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shim Emanuel Swedenborg's Contribution:
Emanuel was born in 1688 in Sweden. His father was a Lutheran bishop who took interest in the beliefs of the Lutheran Pietest movement.  The Pietests saw that faith must be connected with love and useful service in order to be genuine; versus the mainstream Lutheran position regarding faith alone. These beliefs had a major impact on his son.

Emanuel studied at the University of Uppsala, then traveled to work with leading scientists throughout Europe. He gained favor with Sweden's King Carl XII, and was ennobled by Queen Ulrika Eleonora, leading to a seat in the Swedish House of Nobles.

A member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, he devoted himself to scientific and philosophical studies that brought him recognition across Europe. In the mid-1730s, he redirected his studies to the anatomy in search of the connection between the soul and the body, making several significant discoveries.

In the early 1740s he shifted his main focus from science and philosophy to theology. He began studying Scripture and publishing theological works that draw on the Bible, reasoning, and his own spiritual experiences. This Christian theology offers unique perspectives on the nature of God, the afterlife, the Bible, marriage, and the path to salvation.

Although his intention was not to be the founder of a denomination, the inspired writings of Emanuel Swedenborg form the basis for the 'New Church' views of Christianity. A devout Christian, Swedenborg respected people of all faiths who sincerely seek to understand God, then do what they believe He asks of them.

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"Behold, I make all things new."
(Revelation 21:5)


God

The Lord Jesus Christ is the one God of heaven and earth - the all-powerful Creator and Provider, and the approachable, loving, personal God who reaches out to all of us.  The Father is the Soul, the Son is the Body, and the Holy Spirit is the Activity of the One Divine Person.   He is intimately aware of the directions of our lives, and works in countless ways to inspire our free response to all that He offers.  More about God >

The Bible
The Word is a revelation by God of Divine truth itself.  In the pages of Scripture, He teaches us that there is a God, that there is life after death and that heavenly happiness (in this life and in our eternal life) can be found by living according to His Commandments.   The Bible can be read on many different levels.  There is a literal meaning, a history of God's relationship with His people, and a deeper symbolic meaning which teaches individuals about their own spiritual lives.  We call this allegory the “internal sense” of the Word.  More about the Bible >

Useful Service

We open ourselves to the love of God by turning away from evil and learning to do what is good.  In acting from that love by living a useful and productive life for the sake of others, the Lord opens heaven within us and prepares us for an eternal life of ever growing love and happiness in heaven.  More about Useful Service >

Spiritual Freedom
The Lord ensures that each of us has the freedom to choose what we want to believe and how we want to live.  He gives us this ability, knowing full well that we can use it to reject Him and serve ourselves. Yet by means of it we can turn to Him and see the wisdom in freely choosing to serve others as He asks. Freedom is the cornerstone of individual spiritual growth. 

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Salvation
Every person is saved (chooses heaven) who acknowledges God and lives according to God's Commandments.  The Lord makes sure that all people have the opportunity to learn these two most basic principles of religion, working through many churches in many nations. 

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Marriage Love
Love in marriage is a special gift from the Lord. When spiritual principles are applied not only to one’s spiritual growth, but also to the marriage relationship, troubled times can be overcome, and that marriage will grow in friendship, mutual support, and happiness. Genuine marriage does not end with death, but continues to eternity.  More about Marriage >

Life After Death
The life after death is real, and much more knowable than many people believe.   Death is merely a transition from the natural world to the spiritual world, where life continues for all people according to the patterns they have developed in life.  Those who have cooperated with God in this life by striving to become better people, find themselves in a heavenly way of life in the next. Those who have chosen to serve themselves above their neighbors gravitate towards others like themselves in the place called hell. People freely choose their eternal destiny.  

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Heaven
People who love God and follow His Commandments (while on earth) will become angels and live in heaven after death.  Their life will not be an eternal paradise of leisure.  Everyone in heaven gets personal satisfaction and true meaning from being in useful service to others.  The spiritual love that makes heavenly life within a person beautiful also creates a beautiful spiritual environment around them.  In heaven this environment is experienced just as we experience the objects around us in this world, only far more vividly.  More about Heaven >

 

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