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Contrasting Beliefs

From the pages ‘What the Bible Says…’, we have the following list of contrasts between the Orthodox ideas and the New Church ideas presented here:

Title: Forgiveness

  • Orthodox Idea: If you just believe, God will overlook all your sins. God punishes unbelievers, even if they are caring, good people.
  • New Church Idea: God’s mercy involves helping us become better people. God is willing to forgive everyone, and is more concerned how we live than with what we believe.
  • References from Swedenborg: Heavenly Secrets 8393,   Heavenly Secrets 9443-9454,  True ChristianReligion 611-614

Title: Who is Jesus?

  • Orthodox Idea: God is Three Persons. Jesus is Son of God, a separate Person from the Father.
  • New Church Idea: God is One Person: Jesus Christ. The Father is the Soul, the Son is the Body, and the Holy Spirit is the Activity of the One Divine Person.
  • References from Swedenborg: True Christian Religion 81-133, Doctrine of the Lord 29-36, 45-46, 55-60,

Title: The Holy Spirit

  • Orthodox Idea: The Holy Spirit is the Third Person in the Trinity.
  • New Church Idea: The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus Christ. It is the regenerating and enlightening influence of Jesus Christ, not of some third person.
  • References from Swedenborg: True Christian Religion 138

Title: Temptation

  • Orthodox Idea: We are saved instantly just by believing that Jesus died for our sins. We don’t need to put any effort into our salvation.
  • New Church Idea: Faith alone is not enough. We must actively resist evil, while acknowledging that the effort to resist comes from God.
  • References from Swedenborg: Doctrine of Life 92-107, True Christian Religion 596600

Title: When You Are Born Again

  • Orthodox Idea: We are saved instantly as soon as we believe in Jesus, without effort or good works.
  • New Church Idea: Regeneration is a gradual process taking many years, involving effort, love, good works.
  • References from Swedenborg: Heavenly Secrets 4063, True Christian Religion 601-614.

Title: Marriage and Spirituality

  • Orthodox Idea: Celibacy is better than marriage.
  • New Church Idea: Marriage love is heavenly, spiritual, holy, pure and clean.
  • References from Swedenborg: Married Love 155-156

Title: Marriage in Heaven

Title: Sexual Equality

  • Orthodox Idea: The husband is the head of the wife.
  • New Church Idea: Husband and wife are equals before God.
  • References from Swedenborg: Married Love 125-127

Title: What Angels Do

Title: The Inner Meaning of the Bible

Title: Adam and Eve

  • Orthodox Idea: Adam and Eve were actual people.
  • New Church Idea: Adam and Eve were symbols of the Lord and His Church.
  • References from Heavenly Secrets Chapters 1-3.

Title: Sacrifice

Title: The Blood of Jesus

  • Orthodox Idea: Blood means death; Jesus saved us by dying a bloody death.
  • New Church Idea: Blood means Life and Truth; Jesus saves us by giving us life and truth.
  • References from Swedenborg: True Christian Religion 132, Heavenly Secrets 9127

Title: Why Bad Things Happen

  • Orthodox Idea: God punishes people, bad things are a result of His will.
  • New Church Idea: The Lord wills only good, but permits bad things for the sake of our freedom.
  • References from Swedenborg: Divine Providence 275-284

Title: Who Needs Works?

Title: Who Is Saved?

Title: Where Angels Come From

  • Orthodox Idea: Angels are a superior race, created before humans
  • New Church Idea: Angels are people who have died and gone to heaven.
  • References from Swedenborg: Heaven and Hell 311317

Title: Love

Title: God’s Anger

  • Orthodox Idea: God the Father is angry with sinners and condemns them to hell.
  • New Church Idea: God is always loving and merciful–the anger is just an appearance.
  • References from Swedenborg: Brief Exposition 60-63, Heavenly Secrets 588, 1093, 2447.

Title: The Second Coming

  • Orthodox Idea: This planet will be destroyed by wars and disasters, and Jesus will appear in the clouds to save the true believers.
  • New Church Idea: Jesus comes as the Spirit of Truth, bringing about spiritual change.
  • References from Swedenborg: True Christian Religion 753-791.

Title: The Rapture

  • Orthodox Idea: True believers will be caught up in the air when Jesus comes.
  • New Church Idea: Jesus’ coming will elevate our minds to a higher level, not our bodies.
  • References from Swedenborg: True Christian Religion 753-791.

Title: The Resurrection Body

  • Orthodox Idea: After death a person will remain asleep in the ground until the end of the world, when the body will rise.
  • New Church Idea: We rise into the spiritual world immediately after death, and never assume our earthly bodies again.
  • References from Swedenborg: Heaven and Hell 453-460, Last Judgment 14-27.

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