Category Archives: Spirituality

The Good of Faith is Not Possible Without Works

Selection from Arcana Cœlestia ~ Emanuel Swedenborg The good of faith produces works, because the good of faith is not possible without works, just as thinking good and willing good are not possible without doing good. The one is the … Continue reading

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When Good and Truth are Regarded as ‘The Means’

Selection from Arcana Cœlestia ~ Emanuel Swedenborg Man has been so created that he can look upward, or above himself; and can also look downward, or below himself. To look above himself is to look to his neighbor, to his … Continue reading

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Reading the Word with Enlightenment

Selection from Apocalypse Explained ~ Emanuel Swedenborg It is an invariable truth that no one can understand the Word without doctrine; for he may be led away into any errors to which he may be inclined from some love, or to … Continue reading

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Evils of Life Rule When Spiritual Life Is Extinct

Excerpt for Apocalypse Explained ~ Emanuel Swedenborg Where there is no spiritual life, there life is merely natural, and natural life apart from the spiritual is full of lusts from the love of self and the world, thus is infernal…. … Continue reading

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Man Who is Taught from the Word is Taught by the Lord Alone

Selection from Divine Providence ~ Emanuel Swedenborg The Lord is the Word, and that all doctrine of the church must be drawn from the Word. Since, then, the Lord is the Word, it follows that the man who is taught from … Continue reading

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When ‘Ends’ Conflict

Selection from Arcana Coelestia ~ Emanuel Swedenborg … for the evil which is thought against anyone is intended; and as things alienated cannot intend good, it is therefore said that they intend nothing but evil. The case herein is this: … Continue reading

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Bringing Forth Things that are Useful

Selection from Doctrine of Faith ~ Emanuel Swedenborg From his earliest childhood man has the affection of knowing, which leads him to learn many things that will be of use to him, and many that will be of no use. … Continue reading

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