Bible, origins and purposes


[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Bible, origins and purposes" (search under Outer Life/Doctrine, Rites, Scriptures)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.12": detail "Section 10632"
In the most ancient times there was no Word [Bible], but direct revelation to the man of the Church, and conjunction by means of it; for when there is direct revelation, there is conjunction of heaven with man. The conjunction of heaven with man is that of the Lord with him; for the Divine of the Lord with the angels constitutes heaven. When this direct revelation ceased, as was the case when men turned away from the good in which he had been, then another revelation succeeded, which took place by means of representatives, by which the man of the Church at that time knew what was true and good; consequently that Church was called a representative one. In that Church there was a Word, but one which was of service to that Church only. But when that Church also was vastated, as was the case in consequence of their beginning to worship idolatrously those representatives by which the Church at that time had conjunction with heaven, when in many lands they began to turn them into magic; it was then provided by the Lord that a Word should be written, which should be Divine in all and every detail, even as to each syllable, and which should consist of pure correspondences, and thus be accommodated to the perception of the angels in all the heavens, and at the same time to men; in order that by means of it there might be conjunction of the Lord with the human race; for without conjunction by means of such a Word, heaven would have altogether departed from men, and they would consequently have perished.