Imagine sitting at a table across from someone who claimed to have conversations with human souls in the Spiritual World. Such an unlikely scenario actually took place. Furthermore, the person who made such a claim could not be simply ignored, because he was a highly regarded scientist and ennobled by a queen.
This man was Emanuel Swedenborg.
His reputation (throughout Europe) of having a double-sight made him a popular “party guest” during the mid-1700s. People who had found themselves sitting at the same table as Swedenborg would obviously ask him questions from their burning curiosity about the afterlife.
In one case, a guest asked Swedenborg about the status of his dead grandparents. Swedenborg informed the questioner that his grandfather had re-married—to someone other than his grandmother.
In another case, a questioner was told that an acquaintance of his was living among the damned.
I first became interested in Swedenborg when I found out he boldly dropped names of those who suffered similar fates. In my studies of Swedenborg’s theological writings I have come across about 44 names of people who were living out their eternity in Hell. Some of these names were quite surprising.
Obviously, Swedenborg was not concerned with being politically correct. That is what I liked about him. I figured that he was either a mad man or was given divine permission to divulge such uncomfortable tidbits. I chose the latter and have studied both his scientific and theological writings ever since.
Swedenborg did not pull punches. But this seems to have caused a problem for those who currently belong to the Swedenborgian Church—at a time of rapidly changing social sensitivities. My own personal experience with the Swedenborgian Church is that it has formed a culture designed to remedy this. They have castrated the poor fellow.
This castration is most notable when it comes to communicating the unflattering details of genuine human salvation.
(Farmers castrate their pigs to make them easier to handle and make their meat tastier. Similarly, Swedenborg’s ideas have been made both easier for the world to handle and more appetizing to the post-modern ego.)
My God-given purpose in life is to give Swedenborg his balls back.