Ironically, many of today’s best physicists believe that the whole universe emerged out of nothingness. The reason for this is that the physical sciences cannot comprehend any force or substance existing prior to or beyond spacetime.
Enter scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg. He spent about three decades exploring the physical world and three decades exploring the non-spatial and non-temporal dynamics of the spiritual world.
He claimed that the human mind functions beyond spacetime and that one’s will (heart) and thinking (intellect) are actually spiritual activities. Evidence for this is that a person’s thoughts and feelings are not limited by the constraints of time and space and are therefore metaphysical.
For instance, you can reach a point where you cannot put more physical material into a finite space or room. Yet, we can always fit more knowledge into our minds. (Knowledge can even be shared between minds without any diminution in anyone’s mind.) Also, the fact that we can recall events means that processes observed in time and space can gain an element of timelessness.
Swedenborg suggested that the fact that our knowledge can be organized into a coherent worldview means that human minds have the capacity to create non-physical structure. Since this metaphysical structure is immune to the tyranny of both time and space Swedenborg has given us a logical premise for human consciousness continuing to exist beyond the life of our physical bodies.
Whereas physical measurement embraces speed, distance and mass, human feelings and thoughts are measured by values such as intent, intensity and utility (which are finite parameters beyond time and space). While this may be taken as good news for the continuation of our personal lives into another eternal realm, ruled by a different order of laws, vigilance and self-responsibility cannot be sidestepped.
Swedenborg maintained that the environmental conditions of our psycho-spiritual biosphere in the hereafter, are determined by the quality of our hearts and thoughts. In other words, we take our egoism or love for others with us into the next world. We become our own hell or our own heaven.
The true purpose of religion is to help us become the later of the two.