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What is the Source of the Belief that the Deceased become Angels?

(Note: This post is a slightly edited version of an answer I originally wrote and posted on Christianity StackExchange. You can see the original question on StackExchange here, and the StackExchange version of my answer here.) In Heaven: A History (1995: Yale University Press) the

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What about Violent Religions? Is God Really Bloodthirsty and Vengeful?

A reader named Jen left this comment on the recent article, What is the Wrath of God? So here is my question: You believe the parts in the Bible about God’s love and God is Love, and all the feel

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Posted in All About God, The Bible Re-Viewed

The Swedenborg Foundation’s Heaven and Hell Community on Facebook

The Swedenborg Foundation sponsors a very popular Heaven and Hell Community on Facebook. Here is a description from its About page: An ongoing exploration of this life and the next through videos and posts inspired by Emanuel Swedenborg. The title

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Posted in Books and Literature

A Short(ish) Video Course on Near-Death Experiences

Are you interested in near-death experiences, but don’t have hundreds of hours to wade through thousands of books and videos to get a solid idea of what they’re all about? Garret Weeks has done the work for you in his ongoing YouTube video series, Journey of

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Is Heaven Physical? Can Angels Play Tennis?

In a comment on my recent article, “The Afterlife: It’s Not as Different as you Think!” a reader named Richard Neer responded to my statement that angels go through their daily life in much the same way we do here

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Posted in Science Philosophy and History, The Afterlife

The Afterlife: It’s Not as Different as you Think!

Throughout the ages, the afterlife has been pictured in many different ways—more ways than we can possibly list here. Christians alone have pictured heaven as: The endless pleasure of intelligent and witty conversation with other angels Perpetual feasting with Abraham,

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Do the Teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg take Precedence over the Bible?

Here is a question that a reader named Lara asked in a comment on the article, “Did Jesus Really Die to Pay the Penalty for our Sins?!?”: I was wondering why so much of your site and the large majority

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Visions of Heaven, by Lisa Miller

Released just in time for Easter is this new book published by TIME: (We picked up a copy at the local supermarket checkout stand under a different title: Discovering Heaven: How Our Ideas About the Afterlife Shape How We Live Today.)

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The Bible, Emanuel Swedenborg, and Reincarnation

“Do you believe in reincarnation?” I’ve been asked this question many times over the years. Sometimes it’s a litmus test question. The people asking already either believe in reincarnation or they don’t. If my answer agrees with their view, they’ll

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Posted in Spiritual Growth, The Afterlife, The Bible Re-Viewed

What Does it Mean When My Parents Die? Will I See Them Again?

In a spiritual conundrum submitted to Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life, a reader named Tom asks: I just stumbled upon your website in my spiritual search and I am glad I did. Over the last 3 years I have lost

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