Christmas – a time to celebrate spiritual genetic manipulation!

What is unknown to most of the human race is that the Lord, Jesus Christ, was born into the world to do some divine tinkering with the human genome. Having been born of a terrestrial human mother, Jesus certainly inherited Mary’s genetic material.

Since all members of the human race are finite and imperfect beings, it makes sense that an infinitely perfect being would strive to make some modifications to Mary’s human genetic code so that He could feel more spiritually comfortable “in His skin.”

Not only did the Lord God face external challenges to His Kingship when he entered the world arena, He faced internal hereditary challenges as well. For instance, when he was being crucified on the Cross, his human genetic disposition tempted Him to get off and make a powerful show of force—show them who was the real boss! This is what humans are genetically and habitually programmed to do when their enemies are harming them (and they feel they’re in the right).

But the Lord loved all humanity. No one was His enemy! Infinite love and wisdom cannot act in any other way.

In order to save humankind and glorify His earthly human nature with His divine heavenly nature, He had to overcome all his worldly compulsions that were passed on to him through Mary, whom supplied him with a physical body. This challenge was the internal and invisible battle that went unseen during the Lord’s lifetime on the planet earth. It is a battle from which He emerged victorious. This is why the Lord strangely referred to Mary as a “woman” rather than as His “mother.” His victory was a rejection of all her flawed human traits and fallibilities.

This deeper genetic battle was the main reason for the Lord being born on earth. Because the Lord ultimately conquered all human vanities and evils, we gain a similar power when we seek the Lord to help us conquer our own inner demons. According to scientist/theologian, Emanuel Swedenborg, this spiritual endeavor actually affects and modifies—in a positive way—the behavioral traits we pass on to future generations, not to mention how it affects those presently around us.

The greatest Christmas gift we can give others is to become a better person! So wrap yourself up in genuine goodness and share it with others! What a Christmas celebration that would be!

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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9 Responses to Christmas – a time to celebrate spiritual genetic manipulation!

  1. Roger says:

    Dear Edward,

    The twin sciences of genetics and memetics! Although the Lord overcame his genetic material, he passed his victory to us through the mechanism of the Word and the Holy Spirit – that is, memetically, via the world of “memes”, the world of the constructs of the mind and spirit. Our genetic heritage (or disadvantage) goes only so far – we must further a journey in this life and the next memetically. We, in the new Church, have a richer and clearer set of memes than those in the “old Church”. Although I speak as one who attends the “old Church” while believing in the new.

    Felix Navidad! May you acquire the memes to further your genetic advantages and overcome your genetic disadvantages! And when your genes (your DNA) dissolve into dust, your memes will carry you through – the ones your received from the Lord (“grace”) and the ones you built with the help of the Lord (“works”).


  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Roger,

    May you and your family have a Merry “memetic” Christmas!

    Spiritually yours,

    P.S. You have given me an idea for some future blog topics!

  3. Anon says:

    If we’re playing by the normal rules of genetic replicators, the New Church has some very weak “memes”. Fitness here is determined by looking at how successfully something produces copies of itself, not by how strong or attractive it is if it is an organism, or by its truth value if it is a meme. Swedenborgian ideas have been replicating for about 250 years, and they’re found in only a few thousand hosts. Compare this to the Mormons. They have similarly wacky memetic content and came about more recently but have almost 14 million hosts.

  4. thegodguy says:

    Dear Anon,

    Yes, according to those rules you are correct. However, the “wackiness” of an idea does not necessarily hinder its fitness. Lots of nonsense has been successively reproduced throughout history, whether it be scientific or theological.

    May your “goodness memes” be multiplied and passed on to others!


  5. Roger says:

    I think part of the issue is in packaging the memes. Swedenborg himself wrote hefty tomes in Latin. These were meant for scholars. To their credit, the New Church has tried to re-package this content into a form that can be understood and appreciated by the ‘masses’. But we need to do better, of course. One error is appearing more wacky than we actually are. If you look at it, ‘Swedenborgianism’ is simple Christianity with a twist here and an accent there. We need to present it as such, and leave more advanced topics such as correspondences to ‘upper room’ discussions. We need to capitalize on the fact that “Heaven and Hell” sells more than “Arcana Coelestia”. Present Swedenborgianism as a Christianity that has better insights into the afterlife, and a better understanding of the meaning of faith, works and regeneration. That’s it. Other concepts should come later. We need better sales people. -Roger

  6. thegodguy says:

    Dear Roger,

    There has been a lot of “dumbing-down” going on in the New Church lately in preference for “chummy” communities. As a result their members are being misled as to the real obstacles of regeneration – such as having a split psyche (one of which is artificial and the other which is asleep).

    There is nothing wrong with making your message as simple as possible. But when a church no longer assists its members to become more “able” at identifying their flaws, and instead, chooses hand-holding and offering comfort, they are merely trying to please an ecclesiastical crowd. Most people go to church for “hope” instead of procuring inner “change.”

    Also, since I am not a member of the Swedenborgian Church, I am not interested in their Sunday attendance nor the size of their congregations. Therefore I am free to write a blog (and books) which embraces “upper room” discussions.

    Merry Christmas (whether you think of it from correspondences or not)!


  7. Roger says:

    Dear Edward,
    Yes, your blogs and books serve their purpose for the advanced seeker. However, we do need “dumbed down” versions for the man and woman in the street who might have no more than a high school diploma. For the carpenter and plumber and supermarket cashier, for the bellboy and the janitor.

    We need to have different levels of memes – some of which are simple, attractive and easily self-replicating and other, more complex ones which, as Anon mentioned, find few hosts. The issue is not one approach versus the other. The issue is not executing on all viable ‘missionary’ approaches in parallel. The Mormons know that, we don’t.


  8. thegodguy says:

    Dear Roger,

    I am not stopping anyone from writing “dumbed-down” versions of Swedenborg’s ideas. It is funny, children seem to respond to “correspondences” better than adults (I know, I have written children’s stories based on Swedenborg’s ideas). It is not simply a matter of making something simple for the left side of the brain to grasp. Sometimes it takes new creativity to reach the right hemisphere of the brain.

    My biggest problem with the Swedenborgian church is its lack of freshness and creativity (which tells me that these rarefied ideas have not been adequately metabolized).

    Simple explanation can often lead to fictitious help. Many of Swedenborg’s ideas cannot be understood by the human intellect apart from the will (heart). One has to “feel” the truth as well as “see” the truth.

    When people rise out of their pews to sing a hymn in church it symbolizes an “elevation” of the mind. Do you think New Church worshippers shouldn’t know this and just keep chirping away?

    By the way, my favorite name for God is “Shaddai.”

    Spiritually yours,

  9. thegodguy says:

    Dear Glenn,

    Thanks for the heads-up! I made the appropriate correction in one of my replies above. By the way, since I have already admitted to my readers that I am a “slug” your inferences as to the quality of my inner spirit are redundant (my readers are interested in new information). Furthermore, I must battle with my split psyche like everybody else. The problem is, I know I have a split psyche while most others do not. So there is no need to take offense with my wish to warn people.

    Happy Holidays to you and your family!

    Spiritually yours,

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