- Mar 4, 2020
I’m not sure how you came to the conclusion that the Bible distinguishes between the unseen spirit realm and the material world.
We wrestle against dark spiritual powers and not flesh and blood. Paul was made blind by the power of God and not by physically falling to his knees on the road. Paul's blindness was healed by the power of the Holy Spirit, not by having hands placed on him. Putting hands on someone without the Holy Spirit deciding to do something doesn't do anything. Partaking in the Lord's Supper with bad intentions is what brings judgement on them, not simply eating food.
One can eat unleavened bread and drink fruit of the vine for every meal if they would like, but what instantly transforms it from a meal to a memorial service for Jesus is doing it in remembrance of Him. Luke 22:14-23
Someone can put their hands on someone else but literally nothing happens unless the Holy Spirit wills it.
Someone can fall to their knees on a road to Damascus and not go blind. See how the physical and spiritual are separate?
So with that context, I’m not sure how you are connecting the mouth defiling quote to the symbols. Please do elaborate on your thought process and explain how you are connecting them.
Yes... And idolatry also comes out of the intentions of the heart. By doing yoga poses is someone intending to practice Hinduism and worship false gods? Then out of their heart came idolatry.
What Jesus is trying to teach here is that it is what someone's intentions are that determine whether it is spiritually good or bad. What defiles someone goes well beyond appearances, well beyond what we have the capacity to perceive as mere humans. That's why if you see someone doing yoga you can't automatically discern why they are doing it. Consider Romans 14:4-6.
Why must we do all things with love or otherwise we are a "clanging symbol" (1 Corinthians 13:1) In other words it is just vain noise, hollow vibrations that serve no purpose. If love is added then the entire motive changes.