I suspect many of you have. I was hacked not long ago but it was quickly caught and dealt with. Hackers can be mischievous (looking for a challenge) or downright evil. This is the price we pay for the huge benefits of living in the Informational Age of the Internet.
Far more sinister is the fact that the human race has been hacked even before computers were invented. According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, the human mind gets hacked by evil spirits in hell. Deep within the human brain and mind we all share a similar mental plane with the inhabitants of the Spiritual World (because, inwardly, we terrestrial humans are all spirits covered in a material body-suit).
This situation allows both evil entities and heavenly angels to have access to the information of our memories. Evil spirits hack in to find and excite the worst in us while angels serve to provide spiritual security software from heavenly principles of love.
Between the evil spirits and angels, God keeps us in equilibrium between good and bad choices—to protect our free will. Over time, our individual life choices and inclinations determine who gets greater access to our personal info.
Temptation is nothing more than a battle between spiritual hackers and opposing security strategies for our hearts and minds. Within this scheme, religion can be looked at as God’s operating system.
By using the analogy of hackers, we can explore how Emanuel Swedenborg provides us with deeper insights about the Lord’s Advent and its true mission.
By coming into the world and taking on a material brain and body, Jesus not only could interface with and teach terrestrial humans, he could be hacked by the hells.
Since God is Infinite, no finite power can ever hope to attack the Divine. Swedenborg informs us that at the time the Lord came into the world, hell’s growing influence was upsetting the cosmic equilibrium and human free will was threatened.
While the Lord was on earth a hidden battle was raging. Evil spirits could now attack and tempt God through his finite material brain and human hereditary traits (received from the mother). Every time Jesus overcame an influence from hell, He perfected His human nature until it became perfectly united with His Divine Nature on the Cross (glorification).
The Crucifixion was not salvation in itself. It was the means by which the Lord endured his final temptations of the human flesh from hell and forever gained the power to restore cosmic equilibrium and protect human free will. Without free will the human race cannot be saved from the spiritual hackers who are constantly trying to gain access to our memory and manipulate it. Heaven (or hell) is a choice.
How do you feel about this unique interpretation?