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Afterlife, bodily appearance in

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[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, bodily appearance in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.4": detail "Section 4717 - 4718"
I saw two who were good, and whom I had known in the world. Their faces looked entirely different than before, and I was asked whether I recognized them. I said that I did not, and guessing finally discovered who it was. It was a handsome, clear human face. He was seen in an open carriage because he was then meditating on the doctrine of charity. The reason for this is that good joined with truth then shapes the face, for every angel and good spirit is the form of his own good given a shape.
 Those who are evil, however, gradually shed their human form, and as to their faces, when seen in the light of heaven, do not look like human beings but like monsters, deformed in various ways. The reason for this is that good that has been joined to truth by the Lord shapes the angelic heaven into a likeness of a human being. On this account, all who are there are images of it according to the nature of their own good. The inwardly evil put off the human form in hell and look like monsters according to the nature of their evil.