Heaven and Hell #41

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41. The Heavens Are Made Up of Countless Communities

The angels of any given heaven are not all together in one place, but are separated into larger and smaller communities depending on differences in the good effects of the love and faith they are engaged in. Angels engaged in similar activities form a single community. There is an infinite variety of good activities in heaven, and each individual angel is, so to speak, his or her own activity. 1


1. There is an infinite variety, and there is never anything the same as anything else: 7236, 9002. There is an infinite variety in the heavens: 684, 690, 3744, 5598, 7236. The infinite varieties that exist in the heavens are varieties of the good: 3744, 4005, 7236, 7833, 7836, 9002. These varieties arise by means of truths, which are manifold, and which provide individuals with their good: 3470, 3804, 4149, 6917, 7236. As a result, all the communities in the heavens, and all the angels in the communities, are differentiated from each other: 690, 3241, 3519, 3804, 3986, 4067, 4149, 4263, 7236, 7833, 7836. Still, they all act in concert because of love from the Lord: 457, 3986.


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From Swedenborg's Works

Inbound References:

Doctrine of the Sacred Scripture 107

Heaven and Hell 294, 378, 383, 387, 391, 420, 427, 479, 588

The Last Judgement 27, 41

True Christian Religion 269

References from Swedenborg's drafts, indexes & diaries:

Apocalypse Explained 78, 133, 223, 304

De Verbo (The Word) 17

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