Advertisements are running everywhere to help aging men deal with “erectile dysfunction” (ED). Even more worrisome are the various news reports that indicate male sperm counts are down. One theologian, Emanuel Swedenborg, provided some unexpected evidence that such a problem has it origins in the quality of one’s spirituality (or lack of it).
What makes Swedenborg unique among all other theologians is his spectacular claim that the Lord opened his spiritual eyes so that he could gain access to the spiritual world and be among the spiritual beings there (the departed souls of terrestrial humans). He enjoyed this ability for the last twenty-five years of his life and reported on many events that he personally witnessed.
One such event included departed spirits from various Christian countries. They were brought together to discuss the origin of marriage, love of the sex, and male potency. I will leave out the country of each Christian response to protect the innocent.
The first group of Christians to respond stated that male potency came from no other source than the position of the sun from the latitude of the country one was born in. Southern countries, which came under greater influence of the sun’s vital rays, stated that solar heat was the origin of their passion and potency.
The second group of Christians claimed that chastity and laws restraining men from the desire to “cheat” was the true source of potency because this protected men from immoral acts that would lead to disease.
A third group of Christians maintained that male potency was derived from the institution of marriage (with a virgin) and its lawful license for sex.
A fourth group attributed potency to bodily health.
The fifth group announced that potency had its source in the ardor of young husbands before the nuptials as the burning flame of sex is focused on one woman. Potency is maintained in older husbands by the exercise of moderation from prudence.
Group six claimed that potency came from viewing marriage with an aim towards public good. This included the raising of and proper education of children plus the acquisition of inheritances – both which are secured by marriage.
A seventh group said the source of potency was obviously from the love of the delight and pleasure of sex.
The eighth group believed that male potency had its primal beginning deep within a man’s spiritual mind, which then flowed into his breast, and finally into the genitals. In other words, spiritual love and its potency came from something innate in the human mind. Spiritual love involved seeking mutuality and friendship with ONE woman. If potency preceded this love it had a purely carnal source. True potency came from having one’s love in the proper order.
Lastly, a ninth committee of Christians surmised that the potency of love came from a similarity and unanimity of minds between the partners.
When all the Christian representatives had finished, several outsiders from Africa appeared in the room and volunteered to offer their own opinion about the true origin of potency. One of them began to say that Africans believe that true potency comes from the God of heaven and earth. A person’s potency is the product of one’s relationship with the God of the universe.
An angel then appeared and announced that the African most correctly described the origin of potency!
To sum things up, the diminished potency and sperm count of males may be a direct result of the diminished quality in their relationship with God. You may laugh at such a premise but your only alternative is to take a “small pill” containing Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and not worry whether it produces a noble erection.