The Three Heavens
December 4, 2017 § Leave a comment
It has always been clear in my mind what the essential nature of Celestial and Spiritual heavens are. The Celestial heaven (the highest heaven) is made up of those who love the Lord. The Spiritual heaven (the middle heaven) is made up of those who love the neighbor. Who makes up the natural (or lowest heaven), however has always been obscure in my mind. The obscurity, in part, is due to the fact that the Heavenly Doctrines do not talk as much about the Natural heaven.
This passage, AC 4286.2 is the clearest teaching I have seen on the topic:
- Those in the Celestial heaven are governed by love to the Lord
- Those in the Spiritual heaven are governed by mutual love where they love others more than themselves
- Those in the Natural heaven are also governed by mutual love “but they do not love others more than themselves, only as themselves.”