The Hells of Those Who Spent Their Lives in Adultery (Continued)

There are some men who hide behind a love for marriage and a love for children in order to commit treacherous deeds. Their behavior prevents any suspicion on a husband’s part that they as his guests are anything but chaste, innocent friends. Under such appearances and many others, they commit adultery in relative safety. These people live in a hell under the buttocks and in the filthiest excrement where, because they are among the deceitful, they undergo such devastation that they finally seem to turn into skeletons.

People like this do not even know what conscience is. I talked to them, and they were surprised that anyone might have a conscience or claim that adultery violates it. I told them that for adulterers of their type, who have no compunction, it is as impossible to come into heaven as it is for a fish to rise into the air or for a bird to fly up into the ether.

Let them only edge close to heaven and they feel as though they would suffocate. The pleasure they feel turns into a stinking smell. They can only be thrust down into hell. Eventually they come to appear skeletal, with little life left, because this is the kind of life they have obtained for themselves, and when they lose it, only a tiny amount of truly human life remains.

from Secrets of Heaven, Volume 1, Section 827

The Hells of Those who Spent Their Lives in Adultery (Continued)

There were some of each sex from the so-called Christian world who during bodily life considered their adulteries not only allowable but even sacred and for this reason contracted group “marriages”(as they so profanely called them) under the appearance of sanctity.

As I watched, they were sent to Gehenna, but when they arrived there, a change occurred. Gehenna’s fiery glimmer, which is red-hot, became white-hot at their approach, and their inability to get along together became perceptible. As a result, that iniquitous troupe of theirs was removed and transferred to an area behind the back—to another world, I heard, where they would sink into the water and then move on to a new Gehenna created for them. An indescribable sort of hiss could be heard in [the first] Gehenna, but the hissing or whispering there was duller than the sound made by these people who polluted what is holy with their adulteries.

from Secrets of Heaven, Volume 1, Section 826

The Hells of Those Who Spent Their Lives in Adultery (Continued)

Level with the soles of the feet, in front and fairly far away, is a hell called Gehenna containing shameless women who centered all their pleasure on committing adultery. They regarded adultery as not just acceptable but honorable and lured the unblemished and innocent into it under various high-minded guises.

A sort of fiery glow appears there, like the one that a large conflagration would cast in the air. There is also a blast of heat, which I was able to feel through the warmth that spread from there to my face. And an odor drifts out that resembles the smell of singed bones and hair.

Sometimes this hell turns into a mass of loathsome snakes that bite the inhabitants. Once bitten they long for death, but they cannot die.

Some women released from the place came to me and said it was hot there. They reported that when they are allowed to approach a certain community of good spirits, the heat turns into intense cold. The temperature, they said, then fluctuates between extremes of blazing heat and freezing cold, which also tormented them miserably.

They have intervals during which they are aroused and aflame with lust; but conditions change for them, as noted.

from Secrets of Heaven, Volume 1, Section 825

The Hells of Those who Spent their Lives in Adultery

Under the heel of the right foot is the hell of those who enjoyed cruelty and also adultery and felt the greatest pleasure of their lives in those two things.  It is remarkable that people who were cruel while living in the body also practiced adultery more than any others.  Such people live in this hell.

There they inflict cruelties in unspeakable ways.  In their imaginations they create (giant) mortarlike vessels (similar to those used for grinding herbs) and pestles, which they use to crush and torture everyone they can. They also conjure up executioners’ broadaxes, or something like them, as well as trephines with which they viciously maul each other–and other grim devices besides.

In that hell are a number of Jews who once treated gentiles in the same cruel ways.  Today the hell is still growing, the main additions coming from the so-called Christian world. These “Christians” obtained all the joy of their lives from adultery, and most of them were also abusive.

Sometimes their delight is transformed into the reek of human dung, an odor that pours out copiously when the hell opens.  I sensed the smell in the world of spirits and almost passed out.  This fecal stench comes and goes in hell.  It consists of the inhabitants’ pleasure in adultery, converted into a horrible aroma.

As time passes and they finish a certain amount of time living in such scenes, they are left alone, sitting in pain, and seem to turn into misshapen skeletons, although they remain alive.

from Secrets of Heaven, Volume 1, Section 824

Our Quality

Our quality is entirely determined by what controls our life.  That is what distinguishes us from each other.  That is what determines our heaven if we are good and our hell if we are evil.

It is our essential will, everything we claim to be, and our nature.  In fact, it is the very substance of our life.  It cannot be changed after death because it is what we really are.

Everything we find pleasing, satisfying, and happy comes to us from our ruling love and answers to it.  We call whatever we love pleasing because that is how it feels to us.  While we can also call something pleasing that we think about but do not love, that is not a pleasing of our life.

To enjoy our love stands as what is good in our estimation, and anything we do not enjoy stands as what is bad in our estimation.

from Regeneration, Page 5, 6

Our Ruling Love

Our love is our life itself.  What our love is like determines how we live and therefore everything about what we are as human beings.  It is, however, specifically our ruling or dominant love that makes us who we are.

That love has many loves subordinate to it, loves that derive from it.  They take on various guises, but nevertheless these specific loves are inherent in the ruling love and together with it make a single domain.  The ruling love is like their monarch or head.  It governs them and works through them as intermediate goals, in order to focus on and strive for its own goal, the primary and ultimate of all.  It does this both directly and indirectly.

Whatever belongs to our ruling love we love more than anything else.

Whatever we love more than anything else is constantly within our thoughts and also within our intentions.  It constitutes the very essence of our life.  For example, if we love wealth more than anything else, whether in the form of money or in the form of possessions, we are constantly calculating how we can acquire it.  We feel the deepest joy when we do acquire it and the deepest grief when we lose it–our heart is in it.

If we love ourselves more than anything else, we are mindful of ourselves at every little moment.  We think about ourselves, talk about ourselves, act to benefit ourselves.  In fact, our life is a life of pure self.

We have as our goal whatever we love more than anything else.  We focus on it constantly in each and every thing we do.  It is within our will like the hidden current of a river that draws and carries us along even when we are doing something else, because it is what animates us.

This is the ruling love that we see and examine in others, using it either to lead them or to cooperate with them.

from Regeneration, Page 5

There Are Two Reasons Why We Should not Beg the Lord to Forgive Our Sins

There are two reasons why we should not beg the Lord to forgive our sins.

The first is that sins are not abolished, they are just relocated within us. They are laid aside when after repentance we stop doing them and start a new life. This is because there are countless yearnings that stick to each evil in a kind of cluster; these cannot be set aside in a moment, but they can be dealt with in stages as we allow ourselves to be reformed and regenerated.

the second reason is that the Lord is mercy itself. Therefore he forgives the sins of all people. He blames no one for any sin. He says, “They do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34) (but this does not mean our sins are taken away altogether). To Peter, who was asking how many times he should forgive a friend who was sinning against him–whether he should give forgiveness as many as seven times–the Lord answered, “I do not say as many as seven times, but as many as seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:21-22).

from Regeneration, Page 40, 41

There Are Two Loves

There are two loves from which arises everything that is good and true, as though from their very wellsprings, and there are two loves from which arises everything that  is evil and false.

These two loves that are the source of everything good and true are love for the Lord and love for our neighbors, while the two loves that are source of everything evil and false are love for ourselves and love for this world.

from Regeneration, Page 6