• Every one’s own life remains with him after death, is known in the Church from the Word, as from these passages there:
• The Son of man shall come … and shall render then to every one according to his deeds (Matthew xvi. 27);
• I saw the books opened, and all were judged according to their works (Revelation xx. 12, 13).
• In the day of judgment God shall render to every man according to his works (Romans ii. 6, 2 Corinthians v. 10).
•The works according to which judgment is rendered to every one are the life, for the life does them, and they are in accord with the life. … every one is examined there as to what his life has been and that the life which he contracted in the world remains with him to eternity. … no one’s life can be changed after death inasmuch as it has been organized in accord with his love and hence with his works, and that if it were changed, the organism would be torn apart, which could never be; likewise that an alteration in organization is possible only in the material body, and not at all in the spiritual body, after the other has been cast off.
To an evil man the evil of his life is then imputed and to a good man the good of his life.
• Imputation of evil is not accusation, incrimination, inculpation and judgment as in the world, but is a process of the evil itself. For those who are evil separate of their own free will from the good, for the two cannot be together. The delights of an evil love are averse to the delights of good love, and delights in the other world exhale from every one like odors from a plant on earth; for they are no longer absorbed and concealed by a material body, but flow forth freely from their loves into the spiritual aura. Inasmuch as evil is perceived there as in its odor, it is this which accuses, incriminates, inculpates and judges, not before a judge, but before every one who is in good. This is what is meant by imputation. Moreover an evil man chooses companions with whom he may live in his delight, and being averse to the delight of good, he betakes himself of his own accord to his like in hell.
• Imputation of good is accomplished similarly. This takes place with those who had acknowledged in the world that all good in them is from the Lord and none from themselves. After these have been prepared, they are admitted into the interior delights of good, and then a way is opened to them into heaven to the society whose enjoyments are homogeneous with theirs. This is done by the Lord.