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Conjugial Love #406

Conjugial Love (Rogers translation)      

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406. The nature of the love of little children and love of older children found in spiritual people, and the nature of it in natural ones, is clearly apparent from such people after death. For on arriving in the other world, most fathers remember their children who have passed on before them; and these are also presented to them, and they recognize each other.

Spiritual fathers simply look them over and ask them in what state they are, rejoicing if all is well with them, and grieving if it is not. Then, following some conversation, instruction and counsel regarding a heavenly moral life, they part from them, telling them before parting that they are no longer to be remembered as their fathers, because the Lord is the only Father of all who are in heaven (according to His words in Matthew 23:9), and that they will never remember them as being their children.

In contrast, as soon as natural fathers notice that they are living after death and recall to mind the children who have passed on before them, and in accordance with their wish and prayer these are also presented to them, they immediately throw their arms around each other and cling to each other like bound bundles of sticks. Moreover, the father then takes continual delight in beholding them and talking with them. If the father is told that some of these children of his are satanic fiends, and that they have inflicted injuries on the good, he nevertheless keeps them in a cluster about him or in a troop before him. If he himself sees them inflicting harm and doing evil things, he nevertheless pays no attention to it and does not separate any of them from him. Therefore, in order to keep such a pernicious band from continuing, of necessity they are sent off together into hell; and there, in the presence of his children, the father is shut up in prison, and the children are separated and each dispatched to a place in keeping with his life.

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Matthew 23:9

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9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Explanations or references:

Arcana Coelestia 3703

Apocalypse Revealed 170

Conjugial Love 406

Divine Providence 330

Sacred Scripture 51

The Last Judgment 59

True Christianity 226, 306, 583

References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 254, 631, 735, 746, 966

De Domino 52

De Verbo (The Word) 5, 15

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Father, son, mother, and daughter, as in Luke 12:51, 53: By father against son, and by son against the father, is understood evil against truth,...

'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.

"Air" in the Bible represents thought, but in a very general way – more like our capacity to perceive ideas and the way we tend...

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