Creating “conditional life”

“I never asked to be born!”

The cry of an angry child.  An ungrateful child.  A child who is correct.  The child did in fact not ask to be born.  The gift of life is for the parents.  For the creators of life.  The life is their gift to themselves.

“We are having a baby!”

The news of excited parents-to-be.  Parents who have left their own parents, joined together to become one flesh.  The one joined flesh now a few cells old.

A few cells maybe destined to become someone tapping out words like this in a few decades from now.

Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Matthew 19:4-6

“I never asked to be born!”

I wonder if we have it wrong.  All this biblical stuff about who can and who cannot become one flesh.

“I never asked to be born!”

If the right to life is a sacred right – then we oblige the gift of life on those who were not invited.  We oblige those we have created with our own created “conditional life”:

Here is your body, here is you brain, here is your soul – we gave you all of that –we have given you the gift of life!  So don’t screw it up – don’t be someone we don’t want you to be.  Have your chromosomes, your hormones, your reproductive bits all in the right place, the right shape, and the right working order.   Be attracted to the right gender or our gift will be damaged.  You will have damaged our gift to you.”

Isn’t that what we have made these verses?

For Christians who talk about all being equal, all being welcome, all being saved by grace – isn’t all “that” about the inside stuff – the character stuff – the soul stuff?  Isn’t all that NOT about the outside stuff: the colour, the size, the weight, the height, the internal organs, the external organs, the physical bits that we call a body?  Isn’t this being saved about the bits we cannot see, the bits we cannot explain, the bits we call “me”?

“I never asked to be born – and I never asked to be given “the bodily organs” of a male/female!”

For those who are born with the inside stuff of a man and the outside bits of a woman … for those who are a woman outside and a man inside … or any other combination under the rainbow …

Why do we use the bible only to endorse the bodily organs we can see, dissect, repair and replace?  Why do we not “use the bible” for the inside bits the church – and each Christian – teaches and preaches as the bit that matters?  Is not differentiating between who squirts in the “right or wrong” way no different to who has the “right or wrong” colour skin?  Is that not measuring and judging the “outside bits” – rather than the “inside bits”.

There are others verses about the outside and inside:

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!  You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.  Blind Pharisee!  First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.  Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!  You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.  In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”  Matthew 23:25-28

“I never asked to be born!”

Is true.

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8 thoughts on “Creating “conditional life”

  1. ‘For Christians who talk about all being equal, all being welcome, all being saved by grace – isn’t all “that” about the inside stuff – the character stuff – the soul stuff?  Isn’t all that NOT about the outside stuff: the colour, the size, the weight, the height, the internal organs, the external organs, the physical bits that we call a body?  Isn’t this being saved about the bits we cannot see, the bits we cannot explain, the bits we call “me”?’
    No. “I believe in the resurrection of the body”- salvation is a bodily matter. Why? Because I am my body. There’s a serious dualism in the world today, saying we’re souls *with* bodies, but it’s wrong: body and soul are one. The Word did not become soul, that then took on flesh; the Word became flesh.
    The point is for the Spirit to animate and enliven our bodies. The glory of God is a human body fully alive!

    God bless!

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    • Hi Ignatius – thank you for your thoughts.

      Interesting phrase: “There’s a serious dualism in the world today, saying we’re souls *with* bodies, but it’s wrong: body and soul are one.”

      I am curious – how does that “work”? And that is a serious/honest question.

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      • You’re welcome 🙂.

        I once heard that “the soul is the form of the body” (I think it was St. Thomas). I.e. the soul is the “bodyness” of the body, or the soul is the body being a body. Without its form, a house is just bricks, likewise, without its soul, a body is not a body at all, but a load of meat.
        Our bodies act of taking in, making sense of, and responding to the world, is our souls.

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        • Thank you!

          I think that makes perfect sense: the “me’ness ” me.

          So then in the context of heaven – of the physical death of the body – of the spiritual eternal next-ness … ? Is that not the essence of “me’ness (no physical body required)” – and has that no bearing on this post and piece of “me-ness” thinking? 🙂

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          • In eternity/the resurrection, our bodies and souls will be perfectly united, so that the body is fully alive, perfectly expressing the soul. I guess it won’t be physical as we experience the physical world now, but I wouldn’t say “no physical body required”. I think we have to each accept and submit to God’s love for us, as we are, body, soul, fears, desires, needs, weaknesses, strengths etc., and let His love bring us into life and harmony, whatever that might look like.

            God bless 🙂

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