The realm of the spirit

 

 

 

“Do you believe in spirits?” Ask any professing believer in Christ this question and they will return with an unqualified “yes.” Ask them to describe the spirits or their world and the conversation quickly deteriorates.

 

Most Christians, like their unbelieving counterparts, give little if any thought to such things, relegating them to some ethereal realm, outside of human awareness or comprehension. Yet, if we as believers are indeed spiritual, should we not have a greater understanding of such things than the skeptical non-believers?



Few believers if any, are ever encouraged to learn about the spiritual soup into which we have been born—from a Biblical perspective.

 

Though it is obvious to the secular world that the material world contains many unseen dimensions such as sound, wind or gravity, most regularly accept the sophomoric explanations of temporal institutions which report on such matters without critical analysis.



Largely because modern science has explained away such phenomenon from a secular perspective, the spiritual world which is described in the Bible is regularly ignored and relegated to the realm of metaphor.


Our language contains many references to spirit. One speaks of the spirit of joy, the spirit of anger or the spirit of happiness, never even considering the possibility that spirits are actually associated with these emotions. Although modern man in his pride and arrogance believes himself to have better comprehension of the underlying motivations of human events, the ancients understood the source of what moves man better than the wisest contemporary human.



In ancient Greece, the source of all artistic expression were recognized to be spirits. These spirits referred to a “muses” were said to the source of the arts and were known to be the spirits behind the creation of songs, acting, writing, music, and dance. Although initially thought to be three in number, they later came to be understood to be nine goddesses and not three.


In one ancient myth a Macedonian king named Pierus, had nine daughters which he named after the nine Muses, because he perceived them to each have attributes of each muse in their skills and in his pride challenged the Muses to a contest. His daughters were no match for the Muses and were turned to chattering birds because of their pride.


In the Olympian myth, Apollo appointed the one we call Apollyon, to be the Muse-leader. References to them are still associated with these nine spirits in words such as "amuse", "music," and the phrase to "muse upon” something. A "museum" was a place where the muses were worshipped.



We understand that to be inspired means to be a state of understanding where and idea of a thought seems to come from out of the blue, yet few are willing to perceive this phenomena to be a spiritual one. The word inspired itself, literally means to have a spirit inhabit you. Inhabit means to live in you. The English word spirit comes from the Latin spiritus, meaning "breath”. When man was created. He received breath or spirit from God.


It is not by chance that the Hebrew/Chaldee word for spirit means “breath”. This word is also associated with spiritual phenomena such as “courage,” “temper,” “anger,” “impatience,” patience,” “desire,” and “sorrow.” It is as the Strong’s Concordance of the Bible notes, “never referred to as a depersonalized force.” The same word is used interchangeably for the wind.

 

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