 864 degrees Fahrenheit (462 degrees Celsius) and having an atmospheric pressure over 90 times greater than that of earth.  This seemed to invalidate speculation and reports that Venus was habitable. Until now.

A model of ancient Venus used in a NASA simulation

In early August of this year, NASA made an "discovery" (or more likely a disclosure) that Venus in its past may have been habitable (see NASA Climate Modeling Suggests Venus May Have Been Habitable).  And not marginally - it is quite possible that Venus was habitable with an earth like climate for 2 billion years.  With oceans of water on the surface.  Hints of this were first detected in atmospheric measurements in the 1980s.  But as Venus was so close to the Sun, calculations showed any ocean water would have quickly evaporated.  In the current study by NASA, scientists who studied the topography of Venus realized it may have had more land are than water, which would slow down the water evaporation.  The other factor they considered: the ancient Sun was 30% dimmer than it is now. The result: the Sun's ray would cause some evaporation, but this would create a cloud layer that would insulate Venus from the Sun's rays, and Venus had a climate just like earth, only a few degrees cooler.

I want to point this out, because we should not jump to a conclusion based on science, which is based on limited factual information at our disposal and thus is constantly evolving.  This opens the door to some interesting possibilities.  Such as that Emanuel Swedenborg was correct in what he reported on extraterrestrial life in our solar system in the 18th century.  What was reported this month by NASA is nothing less than a dramatic turn around.  But I already said this over a year ago.  I wrote this after discussing the ancient habitability of Mars in Extraterrestrial Contact, Emanuel Swedenborg and Christianity:
There is one other planet of our solar system which also may have been habitable on the surface in the past - and that is Venus.  It is too hot to support any life as we know it right now.  But in its distant past, what many people do not know is that it probably had an ocean.
At the time, it had been proposed by some scientists that Venus had a liquid carbon dioxide ocean.  With this new study, these oceans now become water.  Just like on earth.  So what does this mean?  From There's mounting evidence that Venus was once habitable:
"Both planets probably enjoyed warm liquid water oceans in contact with rock and with organic molecules undergoing chemical evolution in those oceans," David Grinspoon at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona told Aviva Rutkin at New Scientist. "As far as we understand at present, those are the requirements for the origin of life."
According to the current climate model, Venus was habitable up until 715 million years ago. Thus what Swedenborg saw and described concerning life of Venus was from its very ancient and distant past.  But that past may not be so distant that scientists are currently declaring.


Artist's impression of planet orbiting Proxima Centauri (with Alpha Centauri also in background)

Again in this month, another "discovery" (or disclosure) was made concerning the star Proxima Centauri, which is 4.2 light years away and is probably part of the Alpha Centauri system.  Scientists have announced that they have detected A terrestrial planet candidate in a temperate orbit around Proxima Centauri.  It has an orbital period of 11 days, but Proxima Centauri is such a dim star that even this planet has a chance of supporting life, and its temperature would support water on its surface.  According to Wired magazine, scientists may have "jumped the gun" on this one.  From
Y’all Need to Chill About Proxima Centauri b:
First off, scientists only know Proxima Centauri b’s minimum mass—the smallest it could be—and they don’t know its radius, which means they actually don’t know if it’s rocky or not. “Remember we only have a minimum mass for the planet!” astronomer Elizabeth Tasker wrote on Twitter. “By those stats, I’m a twin of most life forms on Earth!”Plus, the star blasts the planet with high-energy radiation, perhaps baking away all the water long ago. If hydration did survive, it likely only lives in the most sunlit areas. And while “warm enough to have water or not” is a valuable binary, it doesn’t equate to actual habitability.
Why make such an announcement when such basic information is not known?  We don't know if it is habitable or not.  At least we don't know from the information that is publicly being released.


So what does the announcement in early August that Venus may have been habitable in its ancient past have to do with the announcement almost within the same week that the star Proxima Centauri b may host a habitable planet.  At first nothing.  But for me, I find these two announcements and their timing quite curious.  Why?  Because in the 1950s, there was a contact in which it was claimed a human race that once inhabited Venus migrated away from this solar system and settled the planets in Proxima Centauri b.  This is described in the book Beyond the Light Barrier by Elizabeth Klarer, published in 1980.  This was before science discovered evidence that Venus had oceans, and before evidence indicated that Venus once had a climate just like earth.

So, are the two announcements that Venus was once habitable, followed by the discovery of a possible habitable planet orbiting Proxima Centauri b, just a coincidence?  Maybe.  Or maybe not.  If not a coincidence, thanks to the censors for uncensoring that information (or quietly guiding scientists as to what to study and where to point our telescopes).  To me, it looks like we are on a delayed disclosure release plan.  So thanks for those responsible for releasing information.

So, there is quite a bit of subject matter on this affair, and I will in turn disclose a part of it by quoting portions from Beyond the Light Barrier.  It is claimed in this book that human life did not evolve on planet earth, but on Venus:
The cradle of humankind, the mother planet, brought forth the human race out of vast, warm seas covering her surface with sapphire blue.
And this of course goes against what everyone is taught: that Homo Sapiens evolved here on earth. This statement I consider questionable. But we are recent, and there are gaps in our evolutionary history.  And according to this story, they planted some of the life here on earth.  These descendants of the Venusians describes a life in which they would enjoy an idyllic life on the shore of the seas.  And what else?  They were protected from solar radiation by a dense atmosphere:
Through eons they lived in the seas and on islands of breathtaking beauty, getting their nourishment from the plants of the seas and the land. Radiation from the star was filtered through a dense atmosphere during daylight when our ancestors spent their time in the sea. 
Eventually they developed technology to explore other star systems, including Alpha Centauri. But then a flaw in the solar radiation of the Sun was detected:
But ever alert to protecting their heritage in a violent universe, the scientists of this utopia detected a flaw in the rhythm of the Sun. As it aged, it became a variable star and expanded with lethal radiation in cycles of time in its path of evolution. The cycle recurs more frequently as the star ages and loses the pressure balance within.
And this is again confirmed by scientists, who state in the distant past our sun was 30% dimmer.  As solar radiation from the sun became more lethal, these ancient Venusians migrated from this solar system towards Alpha Centauri, settling the planets around Proxima Centauri b.  Before doing so, they left a remnant of their civilization on earth.  In other words, Venusians are not exactly "extraterrestrial."  They are us, and we are them.

Eventually, the planet Venus died due to the increased solar radiation:
Venus died in the last cycle of solar expansion when all flora and fauna were destroyed by lethal stellar radiations. Her proximity to the star of her system caused our scientists to study the Sun very closely. They found that the Sun's atmosphere engulfs the planetary system, and that any changes occurring in the Sun would affect the planets and their atmospheres.
However it is stated that Venus supported life much more recently than what scientists are currently saying:
Venus, the cradle of humankind, remained shrouded and bereft of life after the Pleistocene cycle of solar expansion, its fruitful eons of fertil­ity at an end and its vast warm seas that nurtured our beginning dried out and barren. 
The Pleistocene age lasted from about 2 million years ago to 12,000 years ago.  Something is perhaps amiss in the scientific data gathered yet far.  But there is more scientific information that can be confirmed from the book first published in 1980:
There is thunderstorm activity in the atmosphere of Venus, as the upper atmospheric layers are cold, while those near the surface are very hot.
This information was not known in 1980, much less in the 1950s when the reported contact occurred.  Only much later did it become known that the upper atmosphere of Venus was similar to that of earth.  And, as I stated earlier in Swedenborg and Scientific Evidence of Extraterrestrial Venusians, lightning and thunderstorms in the Venusian atmosphere was only publicly confirmed by NASA in 2007.  There was a separate contact with Venusians in which this was written down in another book in the 1950s by Orfeo Angelucci.

Now that's one among several factual predictions.  What about this factual evidence from the book. One Venusian is claimed to have said this:
Mars still has active volcanoes, which are the breath of life.
Mars has active volcanoes?  Is this true or not?  Yes it is, from another recent scientific discovery that was announced just last year in 2015.  From Evidence for recent volcanic activity on Mars, from evidence gathered by the Curiosity rover, combined with evidence of Martian meteorites, scientists now know that the Martian volcano Mount Olympus erupted some time in the 20th century.  Also in the book, the Venusians stated that Mars was once a habitable planet, and that has also been recently confirmed.


So there are a few subject matters I can discuss, it it hard to bring them all up, as each answer given here is going to raise more questions.  I would like to focus for now on a warning these Venusians gave concerning those on Earth.  The Sun is a variable star, and changes in its solar radiation output can have an adverse effect on this planet.  Here is what one Venusian said concerning those of Earth:
"There is a strange urgency to the question of their space flight pro­pulsion, It is a fact that their star, the Sun, is dying, or changing in the cycles of time. It is purely a metamorphosis. They need to pool all their scientific knowledge and ability to perfect space travel and seek another waxing star. They must stop their eternal warring among themselves before it is too late and the Sun expands again in its cycle of lethal radiation.

"The vast amount of human energy and time now being spent on rocket research is of no avail. It will not solve the problem of interstellar travel. Men of Earth continue to fight with violence to attain power over others while their planet is in mortal danger, and the selfishness of nations restrains a struggling humanity from becoming aware of the portents of danger encircling their world."
And another warning:
Violence and annihilation will be the outcome for people of Earth, unless they change their attitude of mindThey need to become enlight­ened to the truths of the universe in which they live, and follow their forebears into space to find the escape route to the stars and their destiny.
So our Sun is apparently a variable star.  I see this rarely discussed.  Evidently the warning here is the climate of Earth will be severely altered from increased solar radiation of the Sun.  Is this true or not?  Yes it is, and it again has recently been confirmed by NASA in 2003.  From NASA STUDY FINDS INCREASING SOLAR TREND THAT CAN CHANGE CLIMATE:
Since the late 1970s, the amount of solar radiation the sun emits, during times of quiet sunspot activity, has increased by nearly .05 percent per decade, according to a NASA funded study.
It is significant enough to provide an additional source for the cause of global warming:
Historical records of solar activity indicate that solar radiation has been increasing since the late 19th century. If a trend, comparable to the one found in this study, persisted throughout the 20th century, it would have provided a significant component of the global warming
More data is needed, the changes noted would be significant if they continued to persist for a century or more.  Right now all the study says is it would definitely contribute to "climate change."  Evidently the long term danger may be greater than we think.  So are we doing something about it?  Yes, but this is the subject matter of black budget programs, and it is kept away from the eyes of the public. The U.S. military has apparently been doing some very remarkable things:

But this of course brings up more questions than answers.  Why do they not contact us?  Why do they not help?  The main issue is our lower selfish nature, and the desire of politicians and military for power.  There are, however, contacts permitted on a private individual level where deemed useful. But unless humanity raises its spiritual level of awareness, and lives by the truths in the revelations God has given, there will forever remain a barrier between us and them where contact will generally not be permitted.


There is enough information available out there now where one can easily determine that not only are we not alone, but just maybe... the visions received by Emanuel Swedenborg were right all along.  And what did he say about Venusians?  He said the following:

1. They are human just like us.
2. They are a gentle and loving race. Others report they need to maintain separation from violent and low moral societies to protect their society.
3. They know who Jesus Christ is, who appeared to them, and,
4. They are in contact with another society that travels between solar systems.

And all of this was stated back in the 18th century, long before anything like space travel was ever imagined.x

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Spiritual Meaning of Works in Scripture, and Why Protestants have it Wrong

The Protestant churches have committed a major error which is the foundation of their theology, in which they have misinterpreted the meaning of the "works of the law" in the letters of the apostle Paul.  The end result is that many (not all) have made religion one of belief alone, and that they do not have to do anything with their lives.  And yet scripture says all will be judged according to their works (see Matt. 16:27).  If all are judged according to their works, how is it that Paul says we are justified by faith without works of the law? I bring this up because this became a matter of discussion for the "life review" we will all experience after death, which I describe in the previous blog post The Life Review of the Near Death Experience and the Visions of Swedenborg, as well as The Christianity of the Being of Light of the Near Death Experience.  What the Near Death Experience shows is that God cares about what we do with our life, and we will be held accountable for what we do with our life.  It is not about one's belief. It is about how we love others.

This issue of "works" comes up repeatedly in discussion with Protestants. What many do not understand is the word "works" is used in different contexts in scripture, and in each context it has a completely different meaning.  There are three main definitions of works, and the same word is used in all contexts:

  1. The works of the law refer to the rituals of the Jewish or Mosaic law.
  2. Works refer to self-meritorious works, works done for the sake of one's self or for the sake of appearance towards others.
  3. Works refer to acts of love and charity based on faith, or one's love towards God and others.

I will repeat this again: in the letters of Paul, Paul speaks of works of the rituals of the Mosaic law, which have been abrogated.  Unfortunately a large number of Christians thinks that Paul is speaking about all works in general, and thus they have made religion one of praise and lip service only.  Many Protestants in particular think all works are by nature self-meritorious or hypocritical (#2 above) and they completely forget about works done out of faith.


Instead of completely repeating myself, I recommend for anyone interested to explore the following posts in which I discuss Protestant theology:

The Fallacy of Salvation and Justification by Faith Alone - explains how Jesus condemned belief alone. How "faith" is not just merely belief, but means "living by the truth." How Protestants falsely teach the will of each person is passive instead of active.

Is Salvation a Free Gift? - explains the fallacy of the teaching that one must do nothing to enter heaven.  A covenant is a TWO WAY relationship, and is based on love and doing God's commandments.

The False Theological Definition of the word "Grace" - Grace does not mean "unmerited favour." This is a false theological definition invented by Protestants.

The Fundamental Error of the Protestant Faith - this lists multiple quotes from scripture, showing that a spiritual life is not just a belief system in the memory. It is a life of works according to faith.

The Error of the Protestant Churches - this again explains what Paul meant by "works of the law."

A New Perspective on Paul and the New Church Perspective on Paul - Protestant theologians have comes to realize, from indisputable research on Jewish religion of the first century A.D., that Paul was talking about the rituals of the Mosaic law. But Swedenborg pointed this out over 250 years ago.

The Prophecy of Pauline Christianity - this discusses how scripture foresaw how the false teaching of belief alone would come to invade and destroy the church from within.


One interesting view I have heard from a Protestant is that New Church theology is a blatant form of Pelagianism.  This was new to me.  So I looked up what Pelagianism was, I had never heard of it.  From Pelagianism:
Pelagianism is the belief that original sin did not taint human nature and that mortal will is still capable of choosing good or evil without special divine aid. This theological theory is named after the British monk Pelagius (354–420 or 440), although he denied, at least at some point in his life, many of the doctrines associated with his name. Pelagius taught that the human will, as created with its abilities by God, was sufficient to live a sinless life, although he believed that God's grace assisted every good work. Pelagianism has come to be identified with the view (whether taught by Pelagius or not) that human beings can earn salvation by their own efforts.
Note the last sentence: opposition to any effort by someone to obtain salvation.  Swedenborg did not discuss Pelagianism directly, but merely lists it as a heresy in Apocalypse Revealed.  Anyone familiar with what was taught in the New Church theology knows that it has nothing to do with Pelagianism.  Here is what the New Church teaches:

  1. All good is from God alone.  God alone is good.
  2. Man of his selfish ego is nothing but evil. All of one's evil comes from the selfish ego.
  3. Inasmuch as one turns against one's selfish evil, and repents, one opens oneself to receiving God's love.
  4. God's love flows into us inasmuch as we act from the will according to love.
  5. Although we do good as if from ourselves, we must always acknowledge it is God who allows us to do good.

This is spelled out in more detail in the works Doctrine of Life and Doctrine of Faith, which are both found in the work Doctrines of the New Jerusalem.

Protestant theology, in its worst form, declares the will of a man passive, that God does everything through the Holy Spirit.  But we are not passive, our will is active.  There is an influx of Divine good into our will inasmuch as we receive it, and do it.  For that is the nature of love: it desires to do good, to make others happy, in outward act.


Having been introduced to Protestant theology, I can tell you that most Protestants are introduced to Christianity through the writings of Paul, especially the book of Romans and Galatians.  And here it is not understood that Paul was writing against the Judaizers, who kept trying to get the early Christians to follow the rituals of the Mosaic law.  But there is an interesting quote that Protestants will use, to indicate that each person has no capacity to do good:
For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?
And not [rather], (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.
What then? are we better [than they]? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one
. (Rom. 3:7-12)
This passage is interesting. Throughout the letters of Paul, Paul is constantly defending himself against being a liar, but in verse 7, he actually admits to having committed a lie.  There is actually a bit of historical evidence of a big conflict between the apostle Paul and the apostle James - for more information on this, see Christus Victor, Pauline Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Another interesting point here is that in Rom, 3:13-18 Paul is quoting the Septuagint version of Psalm 14, which contains 8 lines not found in the Masoretic and were a later addition. But besides that, what of this verse from the Psalm:
There is none who does good, no, not one. (Ps. 14:3)
Does this mean that no one can do any good, and that thus works are of no account?  No.  This is an example of how a verse taken out of context can be distorted.  Psalm 14 begins as follows:
The fool has said in his heart, there is no God. (Ps. 14:1)
Thus the Psalm is speaking of those who do not believe in God, and do everything for their own self.  These become self-meritorious or hypocritcal works, depending on the intent. Thus they are incapable of doing good, for actions are judged according to intent, and anything done for selfish purposes is regarded as evil, not good.  That this is so, is shown by other passages:
Many say, Who will show us good?Jehovah, lift up the light of Your face upon us. (Ps. 4:6)
This speaks of those who deny that anyone can do good.  But the second half speaks of the Divine truth (the light) from the Lord's face, which signifies Divine love and mercy.  Divine love and mercy flows into all people who do according to God's will.  God's light flows into our understanding through faith, and God's mercy flows into us through our will.  We have no good apart from God:
You have said unto Jehovah, You are my Lord,My goodness is not beyond You. (Ps. 16:2)
This is an acknowledgment that one's good originates from God.  We are but recipients of it.  But we are not passive recipients, for the will by nature is active.  Jehovah is Divine Love, which flows into the Lord as to the Divine Human (Heb. Adonai), and from the Lord flows into us through our will.  One must seek good from the Lord, and not from the selfish ego:
They who enquire after Jehovah shall not want any good. (Ps. 34:10)
And who says we should not do good?  That is against all of scripture, and destroys Christianity from within.  That it is not true, and a false teaching, can be shown from this verse:
Depart from evil and do good (Ps. 34:14)
So telling people that they must do good, by refusing evil, and following the commandments, is not Pelagianism.  It is the Christian way of life.  It is an active effective Christianity, one that is useful not only in this life but the life to come.  When one understands that one's good and truth are from the Lord alone, he or she then give glory and honor to the Lord alone:
By giving to the Lord glory and honor nothing else is meant in the Word but to acknowledge and confess that all truth and all good are from Him, and thus that He is the only God; for He has glory from the Divine truth and honor from the Divine good. These things are signified by glory and honor in the following passages: Jehovah made the heavens; glory and honor are before Him (Ps. xcvi. 5, 6). O Jehovah God, Thou art very great; Thou art clothed with glory and honor (Ps. civ. 1). The works of Jehovah are great; glory and honor are His work (Ps. cxi. 2, 3). Glory and honor Thou layest upon Him, blessings for ever (Ps. xxi. 5, 6). These things are said of the Lord. Gird Thy sword upon Thy thigh, O mighty in glory and honor; in Thine honor mount up, ride upon the Word of truth (Ps. xlv. 3, 4). Thou hast made him little less than the angels; Thou hast crowned him with glory and honor (Ps. viii. 5). The glory of Lebanon hast Thou given unto it, the honor of Carmel and Sharon: they shall see the glory of Jehovah, and the honor of our God (Isa. xxxv. 1, 2). These and the foregoing are concerning the Lord; besides other places, as Ps. cxlv. 4, 5, 12; Apoc. xxi. 24, 26. Besides, where the Divine truth is treated of in the Word, the word glory is used (n. 629); and where the Divine good is treated of, honor.” (Apocalypse Revealed, n. 249)
If you have been taught otherwise, examine the scriptures, and determine what you have been taught is according to the truth.