Atheists can’t keep their hands off the maid

This kind of bad behavior results from individuals favoring secular reasoning and natural morality over spiritual conscience. To understand this proclivity toward maids by such individuals, we will have to explore deep psychology.

Growth of the human intellect requires a certain quality of love to enter into our cognitive function at different stages of development. The concept that one’s feelings are what focus attention and drive the ordering of our experiences has only recently received attention in neuroscience.

However, scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg described the importance of love and affection to stages of cognitive development more than 250 years ago. He depicted the growth of the human intellect as a “marriage” between affection and knowledge. These neuro-nuptials between heart and mind take place at each advance of the intellect toward ever-higher levels of cognition during one’s lifetime.

First, at childhood, there is love of knowledge. This is why humans are born into the world with curiosity for everything.

Next, there is a love of understanding what one knows. This allows memory-data to be abstracted through the development of the human imagination.

Above the imagination, there is a love for perceiving and judging truth. We call this human rationality. The atheist stops here and evolves no further.

There are possibilities for further personal evolution but this can only come about through God and acquiring a new quality of love. Beyond natural or human rationality there is spiritual rationality, which arises from the affection for spiritual truth.

The difference between the natural rational mind and the spiritual rational mind is that the latter concedes that all real love and truth comes from God. It is this spiritual affection for God’s truth that represents the true and legitimate rationality for humans.

The quantum language of Scripture actually addresses this deep knowledge of human psychology and its proper development. For instance, the formation and comparison of these two distinct levels of rationality—the natural and the spiritual—is portrayed with Divine Ingenuity by the story of Abraham’s two sons, Ishmael and Isaac.

Abraham’s first son, Ishmael, was born of Hagar, a maidservant, rather than with his actual, legitimate wife, Sarah. A maidservant therefore represents, on a psycho-spiritual level, a less important quality of love in human cognition. Swedenborg tells us that Ishmael represents the birth of the secular human rational.

When Sarah finally bears Abraham a son, Isaac, this symbolizes the birth of a more elevated cognitive function from the marriage between spiritual love and knowledge in the human intellect. Isaac represents the formation and birth of the spiritual rational, which follows after the birth of the natural or secular rational mind.

As unexpected as this may seem to the reader, further evidence that details concerning the human psyche are contained within Scripture is provided when Sarah sees Ishmael mocking this change in the relationship with Abraham. Sarah implores Abraham to cast out both Hagar and Ishmael. Psychologically speaking, to cast something out is the recognition that the spiritual rational (Isaac) is more important and should ultimately replace the first, or secular rational (Ishmael) and its love (Hagar).

Ishmael’s mocking represents how secular reasoning often pooh-poohs God and religion (Gen. 21:9,10). This is the unfortunate outcome of a cognitive function which is incapable of discerning the higher, spiritual meanings contained within the literal words and stories of Scripture. Such natural reasoning sees only absurdities.

Could you handle the idea that on a deeper level, Holy Scripture contains our own personal story? Or do you have a fondness for maids?  

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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
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2 Responses to Atheists can’t keep their hands off the maid

  1. havau22 says:

    Don’t you think that atheists are taking it to the extreme,when they say they don’t beleive in God,what there really saying basically is that they only beleive in them selfs and the wisdom of this world,there always asking for proof and evidence,the proof is in the details,also like you mentioned on one of your previous post that the old system of beleif has turned a lot of serious thinkers in to atheists,if this is one of the reason, hopfully they will come to there sences oneday,then theres those who beleive in God who live the opposite of his will, they must also come to there sences…man theres a lot of work to be done out there.

    • thegodguy says:

      Add that to all the work I still have to do on myself and you have the true extent of the problem! Real change is very difficult – we must each go up against ourselves!

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