This is a slap in the face to the sacred institution of motherhood. Or was it something else—something deeper?
Only scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg offers any rational explanation for this seemingly rude behavior.
The reason he gives is that the Lord God was born into the world with two missions. One mission was visible—to challenge the false worldviews of humanity prevalent at that time and spread new teachings for living properly. The other mission was completely invisible to the eyes of terrestrial humans. This second, or hidden mission required conquering all the nasty influences coming from hell and putting its evil citizenry in their place.
If this divine order were not induced upon the hells, mankind (including the angels of heaven) would have been overrun by evil forces—and the possibility of human salvation would have been thwarted forever.
To prevent this from happening, the Lord had to engage the hells in spiritual combat where the “weapons” used were forged from principles of either truth or falsity. But since God is infinite, and those in hell were finite beings, there was no medium at hand to provide the appropriate battlefield—God was beyond any attack.
This is why God came into the world and took on a human body. Having a finite human body (but an infinite and divine soul), the Lord provided a battlefield for such internal combat to take place.
His mother Mary was used for this great cosmic purpose. She not only provided God with a body of human flesh, but all the frailties and compulsions that come along with human flesh. Few of us take this into account. The hells now had flawed human inherent traits in which to pitch their tents and encampments.
As the Lord engaged in battle and was finally victorious over everything the hells could throw at Him, He put off all the inherited human traits received from His mother until He was no longer her son—even technically. That is why The Lord eventually called His terrestrial mother simply “woman.” Through this spiritual combat, taking place beyond the observation of worldly men, the Lord accomplished His Glorification—which involved making his human divine, and therefore, successfully uniting His human to His divine infinite spirit.
We have to go through a similar process ourselves to gain the kingdom of heaven. This is what happens when the birth of Christ takes place in our hearts and not just in some manger.
Will religion ever transcend the literal story of Christmas? This is where the real spirit of Christmas can be found! Not only has Christmas become more commercial, its deeper meaning and relevancy has gone flat!