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Spiritual Intelligence: The Supernatural

Supernatural can be attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature. As an adjective, it can be used to describe a manifestation or event

The Bible can be described at best as a supernatural book. A book filled with mysteries; a book of the past, present and future.

Good morning friends. Many struggle to understand the content and relevance of the bible; so, they either ignore, dismiss or discredit it. But the fact that one cannot make sense of something, does not make it non existence. Also, the fact that something is inexplainable or indescribable, does not necessarily mean it’s wrong.

Science has a fascination with classification, this I guess helps us understand things better. Therefore we have a word for stuff that do not conform to our standards of classification, we call them anomalies. Anomalies are the bad guys. They mess up your data sample, they make your research project more difficult. In fact, there have been cases where data sets have been reviewed with a view to get rid of anomalies. However in recent times, through better supervision and a culture of sharing, openness and transparency; this practise has been curbed. These days anomalies are embraced and used to find greater meaning to life and its challenges.

The supernatural is not foreign or alien to humankind. In African, European, American and Asian folklore or literary culture, there are accounts of the supernatural. With this in mind, it is evident that our effort through science and psychology to find definitions and reason for the world around us has left us slightly uncomfortable with the supernatural.

In our effort to re-educate, in our effort to make sophisticate, in our effort for civility; I fear we are overlooking a key part of our world. I fear we are drifting away from the very basis of human existence. The supernatural is natural to humankind, science just needs to catchup. I conclude by saying it’s senseless and inequitable to hold back progress until we can find comfortable answers through science or psychology.

Friends, we experience dreams, visions, dejavus, premonitions, intuitions etc., on a daily basis. They are real, they are evidence of the supernatural, better put; they are evidence that we are supernatural!

In the words of Paul:

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: You Only Live Twice

There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.

There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.

So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

Wow! This man is way beyond his time. Over the centuries Paul’s writing has provided theologians (students of the bible in general) with materials for contemporary themes. Built on spiritual foundations, he has way of craftily creating a tapestry with threads like; science, history, philosophy, anthropology, biology, cosmology, social and cultural norms, and popular culture.., in creating timeless scriptural models for his audience.

Good morning friends. The foreknowledge of God must have had an eye on Paul, with a view to snap him up as soon as the opportunity presented itself. You see friends, like most of us today, the early disciples were a bit cagy with the preaching of the gospel. Their focus was on the lower hanging fruits (Jews in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas), in fact God had to speak to Peter through a vision to undo this paradigm. Let’s have a look at this beautiful account as captured by our friend Luke:

The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”

But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”

And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.” This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again.

With that in mind dear friends, let’s skip back to our opening verses. We see the master crafter expounding on what Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik later wrote about in his book, The Lonely Man Of Faith. In this book Soloveitchik explored the concept of Adam1, and Adam2, and their various attributes. The first a life giver, the second a spirit giver. Both of equal importance and are inseparable except by death. But even then, our actions while we were alive remains with us; forming the basis of our reward or condemnation when we are judged.

So, we live first as natural beings, then eternally as spiritual beings; therefore, you my friend Only Live Twice.

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~ Sabali