Things Hidden

It is not about becoming spiritual beings nearly as much as about becoming human beings. The biblical revelation is saying that we are already spiritual beings; we just don’t know it yet. The Bible tries to let you in on the secret, by revealing God in the ordinary. That’s why so much of the text seems so mundane, practical, specific and, frankly, unspiritual!

We have created a terrible kind of dualism between the spiritual and the so-called non-spiritual. This dualism precisely is what Jesus came to reveal as a lie. The principle of Incarnation proclaims that matter and spirit have never been separate. Jesus came to tell us that these two seemingly different worlds are and always have been one. We just couldn’t see it until God put them together in his one body (see Ephesians 2:11-20).

Richard Rohr, Things Hidden

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5 thoughts on “Things Hidden

  1. Zach, I run into this in my teaching when I hear students refer often to their “spiritual” life…as if it is a separate thing apart from the rest of their life. I just don’t always know how to explain to them that playing in a basketball game, writing a story, listening to music, and sitting in church all belong to God…and I think they some may even agree that all things are spiritual, but it feels that they may say some things are more spiritual than other things. Any advice on how to explain this?

  2. Matt, maybe it is that that the words “spiritual” or “religious” often become synonyms for “good” or “pure”. Is a prostitute less of a spiritual being than a priest? Is singing a Johnny Cash song less spiritual than singing a song out of your hymnal?

    I’m not sure if this resonates with students or not. I sure didn’t consider any of this stuff when I was a student.

  3. Yeah, if you’re singing “Cocaine Blues.” Now “The Man Comes Around” is a different story. I kid, I kid. Seriously though, the quote is right on. I would expand that, though, from just spiritual and practical to a more rampant philosophical dualism that separates the mental from the physical and make them two unrelated things.

    Since spiritual is mental and ethereal and practical is physical and tangible, the two things aren’t directly related. But at least there are people in the church working to turn the tide in that regard. Not enough — yet, anyway. But people, nonetheless.

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