8. Does everyone go to Heaven?
Every human being whatsoever that has been born
into the world, even if he has lived but for a moment, is an immortal soul, and
lives to eternity in the spiritual world. The question as to whether all in that
spiritual world are in heaven, or whether some go to hell is clarified by this;
that every man lives there in his own love, and if his love is unselfish, a love
of God and the neighbor, he is in heaven, since heaven is made by those loves;
if his love on the other hand is a selfish love, so that he loves self and the
world above all things, then he is in hell, since those loves make hell, and are
hell in themselves. The fire and brimstone of hell mentioned in the Bible are
nothing more or less than the activity of the evil loves of self and the world
and their enjoyments. Hell is then nothing more than a continuation of the life
of the loves of self and the world with those who choose to remain in them
during this life. It is not a place of torture or eternal punishment, but merely
the fatuous life and happiness which are received by those who are ruled by
those evil loves.
Every man, no matter what his religion may be, is
brought into heaven and is instructed in such a way as to receive the truth
according to his genius, if he lives according to his religion, and in some
measure combats and overcomes the rule of his self-love.