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[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Christianity, criticisms of" (search under Outer Life/Religions, Ways)": source "True Christian Religion": detail "Section 82, 83"
It is believed at this day in all Christian churches, that God the Creator of the universe begot a Son from eternity, and that this Son descended, and assumed the humanity, for the purpose of redeeming and saving mankind; but this is a great error, and is overturned by its own absurdity, if it be only considered that God is one, and that it is a more than fabulous imposition on reason to suppose, that one God should beget any son from eternity; and further, that God the father, together with the Son and the Holy Spirit, each whereof singly and by himself is God, form but one God. This fabulous account of the Deity totally vanishes like a meteor in the air, when it is demonstrated from the Word [Bible], that Jehovah God himself descended and was made a man, and also the Redeemer.
 For who does not know that every child receives his soul and life from his father, and that the body is derived from the soul? How then could it be more plainly expressed in words, that the Lord received his soul and life from Jehovah God? And, since the Divine cannot be divided, what can be more evident than that the divine of the Father was the Lord's soul and life? Therefore the Lord so often calls Jehovah God his Father, and Jehovah God calls him his Son. What then can be more ridiculous than to say, that the soul of our Lord was derived from his mother Mary, as both the Roman Catholic and the Reformed churches at this day dream, not being yet awakened by the light of the Word?
 The idea of a Son born from eternity descending and assuming the humanity, must be found to be altogether erroneous, and will therefore fall to the ground and vanish, when those passages in the Word are attended to where Jehovah himself asserts, that he himself is the Saviour and Redeemer of the world.