The Four Temperaments and Scripture
by Ven. Dr. I. U. Ibeme
The Four Temperaments, Rudiments and Horoscopy: Superstition not Science
According to the Scriptures, this is pseudo-science (1Tim 6:20-21) as the diagrams above clearly show. True Science has shown that moods are mediated by
of neurotransmitters, hormones and neuro-receptors, many of which
ways, NOT in only four ways;
by the environment and our experiences
NOT determined by the Law of fate;
depend on our
codes, NOT on astrologic zodiacs and rudimentary powers.
The Scriptures teach that:
Personality types are determined by exposure and experience, choices and consequences NOT by moods controlled by some imagined body humours or elemental forces of the zodiacs and rudiments (Gal 4:8-10; Col 2:6-10).
Personality types can be recreated or transformed (Rom 12:2; 2Cor 5:17).
Personality types can be renounced or imitated (1Thes 1:6-7; Php 4:8-9).
Personality types can be put-off or put-on (Col 3:1-14).
Personality traits are depraved but Spiritual Fruit is sanctified (Gal 5:19-23).
Inherent Temperament type is some
one’s old carnal nature which
is sinful leads to condemnation and death (Rom 8:1-4) and so should be DENIED, CRUCIFIED MORTIFIED and (Mat 16:24; Rom 8:12-13; Gal 2:20; 5:24; Col 3:5).
Seeking out our so-called inherent temperament is being carnally minded, which is enmity against God and leads to death (Rom 8:5-9).
What the Christian needs is not discovery of inherent temperamental carnal personality and passions but discovery of G
s purpose and power for us in Christ.
Moods or temperaments do not in any-way depend on some imagined so-called four humours, nor are they fatally determined by the four seasons and four rudiments. St Paul who was assisted by St Luke the Physician was apparently aware of these pagan rudimentary categories. No wonder he taught so much against bondage to the inborn and acquired works or nature of the flesh, subjection to the elemental forces and celestial powers, deceit of speculative philosophies and dissipation of carnally minded tendencies. Christians who are begotten again into the New Creation belong to
genealogy, personality and destiny. Believers should rather renounce and not recover their carnal temperaments and personality types; they should rather be filled with the Holy Spirit, Who produces His Spiritual Fruit
of Christ’s temperaments
and personality in us.
What is the nature of the human being according to the Scripture?
the Living Soul from earth
(Gen 2:7), humans inherit SPIRIT-SOULS to live on Earth with temporal, corruptible, mortal, earthy FLESH-BODIES (also called SOULISH/Natural BODIES 1Cor 15:44 because the spirit-soul is the spirit or inner being of the outer flesh-body Num 27:16; Zech 12:1). While animals lack the God-breathed spirit-soul, the blood holds the nasal life-breath quickens the flesh-body for both humans and animals alike (Eccl 3:19-21; 12:7; 2Cor 5:8; Php 1:23). Hence flesh and blood cannot
Kingdom (1Cor 15:50).
Believers shall inherit God’s Kingdom when their spirits are regenerated by the Holy
Spirit, their souls renewed to perfection and their mortal
bodies resurrected as glorious
bodies (1Cor 15:42-49). Our human
identity lies in our SOULS (Ezk 18:4; Lk 16:19-31); Our
connection lies in our BODIES; Our
connection lies in our SPIRITS (which is regenerated with the Holy Spirit when we believe in Christ Rom 8:14-16). IN CHRIST the Lord and
Life-giving Spirit from heaven
(1Cor 15:45-49), believers are destined to resurrect with everlasting, incorruptible, immortal, heavenly SPIRITUAL BODIES for the Millennium Kingdom and the Eternity Bliss (Rev 20:6; 21:8).
The Four Temperaments, Rudiments and Horoscopy: Bondage not Freedom
The Four Temperaments and Twelve Horoscopes are certainly not attributable to the Fullness and Fruit of the Holy Spirit or Fullness of Christ but to the inborn or rudimentarily determined