Swedenborg Comments on His Teachings
In this mediated messages, Emanuel Swedenborg comments on his teachings, realizing that they contain errors, which he hopes to correct. He didn’t understand the Divine Love while on earth. For another message by Swedenborg, go to this page.
Mr. Swedenborg Claims That He Did Not Know of the Divine Love,
as Contra-distinguished from the Natural Love That Was Bestowed on Man at His Creation
I AM HERE. Emanuel Swedenborg.
I merely want to say that I have been reading my work as you read, and that I now realize how many statements of error and untruth I made in that work. The errors are so many that it will take a longer time than I have tonight in which to give you a bare outline of them. But I will soon come and write to you, and hope that you can give me an evening when I can write without limitations of time.
Since I have been in the spirit world, I have found that there are so many statements in my writings that were not truly conceived or interpreted while I was still a mortal (and when I was permitted in my spirit, or, as I then said, interiors, to enter the spirit world) that it is absolutely necessary that I should correct and describe these in accordance with what I now know of the Truth. This is especially necessary because I have a large number of mortals on earth who believe in my teachings and are trying to follow them in their lives and deeds. So, you will appreciate my anxiety to be permitted to write.
Tonight I will not write more.
(Were you not told of the Divine Love in your visits to the spirit world?)
Well, I am sorry to say that I did not know of the Divine Love which, by Its reception into the soul, made angels of men, and re-created them so that their souls became, in their very substance, divine. I did not know of this Love as contra-distinguished from the love that was bestowed upon man at his creation, and which, in itself, has nothing of the Divine. No, I was ignorant of this and never learned it in the spirit world in my visits to that world, nor in my conversation with spirits.1
I know now that no matter how great is the ruling love of a man for falsity and evil when he enters the hells, he will have the opportunity to have that love changed, and that the loves of all who are in the hells will be changed ultimately into the love for good—in some instances into the Love of the Divine, and, in others, toward the purification of their natural loves, which will make them perfect men.
These are some of the things that I desire to write about, and there are many other former earthly beliefs of mine that were equally erroneous and in need of correction.
I am in the Celestial Spheres and, of course, am an angel of God and the possessor of His Divine Love that has caused my soul to become divine, and immortality to become a thing to me of understanding and possession.
I will stop now and, with my love and the Blessings of God and all the divine angels, I will say good night.
Your brother in Christ, EMANUEL SWEDENBORG.
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