Faith #1

By Emanuel Swedenborg

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1. Teachings for the New Jerusalem on Faith

Faith Is an Inner Recognition of Truth

NOWADAYS, people understand “faith” to mean nothing more than thinking that something is true because the church teaches it and because it is not obvious to the intellect. In fact, the common saying is, “Believe, and don’t doubt.” If someone replies, “I don’t understand it,” people say, “That’s why you have to believe it.” The result is that today’s faith is faith in the unknown and can be called “blind faith”; and since it involves a decree from one person to another, it is faith handed down from the past.

It will become clear in the following pages that this is not a spiritual faith.

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Thanks to the Swedenborg Foundation for the permission to use this translation.