Should a transgender individual play the part of the Virgin Mary?

Glee_hand_logoApparently I missed a very controversial episode of GLEE last night. I enjoy the singing and dancing of this TV series but have many problems when they try to make post-modern points on social issues.

As one who follows the ideas of scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg I have developed the habit of looking at things spiritually rather than terrestrially.

I suspect that allowing a “black transgendered actor” to give birth to the baby Jesus was meant to offset any efforts at marginalizing such individuals in society.

I was not totally offended by this strategy to go “over the top” concerning Christian sensibilities. Besides the technical problems of a male changing into a female so adequately to have human ovum and give birth, there are also spiritual considerations (which most people are not even aware of).

Swedenborg turned the Christmas story on its head!

You see, according to Swedenborg, being the Virgin Mary was not such a great thing. She not only served to bring God into the spacetime arena, she also served to create a physical (genetic) medium, finite body and corporeal/sensual mind, through which all the hatred and falsity of the hells could have access to and attack the Lord.

Since there is no ratio between finite things (and hell is finite) and the Infinite (God) Mary provided the ovum by which the Lord God could incarnate within a hotspot of human hereditary bullshit. The Glorification of the Lord (uniting His humanness with His Divinity) consisted of battling all these inner demons and conquering them. That is why when Jesus was becoming victorious on the cross, he called his mother “woman.” Mary had served her cosmic purpose.

With that in mind, I see a transgendered person equally capable of providing the Lord with inner demons. In fact, that is what each of us does when we bring the Lord Jesus into our lives—we give him all our crap!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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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2 Responses to Should a transgender individual play the part of the Virgin Mary?

  1. Kenny says:

    What’s with the potty humor? Coarseness diminishes your VERY VALUABLE, substantive and otherwise expertly written post. Just sayin’… 😉

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Kenny,

      Sorry, but I prefer coarseness to refinement. Refinement can be quite fictitious. For instance, we are all finding out how bad refined sugar is for our health. I am glad you like the post, though!

      Spiritually yours,

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