Can a nice, juicy cheeseburger lead us to Cosmic Truth?

Most definitely! In fact, even a lowly vegetable can show us the way to cosmic truth. But in order for these food items to lead us to profound truth we must eat them and simply follow the digestive process.

When we eat terrestrial food, the human body acts (from design) to first break this material down into its essential ingredients then reconstitute these ingredients into a new chemistry that will best fill the organic needs of the body. In other words, through digestion, terrestrial food undergoes real transmutation.

The first bio-process in digesting a cheeseburger is perfectly analogous to the mental process of analysis, and the second, to the mental process of synthesis. This analogy between seemingly unrelated processes (physical and mental) caused ancient philosophers to coin the phrase “As above, so below.” They considered this similitude or correspondence between distinct levels of reality as ubiquitous and therefore a “Cosmic Truth.”

Physicists will be the first to admit that the physical universe is intelligible and its processes can be knowable particularly because it can all be described mathematically (rationally). All equation consists of ratio and analogy. (When we mentally recognize something, we perceive the various ratios related to that object.) To probe the unknown, scientists and mathematicians look for deeper ratios and analogies within some known subject (ratios of ratio). This leads to a new analysis, or distillation of terms, which can then be reformulated into a novel synthesis or concept.

In a nutshell, this mathematical procedure is called abstraction. What is significant here is that probing the deeper and hidden processes of nature requires abstract thought.

So whether you are a scientist with a materialistic worldview or believe in a Divine Creator this means that the deeper you probe nature and reality, the more abstract and complex it gets—which is, ironically, counter to the whole tradition of modern physics which states that things get simpler as physical matter is analyzed into smaller parts or units (reductionism).

Can this same process of taking analysis and synthesis into more abstract constructs (mental digestion) lead us to showing that God’s existence is a cosmic truth?

According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, the answer is “yes.” Amazingly, he discovered that the narratives of God’s Holy Word could be subjected to abstraction—just as effectively as food (like a cheeseburger) can be prepared and distilled in the body. And he offered proofs by showing how, through abstracting its literal terms and words, a more rarefied and higher communication could be obtained. This higher meaning is perfectly consistent throughout the divinely legitimate stories of Holy Scripture, because through abstraction, each term used is lawfully transmuted into its psycho-spiritual equivalent—by similar methods used in higher mathematics (ratios of ratio).

This new analysis and synthesis of God’s Holy Word will, in the future, unite science and theology.


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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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2 Responses to Can a nice, juicy cheeseburger lead us to Cosmic Truth?

  1. mitch eddy says:

    Im not sure if a cheezburglar is a shining example of spiritual truth. They are famous for hardening arteries, causing indigestion, and making us fat and lazy. 🙂

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Mitch,

    I think I would attract less readers if I used “rice cakes.” God seeks to save those who eat cheeseburgers as well. Everything in moderation. Thank you for your thoughtful and amusing comment! 🙂

    Spiritually yours,

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