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Embracing the Covenant

I want to reflect on our previous post about covenants and composite nature. As a Catholic man who lives with SSA, for me, it is of the utmost importance to understand the theological and philosophical meaning of sexuality and my relationship with God considering my sexuality. Let me start with the concept of a covenant.

What is a covenant? In its most basic sense, it is an agreement between two parties that brings about a relationship of commitment. In a biblical sense, it is binding promises between God and his people. Throughout salvation history, God has made covenants with man in preparation for his greatest covenant. The covenant referred to here is the covenant made through the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ allowing us to share in the life of the Trinity, God’s very nature. While God is always faithful to his covenants to the end, we are not.

 
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The God Loves Us Body and Soul

The other day a member asked me to talk about the importance of the philosophical principles that we are expounding. Why is our composite nature so important? I will do my best to offer some of the thoughts that have popped into my head regarding the aforementioned member’s request. 

 

The covenants that God has made with man? 

Gen 1-3 God makes a covenant with a single man and the covenant involves bodily and spiritual consummation in guarding of the garden, prohibition of one fruit, and walking with the Lord — Gen 3 contains a prophecy of the future covenant of Christ. 
Gen 9 the Noahic covenant is made with a family. Blood and flesh — blood is considered the animating principle of the flesh — are sacrificed to God in a burnt offering by Noah and his sons
Gen 12-15 the Abrahamic covenant is a covenant with a family and …

Though we may become consumed with any of the pleasure, even those that are virtuous, we must always remember our supernatural end.

Composing My Nature

By Theophilus – a member who wishes to remain anonymous.

com·pos·ite /kəmˈpäzət/  adjective – made up of various parts or elements.

Before my return to the Catholic Church, I had a very different relationship with my body. I used to see my body as a tool to get what I wanted. It was a vehicle to bring me happiness through the satisfaction of my desires. I was the “I” in my mind who lived in my body, not my body itself. Although I was catechized enough to know that my soul was eternal, I thought that my body was just a temporary dwelling to help me get through the material world. I was exposed to New Age (or old gnostic) beliefs in my late adolescence, and through them, I came to believe that my eternal soul would one day be liberated from my earthly shell. As you can imagine, I didn’t …