Swedenborg tells us that it is not God who judges people and send them to either heaven or hell, but rather it is we who judge ourselves. In this book Swedenborg reveals the process by which people confront who they were on earth, discover their true selves, and use that self-knowledge to discover their final home in the afterlife.
An introduction by near-death researcher Dr. Kenneth Ring draws parallels between Swedenborg’s experiences and those of millions of modern people who have had near-death experiences. This book provides a brief but thought-provoking introduction to Swedenborg’s afterlife for those who want to delve deeper into this fascinating subject.
What the World of Spirits is
Each of Us is Inwardly a Spirit
Our Revival from Death
After Death, We Are in a Fully Human Form
We Leave Nothing Behind except Our Earthly Body
What We Are Like after Death
Our First State after Death
Our Second State after Death
Our Third State after Death
It is Not as Hard as People Think It is to Live a Life That Leads to Heaven
Appendix: Children in Heaven
About Emanuel Swedenborg
In one series, the original writings of the universally acknowledged teachers of the Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, Jewish, Islamic and Native American traditions have been critically selected, translated and introduced by internationally recognized scholars and spiritual leaders.
The texts are first-rate, and the introductions are informative and reliable. The books will be a welcome addition to the bookshelf of every literate religious persons". -- The Christian Century
A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on a long spiritual adventure. Here he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where God has chosen to dwell.
In seizing the inspiration that came to him through Rembrandt's depiction of the powerful Gospel story, Henri Nouwen probes the several movements of the parable: the younger son's return, the father's restoration of sonship, the elder son's vengefulness, and the father's compassion. In his reflection on Rembrandt in light of his own life journey, the author evokes a powerful drama of the parable in a rich, capativating way that is sure to reverberate in the hearts of readers. The themes of homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation will be newly discovered by all who have known loneliness, dejection, jealousy, or anger. The challenge to love as the father and be loved as the son will be seen as the ultimate revelation of the parable known to Christians throughout time, and here represented with a vigor and power fresh for our times.
"The Return of the Prodigal Son is a beautiful book, as beautiful in the simple clarity of its wisdom as in the terrible beauty of the transformation to which it calls us." --New Oxford Review
From its beginnings the Movement has developed into one of the most vital and diverse Christian traditions in the world. Today it encompasses three major American communions -- Churches of Christ, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and Christian Churches/Churches of Christ -- as well as united churches in several other countries.
Over ten years in the making, The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement offers for the first time a sweeping historical and theological treatment of this complex, vibrant global communion. Written by more than 300 contributors, this major reference work contains over 700 original articles covering all of the significant individuals, events, places, and theological tenets that have shaped the Movement. Much more than simply a historical dictionary, this volume also constitutes an interpretive work reflecting historical consensus among Stone-Campbell scholars, even as it attempts to present a fair, representative picture of the rich heritage that is the Stone-Campbell Movement.
Scores of photographs and illustrations (many quite rare) enrich and enliven the text, and an extensive, carefully prepared index facilitates ready access to important information throughout the volume. The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement -- a standard reference work for religious, academic, public, and personal libraries everywhere.
Features of this encyclopedia: Presents over 700 articles on the people, events, churches, and beliefs that comprise the Stone-Campbell traditionProvides cutting-edge commentary on current topics of discussion as well as basic historical knowledgeWritten by more than 300 scholars from across the Stone-Campbell MovementEnlivened with photographs and illustrations (some quite rare) from around the worldIncludes an extensive index for rapid reference
Each denomination believes in the deity of Christ and the importance of Scripture, so how are the groups different? The Denominations Comparison shows what denominations have in common as well as where they differ. The Denominations Comparison ebook compares 12 denominations on 11 different topics, such as:
•When it was founded and by whom
•The number of adherents in 2000
•How Scripture is viewed
•Who God is
•Who Jesus is
•How individuals are saved
•What happens after death
•The definition of the Church
•How each looks at the Sacraments
•Other practices and beliefs
•The major divisions and trends today.
The Denominations Comparison ebook is an excellent source for pastors and teachers who want to present denominational beliefs in a concise and focused manner. The full color ebook organizes the denominations comparisons in the order in which they came to be, first covering the six liturgical denominations followed by the six non-liturgical denominations.
The Liturgical Churches compared are:
•Lutheran (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America; The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod)
•Anglican (Episcopal Church; Reformed Episcopal Church)
•Presbyterian (The Presbyterian Church (USA) or PCUSA; The Presbyterian Church in America or PCA)
•Methodist Churches (United Methodists Church; African Methodist Episcopal; Free Methodists)
The Non-Liturgical Churches compared are:
•Anabaptist (The Mennonite Church; Church of the Brethren; Amish)
•Congregational (United Church of Christ: The National Association of Congregational Christian Churches; The Conservative Congregational Christian Conference)
•Baptist (Southern Baptists, American Baptists; National Baptists)
•Churches of Christ (Christian Church, Disciples of Christ)
•Adventist (Seventh-Day Adventist Church, SDA, 7th Day Adventist)
•Pentecostal Churches (Assemblies of God; Church of God in Christ)
In addition to the side-side comparison of the 12 Christian denominations, the Denominations Comparison ebook contains a list of 42 "Helpful Words to Know" for studying denominational differences. This list defines words such as: Anabaptist, apocrypha, canon, Eucharist, incarnate, pope, predestination, and puritan.
The Denominations Comparison ebook also contains several helpful references, such as:
•Official web sites for major denominations
•General online references
•Other web sites for the major traditions.
Denominations Comparison also contains a short summary on the following Christian groups, their founders, size, and denominational ties (if applicable):
•Christian and Missionary Alliance
•Church of God
•Church of the Nazarene
•Evangelical Covenant Church
•Evangelical Free Church of America
•International Church of the Foursquare Gospel
•Vineyard Ministries International
Topical index: Adventists, African Methodist Episcopal,Anglican,Assemblies of God, Baptists, Calvary Chapel, Catholic Church, Charismatic, Church of Christ, Church of England, Church of God, Congregational Churches, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Church, Foursquare Church, Free Methodists, Holiness Churches, liberal denominations, Lutheran Churches, Methodist Church, Orthodox Church, Pentecostal Church, Presbyterian Church, Quakers, Reformed Church, Roman Catholicism, Salvation Army, Trinity, United Methodist Church, Vineyard Churches, Westminster Confession.
The reader of this book will get an understanding of the deception of the devil since before the time of Adam and Eve and how this spirit of deception has infiltrated the church. It is not a text for the weak or feeble; only the sharp and discerning will be able to 'hang on' as Pastor Gary C. Price unveils the internal make-up of Christendom around the globe. Sadly, it is glaringly apparent that multitudes of well-meaning Christians and spiritual zealots are bowing down to religious teaching and traditions that keep them soulish and bound to this present world. By exposing this deception, my prayer is that every reader will repent and turn away from this destructive system and onto a Spirit-led journey to establish a true and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
Throughout the pages of this book you will see your life depicted in one way or another. The Jesus Cult not only reveals the spirit of deception, but also provides Biblical answers for the way of escape. The only way is through Jesus Christ. People, it's time to come out of every facet of the world. For too long, we have trusted in all of these worldly systems, from religion and government, to industry and commerce, to no avail. We must begin, today, to rid ourselves of the soulish anchors that bind us to the religious spirit of the Antichrist.
Pastor Price's revelation of The Jesus Cult is bold, courageous and uncompromising. His labor 'in the Word and prayer' before the Throne of God has forged in him a prophetic voice to send a clarion call to God's remnant-wherever they reside throughout all the earth. Have no doubt about it; this book is inspired by the Holy Ghost! Through practical, real-life and everyday experiences the Spirit of God began to open the eyes of this shepherd. As Pastor Price met people on the streets of Atlanta, and dialogued with those who sit on church pews every Sunday, the devil's master scheme of deception was clearly exposed. Once he saw the true light, he has never wavered from preaching an end-time message of truth and power.
As men and women have encountered the original Gospel of Jesus Christ, they have come out of these religious settings burdened down with demonic weights that plague their souls. They emerge still bound, hurt, and in need of intense deliverance. I have seen the effects of the Jesus Cult on too many of God's people to question its validity and reality in our culture. I am thankful for the impact that this book will have on your life as well. Jesus comes to set the captive free!