The Gist of Swedenborg

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Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 17,448 / 55 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72.6
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 1,125
Added to site: 2005.05.07
mnybks.net#: 10299
Genre: Religion

Julian K. Smyth and William F. Wunsch, Editors.

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his neighbor or against his neighbor. He can also will and do what he thinks; and when he sees evil and fears punishment, by virtue of freedom he can refrain from doing. By these two capacities man is man and is distinguished from the beasts. Man has these twin powers from the Lord, and they are from Him every moment; nor are they ever taken away, for if they were, man's humanity would perish. The Lord is in these two powers with every man, with the evil as well as the good. They are His abiding-place in the race. Thence it is that every human being, evil as well as good, lives to eternity.

--_Divine Love and Wisdom, n._ 240

THE DRAG OF HEREDITY

Man inclines to the nature he derives hereditarily, and lapses into it. Thus he strengthens any evil in it, and also adds others of himself. These evils are quite opposed to the spiritual life. They destroy it. Unless, therefore, a man receives new life from the Lord, which is spiritual life, he is condemned; for he wills nothing else and thinks nothing els

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