There are a few biblical passages that seem to talk about how people who die will sleep in the grave until Judgment Day. Some argue that this means the dead know nothing. On the other hand, there are other passages, and such things as near-death experiences, that suggest the opposite—that the afterlife begins at the moment of death. How can these understandings be reconciled? We suggest that the key to understanding the meaning of terms such as “death” and “life” is Swedenborg’s system of correspondences, which reveals how words and ideas in the Bible have symbolic meanings that represent deeper truths. In this episode, we examine the meaning of terms like “sleep,” “death,” and “graves” to unlock the hidden spiritual meanings of the Last Judgment.
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