Purpose and Heaven

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Purpose and Heaven

In this episode we will explore the concept of “purpose” as a continuation of the series on Heaven. Through NewChurch theology we are able to understand more fully what heaven is like and what types of things people do in heaven. The idea of usefulness is explored and how our life on earth can be preparation for finding meaning and purpose in heaven.

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Curtis Childs

About the guest

Curtis Childs is the Vice President of programming at the Swedenborg foundation. He spends his days talking New Church Theology with people on the internet. He and his team have produced weekly webcasts through his YouTube channel "Off The Left Eye" which has accumulated over 154K subscribers and over 35 million views. He works with his team to create simple, effective inquiries into life’s biggest questions. Curtis also serves as the Executive Director for NewChurch Live supporting the mission and vision of the church as well as hosting Sunday services when Pastor Chuck is away.

Short Description

In this episode we will explore the concept of  heaven and the afterlife. This podcast is the last installment in a 3 part series on the topic of heaven. In this episode we explore finding purpose in heaven.

Some key takeaways from the episode include the idea that “variety is perfection” meaning the more people who enter heaven makes it more and more perfect. The concept of usefulness or purpose being the joy of knowing you are making a positive impact on the world and that your daily life on earth is in preparation for a useful life in heaven. 

Episode timeline

Curtis Intro
Swedenborg's view of individuality.
The idea that "variety is perfection."
The concept of usefulness/purpose explained.
Is heaven about feasting or overindulging?
An example of what it looks like to life a life of purpose.
You don't know the impact you are having on others.
That the Lord is doing good through you.
Seeing the bigger picture of life.
A recap of "People, Place, Purpose" in heaven.

Key Points


"Every time another person is added to heaven it becomes more perfect."


"Usefulness is the joy of knowing you are making a positive difference in the world."


Additional Resources

Place and Heaven - PODCAST

The People in Heaven - PODCAST

Understanding Heaven and Hell Through Swedenborgian Theology - BLOG

Who is Emanuel Swedenborg and What is New Church? - BLOG

NCL Heaven Content


Off The Left Eye - YouTube

Off The Left Eye - Facebook


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