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The National Soul – 1) Spiritual Equivocation

April 7, 2011

The bible is so obviously not of human origin that it still astounds me when people say it was man made. There are simultaneous multiple themes that interweave throughout in such a way that no human mind could have woven together such beauty – even less likely conceived by man when you consider it was written over several centuries by dozens of authors. One such theme is that of single and plural (I first started looking for this pattern after having it revealed by Mike Bull e.g. here, here, here.) For example, there is one God and three persons of the Godhead. There is one Godhead and the multitude of all creation. There is one beginning in Adam and there is the mother of all humanity in Eve. There is one chosen nation, Israel, and all the nations of the earth starting with the original 70 nations listed in Genesis. Abraham was one man from whom the multitude of all the saints arose. Joseph went into slavery in Egypt alone, and Israel went into slavery in Egypt as a multitude. On the day of Atonement (on the Hebrew yearly calendar) the high priest first was to go into the Holy of Holies to atone for his own sins, and a second time for those of all of Israel. When the twelve spies go into the promised land and come back, the few (two) are faithful, and the many (the other 10) are not. Later the ten tribes of the Norhtern Kingdom are destroyed by the Assyrians, but the two remaining tribes (the same ones that the 2 individuals were from) are saved through the Babylonian captivity.The Prophet Ezekiel in his visions was called the “son of man” and represents (is a “type” of) the singular Jesus who ascended to the heavenly throne at the end of the gospels, whereas Daniel in his vision sees “one like the son of man” ascending with the clouds, representing the bride of Christ – the (plural) risen first century martyred church, taking their place with Christ to rule history with Him since 70 AD, the date when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem, burnt down the temple and razed it to the ground, leaving no stone standing upon another.

When we consider this pattern – the few or the one, and the many – we can see it overlap from one area to another.

There is one specific example of this one/many pattern that especially stands out for me and forms the basis for the National Soul concept: the nation of Israel in the bible. This includes its history over the millennia with its bad kings and good kings, its infancy and its adolescence, its obedience and disobedience, its tumultuous time up to its marriage to Jesus Christ as the bride represented now by the Christian Church. What’s potentially new is that I see this pattern (one nation / many kings & people) overlapping with the biblical concept of the individual soul. There is the one – the individual person – and the many – all the thoughts and beliefs, spirits and attitudes that also form a part.

This idea arises from a number of different areas. First there is the tension in scripture between the passages showing God’s attribute of Justice in descriptions of the fate of those who embrace their sinful nature, and His attribute of Love in areas that describe his will for all to be saved. This idea is entirely hypothetical and its here I introduce the main point most likely to be the target at which others will shoot. In these passages I see a type of hyperbole that I haven’t seen others notice of draw attention to before (in my limited reading). Until I find the “true” term or come up with a better one, I’ll call it “spiritual equivocation”, meaning when one speaks toward the spirit or attitude an individual is currently exhibiting, say selfishness for example, as if they are talking to or about the entire person, i.e. equivocating the spirit (current attitude) with the soul (a person’s entire identity).

Immediately the reader might object and bring forward the argument of many that say the bible speaks of the spirit and soul as if they are the same thing. I’ll go into more detail later, but for now will start with this:

Heb 4:12 for the word of god is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit…”

While this doesn’t prove that the two terms are always used in a different sense, it certainly does indicate here that sometimes they are differentiated between.

Here are a couple of examples from the net.bible:

Revelation 21:7 The one who conquers will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 21:8 But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.”

I have lied, and presumably I may lie again (I hope not though). How do you define a liar or unbeliever etc.? I would assume that the part of me that has lied certainly won’t be haunting me throughout all eternity… I hope it does get destroyed.

Mathew 16:23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, because you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but on man’s.”

Was Jesus talking to Satan but not really Peter, Peter but not really Satan, or was he talking to the part of Peter that was influenced by Satan’s lies that Peter had believed?

What I mean is that, to God, an individual is not indivisible like we naturally see ourselves. The nation of Israel (the biblical one that ended in 70AD, not the modern one we see today) was able to maintain its national character coming from its origins – its history we read in the old testament, especially the Pentateuch (first five books of the bible), while simultaneously being led by all those good and (mostly) bad kings.

I propose that we are to see ourselves in a similar way. In one sense we obviously have an identity and self awareness that never changes, and some would say a personality that is fairly static (unchanging) throughout most of our lives. This sense of our individuality corresponds with Israel’s national character as a whole. In another sense, we are also at the “beck and call” of our changing attitudes, mood, spirit, ideas (good or bad) – all the various thoughts that move us to make our daily moment-to-moment decisions. This changing aspect of our person-hood corresponds to the different kings and generations of Israel over the centuries…

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