“There’s only one true faith; faith in the Lord our Savior Jesus Christ. It exists in believing He is God, the God of heaven and earth, that He is one with the Father. Faith is truth. And the truth is Jesus is God. Truth cannot be split or cut in half and maintain its trueness”.
I believe this statement (by Swedenborg) is true, but it’s important to see HOW it is true here on earth. In the spiritual world, the way we believe and love God determines more than anything where we go, even as to the particular society of heaven, (or if we go at all).
Here on earth it is the same except that in the natural world we have an external and internal self in such a way that we can hide our internal. In the spiritual world you can’t hide like here – we are our love and beliefs, and they are seen by the angels. In hell they still try to hide and deceive, and live in a fantasy that is an insanity, but are seen for what they are by anyone above.
On earth we our conditioned by our place of living and beliefs, many of these can be false, but even if a person believes in a falsity but do so from good faith – God honors the internal love. Because the inner love and faith is good, the falsity can be redeemed.
This point is made most beautifully and insightfully by C.S. Lewis in his last Narnia book, ‘The Last Battle’. In it there is a prince from the dark empire that worships Tarsheesh, which is basically a demon. The prince serves his king with honor, and fights with honor. Aslan and the Narnians are his sworn enemies. He pursues them and tries to defeat them. At one point near the end they run through a doorway to escape and find themselves in bright light and a beautiful paradise, and they gradually recognize they are in heaven. The Prince chases them through the door, and is bewildered that he is in light, and, overwhelmed his sits beneath a tree. That he could see the door is a metaphor from the bible where Jesus tells that there is a path that leads to a rock. Jesus tells the people do not stumble on this rock. Those who stumble do so because they cant see it, but those who see it go the right way. In the story most could not see the door, but the prince saw it and went thought it, not knowing what he was doing. This means that internally he had the capacity to be in heavenly light.
Under the tree the Prince is very confused, and then he sees Aslan coming to him. He is terrified at the magnificence of the Lion, but being a man of honor he faces him and tells Aslan to kill him now, for he sees he has been wrong. But Aslan tells him, “Welcome, my good and faithful son’. The prince is profoundly mortified and humbled and says, ‘But I have been your sworn enemy all my life, and I worshiped Tarsheesh. Aslan then teaches the Prince that Tarsheesh is a demon, and that he was deceived, but that all his life he acted honorably and yearned to see the real Tarsheesh – and because his heart was true he has came face to face with Aslan. Beautiful.
Nevertheless, for those whose heart is right but have false believes they still can not enter heavenly light until they are taught correctly and acknowledge that Jesus, the divine human, is the God of heaven. Because their heart is right they accept the teaching.
This story shows why judgement is left to the Lord. But it is certainly not a justification for not seeking the Lord. It is a painful thing that so many people and friends can’t embrace and say they love the Lord. The Lord and the Bible are the way given to us that provide knowledge of and conjunction with heaven. For those who have an internal love for Jesus and the Word, we have a responsibility to embrace it all our life – doesn’t mean to be perfect, but, though we may struggle, we don’t turn away. For those that know the Word externally, the Lord keeps them so and tries to lead them to an internal faith, but only does so when He perceives they will never turn away from it. (For to have loved it and later turn away from it is the worst of all fates).
It used to trouble me to express things about the internal sense, but I realized only the Lord is the inner teacher. As long as I speak from inspiration, (not anything like intimidation), the Lord alone governs how it works out.