Is God surgery-happy?

In God’s perpetual effort to enter into a covenant with the human race various divine strategies were devised and described throughout the narratives of Holy Scripture. In Genesis, one of these new strategies involved circumcision.

This ritual, introduced at the time of Abraham, involved the cutting of the foreskin of the male penis. Without this surgery a male would be removed from his friends and family and render his covenant with God inoperable.

And the uncircumcised male, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that soul shall be cut off from his peoples; he hath made vain My covenant. Genesis 17:14

But God doesn’t stop there. He also requires circumcision of the ear.

Upon whom shall I speak and testify, and they will hear? Behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken; behold the Word of Jehovah is become unto them a reproach; they do not desire it. Jeremiah 6:10

Then God adds one more surgical procedure into the mix. Heart surgery!

No son that is a stranger, uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into My sanctuary. Ezekiel 44:9

Since I have only gone through one of these procedures, should I be worried? Should women be worried that they are left out of even the one surgery procedure that I underwent?

Or, is something much deeper being expressed by these various types of circumcision?

Throughout this blog, I have posted many articles to provide evidence that within the literal message of Holy Scripture are contained higher levels of meaning. These higher levels of interpretation offer new insights concerning salvation and our forming a personal relationship with God.

Let’s look at the physical operation of penis circumcision and determine what spiritual value it could symbolize. The cutting of the foreskin allows one to more easily keep this “outer” organ clean. Symbolically speaking, circumcision serves as a sign to remind us that we ought to keep our thoughts clean—and cut out all perverse thinking that would interfere with our relationship with God.

This is why we must also circumcise our ears. To the extent that we hold onto wrong thinking, from the degenerative principle of self-love and worldly love, we are not listening to God. Cutting off part of the ear simply does not accomplish this purpose.

Nor does heart surgery. Unless we elevate our minds to understand that such an operation actually represents the examining of the motives and intentions of our hearts, then removing the negative characteristics and compulsions we find there.

Such pyscho-circumcision can hurt even more than its physical equivalent! It often involves us making unflattering discoveries about ourselves.

But with the price of healthcare skyrocketing these days, I am glad that God’s plan for salvation is paid for by spiritual equity, and therefore, will not hurt our pocketbooks and wallets.

Do you believe that cutting flesh is required to obtain God’s kingdom, which is a kingdom of mutual love?

About thegodguy

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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