Council of Nicea


[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Nicea, council of, and creed" (search under Outer Life/People, Places, History)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.4": detail "Section 4551"
It was granted me to speak with those who had been at the council [of Nicea] in which it was decided that a division was to be made between the Divine and the Human nature of the Lord. They were at the left toward the front, at a distance. They said that those who had had the greatest influence in that council had been together in a dark room and had decided this mainly for the reason that otherwise, if they had acknowledged the Lord as one with the Father as He Himself said, then the papal throne would not stand, for then the Pope could not be His vicar on earth. For schisms were coming forth at that time that could have resulted in the papal power slipping away and being dissipated. Therefore they had come together for the purpose of making a division between the Divine and the Human of the Lord, and to confirm this idea had sought for supporting passages from the Word [Bible] and then persuaded the rest of the council about this division.
 They declared that they had known otherwise from Scripture but were unable to adopt it for the given reason. And besides this, they said that in their hearts they had not believed in the Lord but had not dared to utter this, for then they would be cast out or put to death. The idea that they would then be able to rule in the heavens and on earth they had drawn from the Word—that all power in the heavens and on earth has been given to the Lord—and thus they could rule over souls, and because they had power over these, they could also rule over the remainder. It was said that they were not content with this but also wished to possess all things on earth. It was replied that then they would have full power.

[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Jesus, as Christ, nature of" (search under Outer Life/People, Places, History)": source "Apocalypse Explained, vol.1": detail "Section 52"
The Christian Church indeed acknowledges the Lord’s Divine, but not His Divine Human: when therefore they think and speak from doctrine, concerning the Lord, they separate His Human from the Divine, and regard His Human as like that of another man, when yet His Divine is in His Human, as the soul in the body. …
 Every man, however, has implanted within him, by continual influx from heaven, a desire to see the Divine, and indeed under a human form. This is implanted with the simple, and also with the upright. …
 Since this heaven-implanted perception is almost entirely repudiated by the learned of the world, and access to the Divine thereby precluded, a New Church is being established by the Lord among the Gentiles, who have not extirpated that idea, and, together with it, faith. The extirpation of this implanted principle from the Christian world, had its origin in the Babylonish [Roman Catholic] nation, which separated the Lord’s Human from the Divine, in order that the leaders among them might be acknowledged as the Vicar of the Lord’s Human, and so might transfer power to themselves.