“In the natural sense, the rich are those that have an abundance of riches and set their heart upon them; but in the spiritual sense they are those who have an abundance of knowledge and learning, which are spiritual riches, and who desire by means of these riches to introduce themselves into the things of heaven and the church by means of their own intelligence.Ā  And because this is contrary to Divine order, it is said to be “easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye.””

Emanuel Swedenborg, Heaven and Hell 365:3; Matthew 19:24


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