Swedenborgianism is based on divine revelations granted to the Swedish theologian Emanuel Swedenborg. He was born in 1688. In 1744, he contracted an illness that made him delusional and that may have been the cause of the divine revelations he began receiving in 1745. The visions included visions of Jesus and are spiritualistic and psychic in tone. It claims to be a new covenant and as separate from Christianity as Christianity is from Judaism. His Church which was set up after his death is the true Church. The visions promise a heaven that is very like this world and he once saw an outbreak of fighting and cursing in Heaven! He rejected the canonicity of most of the Old Testament books and his New Testament consisted of the four gospels and the Book of Revelation. He used a system for interpreting the Bible that he learned in his visions. But this system is bizarre to say the least. It can make the words of scripture mean anything. He once said that the number forty-two relating to the forty-two children who Elisha cursed to death stood for blasphemy. He was sensible enough to reject the doctrine that Jesus died to atone for sinners. He thought that the last judgement took place in 1757. His revelations contained scientific mistakes. He prophesied that a branch of the Church would be found in Africa and that Noah’s scriptures would turn up all soon. These prophecies were false. This information is derived from Heresies Exposed.

But why should we listen to Swedenborg, one man, instead of listening to the New Testament writers? They were closer to the earthly physical Jesus than he was. His own scripture said that one witness was not good enough.
And Swedenborg never wanted the formation of a new Church. He expected Lutherans and other Christian groups to believe in his word and stay in their Churches. But that wouldn’t have been right or fair for his theology is too different from Protestantism. His revelations had to be false when his Jesus could not explain that to him. Worse, he saw Martin Luther and the reformers in HELL!
The bodily resurrection of Christ and the Church is denied. There is no evidence that his doctrine that we survive death without bodies and will never get them back is in the Bible. The Bible teaches the opposite. When Christ spoke of the resurrection he meant people would get bodies. This was taught from the start of the Church and here is a man centuries later saying that the gospels are inspired and that Christ was infallible and contradicting them. The old records come first.

Swedenborg had revelations permitting concubinage and keeping mistresses. He wrote a book called Conjugal Love that allowed it under certain conditions. Yet he canonised a small number of Bible books and these books banned divorce absolutely and one allowed legal divorce for adultery but never permitted remarriage for the marriage still existed in the eyes of God so we see a disregard for his own scriptures. His visions told him there were people on the moon. There is absolutely no evidence for his doctrine that the resurrection is not bodily but spiritual anywhere in his scriptures.
Swedenborgianism is a relatively noble and optimistic and friendly religion that did take every chance it could get to get rid of the bad points in apostolic doctrine.

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