Category Archives: Christian

Heavenly Marriages Induce Forms on the Souls and Minds of their Partner

Selection from Conjugial Love ~ Emanuel Swedenborg In the natural world it is not so apparent that marriages induce other forms on souls and minds, for here souls and minds are enclosed in a material body, through which the mind … Continue reading

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Love and Charity

Selection from Arcana Cœlestia ~ Emanuel Swedenborg The Divine with those who have faith in the Lord is love and charity. By Love is meant love to the Lord; by Charity,” love toward the neighbor. Love to the Lord cannot … Continue reading

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How to React with God

Selection from Divine Love and Wisdom ~ Emanuel Swedenborg In everything created by God there is reaction. In Life alone there is action; reaction is caused by the action of Life. Because reaction takes place when any created thing is … Continue reading

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Neighbor Toward Whom ‘Works of Charity’ are To Be Performed

From Arcana Cœlestia ~ Emanuel Swedenborg Jesus said, When thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, and the blind; then thou shalt be blessed (Luke 14:13-14). The master of the house said to his servant, Go … Continue reading

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There is No Charity Apart from Works of Charity

Selection from Arcana Cœlestia ~ Emanuel Swedenborg Those who are in charity, that is, in love to the neighbor (from which is the delight in pleasures that is alive), pay no regard to the enjoyment of pleasures except on account … Continue reading

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The Performance of Uses is Chiefly The Exercises of Charity

Selection from Arcana Cœlestia ~ Emanuel Swedenborg “to serve the Lord” denotes to perform uses, is because true worship consists in the performance of uses, thus in the exercises of charity. He who believes that serving the Lord consists solely … Continue reading

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External Worship Being Merely The Effect

Selection from Arcana Cœlestia ~ Emanuel Swedenborg And Abram pitched his tent, and came and dwelt in the oak-groves of Mamre that are in Hebron, and there he built an altar to Jehovah. (Genesis 13:18) And there he built an … Continue reading

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