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Duality in Human Existence

Duality in Spiritual Walk

When someone throws a stone on you,  the Bible teaches us not to throw back a stone but bread.  It is easier said than done.  Our body and our spiritual work in two different worlds both exist at the same time but functions in two separate ways.  Sometimes it works together and sometimes it only works one at a time.  When our attention is more on the flesh, we work for the satisfaction of our body, even when the spirit comes and interferes to stop our fleshly desire, but fails, then the winner prevails — the sins. Competition always begins with the desire to win.  The desire to be better in life is the most common desire and when we talk about what we want to better our life, the majority will respond to it is money.  Money is all we want because we think it can give us heaven (happiness) but we must not ever forget that it could also bring us down to hell (sadness).

The two different worlds that we need to survive are both in one setting.  The choice is not easy, either we gain one or lose both. Which one do we want?  The temporal which will give the satisfaction of our body for a   short term or the eternal that will give our soul the everlasting joy?  It is the present to live that will eventually come to pass or the future without an end.  We have a scripture that says do not worry about tomorrow for it has its own place.  Do what you can do today without missing the mark and you favored yourself.

Having dual personalities can be managing in the right way as long as you don’t ignore one another.  When someone is giving you a hard time give him back silence and calmness, and when something is involved,  let your spirit deal with it.  Our physical nature is to defend ourselves when we see danger and when our soul sees the danger of falling into the prey, we seek the Spirit of God. Our body is the weakest part of our existence; it can easily adapt deceit but hard to receive the truth. The temptation is always around the corner.   We see it, we recognize it, and yet we always make a second look when we pass by.

Many believe about body, soul, and spirit and many also believe that we are made of body and spirit only.  Would you care to know or would not care at all?  We have too many learned people today especially in spirituality; research after research, opinions after opinions, and evidently it is your acceptance that matters. Our mindfulness is our strength.  No one knows our body except God.  We can trash the understanding of the learned or we can treasure it as a new-found knowledge.  We should remember God revealed His truth to the chosen if he (chosen)  will be faithful and remain humble to Him.

He will thank us for not forgetting Him.  What this means is that when we acknowledge Him in our life either physical or spiritual we will be rewarded with His love and care.


If we will interpret and analyze the truth about the word with another truth, this will be difficult for others and may give an ambiguous result.  But to some, it is the truth revealed and we cannot just dust it off and find out later that both truths are rightly divided and approved for a better understanding.   Rightly dividing the word of truth also means handling the word of truth correctly.  In John 3:16-17, this is the Father’s word and it is our choice to choose.   Will this word direct us as to who is our savior?  There is a  Scripture that says it is the Father and there is a scripture that says it is the Son.  It is still part of our journey to find who we are, what we are, and why we are here today and gone tomorrow.   Are you rooted in religion or doctrinal views of certain denominations and having fear to uproot yourself to newly learned teachings?  Are you one of the blessed that no matter what you do,  it will lead you to the truth?

Kissing the pictures of Jesus, the crucified Jesus, and other statues of the saints, doing the sign of the cross and other rituals of many religions are signs of worship.   If you will respond that you are not worshipping statues,  but just showing a  gesture that you love Him,  no one can take that belief away from you.   They have to thank you for giving them the opportunity to share with you what they believe.   On the other hand, if that is what you practice, you can also show more love to Jesus by showing your love to your neighbors (relatives, friends, and anyone that seeks your help if you can afford it). God will not send you the needy and does not direct them to your door if you can’t.   Remember Jesus said the greatest commandment of all is Love

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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