Thursday, April 05, 2018

"it had no depth of earth" - Swedenborg's Case


Swedenborg's Case

How does a man meet Christ Jesus?  There is one example, however, in the 18th century.
In 1743, Swedenborg was dining in a private room at a tavern in London. By the end of the meal, a darkness fell upon his eyes, and the room shifted character. Suddenly, he saw a person sitting at a corner of the room, telling him: "Do not eat too much!". Swedenborg, scared, hurried home. Later that night, the same man appeared in his dreams. The man told Swedenborg that he was the Lord, that he had appointed Swedenborg to reveal the spiritual meaning of the Bible and that he would guide Swedenborg in what to write. The same night, the spiritual world was opened to Swedenborg.
Then afterwords, it is said that Swedenborg (1688-1772) saw the spiritual world as well as Heaven and the hell.  He wrote and published his spiritual experiences to be noted by many prominent Europeans.

Some people think that Swedenborg got mad.  Indeed, he wrote that he met spirits of men living in the moon, Mars, Jupiter, etc.  He also stated that St Paul was in hell.  In addition, Swedenborg wrote that "Islam arose due to Divine Providence as a means to wipe out idolatry, and returning people to a monotheistic concept of God." (  But, his books showed integrity of Swedenborg's intelligence and idea.  He also lived as a respectable member of elite citizens of Swedenborg. 

Swedenborg was born about 40 years after the birth of Newton (1642-1727).  Newton is also famous in his study of the Bible and Christianity.  Modern science began with Newton.  But Swedenborg's works did not launch a new religion or a new trend of belief and practice in Christianity.  However, there have been many people who came to believe the existence of the spiritual world, Heaven, and the hell. 

Anyway, it is a serious matter that anyone thinks that he has met Christ Jesus, and something strange, great or holy must accompany the meeting.   In this context, we have to carefully study the contents of such meeting with Christ Jesus and events accompanying the meeting.

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Mar 4:3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
Mar 4:4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
Mar 4:5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: