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Inner life determines fate

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[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, justice in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.4": detail "Section 5526"
In the other life they do not care whether people have lived well according civil laws and on account of them, but that they have lived according to Divine laws and on account of them, because this life affects a person's inward parts and establishes a communication with heaven. The former affects only a person's outward parts, so it is for the sake of self and the world. The former out of fear of punishment do not do evil; the latter, however, do not do so because of an aversion to evil on account of evil and from an affection for good.

[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, justice in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.2": detail "Section 2514 - 2515"
Many who had been great in bodily life, either by the dignity of their office or their imagined scholarship, carry with them into the other life the haughty spirit they had acquired in the life of the body, and suppose that they are greater and more outstanding than the rest. For this remains with very many and is a great impediment to their coming into societies, where no such thing prevails, but where they love each other mutually as brothers, nor does one put himself above the other in dignity or learning, as I have been amply shown by experience. So I was prompted to tell them, and at the same time to discern clearly by a spiritual mental image, that there is no respect of persons in the other life, and the most lowly lad of a country person of the lowest sort can be in much greater regard than a prince among the greatest.
 For everyone is esteemed according to their inward qualities, as people on earth also esteem their leaders according to their inward qualities, but for the sake of subordination, honor is paid to them, which honor dies among the people together with the dying leader. Only esteem for his inward qualities remains with many who are intelligent and wise.