Afterlife, inner life exposed in


[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, inner life exposed in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.1": detail "Section 191"
People in the other life are not the same as in the life of the body, for now they are not able to pretend, to say one thing and do another, and, making use of the mental intellect, to put on goodness when they are evil. The character pertaining to the will now remains, while matters pertaining to the understanding that have not been branded upon one's character, pass away. So no one is able to pretend to be a different kind of person than they are in their will, thus in the way they live.
 There are even deceptive spirits who are able to put on the appearance of angels; but they are the worst, and the cunning ingrained in their character is nevertheless exposed. Few such spirits have been admitted to me, for they must be kept far away from the company of others so that others may not be contaminated, and for many more reasons.