Altar Alpha Omega

Our Beliefs

Our Vision

Our vision is of a network of individuals and groups interacting together to share spiritual insight and under-standing in an open and non-judgmental way, in order to promote spiritual growth through the application to life of the Word, and the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg.

Summary of Beliefs

  • We believe there is one God, who is the God of all religions.
  • We believe there is a place in heaven for all who show love to God and to other people, whatever their religion.
  • We believe that God has shown himself to us in a human form- Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that if we live a good life, with love to God and other people, we will live in heaven with other angels who are similar to us.
  • We believe that hell exists but not that God sends us there. It is a place that people choose for themselves if they prefer to make selfish choices.
  • We believe that God gives us the freedom to choose whether to be good or bad.
  • We believe that if we pray to God for help, and truly wish to be better people, He will help us to do so.
  • We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, full of symbols and parables that teach us about spiritual life.
  • We learn more about the heavenly meaning of the Bible from the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg who was an 18th century scientist, philosopher and theologian.

​What is the New Church?

The concept of “The New Church” is based upon Revelation 21: 1 – 3:

1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God.… (Rev 21: 1 – 3)

The New Church attempts to represent or emulate this new heaven, on earth. It is also called the New Jerusalem Church. It is represented in this passage as the ‘new earth’ and the ‘new Jerusalem’ coming down.

God – to this Specific Church – is the risen Lord Jesus Christ in whom is the Divine Trinity.

To the New Church, Jesus Christ is not a member of the Trinity, He is the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit: One God. Where the Father is Infinite incomprehensible Love, the Son is Infinite Wisdom and the Holy Spirit is the Divine Sphere which emanates from these and pervades the created universe. Like soul body and activity of a person. As Paul the apostle said in Colossians:

9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.  (Col 2: 9 – 10)

The New Church is part of the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is not a coming in the flesh but in teachings (doctrine). These teachings are contained in the Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg.

We believe in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and in charity to the neighbour; and that:

“… all religion [which is based upon Divine Revelation] has relation to life, and that the life of religion is to do good.” (Swedenborg, The Teachings of the New Jerusalem Concerning Life, section 1)

The Faith of the New Heaven and the New Church is summarised in Swedenborg’s book ‘The True Christian Religion’ sections 1 to 3. Here is a brief summary from section 3:

“[2] THE PARTICULARS OF FAITH ON MANKIND’S PART are:

(1) God is one, in whom is a Divine trinity, and He is the Lord God the Saviour Jesus Christ.

(2) Saving faith is to believe in Him.

(3) Evils should not be done, because they are of the hells and from the hells.

(4) Good should be done, because it is of God and from God.

(5) This should be done by a person as if by himself; but it should be believed that it is done by the Lord in a person and through him.

The first two are matters of faith, the next two of charity, and the fifth of the conjunction of charity and faith, thus of the conjunction of the Lord and people.”