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Scripture defines the human problem as moral rebellion against God but the Greeks believe the problem is metaphysical. The material world is seen as evil/chaotic while the spiritual Forms are rational/good.
Augustine treated the contemplative life of prayer and meditation in monasteries as superior to the active life of ordinary work in the world.
Rage Against The Machine
Descartes and Kant pictured the world as a huge mechanistic system moving in fixed patterns by natural laws while the mind is the realm of thought, emotion, will.
CHRISTIAN VERSIONS OF DUALISM Human - Body versus Soul. Two opposing substances, one is redeemable and the other lost. But man is a cohesive whole. The whole man was created good and being redeemed. Reality - Heaven versus World. Escape this hopeless physical world for a disembodied existence. But heaven and earth shall be renewed, resurrected body. Faith - Sacred versus Secular. Prayer and religious meditation is more valuable than manual labor. But all of life is sacred.
Creation: What’s Original Purpose? Fall: What Went Wrong? Redemption: What’s Solution?
The physical world God made was GOOD! Nature is a showcase of His glory. Humanity is made in God’s own image for relationship, different from the rest of creation. Life is sacred. Work is meaningful in a rhythm of rest and labor.
We have pushed God out from the equation. In disobedience, we have made physical and mental substitutes (idols) to tell us right from wrong. Sin has corrupted nature, fractured social relationships, alienation, resulted in toilsome work directed by selfishness.
Christ has freed us from power of sin, reconciled us with God and restored us to be fully, truly human. Our work joins in His redemptive purpose to reverse the effects of sin, ushering His kingdom come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Saved to do good in THIS world
The heart is what The brain is what we use for religion we use for science
Whose Work Is “Spiritual”?
Hierarchy of Spiritual Jobs…
Every Square Inch
Abraham Kuyper, a journalist, theologian, politician and educator says: “There is not a square inch in the universe that Christ does not claim, “This is mine!” The Lordship of Christ embraces all of life. Do all things for the glory of God. If all life is the Lord’s, reflect about your area of study, interest, vocation and leisure.
Laypeople in every facet of life – media, politics, business, education and others – should be enabled to challenge the prevailing assumptions of society in light of the gospel. Theology should not be reserved for pastors and scholars only!