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Words of Wisdom

God is Infinite and Eternal: From “Divine Providence” by Emanuel Swedenborg (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

2023-03-09
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Let us continue with selections from “Divine Providence,” where Emanuel Swedenborg (vegetarian) elaborates on the infinity and eternity of the Lord and how we comprehend ourselves as His creations.

“Angels and spirits are affections of love and thoughts thence they are not in space or time, but only in an appearance of them. Space and time appear to them in keeping with the states of their affections and their thoughts thence. When one of them, therefore, thinks with affection of another, intently desiring to see or speak with him, the other is at once present.” “Plain it is, then, that one can conceive of God from eternity but never of nature from eternity. So one can think of the creation of the world by God but never of its creation from nature, for space and time are proper to nature, but the Divine is apart from them.”

What is infinite and eternal in itself cannot but look to what is infinite and eternal from itself in finite things. “By what is infinite and eternal in itself, the Divine itself is meant. By finite things are meant all things created by the Lord, especially people, spirits, and angels.”

Divine Providence looks to the infinite and eternal from itself in all that it does, especially in saving humankind. “The infinite and eternal in itself is the Divine itself, or the Lord in Himself; the infinite and eternal from itself is the proceeding Divine or the Lord in others created by Him, thus in people and angels. This Divine is identical with Divine Providence, for by the Divine from Himself, the Lord provides that all things shall be held together in the order in which and into which they were created. This the Divine in the act of proceeding accomplishes, and consequently, all this is Divine Providence.” “Human or angel is finite and only a receptacle, by itself dead. Whatever is living in them is from the proceeding Divine, joined to them by contact, and appearing in them as if it were His.”
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