When we think of the smartest humans in history Albert Einstein quickly comes to the top of the list. But how would his intelligence stack up against that of an angel?
This question may seem like comparing apples with oranges since those of us who believe in angels see them as spiritual beings with loving hearts rather than as having piercing intellects.
To answer this question one has to know the causal relationship between the spiritual world and physical world, plus, have a map of the cognitive architecture of the human brain and its distinct levels of consciousness.
Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg has given the world valuable information concerning both these areas of intellectual inquiry. Swedenborg discovered, from direct experience with heaven, that the spiritual world and angels represent an a priori causal world while the ideas of humans living in the physical world reflect the outward, after-effects of these spiritual influences.
In the same way that human will and thought precede physical actions, angelic thoughts and actions precede the operations of the human brain.
Furthermore, human thoughts are under more physical constraints from the laws of time and space. Angelic thinking is freed up from all spacetime limitations.
Since angels exist and think in a more fundamental realm, their knowledge is more universal. Angels can perceive universal principles and God’s divine order in all dynamic process and organized complexity. In other words, they see how everything in God’s world is unified through relational holism.
All existence is relationship. Nothing exists alone. And everything is some reflection or mirror image of the greater Whole. Swedenborg called this holographic sensitivity in angelic perception as a higher awareness of how all things fit into “comprehensive wholes.”
The reciprocal union of all things in the universe is a derivative of the essence of LOVE, which perpetually strives to unite and harmonize all differentiated things. So Love is the secret to agency in the universe and is the first principle and creative formative substance of fundamental reality.
Eienstein (as well as every other physicist after him) failed at unifying general relativity theory (spacetime curvature and gravity) with quantum physics (matter). Some physicists suggest that the answer involves deeper principles and a deeper theory. Angels exist and think in this deeper world. They know how all knowledge and law is unified.
Therefore, angels are much, much smarter than Einstein or any other scientist who is limited by the earthly powers of a physical brain.
Swedenborg’s contribution to neuroscience was that he not only was the father of neuron theory but of a multi-level cognitive theory. (Neuroscience has only recently sought out multi-level theories.) He mapped out deeper levels of structure within the neuron itself that were responsible for the higher cognitive functions of imagination and human reasoning. He also theorized that the human cognitive architecture and its deepest neural substrates were composed of spiritual substances and operated in a non-local and non-temporal realm (the spiritual world).
These higher substrates and their rarified operations are mostly closed off to terrestrial humans. Ecstatic spiritual states and mystical visions of the biblical Prophets are rare examples of humans being temporarily connected to these higher ontological realities.
I devote a whole chapter to the topic of human and angelic intelligence in my soon-to-be released book, Proving God.