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Is Your Spirit Rounded or Angular?

As I was browsing headlines the other day, this title at LiveScience.com caught my attention: “A Politician’s Name & Face: Why a Good Match May Win Votes” How does someone’s name match their face, I wondered? As it turns out,

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How Many Hells did Swedenborg Say there Are?

Question: In his essay “The Red Angel,” the British writer and literary critic G.K. Chesterton (1874–1936) wrote: If you keep bogies and goblins away from children they would make them up for themselves. One small child in the dark can invent more

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Are Deaths from Natural Disasters an Unavoidable Side-Effect of God’s Creation?

As amazing and beautiful as this physical universe is, it is also filled with almost unimaginable cataclysmic violence—which commonly brings suffering, pain, and death to the living residents of our earth—plant, animal, and human. Why did God create the universe

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Posted in Pain and Suffering, Science Philosophy and History

Will Sick or Disabled People Return to Good Health in the Spiritual World?

Here is a Spiritual Conundrum submitted to Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life by a reader named A. Watson: My father suffered a stroke before he died and was left unable to speak and paralysed. I would like to know if

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Posted in Pain and Suffering, The Afterlife

Will Happily Married Couples be Together in Heaven?

The first article in this series, “Didn’t Jesus Say There’s No Marriage in Heaven?” responded to a Spiritual Conundrum from a reader named Nita, in which she wrote: I am widow and a believer in Jesus Christ. . . .

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Posted in Sex Marriage Relationships, The Afterlife

Marriage in the Resurrection: The Deeper Meaning

Are you in a happy marriage that you hope will continue forever in heaven? Has your beloved husband or wife died, and you hope and pray that you will be able to rejoin him or her when it comes your

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Posted in Sex Marriage Relationships, Spiritual Growth, The Afterlife

Didn’t Jesus Say There’s No Marriage in Heaven?

Contrary to popular belief, Jesus did not say that there’s no marriage in heaven. What he did say is that people who achieve eternal life don’t get married in the afterlife. There’s a big difference! Further, marriage in Jesus’ day

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Posted in Sex Marriage Relationships, The Afterlife, The Bible Re-Viewed

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

In Heaven: A History (1995: Yale University Press) the authors, Drs. Colleen McDannell and Bernhard Lang, state that Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) had a pivotal role in bringing about a changed view of heaven, including the idea that angels are humans who have died and

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Posted in The Afterlife

What is the Difference between Justification and Salvation in Swedenborg’s Theology?

In the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772), as in other Christian theologies, justification is seen as part of a process that results in our salvation. In a nod to the traditional Christian concept of the ordo salutis (“order of salvation”), Swedenborg

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Posted in The Bible Re-Viewed

Can we Keep our Friends in the Afterlife?

Here is a Spiritual Conundrum submitted to Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life by a reader named Maria: Ever since I encountered Swedenborg, I’ve struggled with the mechanics of the afterlife: it sounds both beautiful and terrible. I’ve been told we

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Posted in Sex Marriage Relationships, The Afterlife
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