The Doctrine of the New Jerusalem concerning Life, by Emanuel Swedenborg

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Ed. The Swedenborg Society, 1954. Hard cover. Size 17 x 11 cm. State: Used, excellent. 84 pages

“The man who fights against evils cannot but fight as of himself; for he who does not fight as of himself does not fight, but stands like an automaton, seeing nothing and doing nothing; and from the evil in which he is, he continually thinks in favour of evil, and not against it. But still it should be clearly understood that the Lord alone fights in man against evils, and that it only appears to man as if he fought from himself; and that the Lord wills that it should so appear to man, since without this appearance there could be no combat, and consequently no reformation.

This combat is not grievous, except for those who have relaxed all restraints upon their lusts, and who have deliberately indulged them; and also for those who have confirmed themselves in rejecting the holy things of the Word and the Church. For others, however, it is not grievous; let them resist evils in intention only once a week, or twice in a month, and they will perceive a change…”

CONTENTS
I- All religion has relation to life, and the life of religion is to do good
II- No one can do good, which is good, from himself
III- So far as a man shuns evils as sins, so far he does what is good not from himself, but from the Lord
1- If a man wills and does what is good before he shuns evils as sins, the good things that he wills and does are not good
2- If a man thinks and speaks pious things, and does not shun evils as sins, the pious things (which he thinks and speaks) are not pious
3- If a man has much knowledge and much wisdom, and does not shun evils as sins, he is nevertheless not wise
IV- So far as any one shuns evils as sins, so far he loves truths
V- So far as any one shuns evils as sins, so far he has faith, and is spiritual
VI- The Decalogue teaches what evils are sins
VII- All kinds of murder, adultery, theft, and false witness, with their lust, are evils which ought to be shunned as sins
VIII- So far as any one shuns all kinds of murder as sins, so far he has love towards the neighbour
IX- So far as any one shuns all kinds of adultery as sins, so far he loves chastity
X- So far as any one shuns all kinds of theft as sins, so far he loves sincerity
XI- So far as any one shuns all kinds of false witness as sins, so far he loves what is true
XII- No one can shun evils as sins, so as to hold them inwardly in aversion, except by combats against them
XIII- Man ought to shun evils as sins, and to fight against them, as of himself
If any one shuns evils for any other reason than because they are sins, he does not shun them, but only prevents them from appearing before the world