Since I have already written a blog post for Easter as well as address the crucifixion and Glorification of the risen Lord, I decided to address another hot topical issue—cheating men.
The other day this topic was addressed on the Dr. Oz show and tonight (Saturday) new research on men’s brains will be discussed on Coast-to-Coast AM with Ian Punnett.
Are men’s brains hard-wired to cheat? Are men simply innocent victims of their biology? I am looking forward to tonight’s radio discussion on this matter.
Meanwhile, what did scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg have to say about men’s attitudes towards women and fidelity?
In his fantastic book Conjugial Love, he offered a spiritual look at the differences between men and women (which he learned from male and female angels in heaven). He said that women are naturally inclined toward finding and focusing on ONE member of the opposite sex. But men are naturally attracted to ALL of the opposite sex—which leads to wandering eyes. (A woman on the Dr. Oz show humorously remarked that men had ears on the side of the heads so that they could listen to their wives while looking in another direction!)
So Swedenborg would agree that men are wired differently. While women naturally embrace monogamy he stated that men could not be inwardly faithful except through proper spiritual growth.
Of course, science with its materialistic ideology is beginning to downplay the biological importance of monogamy as they find rare examples of it in the animal kingdom. Again, Swedenborg says the issue of monogamy is spiritual for men—for it involves them transcending their biological selves. Spiritual (conjugial) love is not of the animal kingdom, but of God’s kingdom in heaven. It is purely angelic.
According to Swedenborg, the main role of a woman is to help her man become more spiritual. God tries to bend a man’s heart from within while a woman tries to bend a man’s heart from without. Men often call this outward and seemingly incessant influence by women “nagging.” Inwardly they feel God’s influence as “conscience.” Men can ignore both by offering no resistance to their natural urges.
I would like to recommend to my readers that they contact the Swedenborg Foundation at www.swedenborg.com and order a copy of Swedenborg’s Conjugial Love and tune in to tonight’s Coast-to-Coast AM discussion on the male brain with Ian Punnett.
Then I would like to hear from you. Please share your thoughts.