Faith and Works, Body and Spirit

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?  Was not Abraham our father justified by works, offering up Isaac his son upon the altar?  Seest thou, that faith did co-operate with his works; and by works faith was made perfect?  And the scripture was fulfilled, saying: Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him to justice, and he was called the friend of God.  Do you see that by works a man is justified; and not by faith only?  And in like manner also Rahab the harlot, was not she justified by works, receiving the messengers, and sending them out another way? For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead. – James 2:20-26

The metaphor used in the Scripture is of Faith = Body and Works = Spirit.  A body that lies still and does not grow, breath, move or generally live is a corpse, lacking an animating principle (much like this blog  since I started Grad School).  The fallen angels believe in God, insofar as they know the truth, but they are not animated with love of the truth and so tremble.  But a spirit without a body to animate is a ghostly apparition, unable to experience the fullness of life, hence why we look forward to the Ressurection of the Dead rather than being freed from the body.  Without a body, we are ghosts; without the spirit, we are corpses.  Only with both, in a full Hylomorphic union, do we experience actual life.  Similarly, if we believe the truth and do nothing, our faith is like a corpse, stagnant and fruitless.  If we do good deeds and do not believe, our works are like a ghost, adrift and meaningless.

Anyway, that’s a thought for the day.  I’m goign to try doing something a bit more with this blog, maybe a saint of the day sort of deal, which I have been doing on FaceBook anyway.  Maybe some book reviews.  Time will tell.

Si vales valeo, amicos!

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~ by Sam Urfer on February 29, 2012.

One Response to “Faith and Works, Body and Spirit”

  1. Welcome back! I like your FB posts on saints, btw.

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