Sperm in a foreign land?

How can sperm find itself in a foreign land?

Certainly, if male travelers visit other countries their sperm is carried off with them to these other places. But why would this make one’s sperm the actual stranger as the Scriptural passage Genesis 15:13 suggests?

And He said unto Abram, Knowing thou shalt know that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them, and they shall afflict them four hundred years.

The literal interpretation of this passage suggests that Abram’s sperm will lead to a population of humans that will have to serve and live under the oppression of a foreign nation. So why would God send Abram and his gonads there in the first place?

God’s Holy Word contains deeper revelations than a mere literal interpretation of its words can convey. In the case of this biblical passage, sperm or male seed represents the prolific principle of a new kind of faith that Abram embodied. Abram’s progeny was not simply a population increase of those embracing a new religion but the spreading, or impregnation of a new doctrine in the minds of a people who will find these ideas foreign to their own beliefs.

Faith and seed are similar things. In fact, faith is “spiritual” seed, which can be planted into a person’s mind and be cultivated, where it will grow, branch out, flower, and finally bear good fruit.

So, as I have already hinted, “seed in a foreign land,” when understood on a deeper psycho-spiritual level, means a new religion as it attempts to be implanted and sprout in the minds of men and women who share a different worldview (foreign soil). It takes time for these ideas to take hold, and until they do, they must suffer oppression in men’s hearts and minds.

This deeper meaning is how angels interpret this passage  (and all other passages). We too, being inwardly spirits, have the capacity to interpret the physical events portrayed in Scripture as revealing more profound spiritual lessons. In this way, Abram’s situation becomes immediately relevant to each of us personally—even in our post-modern world.

Unfortunately, the knowledge of deeper levels of meaning is a “hard sell” to many people. But convincing you that Scripture contains deeper levels of God’s Infinite Wisdom is the most important thing I can do while still on earth.

So I will keep trying.



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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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