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Evil and intentions

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[1 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Evil, blamable if intentional" (search under Inner Life/Evil, Negative Emotion, Vice)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 342[3]"
In the other life no one ever suffers punishment on account of his inherited evil, because it is not his evil, that is, it is not his fault that he is such; he suffers only on account of actual evil that is his, that is, only so far as he has appropriated to himself inherited evil by actual life.

[2 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Evil, blamable if intentional" (search under Inner Life/Evil, Negative Emotion, Vice)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.2": detail "Section 2486"
Every human being is born into all evil, and thus inclines toward every evil, due to the evil of heredity acquired in succession by parents even from the first, but while this evil does condemn everyone to hell, and this to eternity, yet by the mercy of the Lord they are freed from hell, because the evil is not their own. Such is the case with little children who had not reached adulthood.
 But those who do evil after that age, when the faculty of thinking and judging has also matured, draw forth an evil out of that ocean of evils that is inborn with them, and make it theirs by actual practice, and thus acquire it. In this way they develop their own natural character agreeing with the evils acquired from the hereditary store and at the same time from their own added to it—those are the evils that torment them in the other life.


[3 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Evil, blamable if intentional" (search under Inner Life/Evil, Negative Emotion, Vice)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.10": detail "Section 9069"
Evil from the Voluntary and not at the same time from the Intellectual does not condemn, because the man does not see it, thus does not consider whether it is evil, on which account he is not conscious of it. Such evil is evil from heredity before man is instructed that it is evil, and also after he has been instructed and is only in the external life, or that of the body, and not at the same time in the internal life which is of the understanding. For to see and to understand that a thing is evil and still to do it, makes man guilty, for no one is punished on account of hereditary evils, but on account of his own evils.

[4 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Evil, blamable if intentional" (search under Inner Life/Evil, Negative Emotion, Vice)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.10": detail "Section 9009"
There are evils which proceed from the will of man, but not from foresight; and there are evils which proceed from the will, and from foresight. Those which proceed from the will, and from foresight, are much worse than those which are not from foresight; for the man sees that they are evils, and can therefore desist from them, but will not, and he thereby confirms them in himself; and evils confirmed permeate the nature, so that afterward they can scarcely be extirpated; for then he summons spirits from hell who afterwards do not easily recede.
 Evils which proceed from one part of the mind and not at the same time from the other, as those which come from the Intellectual part, and not at the same time from the Voluntary part, are not rooted in and appropriated to man. That alone is rooted in and appropriated to him which passes from the Intellectual part into the Voluntary part; or what is the same, from the thought which is of the understanding into the affection which is of the will, and thence into act. Those things which enter into the will are those which are said to enter into the heart. But evils which proceed solely from the will, thus not with previous thought, are such as those to which man inclines from heredity, or from some former activity thence derived. These are not imputed to the man unless he has confirmed them in his Intellectual part; but when they are confirmed in this part, they are then inscribed on the man, and become his own, and are imputed to him. But these evils cannot be confirmed with a man in his Intellectual part except in his adult age, namely, when he begins to think and be wise from himself; for before this he had no faith of his own, but only that of his teachers and parents.