Swedenborg made a remarkable claim that God had given him the ability to explore the Spiritual World and report its secrets to those on earth. This exploration took almost thirty years and Swedenborg wrote dozens of books to convey what he witnessed and heard in this non-physical realm. (He made this unique exploration as a distinguished scientist!)
While I cannot personally verify his claim, I can evaluate his discoveries.
One of his biggest discoveries was that God’s Word contains an inner level of meaning. For instance, every literal word of the sacred narratives (not all the canonical Bible is included) has a psycho-spiritual equivalent. Using these psycho-equivalent interpretations, Swedenborg translated the biblical stories of Genesis, Exodus and Revelation (and certain passages of the four gospels) to show how these rarefied meanings were fully consistent throughout.
Since this challenges many of the traditional theological approaches to biblical interpretation there are lots of skeptics out there. But one needs only to pay attention to his or her own thoughts to find evidence that Swedenborg was on to something extremely important.
We use psycho-spiritual meanings in our lexicons (vocabulary of language) all the time. We have an innate talent for using physical terms to convey mental realities. We call this language metaphor (Swedenborg called it correspondences).
When someone describes another person as “wandering off the path,” they are not talking about a person who has difficulty staying on a sidewalk. We all understand this use of language to mean that someone has made a life-choice mistake and picked a mental direction that is flawed.
“Path” means “truth” as to its psychological equivalent. This elevation of a physical term works perfectly with the theological usage of the word “path.”
Why would we not give God credit for using the same form of abstraction to communicate higher messages? It is through these higher levels of meaning that God’s Word recovers its authority, inerrancy and eternal relevancy.
As an author, all my published works are aimed at demonstrating the truth behind Swedenborg’s unique discoveries.