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Angels not holy

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[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Saints" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.2": detail "Section 2133 - 2136"
Someone of the Catholic religion came to me today, as almost every day several do from various religions, who have recently died. This one speaking with me was a Roman Catholic, and the conversation was about those who had been sainted on earth. He was told that no one in all of heaven is holy, other than the Lord, and angels being called holy is due to the holiness of the Lord, who is Holiness Itself; hence they are also called the Holy Spirit. Those of them who are angels declare that in them, there is nothing holy whatsoever, but filth, and that holiness belongs to the Lord Alone. It is known that angels are not holy, from the psalms of David [reference not found, perhaps Job 15:15].
 Then several of those who had been sainted on earth said unanimously, albeit with a rather mixed, almost stormy sound, that their holiness belongs to the Lord Alone, and that they are filthy, and due no honor.
 It was asked how it is with Peter, to whom were given the keys of the kingdom of the heavens [Matt. 16:19]. It was answered, that by Peter is meant belief, and that the keys to the kingdom of the Lord are given to faith, because no one can be admitted into heaven except by means of faith in the Lord, and no one but the Lord gives belief. Therefore the Lord Alone has the keys of the heavens, and he gives heaven to whomsoever it pleases Him. Thus it is not in the hands of any man.
 Faith is meant by Peter, just as by the other apostles are meant religious qualities: as, for example, by James, charity, and by John, the fruits of charity, in which all the elements of Christian religion are embodied. For this reason, he was leaning on the Lord's bosom [John 13:23].