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[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, body in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "True Christian Religion": detail "Section 79"
The reason of this is, because in the natural world their bodies were material, but here in the spiritual world their bodies are substantial; and the substantial man sees himself and his companions about him just as the material man does; for substantial existences are the primitives whence material existences are derived; and because you now think, see, smell, taste, and speak, just as you did in the natural world, therefore you imagine that nature is the same in both worlds, when nevertheless the nature of this world is as different from the nature of the material world as what is substantial is from what is material, or what is spiritual from what is natural, or what is prior from what is posterior; and since the nature of the world wherein you once lived is comparatively dead, therefore you also, by confirming yourselves in favor of its operations, are become dead with respect to such things as relate to God and heaven, and to the church and your own souls.