Emanuel Swedenborg, born Emanujel Swedberg

Swedenborg, born Emanujel Swedberg

Swedish Scientist, Theologian, Philosopher and Christian Mystic

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Angels never attack, as infernal spirits do. Angels only ward off and defend.

If God gave the soul his whole creation she would not be filled thereby but only with himself.

One person who has mastered life is better than a thousand persons who have mastered only the contents of books.

The Lord withdraws no one from their hell unless they see that they are in hell and wish to be led out.

Two consorts in heaven are not two, but one angel.

Charity alone, or love and compassion, is what joins the Lord and a person together.

If you seek the kernel, then you must break the shell. And likewise, if you would know the reality of Nature, you must destroy the appearance, and the farther you go beyond the appearance, the nearer you will be to the essence.

Others work among the spirits that have just arrived in the world of spirits. Again others raise the children who have died in infancy. Swedenborg ensures the parents of these infants that 'All children whether born within or outside of the church, are adopted by the Lord and become Angels'.

The Lord, from His Divine love by His Divine wisdom, provides the means by which people can be saved; and these means are present with every person born into the world.

We cannot become angels, that is, come into heaven, unless we bring something of an angelic character from living in this world.

Charity itself consists in acting justly and faithfully in whatever office, business and employment a person is engaged in.

In heaven there are two distinct loves, love to the Lord and love towards the neighbor, in the inmost or third heaven love to the Lord, in the second or middle heaven love towards the neighbor.

Peace has in it trust in the Lord, that He governs all things, provides all things, and leads to a good end.

The Lord’s church is spread over the whole globe, and so is universal. All who live a good life according to their own religious belief are members of it. Heaven is of such a nature that all who have lived well, of whatever religion, have a place there.

What a man takes in by contemplation, that he pours out in love.

Charity means love towards the neighbor and compassion, for anyone who loves his neighbor as himself also has as much compassion for him in his suffering as he does for himself in his own.

It is believed that angels were created at the beginning, and that heaven was formed of them; and that the Devil or Satan was an angel of light, who, becoming rebellions, was cast down with his crew, and that this was the origin of hell.

Self-love and the love of the world constitute hell.

The more nearly you are connected to the Lord, the more distinctly you appear to yourself to be the master of yourself, and yet the more clearly you recognize that you are the Lord’s.

What a man thinks in his spirit in the world, that he does after his departure from the world when he becomes a spirit.

A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don't know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox's or bear's, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there.

Destruction was effected after visitation, for visitation always precedes.

It is no proof of a man's understanding to be able to confirm whatever he pleases; but to be able to discern that what is true is true, and that what is false is false, this is the mark and character of intelligence.

Since the Bible is a divine revelation, every single part of it is divine. Anything that comes from the divine could be no other way. Everything that comes from the divine goes down through the heavens all the way to people on earth. In heaven it is adapted to the wisdom of the angels there, and on earth it is adapted to the understanding of the people there. So the Bible has an inner, spiritual meaning for angels and an outer, material-level meaning for people on earth. That is why our connection to heaven happens through the Bible.

The more we have the less we own.

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Swedish Scientist, Theologian, Philosopher and Christian Mystic