God also cares about the physical | Religion
“I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you, but if I go away, I will. will send. (John 16: 7)
As I continue to read John O’Donohue’s book âAnam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom,â I find some interesting and valuable insights that emerge from Christianity from Celtic spirituality. It reveals how the Christian tradition was influenced by the dualism of Greek philosophy. He writes: âThe soul was understood to be beautiful, shining, and good. The desire to be with God belonged to the nature of the soul. Without the gravity of the body, the soul could constantly inhabit the Eternal. In this way, a great distrust of the body entered the Christian tradition. Saint Augustine particularly introduced the dualism of Greek philosophy into Christian theology. But Dominican Master Eckhart, whom I also studied, rejected this dualism.
And O’Donohue also rejects the dualism that separates soul from body. He says in fact: “The body is the mirror where the secret world of the soul is expressed. The body is a sacred threshold; and it deserves to be respected, reflected on and understood in its spiritual nature. This sense of the body is wonderfully expressed in an astonishing phrase from Catholic tradition: âThe body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. This is because when God created us in his image; then he gave us his invisible Spirit within us. So in the concept of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit is also divine.
But Jesus is also God as recognized in the understanding of the Trinity. And the fact that God came to earth physically in Jesus shows that the physical is important. Indeed, God creating a physical world shows that God cares about the physical. And we are part of this physical world; so God cares about us too.
Yet if religion focuses only on the mind as good, and ignores the importance of the body or even denigrates it, it throws down God’s idea that life should be out of balance, making life less whole, and therefore less holy.
But what then is the purpose of the mind? The purpose of the spirit is to guide us to the best life for our well-being and the well-being of all other humans, as well as the well-being of all of God’s physical Creation. It is interesting to note that in the scripture of John 16: 7, Jesus does not say that he will send the Holy Spirit. Instead, he says he will send an âadvisorâ. When we are having difficulty living our life in a fulfilling way, we can go to a counselor for the necessary advice. God cares about our lives both physically and spiritually. They are not separate. This unity is necessary for you to experience the best life, loving like God.
In John 16: 8,11, Jesus goes on to say of the counselor: âWhen he comes he will convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. â¦ Of judgment because the ruler of this world is judged â, Jesus said thatâ the ruler of this world is judged â, not us, because Romans 11:32 says:â For God has condemned all men to disobedience, so that he may have mercy on all. âGod cares about us, whom he created in his own image.
The Rev. Walter Williams has served the Lord since graduating from seminary in 1966. He currently resides in McAlisterville. To comment on his column, send a letter to Standard Journal, 21 N. Arch St., Milton, Pa. 17847 or email [email protected]