Category Archives: Spiritual Growth

Two Kinds of Affections

Selection from Apocalypse Explained ~ Emanuel Swedenborg In general, there are affections of truth from two sources, namely, from a natural and from a spiritual source. Those who are in the affection of truth from a natural source look first … Continue reading

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The “Merely” Natural-rational and Moral Man

Selection from True Christian Religion ~ Emanuel Swedenborg As to his natural man, man is like a beast; he acquires the image of a beast by means of life. Consequently in the spiritual world there appear about such a man … Continue reading

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Truths Divine Impressed on the Life by the Lord

Selection from Arcana Cœlestia ~ Emanuel Swedenborg Truths are said to be impressed on the life, when they become of the will and from this of the act. So long as they stay merely in the memory, and so long … Continue reading

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The Progression of Truth

Selection from Emanuel Swedenborg’s Spiritual Diary The progression of truth, or faith, from knowledge, to understanding; after that, from understanding to will, and from will to act: from conversation with angels. I spoke with angels about the progression of truth … Continue reading

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The Thief Does Not Come Except to Steal and to Kill and to Destroy

Selection from Arcana Cœlestia ~ Emanuel Swedenborg ‘Theft’ means an alienation caused by evil that happens in the place which such evil takes possession of; for it expels everything good and true and fills up that place with evils and … Continue reading

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Faith in the Understanding; Faith in the Will

Selection from Arcana Cœlestia ~ Emanuel Swedenborg Regarded in itself, faith is a faith in the understanding and a faith in the will; to know and understand the truth which is of faith is called faith in the understanding; but … Continue reading

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Pharisaic and Hypocritical Good

Selection from Apocalypse Explained ~ Emanuel Swedenborg It is known that man’s interior must be purified before the good that he does is good; for the Lord says: Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup and of … Continue reading

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