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Sin and intention

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[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Sin" (search under Outer Life/Doctrine, Rites, Scriptures)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.10": detail "Section 8925"
To sin is to do and think what is evil and false intentionally and from will; for the things which are done intentionally and from will are such as come forth out of the heart and defile the man, consequently which destroy spiritual life with him.

[2 of 2] 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.