Christians and Non-Christians

The Lord is just as much present in charity among those who are outside the church, called gentiles, as among those who are inside the church. In fact he is more closely present, because they have less cloud in their intellectual part than so-called Christians usually do. Non-Christians are ignorant of the Word and do not know who the Lord is, so they do not know the truth that the faith teaches. As a result they themselves cannot oppose the Lord or that truth, and therefore their clouds do not oppose the Lord or that truth. Clouds of this kind can be dispelled easily when such people are enlightened.

Christians, though, are capable of having clouds that do block the Lord and the truth of the faith, and these clouds are dark enough to produce gloom. When hatred replaces neighborly love, pitch blackness results. The effect is intensified in those who profane the truth of the faith, which non-Christians cannot do, since they live in ignorance of that truth. None of us can profane a thing whose nature and existence we are unaware of.

This is why more non-Christians than Christians are saved, as the Lord also said in Luke 13:23, 28, 29, 30. In addition, he said that all their little children belong to the Lord’s kingdom, in Matthew 18:10, 14; 19:14; Luke 18:16.

from Secrets of Heaven, Volume 2, Page 78

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