Posted in Christianity, tagged Book of Genesis, Creation account, here and now, hereafter, Inner life, man and woman, Physical world, soul, Spiritual World on January 3, 2009 |
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In the post ‘Use of Now’ I had averred that parallel worlds shall be an illusion if the present world is not taken care of. Let me explain.
When God created man according to the Hebraic tradition He gave Adam, a physical body. A physical being was in fitness of things considering He took the trouble of making a world fit for him to live. Male and female He created them. Had he purposed their world purely as spiritual beings there would be no sense in going through all the trouble of setting out a Garden. Would it not? A body is natural for a visible universe as much as every animate and inanimate object has a recognizable form. By the same line of reasoning when God the Son became a man he put on a body.
Among Talmud scholars Shekina glory of God is a female principle. We read that God breathed his spirit into man: it symbolizes man was given a spiritual attribute of Himself. He is not made of His substance as Christ was but given its foretaste. Creating Eve out of his body merely explains Eve, the Mother all mankind is,in one sense, a symbol. She was Adam’s helpmeet his spiritual counterpart. God didn’t choose to fashion her out of the dust as Adam was. Adam thus is one aspect of two worlds: physical and spiritual worlds.
God breathed into man and since then our physical beings cast shadows that speak something of our spiritual lives as well.
Holy Spirit has been given as our guide, comforter as Eve was given to Adam to be his.
From my reading of the Bible my understanding is that man must first make his calling and election sure before he is entrusted with a world hereafter.
Merely because I have a body doesn’t make me a responsible being. Do I have head over my shoulders? Do I make correct choices while in my body? Saying Christ is my head and being swept willy-nilly by fashions of the world and conducting myself contrary to Christian virtues shall not do. While in my body I need to integrate my two worlds as one.
Soul integrates our physical and spiritual worlds.
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Posted in speculative philosophy, tagged body, duality, gestalt psychology, here and now, hereafter, in or out, inversion principle, optic illusions, soul, spirit on October 16, 2008 |
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Consider the optical illusion where we could spot a figure or a vase depending on what we are looking at. In other words we choose to see what we want to see. (see note)
Can there be an island without the sea? We may be talking about the island but sea is ever in the background. Merely because we see the reality of island shall not make the reality of the sea any less.
Duality of Man has body and spirit. Both are conjugated because of the soul. Inner life and Physical life. From our inner or spirit life we translate thoughts into actions by means of energy. In the past posts I have been discussing energy as bills of exchange. Energy as the means to negotiate our hereafter is as permanent as our absolute position is forever fixed in the cosmos.
Suppose death means stepping out of here and now into the hereafter our energy profile should still carry certain facts about us. Energy cannot be destroyed or created. So energy profile encapsulates our physical life on Time-Space mode.
The scriptures speak of spiritual bodies. I think hereafter is where we are reversed. What would that mean? What was our inner life or spirit becomes our body while our corruptible body or whatever is left of it becomes our inner life. Flaming creatures we shall be.
In short on the pinions of soul we switch our body and spirit around as in the face-vase illustration mentioned above.
Note:‘To make sense of the world it is necessary to organize incoming sensations into information which is meaningful. Gestalt psychologists believe one way this is done is by perceiving individual sensory stimuli as a meaningful whole. Gestalt organization can be used to explain many illusions including the Duck-Rabbit illusion where the image as a whole switches back and forth from being a duck then being a rabbit and why in the figure-ground illusion the figure and ground are reversible.’(wikipedia)
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