The New Church

The New Church is the name for a religious movement described in the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). In these writings it is predicted that the Lord would establish a “New Church” following the first “Church” of traditional Christianity. In these writings “Church” means the state of reception of God by humankind. God has always had a relationship with humankind, and it has gone through a series of spiritual stages. The New Church, which is the final stage, is believed to be the renewal of Christianity based on the Lord’s Second Coming. The Second Coming of the Lord is seen as His coming in Spirit, revealing Himself plainly in the deeper meaning of the Bible. The final spiritual stage of humanity is when the Lord is fully received and married to the Church. This marriage is thought to be depicted in the marriage imagery seen in the Bible, especially the book of Revelation.

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