May 12th, 2008

Jehoshabeath

Body and soul

This evening at dinner we were discussing the body and the soul. It seems that in Western Culture, the body is viewed as sinful while the soul is thought to be pure. It does not take much to stretch this idea to the belief that in death the soul is "free" of the body and that death is good.

However, we see from Scripture that both the body and the soul have been tainted by sin and death. Neither is pure while we live in this world. Therefore, it is right that we seek sanctification for both the body and the soul. We need to care for the body by treating it with respect and seeking a healthy daily lifestyle. We need to clean our souls through studying the Word of God and applying its lessons so our hearts might be filled with good things.

At the return of our Lord, we who believe will finally be completely sanctified. Our earthly bodies will be resurrected into our heavenly bodies (I Corinthians 15) and our souls will be made perfect in Christ our Lord. This is not simply an escape from the body or the victory of the soul as Western philosophy hopes for. This is the glorious completion of our creation, when we finally reflect the pure image of God (Genesis 1:27). Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

John 4:13-14
Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Jehoshabeath

Hockey!

My brother has become very interested in ice hockey lately. I think it is contagious!

I have never been a sports fan. Actually, I made special effort to avoid sports, since the loud fans got on my nerves. It's kind of weird to suddenly be jumping up and down for a team! My brother is a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers, so I have found myself rattling off their names and numbers and listening carefully when I catch a news report on them. It's really been surprising...and fun!

Since I am going to be relocating to DC, I may start following the Washington Capitals. My brother has given his approval of this so long as I do not become a wild fan of Ovechkin. Well, we will just have to see! I told him that if the Flyers play in DC, he should come down and we will ride the metro's Red line from my apartment to the Verizon Center to watch the game. This could be tricky if I am rooting for the home team and he is not! In any case, Matt and I are close enough that I don't expect hockey rivalry to send us into a fight...
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