…I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again, and receive you unto Myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also.
And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
…I am the way, the truth, and the life…
~ John 14:2-6 ~
…heaven is made up solely of individuals
who have been born as people on earth;
and since these are the only inhabitants of heaven,
it follows that the ultimate purpose of creation
is a heaven from the human race…
Everyone is created to live forever in a blessed state.
This means that everyone is created to go to heaven.
Divine love cannot do otherwise than intend this
and divine wisdom cannot do otherwise than provide for this.
~ Divine Providence 323 ~
…let him who wishes to be eternally happy
know and believe that he will live after death.
Let him think of this and keep it in mind, for it is the truth.
Let him also know and believe
that the Word is the only doctrine
which teaches how a man must live in the world
in order to be happy to eternity.
~ Arcana Caelestia 8939 ~
…when a man passes from one life into the other,
or from one world into the other,
it is like passing from one place into another,
[he carries] with him
all things that he had possessed in himself as a man;
so that by death, which is only the death of the earthly body,
man cannot be said to have lost anything really his own.
~ Heaven and Hell 461 ~
The soul, in short, is the person himself,
because it is the innermost person.
Consequently its form is a fully and perfectly human form.
Yet it is not life,
but the most immediate recipient vessel of life from God
and thus the dwelling place of God.
~ Conjugial Love 315 ~
Everyone retains in the next life
the essential character he has acquired during his lifetime…
~ Arcana Caelestia 4663 ~
Everything we willingly think and say and do
becomes part of us and remains so, whether it is good or evil…
We have an outer or earthly memory
and an inner or spiritual memory.
In this latter memory is recorded
everything we have willingly thought, said, and done in this world
so inclusively and in such detail that nothing whatever is left out.
This memory is our ‘book of life’
that is opened after death…
~ Divine Providence 227 ~
…to all outward appearances,
the spiritual world is just like the physical world.
You can see lands there,
mountains, hills, valleys, plains, fields, lakes, rivers, and springs
like the ones in our earthly world;
everything, then, that belongs to the mineral kingdom.
You can see parks as well,
gardens, groves, and woods,
with all kinds of trees and shrubs with their fruits and seeds,
smaller plants, flowers, herbs, and grasses;
everything, then, that belongs to the plant kingdom.
You can see all kinds of animals, birds, and fish
everything that belongs to the animal kingdom.
The people there are angels and spirits.
~ Divine Love and Wisdom 321 ~
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me;
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
~ Psalm 23 ~