All Evil is from Hell, All Good from the Lord

“If man only believed, as is really true, that all good is from the Lord and all evil from hell, he would neither make the good in him a matter of merit nor would evil be imputed to him; for he would then look to the Lord in all the good he thinks and does, and all the evil that flows in would be cast down to hell from which it comes.” (Heaven and Hell 302)

“It is an eternal truth that the Lord rules heaven and earth, and also that no one besides the Lord lives of himself, consequently that everything of life flows into [a person]. The good of life flows in from the Lord, and the evil of life from hell. This is the faith of the heavens. When a person is in this faith (and he can be in it when he is in good), then evil cannot be fastened and appropriated to him, because he knows that it is not from himself, but from hell. When a person is in this state, he can then be gifted with peace, for then he will trust solely in the Lord. Neither can peace be given to any others than those who are in this faith from charity; for others continually cast themselves into anxieties and evil desires, whence come intranquilities. Spirits who desire to direct themselves, suppose that this would be to lose their own will, thus their freedom, consequently all delight, thus all life and its sweetness. They say and suppose this because they do not know how the case really is; for the person who is led by the Lord is in freedom itself, and thus in delight and bliss itself; goods and truths are appropriated to him; he is given an affection and desire for doing what is good, and then nothing is more delightful to him than to perform uses. He is given a perception of good, and also a sensation of it; and he is given intelligence and wisdom; and all these as if his own; for he is then a recipient of the Lord’s life.” (Arcana Coelestia 6325)

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