Good, relation to truth


[1 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "God, as love and wisdom" (search under Beings/God)": source "Apocalypse Explained, vol.1": detail "Section 286"
There are two things which can be predicated of Jehovah alone, that is, of the Lord — infinite and eternal; infinite, of His Being (esse), which is the Divine good of His Divine love; eternal, of His manifestation (existere) from that Being (esse), which is the Divine truth of His Divine wisdom. These two are Divine in themselves. From these the universe was created; therefore also all things in the universe have reference to good and truth, and good is everywhere the being (esse) of a thing, and truth is the manifestation (existere) therefrom; but these two in all things of the universe are finite.

[2 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Love, relation to truth" (search under Inner Life/Love, Positive Emotion, Virtue, Will)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.5": detail "Section 4205"
The reception of good is not possible in any other way than according to truths, truths being that into which good flows; for good is the agent, and truth is the recipient; and therefore all truths are recipient vessels. As truths are that into which good flows, truths are what limit the inflow of good; and this is what is here meant by the limit that defines how much can flow in from good.
 How the case herein is shall be briefly stated. The truths with man, no matter what they may be, or of whatever nature, enter into his memory by means of affection, that is, by a certain delight which pertains to love. Without affection, or without, the delight which pertains to love, nothing can enter man, for in these is his life. The things that have entered are reproduced whenever a similar delight recurs, together with many other things which have associated or conjoined themselves with them; and in the same way when the same truth is reproduced by one's self or by another, the affection or delight of love which there was when if entered, is, in like manner, excited again; for being conjoined they cohere. From this it is evident how the case is with the affection of truth; for the truth which has entered together with an affection of good, is reproduced when a similar affection recurs; and the affection also is reproduced when a similar truth recurs. It is also manifest from this that unless the man is in good, no truth can ever be implanted with genuine affection, and become rooted interiorly; for the genuine affection of truth is from the good which is of love to the Lord and of charity towards the neighbour. The good flows in from the Lord, but is not fixed except in truths; for in truths good is welcomed, because they are in accord. From all this it is also evident that the reception of good is according to the nature of the truths.

[3 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Love, relation to truth" (search under Inner Life/Love, Positive Emotion, Virtue, Will)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.4": detail "Section 3402"
To know what is good and true, or to hold them in the memory, and to talk about them, is not to possess them; but to be affected with them from the heart, this is to possess them. Neither can he be said to possess good and truth, who is affected with them for the sake of gaining reputation and wealth by means of them, for in such case he is not affected with good and truth, but with honour and gain, and he makes the former only a means of obtaining the latter. With such, in the other life, the goods and truths which they had known, and which they had even preached, during their life in the body, are taken away, whereas the love of self and the world, from which their life was derived, remain.

[4 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Truth, as spiritual power, fighter" (search under Inner Life/Mind, Psyche, Soul, Spirit)": source "Conjugial Love": detail "Section 325"
Good cannot provide or arrange anything but by truth; neither can good defend itself but by truth; consequently, truth is the defence and as it were the arm of good; and good without truth is deficient of counsel, because it has counsel, wisdom, and prudence only by means of truth.