Primitive art? Or profound spiritual knowledge?

a6f48d84f991ced1404ca22057ee5ee6d257bc55Recently I read an article online about some cave art being found in Brazil that was nearly 30,000 years old. This challenges the traditional theory that humans settled the Americas 12,000 years ago, by crossing the Bering Strait.

Having studied the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, I see an even deeper mystery in these unexpected cave art discoveries that go well beyond the academic issues of historical timelines.

Are these works of ancient art “primitive” or do they represent the work of spiritually enlightened and advanced minds?

Swedenborg claimed that ancient humans had a spiritual science called the science of correspondences. This profound worldview straddled two ontologically real worlds—the physical and spiritual worlds—and consisted of using physical images to represent higher, spiritual concepts (since both worlds corresponded to each other).

If this applies to the ancient artwork discovered in Brazil, then spiritual ideas can be teased out of its various physical images.

Let’s give it a quick try.

In the Brazilian artwork shown above we have what seems to look like a hunting scene. This scenario may communicate more than ancient humans having an appetite for deer meat. Spiritually speaking, “hunting” symbolizes those who have special spiritual knowledge, learned from others, which is used to teach the natural (worldly) hearts of fellow humans about God. “Deer” represent our lower or corporeal/sensual desires, which are ignorant of spiritual realities.

This is why Jesus asked His disciples to become “fishers of men.” Religion must hunt for and capture the hearts and minds of men and women.

(The fact that the middle human figure in the above artwork has a tree-shaped form emerging from the left arm is a big clue that this depiction of a deer hunt is not to be taken literally.)

I predict that continued future discoveries about ancient humans will lead to a complete upheaval in our world belief systems! Can’t wait!

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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4 Responses to Primitive art? Or profound spiritual knowledge?

  1. lotharson says:

    Hello do you believe in an old or a young earth?

    “This is why Jesus asked His disciples to become “fishers of men.” Religion must hunt for and capture the hearts and minds of men and women.”

    But the use of the word “men” here is very misleading and stem from a mistranslation. It should have been translated “elect”.

    • thegodguy says:

      When it comes to gaining access to the Lord God’s heavenly kingdom there is no such thing as the “elect.” Heaven is not someplace you go to – it is something you become! God’s Word consists of Infinite wisdom. There is no way for a finite Bible to contain such immense wisdom unless its narratives had a depth beyond its literal sense.

      The earth is millions of years old!

      Spiritually yours,

  2. lotharson says:

    Yes I agree with you and was being a bit ironic with my remark about the “elects”. This is how consistent Calvinist interpret this passage.

    Yes the Bible is not more inspired than other religious books.

    Lovely greetings.

    • thegodguy says:

      According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg the canonical Bible contains a mixture of inspired writings from the Lord God of heaven, plus, writings from the finite minds of terrestrial men. I distinguish these heavenly-based and worldly-based narratives in my award-winning book “Proving God.”

      Spiritually yours,

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