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God as infinite

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[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "God, as infinite" (search under Beings/God)": source "Of the Last Judgment and the Babylon which has been Destroyed": detail "Section 13"
That every Divine work has respect to Infinity and Eternity, is evident from many things which exist both in heaven and in the world: in neither of them is there ever given any one thing exactly similar to, or the same as, any other: no two faces are either alike or identical, nor will be to eternity: in like manner the disposition of one is never altogether like that of another; wherefore there are as many faces and as many dispositions, as there are men and angels; there never exists in any one man any one thing quite alike to, or identical with any one thing in another man; hence it is that everyone leads a life distinct from the life of another. The same order exists in the whole and in every part of nature; that such infinite variety is in each and in all, is because they all originate from the Divine, who is Infinite; hence there is a certain image of Infinity everywhere, to the end, that the Divine may regard all things as His own work, and at the same time, that all things, as His work, may have respect to the Divine.
 A familiar instance may serve to illustrate this: any seed, be it the produce of a tree, or of corn, or of a flower, is so created, that it may be multiplied to Infinity, and endure to Eternity; for from one seed are produced many, five, ten, twenty, to a hundred, and from each of these again as many more; such fructification from one seed continuing but for a century, would cover the surface not only of one, but of myriads of earths; the same seeds are so created, that their durations may be eternal; hence it is evident, that the idea of Infinity and Eternity is contained in them; and the like is true in all other cases.
 The angelic heaven is the end for which all things in the universe were created, for it is the end on account of which mankind exists, and mankind is the end regarded in the creation of the visible heaven, and the earths included in it; wherefore that Divine work, namely, the angelic heaven, primarily has respect to Infinity and Eternity, and therefore to its multiplication without end, for the Divine Himself dwells within it. Hence also it is clear, that the human race will never cease, for were it to cease, the Divine work would be limited to a certain number, and thus its respectiveness to Infinity would perish.


[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "God, as infinite" (search under Beings/God)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.8": detail "Section 6232"
Truths and goods can increase indefinitely because they proceed from the Lord, who is infinite. That truths and goods are of this nature, may be seen from the fact that the universal heaven is in truth and good, and yet no one is in exactly the same truth and good as another. This would still be the case if heaven were thousands of times greater. The same may be seen from the fact that the angels are being perfected to eternity, that is, they continually grow in good and truth, and yet cannot arrive at a complete degree of perfection, because there always remains an unlimited possibility; for truths are indefinite in number, and each truth has an unlimited possibility within it; and so on.
 This is still more evident from things in nature. Though men should increase indefinitely, still no one would have the same face as another, nor the same internal face, that is, the same mind, and not even the same tone of voice; hence it is plain that there is an unlimited variety of all things, and that one thing is never the same as another. This variety is still more unlimited in the truths and goods that belong to the spiritual world; because one thing in the natural world corresponds to thousands and thousands in the spiritual world; and therefore the more interior things are, the more numerous they are. That there are such innumerable things pertaining to all things in the spiritual world, and also in the natural world, is because they come forth from the Infinite, as was said above; for unless this were the case they would never be innumerable; and therefore from the innumerable things in both worlds it is very evident that the Divine is infinite.