.THE NEW CHRISTIANITY
God came to earth as Jesus Christ. Christianity was established in response to the Savior's coming. At the time of Jesus' birth, hell had gained such power over earth that the prevailing mind-set was that of evil. Humanity was in great danger. Through His life and death on earth, Jesus restored the freedom to choose between good and evil, thus saving the human race. The church grew, but with time, it began to fall away from what it was originally intended to be. Once again, the people of earth were prey to spiritual darkness.
To bring the light to the world, God came again. At His Second Coming, He did not appear in human form. He came as a new body of revelation given us through the writings of Emmanuel Swedenborg, an 18th century scientist and theologian. Like all other Christian religions, New Church beliefs are most certainly founded in the Word of God in the Old and New Testament. All doctrine comes from the Bible. Swedenborg provided new insights into its meaning. A new Christianity was established in response to those interior truths, helping to spread God's teachings to people on earth. The New Church is one of many organizations dedicated to Swedenborg's theology.
New Christianity provides unprecedented depth of understanding about God, inner meanings of the Bible, and the life after death. This is because, Swedenborg's writings explain in great detail, those things which had previously gone unexplained or being misunderstood. The New Church is a spiritual framework to live by containing truths applicable to everyday life. Here is a summary of some New Church beliefs:
(i) God is Love, and nothing but what is good come from Him. He came to earth in the form of Jesus Christ. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three aspects of the one God.
(ii) The Old and New Testaments have a deeper meaning that is revealed in the writings of Emmanuel Swedenborg. These teachings Help people to live happy and useful lives to eternity
(iii) All religions have goodness in them. There are many paths to heaven.
(v) Heaven is for everyone who wants to live there. While people have the freedom to choose a life in hell, God's greatest wish is that we join the heavenly body of angels.
(v) God does not judge us: we judge ourselves by what we love and how we live. Salvation is granted to all people who love God and try to live a good life according to what they believe to be right.
(vi) Marriage can last forever. Those who share marital love which is rooted deep in friendship and a mutual looking towards God, continue being partners after death, growing ever closer in their union.
(vii) God's Providence is all powerful and unending. He guides each person's spiritual path, allowing the potential for good to come from even the worst calamities. He is with us in every moment of every moment.
Strong Emphasis on an Individual's Freedom-Members of the New Church follow teachings of Swedenborg not because of his claim to have been Divinely inspired, but because the teachings themselves make sense. It is a religion based on common sense and application to life. We invite you to explore New Church theology in our quest to draw closer to God, growing into more spiritually evolved human beings.
"Heaven is where the Lord is recognized, trusted, and loved (Heaven and Hell 56).
"But friend, shun evils, do good, and believe in the Lord from all your heart and in all your soul, and the Lord will love you, and will give you a love for doing and a faith to believe...If you persevere in so doing, a reciprocal joining (with the Lord) will take place. And this is salvation itself and eternal life (True Christian Religion 484).
"When the Lord is with someone, He leads him or her, and makes provision so that all that happens, whether sad or joyful may bring him or her what is good" (Arcana Coelestia 6303).