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Activities in afterlife

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[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, activities, work, uses in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 391"
As all the societies in the heavens are distinct in accordance with their goods, so they are distinct in accordance with their uses, goods being goods in act, that is, goods of charity which are uses. Some societies are employed in taking care of little children; others in teaching and training them as they grow up; others in teaching and training in like manner the boys and girls that have acquired a good disposition from their education in the world, and in consequence have come into heaven. There are other societies that teach the simple good from the Christian world, and lead them into the way to heaven; there are others that in like manner teach and lead the various heathen nations.
 There are some societies that defend from infestations by evil spirits the newly arrived spirits that have just come from the world; there are some that attend upon the spirits that are in the lower earth; also some that attend upon spirits that are in the hells, and restrain them from tormenting each other beyond prescribed limits; and there are some that attend upon those who are being raised from the dead. In general, angels from each society are sent to men to watch over them and to lead them away from evil affections and consequent thoughts, and to inspire them with good affections so far as they will receive them in freedom; and by means of these they also direct the deeds or works of men by removing as far as possible evil intentions.
 When angels are with men they dwell as it were in their affections; and they are near to man just in the degree in which he is in good from truths, and are distant from him just in the degree in which his life is distant from good. But all these occupations of angels are occupations of the Lord through the angels, for the angels perform them from the Lord and not from themselves.


[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, activities, work, uses in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 387"
It is impossible to enumerate the occupations in the heavens, still less to describe them in detail, but something may be said about them in a general way; for they are numberless, and vary in accordance with the functions of the societies. Each society has its peculiar function, for as societies are distinct in accordance with goods, so they are distinct in accordance with uses, because with all in the heavens goods are goods in act, which are uses. Everyone there performs a use, for the Lords kingdom is a kingdom of uses.