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Certain numbers had symbolic significance to the people of that era. Numbers like 7 and 12 had connotations of wholeness or completeness. (Not completely unlike modern-ish phrases like going the "whole 9 yards"). Bible numbers The 12 tribes were established from the 12 sons of Israel/Jacob, who was himself the son of Isaac, who was the promised son of ...


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According to Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) and the New Church, all infants and children who die before they are adults go to heaven and are raised there until they grow up and become angels themselves. This, Swedenborg says, is true whether or not they have been baptized, and no matter where or in what religion they were born. Baptism, Swedenborg says, ...


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This answer is from the perspective of the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), and of the various church denominations that accept his theology. Swedenborg taught that there are no angels pre-created as a separate race, nor did any such pre-created angels fall from heaven to become Satan and his army. Instead, he taught that all angels and demons ...


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All these murderers have to do is ask for forgiveness and they will go to heaven is something I can't accept. Someone like Hitler is often raised as an iconic representative of evil. However, what is often not recognized is that Satan is the guy running the world (for now and insofar as he is allowed by God). If someone had killed Hitler, there were ...


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There is evidence that Jesus ascended to heaven twice, but this evidence does not come out of John's Gospel but out of Luke/Acts. First of all, Luke 24:13 tells us that what follows occurred on the same day as the resurrection: And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. ...


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Can there be free will in heaven? If we consider the very nature of God, the fact that the glory of God is His self-sacrificing love, then the answer becomes clear. Yes, God desires from His creations an allegiance of love, service that springs forth only from an appreciation of His character. Only a creation with free will is capable of serving God with ...


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It helps to understand that there is more than one kind of free will. In The City of God, Book XXII, Chapter 30, Augustine speaks of a "first freedom of will," which consists "in an ability not to sin, but also in an ability to sin"; and also of a "last freedom of will," which is superior, and is not able to sin. The first freedom is a freedom that "man ...



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