Swedenborg on Angels

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    What are Angels?

    While some traditions see angels as a supernatural class of beings, Swedenborg declares that every angel was once a human being living on earth. Angels, he wrote, aren’t supernatural beings; they’re simply the people who once lived on earth, now continuing their lives in heaven. All people on earth have the potential to become angels, regardless of where they are from or what religion they practice. Swedenborg emphasizes that we are all born for heaven; if we don’t end up there, it is because of the choices that we make in life. Read more about Swedenborg’s descriptions of angels.

    Who was Emanuel Swedenborg?

    Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a Swedish scientist and nobleman who used his expertise in engineering and metallurgy to advance his country’s mining industry. Then, in his mid-fifties, his career was interrupted by a powerful spiritual awakening. What he experienced was so compelling that he risked his reputation to publish what he had seen. Learn more about Swedenborg.

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    Heaven and Hell

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    Heaven and Hell is Swedenborg’s most popular book and his fullest report of his experiences in the other world. In it he describes heaven, hell, and the world of spirits that lies between them, and he recounts in detail the passage from life to afterlife as well as what happens next.

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    The Lives of Angels

    The Lives of Angels

    This compact volume brings together a collection of Swedenborg’s most striking insights about life in heaven, with vivid descriptions of angels’ homes, their language, their communities, and even their romantic relationships. He shows how angels love and guide us in both this world and the next.

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On Video: Swedenborg and Angels

More angel-related videos from our weekly webcast Swedenborg and Life

Swedenborg Says . . .

Angels look indescribably beautiful. Love radiates from their faces, from their speech, from every detail of their behavior. Heaven and Hell #17
Angels can express in a single word what we cannot express in a thousand words. Heaven and Hell #269
Even if a person is surrounded by tens of thousands of evil spirits, they can be driven away in an instant, and it only takes one angel to do it. Secrets of Heaven #1398
Seen in its own right, a loving person’s inner spirit is an angel of heaven, and while we are living in the body we are also in the company of angels even though we are not aware of it; and once we are released from the body we join them. New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine #40

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