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[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Jesus, as Christ, nature of" (search under Outer Life/People, Places, History)": source "True Christian Religion": detail "Section 94"
It is usual throughout the several churches at this day in Christendom to call the Lord our Saviour the Son of Mary, and seldom the Son of God, except they mean by it the Son of God as born from eternity. The reason of this is, because the Roman Catholics have considered the Virgin Mary as the most holy of the saints, and have exalted her as a goddess or queen above the rest; and yet the Lord, when he glorified his Humanity, put off all that he received from his mother, and put on all that belonged to his Father. From this common mode of speaking of the Lord as the Son of Mary, several monstrous opinions have been propagated throughout the church, which have been particularly cherished by such as have never paid attention to those passages in the Word [Bible] in which it is said of the Lord, that he and the Father are one; that he is in the Father, and the Father in him; and all the Father hath are his; in which he called Jehovah his Father, and his Father Jehovah called him his Son.
 The sad consequence of thus calling the Lord the Son of Mary, and not the Son of God is that thus all notion of his Divinity is lost, and with it is lost all that is said in the Word concerning him as the Son of God. Hence arise Judaism, Arianism, Socinianism, Calvinism, according to its original principles, and at length naturalism, attended with that fanatical conceit that he was the Son of Mary by Joseph, and that be received his soul from his mother, consequently that he is called the Son of God when in reality he is not so. For I appeal to any person, be he clergyman or layman, whether he can conceive and entertain any other idea of the Lord, considered as the Son of Mary, than as of a mere man. Since this idea began to prevail among Christians so early as the third century, when the doctrines of Arius were first propagated, therefore the council of Nicea, with a view of vindicating the Lord's Divinity, invented the fiction of a Son of God born from eternity; but by this device the Lord's Humanity was indeed at that time exalted to a participation of divinity, and is so exalted at this day also among many persons, yet not among such as understand, by the hypostatical union of which they speak, a union subsisting between two, one of whom is superior to the other. What however is the necessary consequence of this, but the total destruction of the whole Christian church, which was founded solely on the worship of Jehovah in the Humanity, that is, of God-Man? That no one can see the Father, or know him, or come unto him, or believe in him, except by his Humanity, is declared by the Lord in numerous places. If then this declaration be disregarded, all the precious seed of the church is changed instantly into that which is vile.


[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Mary, mother of Jesus" (search under Outer Life/People, Places, History)": source "True Christian Religion": detail "Section 102"
I shall here subjoin this extraordinary particular: It was once granted me to speak with the mother Mary. As she passed by she appeared in the heaven immediately over my head, clothed in white raiment, as of silk; when stopping awhile she said, that she had been the mother of the Lord, for he was born of her; but that when he was made God, he put off all the humanity which he had from her, and that therefore she worships him as her God, and is unwilling that any one should acknowledge him as her son, because in him all is divine.