The Lord manifested Himself before me, His servant, and ... afterward opened the eyes of my spirit and thus introduced me into the spiritual world and granted me to see the heavens and the hells, and to talk with angels and spirits, and this now continuously for several years, I affirm in truth; as also that from the first day of that call I have not received anything whatever pertaining to the doctrines of that church from any angel, but from the Lord alone while I have read the Word.
To see more of what the Writings say about themselves, see:
What the Writings Testify Concerning Themselves, compiled by the Rev. C. Th. Odhner and updated by the Rev. Hugo Lj. Odhner.
Because we believe that the Writings are from the Lord Jesus Christ, we believe that they are just as much the Word of God as the Old and New Testaments. We prefer to refer to them as the Writings, because this helps us to focus on their source, rather than the man through whom they came.
See here for a descriptive list of the Writings.
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The faith of the New Heaven and the New Church is in universal terms as follows. The Lord from eternity, who is Yehovah, came into the world to subdue the hells and to glorify His Human. Without this no mortal could have been saved, and those are saved who believe in Him. The expression 'in universal terms' is used because this is a universal point of faith, and a universal point of faith must be contained in all its particulars. It is a universal point of faith that God is one in essence and in person, in whom is the Divine Trinity, and that He is the Lord God the Savior Jesus Christ. It is a universal point of faith that no mortal could have been saved, if the Lord had not come into the world. It is a universal point of faith that He came into the world to take hell away from men, and He did this by fighting against hell and winning victories over it. In this way He subdued it and reduced it to order, and made it subject to His command. It is a universal point of faith that He came into the world to glorify the Human which He assumed in the world, that is, to unite it with the originating Divinity. By this means He keeps hell for ever in order and subject to His command. Since this could only be achieved by means of temptations experienced in His Human, even to the most extreme, His passion on the cross, He underwent this. These are the universal matters of faith concerning the Lord. It is a universal point of faith on the part of man to believe in the Lord; for this belief links him to the Lord, and this is the way to salvation. Believing in Him means having confidence that He is the Savior; and since only those who lead good lives can have such confidence, this too is meant by believing in Him. The Lord says this in John's gospel:
This is the will of the Father, that everyone who believes in the Son should have everlasting life. John 6:40.
and elsewhere: He who believes in the Son has everlasting life. He who does not believe in the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God rests upon him. John 3:36.
The faith of the New Heaven and the New Church in particular terms is as follows.. Yehovah God is Love itself and Wisdom itself, or Good itself and Truth itself. He came down in the form of Divine Truth, which is the Word and which was God with God, and took upon Himself human form, so as to reduce to order everything in heaven, in hell and in the church. For at that time the power of hell was stronger than the power of heaven, and on earth the power of evil was stronger than the power of good, so that utter damnation stood threatening at the gates. This impending damnation was removed by Yehovah God by means of His Human, which was Divine Truth, and thus angels and men were redeemed. Afterwards He united in His Human Divine Truth with Divine Good, or Divine Wisdom with Divine Love, and so returned into the Divinity which was His from eternity, together with and in His glorified Human. This is the meaning of the passage in John:
The Word was with God and the Word was God; and the Word was made flesh. John 1:1, 14.
In the same gospel: I came out of the Father and I came into the world; I leave the world again, and go to the Father. John 16:28
Further in the following passage: We know that the Son of God came and gave us understanding, so that we might know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son, Jesus Christ. He is the true God and everlasting life. 1 John 5:20.
These passages show that without the Lord's coming into the world no one could have been saved. The situation to-day is similar. So unless the Lord comes into the world again in the form of Divine Truth, that is, the Word, no more can anyone now be saved. The particular details of faith on man's part are:
1 God is one, in whom is the Divine Trinity, and He is the Lord God the Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Faith leading to salvation is believing in Him.
3 Evil actions must not be done because they are the work of the devil and come from him.
4 Good actions must be done because they are the work of God and come from Him.
5 A person must perform these actions as if they were his own, but he must believe they come from the Lord working in him and through him.
The first two points deal with faith, the second two with charity; and the fifth deals with the joining of charity with faith and thus of the Lord with men.
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