Duality and World View

A World View according to James Sire, author of The Universe Next Door, says that a world view is not a matter of the mind or the thoughts we hold as truth but it is a matter of spiritual orientation. One's world view is rooted in the origin of one's understanding of God and His dealings with man. They are a matter of one's heart after the concepts of God's wisdom, purpose, and other parameters have met and formed an image of God. One's world view is situated inside one's self and it is from this single chamber of origination that our thoughts and actions proceed. Sire sums up the idea of one's world view as a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions that may be true, partially true, or false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides the foundation on which we live and move and have our being.

We peer at the world through our dualistic lens and we see good/bad, spirit/body, faith/reason and others and in our uncanny ability to see things in opposition we determine which is better, which is greater than. If there is a better one then there is a less than better one. The outcome is a loss in the creative abilities of man given by God and the union of the divine and human. We see diversity in ethnic groups, cultures, communities and it continues to fracture mankind into pieces and parts. This mindset actually stalls our ability to live in the freedom of truth and entertain the awesome mystery of the Christ (Ephesians 3).

In John 14:17 the Spirit of Truth is the Greek word translated spirit of reality according to Jonathan Mitchell. Reality is the state of things as they actually exist without filters of the senses and the mind. It is reality whether it is observable or comprehensible and it includes everything that has existed, that exists, or that will exist. John Gavazonni's definition states when identifying reality one must ask could it and does it exist within God who is absolute reality.

The Bible has a strong emphasis on truth and what constitutes truth. There is the Word of Truth in Ephesians 1:13, Colossians 1:5, and James 1:18. The Christ declared himself to be the truth in John 14:6 and the spirit of truth in 1 John 5:6. It is of utmost significance that the Greek word for truth (alethea) which is used numerous times in the New Testament also carries the fuller meaning of reality.

In God's process of revealing Himself He brings a tangible revelation of who He is in Jesus who became the Christ. In this process of incarnation Jesus declares in John 14: 6 I am the way, the truth and the life. Jesus is NOT declaring He is speaking truth but He is the embodiment of truth, of what is real. In bringing this concept to life, William Barclay says Jesus is the expression of the mind of God. It was during this period of time that the Greek culture emphasized seeing God in the stars, the moon and the created universe but if you really want to see the mind of God in action then look at the Christ. The Logos in John's prologue can be more accurately rendered reason and in the Christ the reason of God has been delivered to the physical realm.

Cathy Eaton said we don't fear reality but we fear the [perception of or the image of] reality we have created. We have imprisoned ourselves with our thoughts, perceptions, and beliefs that keeps God hidden from us. We have often thought there is only one reality but we tend to insert ourselves in our self made realness and then we get lost and can't see God. Our concepts of the devil made me do it or that is what you get because God is judging you are based on our understanding of how God operates which causes us to fear Him and this is reality for many people and they are stuck in it. If they could peer closely in the mirror of Christ and seeing reality understand who they are and the perceived image would shatter.