This goes along with my last post!
Sorry, another addition to jon's thoughts on dualism. This is a good one! Talk about how we form ideas traditionally that are anti-holistic. We really have taken on this flesh v. spirit attitude/language that Paul speaks of. And as we all know from that lovable philosopher Wittgenstein (my personal favorite, and IMHO (<--in my humble opinion) the most relevant philosopher for understanding religion in postomdernity...talk about freeing your mind, he'll blow it away!), the language we use binds our thinking. That's because we are unable to think outside of our language barriers (according to Wittgenstein).
The Metaphorical language that Paul uses (and Christ to) about the flesh and the spirit shouldn't be taken literally. Why you ask? Well I could break down several of those texts for you, but that would be lengthy and you may find that boring. Also, it's METAPHORICAL! Back to Wittgenstein: we use Metaphorical language about God/religion/spirituality because it is hebel (Hebrew: found in Eccl.): vapor, mist, breath.... something we can't fully grasp, only catch fleeting glimpses of. This kind of language falls apart when interpreted literally!
Let's just say this: Christ came to unite us not divide. Christ came to help us to reinstate the original relationship that God had intended for us in his formation of humankind. (you can debate me on that, but if you really think about it, holistically (that's my new word!) that's exactly what we claim in "the gospel message").
So Christ was a uniter, and he was the example of what a holistic person (spiritually, mentally, physically) looked like! Isn't that part of what made him perfect (because his perfection is what we teach)? Otherwise he would be less than perfect. Flesh isn't sinful, and spirit pure. In the same way, the world isn't sinful, while the Church is pure. They are all at the same time tainted and holy. Why? Because God is in the midst of all things!
What would a holistic Christ-follower look like?
I really connect with that last line in the illistration... the idea of being disconnected because there is the need, "a bid" for freedom within me. Freedom that my experiences in traditional Christianity hasn't allowed. But what does it mean to be free in Christ? A topic I am (have been) working on for a future post!
Your thoughts on this Dualistic series?