Evolution Mystery Solved?

When did we become human? This is a question that still remains to be solved by anthropologists.

Did we become human when we first stood up on two legs, freeing our hands for tool making, which demanded more mental ingenuity? Was it the creation of language? Art?

In order to understand at what point our species became human, we need to understand what it means to be human.

Humans enjoy both an external (corporeal) and inner (spiritual) reality. Our external reality is similar to that of other creatures, which have natural and worldly desires for food, comfort and sex. But our deeper, inner reality is something other creatures do not share.

This inner reality provided a medium by which God could affect the minds of men and women and enter into a most unique relationship. Through this medium and relationship, the human species can override its corporeal or natural level and continue to evolve inwardly into new spiritual beings called angels.

According to the theological writings and personal discoveries of Emanuel Swedenborg, we became human when we first began to both recognize and worship God. We are human from what we receive from God through our inner, psychical world.

God has given men and women two capacities in life that make us human. They are free will and discernment. These two capacities are the essence of human form (not ten toes and fingers or an upright stance). These two gifts are the finite equivalent of God’s Divine Love and Divine Wisdom. Free will has reference to love and discernment has reference to wisdom.

It is the two capacities of free will and discernment that make us an image of the Lord God. They allow God to make a covenant with the human race.

The Infinite essence is Love. Love is living and conscious (wise). Love is Infinite Personality. So God’s form is infinitely and divinely human.

Therefore one could also say that standing upright is what made us human—if we look at this as an inner or mental posture—which allows us to gaze towards heaven rather than have our eyes always fixed to the earth. In this way “standing upright,” means becoming an upright citizen through the observance of God’s tenets.

Our special God-given inner reality, called spirit, is the means by which men and women can gain eternal life and happiness.


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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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7 Responses to Evolution Mystery Solved?

  1. oliverbenen says:

    “the human species can override its corporeal or natural level and continue to evolve inwardly into new spiritual beings called angels. ”

    Love may be your ultimate science, but using the language of science doesn’t make something science. There is one crucial thing missing – evidence.

  2. thegodguy says:

    Thank you for your comment.

    The evidence you seek cannot be addressed within a short blog. I have touched on different aspects of this topic in previous blogs. Check out my post entiitled “The Purpose of Creation.”
    My posts represent many of the issues I will be addressing in my next book entitled, “Proving God.”

    The book will challenge the current assumptions about physics. Love is treated not in its usual romantic connotation, but rather, as ultimate formative substance of the universe. My book will attempt to show that a scientific model based on LOVE as a first causal principle offers real explanatory and predictive powers.

  3. grassy says:

    grassy says : I absolutely agree with this !

  4. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Perfectionistic!

  5. thegodguy says:

    Dear Perfectionistic,

    I dug your comment out of a spam file, so I hope you did not think that I censored you. The post you have responded to represents a “snip” from my next book project, “Proving God.”

    The point I was trying to make is that evolution is a SPIRITUAL process (and involves dynamics that transcend the Neo-Darwinian synthesis). See my post “The Purpose of Creation.”

    Thanks for enjoying your visit to my blog.

    Spiritually yours,

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  7. thegodguy says:

    Dear (all those things),

    Evolution is not correctly portrayed by contemporary science (the neo-Darwinian thesis).

    The purpose of creation and evolution is to create a heaven from the human race. Evolution is more than the development of increased intelligence, it includes the evolution of the heart and the exaltation of love (which represents the augmentation of interconnectedness and interdependence of the biosphere).

    Humankind, through following God’s tenets and making spiritual life-choices can evolve “inwardly” in such a way as to extend the biosphere into a non-physical realm (called heaven).

    See my posts “The Purpose of Creation” and “The Subtlety of Prehistoric Human Thought.”

    I am glad that I have made some sense to you.

    Spiritually yours,

    P.S. I will soon have a new post concerning the mystery of the Neanderthals – with theological implications.

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