Dualism and Work: The Greek Contribution

by Dale Barkman

It is common for Christians to think about life being divided between the sacred and the secular. Prayer, Bible reading, witnessing and teaching at church are sacred while working, school, (unless it is a Bible Collage) raising children, eating, sleeping, traveling and everything else we do is secular. Similarly, working for the church as a pastor, missionary or youth worker is sacred, while working as an accountant, lawyer or longshoreman is secular. Our body is corrupt and a source of temptation while our soul is redeemed and bound for heaven. Contemplating and worshiping God is sacred but contemplating mathematics, philosophy or how best to do a job is secular.

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