Publication Date: February 06, 2019
Binding: Kobo eBook
HEAVEN AND HELL
By Emanuel Swedenborg
This book is Swedenborgs description of heaven and hell. It reads like an actual account of someone who has been there and indeed, it is apparently based on a revelation that Emanuel Swedenborg received from God. It gives incredibly detailed descriptions of things like what angels wear in Heaven, how they speak, what Heaven looks like, marriages in Heaven and so much more. A really interesting book. Very heavy with footnotes.
An Excerpt from the book:
When someone’s body can no longer perform its functions in the natural world in response to the thoughts and affections of its spirit (which it derives from the spiritual world), then we say that the individual has died. This happens when the lungs’ breathing and the heart’s systolic motion have ceased. The person, though, has not died at all. We are only separated from the physical nature that was useful to us in the world. The essential person is actually still alive. I say that the essential person is still alive because we are not people because of our bodies but because of our spirits. After all, it is the spirit within us that thinks, and thought and affection together make us the people we are.
We can see, then, that when we die we simply move from one world into another. This is why in the inner meaning of the Word, “death” means resurrection and a continuation of life.
The deepest communication of our spirit is with our breathing and our heartbeat; thought connects with our breathing, and affection, an attribute of love, with our heart. Consequently, when these two motions in the body cease, there is an immediate separation. It is these two motions, the respiratory motion of the lungs and the systolic motion of the heart, that are essential ties. Once they are severed, the spirit is left to itself; and the body, being now without the life of its spirit, cools and decays.
The reason the deepest ...