God has given humans the most sensitive nose in all the animal kingdom

nose19This notion may seem self-evidently false. While many animals do indeed have better noses and a keener sense of smell than humans, their ability is constrained to the physical world of nature. Humans however, can “sniff out” metaphysical qualities.

You have probably heard of the term the “mind’s eye.” Well, the mind also has a nose, tongue, and ears, etc. These are actually the organic forms and inner sensors of the human spirit. According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg every idea and concept must be received and processed by a corresponding and real organic form—even the most abstract of human ideas.

These rarefied organic forms make up the sensory functions of a person’s spiritual body and consciousness, which survives death (according to its quality).

God imparted to humans a supra-sensory dimension and capability for sniffing out and perceiving theological truths. This special discernment allows the human race to receive spiritual and eternal life from God’s heavenly (non-physical) influence. This deeper capacity of a person’s spiritual nose is what the Holy Bible is communicating when we read in Genesis that Jehovah breathed into human nostrils and caused them to live. In other words, God’s main activity is to help humans to live deeper, more spiritual lives—not just worldly or physical lives.

This divine spiritual endeavor is evidenced later in Scripture when Jesus breathes into His disciple’s nostrils. His disciples were already physically alive, so some additional and spiritually vivifying capacity must have been added to their mundane breathing.

We innately grasp the reality of this psychical schnozzola when we say that something smells “fishy” about a situation or when a person shows a particular talent, we will say they “have a nose for such things.” Everyone can understand this last phrase as representing a human ability that operates above the functioning of the physical nose.


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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 http://www.staircasepress.com
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6 Responses to God has given humans the most sensitive nose in all the animal kingdom

  1. Seriously Really says:

    This is probably the dumbest article I’ve ever read in my entire life. I only wish I could get those five minutes back.

    • thegodguy says:

      If you had only spent an additional five minutes you could have checked out my books and made the smartest purchase of your life.

      Spiritually yours,

  2. Chakolate says:

    So a metaphorical nose, which is not a real nose, sniffs out theological truths, which are not real truths?

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Chakolate,

      You need to do a little more sniffing. Only the mind senses things – therefore it has its own inner nose (which is a correspondence – not metaphor).

      Spiritually yours,

  3. Gaytheist Soldier says:

    Can’t tell if this site is Satirical or not. Any Help?

    • thegodguy says:

      My only advice is that you read more of the blog articles (perhaps even order some books) to form your own opinion. Other than that I cannot offer you cognitive assistance.

      Spiritually yours,

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