Statement of Reasons for Embracing the Doctrines and Disclosures of Emanuel Swedenborg

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James S. Hodson, 1847 - New Jerusalem Church - 104 pages
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Page 32 - For he that soweth to the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Page 66 - The Word of the Old Testament. The remainder, which is composed of the books of Ruth, i and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon, do not possess this sense, or but in a very limited degree, and therefore, are assigned to a secondary rank, as compared with the preceding. Now it is certain, that these very books, (including also Daniel and Lamentations, but without sufficient reason,) are thrown together at the end of the Hebrew canon, in which...
Page 53 - Unto which I give for answer, to the end that the spiritual knowledge, which is revealed at this day, might be rationally learned, and naturally understood; because spiritual truths answer unto natural ones, inasmuch as these originate and flow from them, and serve as a foundation for the former.
Page 54 - John xiv. 6. But he who professes the love of truth for the sake of honour or gain, sees truth from his own self-hood, and to see from one's self, is to see falsity. The confirmation of falsehood shuts the church, but a rational confirmation of truth opens it : what man can otherwise comprehend spiritual things, which enter into the understanding? The doctrinal notion received in the protestant church, viz. that in theological matters, reason should be held captive under obedience to faith, locks...
Page 54 - ... me. Every one is morally educated and spiritually regenerated by the Lord, by being led from what is natural to what is spiritual. Moreover, the Lord has given unto me a love of spiritual truth, that is to say, not with any view to honor or profit, but merely for the sake of truth itself; for every one who loves truth, merely for the sake of truth, sees it from the Lord, the Lord being the way and the truth.
Page 75 - ... times, I apprehend that they were under the guidance of the Spirit as to the subjects of which they treated ; that they wrote under his influence and direction ; that they were preserved from all error and mistake in the religious sentiments they expressed ; and that if any thing were inserted in their writings, not contained in that complete knowledge of Christianity of which they were previously possessed, (as prophecies for instance), this was immediately communicated to them, by revelation,...
Page 74 - Evangelists, and the Revelation of St. John.* The style of the Word consists throughout in correspondences, and thence effects an immediate communication with heaven ; but the style of these dogmatic writings is quite different, having indeed communication with heaven, but only mediate or indirect.
Page 16 - I could heartily wish, indeed, that the word person never had come into the Symbols of the Churches, because it has been the occasion of so much unnecessary dispute and difficulty.
Page 38 - ... principle, of spiritual things ; hence, also, the things of the intellectual principle and of its perceptions, are called the internal senses. With the sensitive principle of man immediately after death, the case is this : as soon as man dies, and the corporeal parts grow cold, he is raised up into life, and, on this occasion, into the state of all sensations, insomuch that, at first, he scarcely knows any other than that he is still in the body ; for the sensations in which he is, lead him so...
Page 35 - As to what concerns the soul, of which it is said that it shall live after death, it is nothing else but the man himself, who lives in the body, that is, the interior man.

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