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Equilibrium between heaven and hell

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[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, societies in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 541"
Hell, like heaven, is divided into societies, and into as many societies as there are in heaven; for every society in heaven has a society opposite to it in hell, and this for the sake of equilibrium. But evils and falsities therefrom are what distinguish the societies in hell, as goods and truths therefrom are what distinguish the societies in heaven. That for every good there is an opposite evil, and for every truth an opposite falsity may be known from this, that nothing can exist without relation to its opposite, and what anything is in kind and degree can be known from its opposite, and from this all perception and sensation is derived. For this reason the Lord continually provides that every society in heaven shall have an opposite in some society of hell, and that there shall be an equilibrium between the two.

[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Hell, Hades" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 588"
In regard to the number of the hells, there are as many of them as there are angelic societies in the heavens, since there is for every heavenly society a corresponding infernal society as its opposite. The heavenly societies are numberless, and are all distinguished in accordance with the goods of love, charity, and faith. The like is true, therefore, of the infernal societies, which are distinguished in accordance with the evils that are the opposites of those goods.