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I went home; and during the night the same man revealed himself to me again, but I was not frightened now. He then said that He was the Lord God, the Creator of the world, and the Redeemer, and that He had chosen me to explain to men the spiritual sense of the Scripture, and that He Himself would explain to me what I should write on this subject; that same night also were opened to me, so that I became thoroughly convinced of their reality, the worlds of spirits, heaven, and hell, and I recognized there many acquaintances of every condition in life. From that day I gave up the study of all worldly science, and laboured in spiritual things, according as the Lord had commanded me to write. Afterwards the Lord opened, daily very often, my bodily eyes, so that, in the middle of the day I could see into the other world, and in a state of perfect wakefulness converse with angels and spirits.264

It cannot be stressed too much that Robsahm's account is secondhand, despite Robsahm putting it in the first person, which gives the impression that it is firsthand. Thus it is not as reliable as Swedenborg's firsthand accounts.265, 301 As Regamey says:

Is it not the first duty of a scrupulous biographer worthy of the name to verify the source of all the documents he plans to use and give primary importance to the actual testimony of the man himself?266


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Incorporated October 20, 1906

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