I am convinced that what we call Human Beings, Homo Sapiens, is a savage animal body which inside exists a consciousness, a spirit, soul, personality, whatever you are comfortable calling the energy inside your head that is you.
You are not an animal.
But you have taken over the body of a real live animal.
Look at your teeth. Your nails. Your hair.
Look at your behavior when someone cuts you off in traffic.
The animal body we are driving around in has a hard wired operating system. Automatic actions occur, such as breathing. You are told when you are hungry and need food, you are told when you have to use the bathroom. And when you are in danger, you have the Fight or Flight reaction.
The problem is, there is a disconnect between our consciousness and our animal. Our consciousness is elevated and has the power of thought, logic, consideration. Our animal is millions of years old. It is rudimentary, primitive.
I am convinced that nearly all negative behavior we exhibit, from cutting in front of someone in line at the store to murdering and waging war, is tied directly to our primitive animal Fight/Flight reaction.
I find it interesting that one of the primary themes in the New Testament is this animal/spirit thing.
Galatians 5:17 “For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other…”
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
We are dual creatures. Animal and Spirit.
I am convinced that when this animal body of mine finally dies, it will be gone. Dead. Kaput. But that the energy that is Me, will continue.
Between now and then I hope to be able to make more decisions from my Spirit than my flesh.