6 On Implications of a Dualistic World

Robert Wheeler: If I believed in a dualistic world, spirit above vs matter below, and in the notion that humankind lost its “image of God” to Original Sin, Frank’s argument (hmm . . . man’s logic getting in the way of living?) might be appealing. I see “righteousness,” not as a passing grade on God’s rules of the game test but as living in right relationship. We, again, will have to lovingly agree to disagree?

Of course we can disagree and I’m glad we’re both in agreement that disagreement does not equal hatred. But you have to admit, Frank accurately reflects what the Bible actually says, he didn’t make this up.

Dualism can mean a lot of things, not at all sure what you intend. Spirit above vs matter below seems to have a bit of a yin-yang connotation that is not at all how God reveals himself in His Word. By definition we are different from God, though uniquely created to be a reflection of God’s image, according to the Scriptures.

SMS: I haven’t had time to read any of the sermons, but hope to do so soon. However, your comment about humankind loosing it’s “image of God” to Original Sin is an interesting perspective. I think I can agree with that. Also, whoever is judging those who are homosexual had better be careful of their own sins. A sin is a sin is a sin is a sin!

SMS, you’ll find that you share Frank’s perspective that sin is sin, that’s critical to Frank’s point. The Gospel makes no sense apart from seeing what God reveals as his perspective of sin. His perfect holiness and perfect justice could only be reconciled with his love in Christ on the cross. The message of Scripture is not that SOME sins are not okay, but that ALL sin is not okay and we all have a problem of eternal magnitude in the coming judgement. Jesus said we are to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect – we all miss that mark and eventually discover we didn’t just miss, we were aiming the opposite direction. Unless God himself does something we’re doomed, and that’s exactly what he did do in Christ Jesus…offered to all who will repent and rest their hope in him.

According to Scripture we aren’t to judge those outside the church, we are to declare truth and offer them the hope of salvation and deliverance from their sins. For those in the church, we are commanded to build each other up in the grace and knowledge of God, encourage each other to holiness, obedience and dependance on Christ alone with an attitude of thanksgiving. Judgement begins with the household of God, says Paul.

 

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6 On Implications of a Dualistic World

This Marvelous Creation

Genesis 1:27, 31a

So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them. 

And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. . . .

 Psalm 8 – How excellent is thy name

 1                    O Jehovah, our Lord, How excellent is thy name in all the earth, Who hast set thy glory upon the heavens!

2                    Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou established strength, Because of thine adversaries, That thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. 

3                    When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, The moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 

4                    What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him?

5                    For thou hast made him but little lower than God, And crownest him with glory and honor.

6                    Thou makest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet:

7                    All sheep and oxen, Yea, and the beasts of the field,

8                    The birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, Whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

9                    O Jehovah, our Lord, How excellent is thy name in all the earth!

See, also 1 Corinthians 12 – We are one body.

Genetic mixes of male and female

Hermaphrodite — — XX/XY

Klinefelter’s syndrome — A condition in which a genetic male actually has one or more extra X chromosomes (XXY, XXXY). The individual appears anatomically male but would not be male according to XY=boy formula. Neither could such a person impregnate a female, being sterile.

Turner’s syndrome — Condition in which an individual has one X and no Y chromosome, thus they are neither an XY male nor an XX female. In addition, the gonads degenerate before birth. In most respects the person will be anatomically female, however without hormone treatment there will be no secondary sexual characteristics.

DISCUSS

What does the Genesis 1:27 statement that man is “created in God’s image” mean to you?

What does it mean in Psalm 8:5 that man was made “but little lower than God”?

If a child is born a hermaphrodite or gender-ambiguous, but the one gender can be enhanced to the minimization or elimination of the other, should it be?  Who should make that decision?  When?

Whose responsibility is it to determine whether corrective measures should be taken for an infant suffering the results of such mixed or ambiguous genetic defects?  When?

What about the hermaphrodite who is not physically altered and who chooses to express and celebrate both sexual functions of his/her body?

What about the person who is scarred in his or her sexual identity by circumstances, such as infant sexual abuse?

If that person cannot, or will not, receive help to correct the scars of abuse, should we accept and love that person as he or she is?

What impact can prenatal care, including mother’s habits, alcohol or drugs, emotions, or hormones, have upon the development of a fetus?  Later in life?

Is that scarred child/ adult still made in the image of God?  What does that mean?

To the degree that a child’s sexual orientation is determined by prenatal, even post-natal, conditions, how should we treat that person as a child/ as an adult?

If the cause of a person’s homosexuality cannot be explained naturally, should we determine the difference to be unnatural and sinful?

 

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This Marvelous Creation