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[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Resurrection" (search under Outer Life/Doctrine, Rites, Scriptures)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.4": detail "Section 4568"
I was engaged in conversation with some within the Church concerning a person's life after death. They said that people who die are not raised up to life except on the day of the last judgment and that they then rise up with the body also. But I replied to them repeatedly that the day of the last judgment for all people is immediately after they die and that then they come into the other life and appear to themselves to be in a body just as in the world, but that the body they have here is not visible to the eyes of the body in the world, just as the body in the world is not visible to the eyes of that body there. But those from the Church here in the world completely denied and scoffed at this. They did not realize that I knew this from actual experience. They said that they believe the resurrection can take place only together with the body, and they did not at all want to hear that the soul has a body nor even that the soul has any shape, still less that the soul is a spirit in human form after the death of the body. From this I realized that they had absolutely no mental image of the soul as being something, or of the spirit, or of the inner person, and that to them it appeared a complete paradox, or rather impossibility, that a human being appears in a human shape in the other life, just as did the spirits and angels spoken of in the Word [Bible], who appeared on many occasions. From this I could also conclude that few within the Church believe in the resurrection.
 I have also spoken about this several times with spirits. They were surprised that people of the Church today are of this character and very surprised that they entirely reject the fact that in the other life a human being appears as a human being, likewise all spirits and angels among themselves, and that they see each other much more clearly than in the world, hear each other, converse together, even touch each other—thus that they are in a body and also in a world, but in a different one, not visible to the eyes of people living in the earthly body, just as the world of the latter is invisible to the eyes of the former.


[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Christianity, criticisms of" (search under Outer Life/Religions, Ways)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.4": detail "Section 5752"
Why those in the Christian world have not believed in resurrection immediately after death: the reasons are:
 1) Because they have thought sensually about man's life and have thought that only the body lives.
 2) That they have thought about man's soul as atmospheric ether or as breath or as thought apart from an organic subject.
 3) That they have a similar idea of a spirit, also of angels.
 4) Because on the basis of doctrines drawn from the letter of the Word [Bible] they have thought they will be resurrected at the Last Judgment when all things are going to perish.
 5) Because they do not grasp what man is inwardly, thus what man's spirit is.
 6) And that they remove from their mental image of it everything appearing to be substantial.
 7) Because when anything like this presents itself, most question whether it is or is not true, and as they do so, judge and conclude on the basis of the senses.
 8) That when such things are spoken about, they are given the center of attention.
 9) Those who do not do this believe, as do all simple people, all before death—thus all when this is not thought of from the things commented on.