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Either good or evil not both

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[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Providence" (search under Beings/God)": source "Divine Providence": detail "Section 296[7] - 296[8]"
Divine providence with evil men is continual permission because only evil can issue from their life. For whether he is in good or in evil, man cannot be in both at once, nor by turns in one and the other unless he is lukewarm. Evil of life is not introduced into the will and through this into the thought by the Lord but by man, and this is named permission.
 Inasmuch as everything which an evil man wills and thinks is by permission, the question arises, what in this case divine providence is, which is said to be in the least things with every person, evil or good. It consists in this, that it exercises tolerance continually for the sake of its objective, and permits what helps to the end and nothing more. It constantly observes the evils that issue by permission, separates and purifies them, and rejects what is unsuitable and discharges it by unknown ways.
 This is done principally in man's interior will and through it in his interior thought. Divine providence also sees to it constantly that what must be rejected and discharged is not received again by the will, since all that is received by the will is appropriated to the man; what is received by the thought, but not by the will, is set aside and banished. Such is the constant divine providence with the evil; as was said, it is a continual tolerance of evil to the end that there may be continual withdrawal from it.


[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Profanation" (search under Outer Life/Doctrine, Rites, Scriptures)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.3": detail "Section 2357"
They who are in the life of evil are admitted no further than to the cognition of good and of the Lord, but not so far as to the veriest acknowledgment and belief, the reason is that so long as they are in evil they cannot at the same time be in good, for no one can at the same time serve two masters. Whoever once acknowledges and believes, in case he returns to the life of evil, profanes what is good and holy; but he who does not acknowledge and believe, cannot commit profanation; care is therefore taken by the Lord's Providence that man may be admitted no further into the very acknowledgment and belief of the heart, than he is capable of being afterwards preserved in, and this by reason of the punishment for profanation, which in hell is most grievous. It is on this account that at this day so few are permitted to believe from the heart that the good of love and charity is heaven in man, and that all the Divine is in the Lord, for at this day men are in the life of evil.