Post Number:#16 May 16th, 2009, 11:12 am
whitetrshsoldier wrote:Where did this idea that Man is evil come from? How is the body evil?
I promise that I'll post a more complete response later, Nick, but I'll have to keep this one short for now. The idea that Man is evil, from my knowledge, comes from Romans as well; just a few chapters before what you were quoting:Romans 3:23 [(a), I believe]
For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God
This verse tells me that all men are evil because of the nature of original sin. Am I mistaken?
Hi WS. Looking forward to your responses
Original sin is only that which denies Man's inner unity and keeps us living as a plurality. Man is dual natured. We have an animal part like a dog or a horse and also have the beginnings of a supernatural part or that which gives access to higher consciousnes and allows for our awareness of higher consciousnes. The connection between these two levels of reality which is in the emotions have become tainted with all sorts of negative emotions we are not born with but rather acquire from those around us and culture in general.
Christianity is about healing the connection and allowing the heart to function as it should for connecting "quality" of "being"
We accept mechanical evolution. But for Man, his evolution doesn't stop with mechanical bodily evolution of life on earth but rather continues into conscious evolution. This requires the healed heart to support our striving for consciousness.
If a person falls and breaks their hip and cannot walk, it doesn't make them evil. All it means is that their hip must heal for them to be right again. We have a fractured heart that denies us consciousness. It doesn't make us evil but rather requires healing with the help of already existing higher consciousness.
Man would like to be an egoist and cannot. This is the most striking characteristic of his wretchedness and the source of his greatness." Simone Weil....Gravity and Grace