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Duality in the bible

Updated on June 21, 2012

The Bible

Much of the bible is highly symbolic and is metaphors for much more than the literal meaning that it conveys. There are many levels that one may understand its teachings. The levels of understanding are as infinite as there are things that exist in the physical world.

I wouldn’t say that many ignore the negative scriptures, rather that they are given or taught several different interpretations, which is just where they are at for the moment. However when the physical world is not conforming to their understanding many get highly disillusioned and do not bother to seek the deeper meanings to that which they have learned so far. Kind of like ‘better the devil you know than the one you don’t’. The same would apply for those who only see the positive messages.

Duality

It is the duality of our existence that defines the opposites. Sometimes useful and sometimes not. It is when no distinctions are made perfection arises because judgement of whether it is either/or does not exist.

Jesus (and he was not the only one) was a living example of how each and every one of us could live in the world of opposites. Despite the way in which people were governed and the way in which people chose to live their lives under the regimes of the time. He proved that the presence of God is within and not outside of us where in those days and this I might add, most looked to a God that was outside of them. His teachings taught it was not in the rituals, it was not in keeping to the Sabbath or judging the whore etc. It was in dwelling in the presence no matter what is going on in our lives be it perceived as good or bad. We could therefore rise above duality.

The original sin

The original sin as in Adam and Eve was passed on through the generations and according to scripture Jesus died for our sins. That is the way they perceived it and chose to record it. There are several who do understand the metaphorical and symbolic meaning of the original sin but people still continue to favour the literal meaning of it. I agree sin is still here as I understand it, but not as most people understand it. As long as we dwell (for the most part of our lives) in the duality of our existence and not the oneness it will continue to be that way.

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    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      What is repentance except that which leads you toward that which dwells within. In my mind it cannot lead to any thing else. When we let our ego rule it will often take us to places where we do not live authentically. The mind is then plagued with all sorts of suffering. Even though on the surface one might look happy with their chosen way of being, there will always be gaps one will try to fill. Hence why I think seek the kingdom of God is worth doing above all things.

      Thanks for stopping in wba.

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      wba108@yahoo.com 

      5 years ago from upstate, NY

      " He proved that the presence of God is within and not outside of us where in those days and this I might add, most looked to a God that was outside of them. His teachings taught it was not in the rituals, it was not in keeping to the Sabbath or judging the whore etc. It was in dwelling in the presence no matter what is going on in our lives be it perceived as good or bad. We could therefore rise above duality."

      I believe you are more perceptive about some of the aspects of the Kingdom than most Christians. Most Christians live as though God lives outside of them and as though they are still under the law. I agree that living in the power and presence of God should be the norm for Christians and that any other life is substandard.

      Where I differ from you is on the nature repentance and sin. When Jesus spoke to the women caught in adultery, he chose not to condemn her but did call he to repentance when he told her to leave her life of sin.( John 8:1-11)

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      I agree with your sentiments wholly and completely. Thank you for the wonderful feedback.

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      Recently Awakened 

      6 years ago

      Well said, especially the part about the original sin. Duality has ruled over the Earth for such a long time now. It feeds a feeling of sparation and, therfore, limits one's awareness. It is important to get to know and understand one's self truely, and then we can begin to understand our connection to everything else.

      P.S. I believe the Bible is a wonderful resource, but it is important that we form our own conclusions as to the meaning of certain aspects. I, personally, do not take the passages literally, but instead look within myself to understand what is being told.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Again thank you!

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      Terry Chestnutt 

      7 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Great! Thanks.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Thank you for your kind comments. Glad to see you stop by.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the ideas that you have presented in your hub. When the bible stories are treated as metaphors many new meanings can be discovered, including the idea of oneness. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Always inquisitive my friend. Helps me to find the falsities that I sometime unconsciously cling to. Thank you again. You are very generous with your comments!

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      epigramman 

      7 years ago

      ...well it's obvious that you have a great mind - one that is so inquisitive and deep - two aspects of thinking in which I always look for in any great writer - and you certainly have both .....

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for stopping by James. Yes I find it an ongoing debate too haha!

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      Twenty One Days 

      7 years ago

      ". It is when no distinctions are made perfection arises because judgment of whether it is either/or does not exist" -ABSOLUTELY SPOT ON! I have argued this for a full year here on HP and many years elsewhere.

      Bravo Penny.

      James.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Very nice my friend. I do agree! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Dave Mathews 

      7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Penny congrats dear sister, you make a lot of sense here. Although we are spiritual beings living on earth in human form, We will continue to sin as long as we continue to live in a sinful world. As long as we continue to believe that Jesus died for the forgiveness of all sin and continue to believe that He has this power then finally when we leave our humanness and revert back to our spiritual self we will be cleansed from all of our sin.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Thank you my dearest!

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      Castlepaloma 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Soft touch

      Delightful way of putting it

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