I am not simply talking about the strange phenomena of bad behavior being rewarded over good people in our modern society, but the spiritual or “other-world” consequences of having a good conscience and living a life of goodness.
Our good actions could send someone in the spiritual world to hell!
According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, most people, soon after their physical death, gravitate to a spiritual realm that lies between heaven and hell. In this preliminary stage of the afterlife an individual human spirit is prepared for one eternal abode or the other.
The final outcome is based on three things. The first stipulation depends on the quality of a person’s heart. Do you love others or do you seek to do them harm?
The second prerequisite involves no longer being able to hide our intentions, whereby we must always manifest the inclinations of our hearts. With good spirits this involves making efforts to improve the lives and goodness of others, while nefarious spirits seek to destroy the goodness of others.
The third requirement is more shocking and involves the participation of those of us who are still here on earth. Swedenborg maintained that there was a top-down causal connection between the spiritual and physical worlds, as well as between spiritual beings and their terrestrial human counterparts. In other words, the feelings and thoughts of both angelic and evil spirits lawfully filter down into the hearts and minds of humans on earth.
We humans feel conflicts between these two influences as temptations of conscience. The Lord God wisely uses this conflict to bring order to both a person’s inner reality and into the makeup of various spiritual societies. When a spirit in the other world challenges God’s love and seeks to poison the minds of others, this negative influence flows down into the heart and mind of some earthling.
A psycho-spiritual combat arises in that individual.
If that particular earth being, from his or her conscience, chooses to resist such a temptation or compulsion, the result of this struggle puts their values and thoughts into a more orderly form that is oriented towards a heavenly design. However, when such a wonderful order emerges within the individual’s inner (spiritual) being, the offending spirit who did not prevail is—by necessity—cast away like dreg, in a manner similar to common purification processes.
So, when we are being inwardly tempted and do make the right choices in life, some poor soul (who opposed our noble values) in the other world is kicked into a society of the damned.
I hope and pray that I did not bring such a horrible fate to some old friend, family member or distant relative who has gone on to the other life!