Heavenly Doctrine


AC 10614 – The Thoughts of Angels and Men
When Reading the Word;
AC 10618 – Anger

AC 10614 [2, 3]

In the Word there is an external sense,
there is an internal sense,
and there is an inmost sense.
The Word in the external sense
is such as it appears in the letter;
this sense is natural,
because it has been accommodated to
the apprehension of men, for men think naturally.
But the Word in the internal sense is spiritual,
because it has been accommodated to
the understanding of the angels
in the Lord’s spiritual kingdom,
for these angels think spiritually.
And the Word in the inmost sense is celestial,
because it has been accommodated to
the perception of the angels
in the Lord’s celestial kingdom,
for the angels in this kingdom think super-spiritually.
The Word being of this nature,
it follows that one thing is in another
in the like order;
the inmost in the internal,
and the internal in the external.
From this there is a connection of all things,
and an influx according to the connection,
and a consequent subsistence
of one thing from another.

When therefore a man is of such a character
that he perceives within himself
a holiness in the externals
of the Word, of the church, and of worship,
he has an external in which is an internal,
for this holiness is from the internal,
because it is from heaven.
This is the external which Moses here represents.
But when a man is of such a character
that he does not perceive
any internal holiness in the external
of the Word, of the church, and of worship,
he then has an external separate from the internal.
In this external was the Israelitish nation.

AC 10618 [2]

As regards anger,
be it known further that evil becomes angry,
and good never,
for the reason that to be angry is to will evil to another,
which good cannot do,
for good consists in willing the good of another.
All evil has within it
enmity, hatred, revenge, and cruelty;
in these and from these evil has its delight.
Moreover, evil hates good,
because good is opposed to its delights.
Consequently when evil cannot injure good,
which it is always in the endeavor to do,
it is first indignant,
and afterward is angry.
Whether you say evil, or an evil man, it is the same,
for evil is in man as in its subject.
And as such is the nature of evil against good,
such it is against the Divine,
for all good is the Divine with man,
because it is from the Divine.
From this it is that an evil man
is always angry against the Divine,
although outwardly he speaks differently before men.

Emanuel swedenborg

Heavenly Doctrine