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Creation founded on Love

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[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "God, as love" (search under Beings/God)": source "Divine Love and Wisdom": detail "Section 47 - 51"
With respect to God: for Him, loving and being beloved reciprocally is impossible in others in whom there is anything of infinity, that is, anything of the essence and life of love in itself, or anything of the Divine. For if there were in them anything of infinity, that is, of the essence and life of love in itself, that is, of the Divine, God would not be loved by others, but He would love Himself, since the Infinite, that is the Divine, is single. If the Divine were in others, Very Reality would be in them, and He Himself would be the love of self, of which not the least trace can be in God; because it is altogether opposed to the Divine Essence. Wherefore loving and being loved reciprocally must be in others in whom there is nothing of the Divine in itself; that it has place in beings created from the Divine will be seen below.
 Upon the perception and knowledge of this mystery depends the perception and knowledge of all things pertaining to existence, that is, to creation, and also of all things pertaining to subsistence, that is, to preservation, by God; thus of all the works of God in the created universe.
 But do not, I entreat you, confound your ideas with time and with space, for in proportion to the presence of time and space in your ideas when you read the following, you will not understand it; for the Divine is not in time and space.