Sunday, September 17, 2006
The Bible (Genesis 2:7) teaches us that man is composed of two parts, the body, created from the earth, just as the animals were, and the soul, breathed into us by God. Each man is therefore composed of two opposing halves – one animalistic, one angelic. The animalistic portion includes those parts of our personality which we share with animals – the desire for food, sex, physical comfort, selfishness and cruelty. The angelic portion includes those parts of our personality which we have in common with angels – the desire for spirituality and to emulate God.
Within each person, the conflict continues his entire life, between one side and the other.
Why is secularism more popular than Judaism? Because it is far easier to surrender to the physical and become an animal than it is to constantly struggle and attempt to become an angel.
Why are secular people so often unhappy? Because they are attempting to deny the existence of a vital part of themselves.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 11:39 AM