Every man is judged in the spiritual world
according to the quality of his life on this earth for the reason that his love
is according to his life, and all judgment in the spiritual world is according
to the love. If the love is selfish, its quality is evil. If the love is
unselfish, its quality is good. A man's character takes on a certain fixation in
his bodily life in this world, according to his free choice and determination in
spiritual things. For this reason the essential quality and order of his loves
is not changed by death. Nevertheless no man is to be judged by the external
appearances of his quality in this life. It is his ruling love, his ruling
motive, that determines a man's true character, and this is not always seen in
this life, but becomes evident in the life after death.
Although man's essential character and ruling love
remains the same after death, this does not mean that he does not progress.
Every spirit progresses in the perfection of his life, increasing in knowledge,
in wisdom, and in the extension of his .usefulness into eternity. This may be
illustrated by the fact that as we progress in age in this world our loves, our
essential character, become more and more fixed, but that we never cease to
learn, and grow continually in wisdom of life.