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Afterlife, earthly life's effects on

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[1 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, earthly life's effects on" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.1": detail "Section 333"
Souls of the dead carry with them from the body all of its characteristics—even to the point that they think they are in the body, dressed in clothes, and so on—and also its desires, such as an appetite for eating, and so on, so that the characteristics of the body are inscribed upon the souls.
 The nature which they carry with them from the world and the body, they keep, but in the course of time it passes over into a kind of oblivion, so that they think they have put it off altogether, especially when they have become angels—this for the reason that they have been gifted with the ability to receive the mercy of God the Messiah. Then because of their accepting that ability, their former nature seems to be erased from memory, when nevertheless it remains.
 For if it should please God the Messiah to take back His gift, and to place the angel back in his former life, then that soul becomes exactly as it had been before, when leaving the body—so every soul can be told that they lose nothing, and that nothing has been taken from them—but then they become wild animals and devils.


[2 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, earthly life's effects on" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Four Doctrines with Nine Questions": detail "‘Doctrine of Life for the New Jerusalem’ Section 8"
The reason why all religion is of the life, is that after death every one is his own life, for the life stays the same as it had been in this world, and undergoes no change. For an evil life cannot be converted into a good one, nor a good life into an evil one, because they are opposites, and conversion into what is opposite is extinction. And, being opposites, a good life is called Life, and an evil one Death.

[3 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, earthly life's effects on" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.2": detail "Section 2603"
While they are in the world, many bonds of society restrain people, such as fear of the law, fear for reputation, fear of the loss of life, fear of the loss of profit, respect, and the like, thus of all the desirables a person loves. These bonds in the other life cease, so they are left to their own inward qualities, being almost different people. They are liable to attack anyone they can, fearlessly doing them injury; others they harass verbally and in other ways, although in the life of the body, no such thing was heard about them in public.