Heaven and Hell #477

Heaven and Hell (Dole translation)

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477. There is a dominant love that remains with each of us after death and never changes to eternity. We all have many loves, but they all go back to our dominant love and form a single whole with it, or compose it in the aggregate. All the elements of our volition that agree with our dominant love are called loves because they are loved. There are deeper and more superficial loves, loves that are directly united and loves that are indirectly united; there are closer and more distant ones; there are loves that serve in various ways. Taken all together they make a kind of kingdom. They are actually arranged in this way within us even though we are utterly unaware of their arrangement. However, the arrangement becomes visible to some extent in the other life because the outreach of our thoughts and affections there depends on it. The outreach is into heavenly communities if our dominant love is made up of loves of heaven, but it is into hellish communities if our dominant love is made up of loves of hell.

On the outreach into communities of all the thought and affection of spirits and angels, see the previous chapters on the wisdom of heaven's angels and on heaven's form, which determines its gatherings and communications [265-275, 200-212].

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From Swedenborg's Works

Inbound References:

Apocalypse Revealed 552

Divine Providence 307

Life 8

Heaven and Hell 509, 527, 547

The Last Judgment 31, 32, 56, 69

True Christian Religion 475

The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine 46, 229


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 98, 121, 125, 250


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


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