“Paul says that the earthly is dead. Kind of intense.” ((Carly)
Paul always uses this dualism which makes no sense whatsoever. He tries to separate the physical from the spiritual, which I can tell (from 37 years experience as a human being) is not the case. I am finding that our bodies are quite interconnected – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual – and one area effects the next one.
The problem with this duality, which was good for his Greek mind at the time, is the compartmentalization (another problem with current spirituality). So people would consider the things of the spiritual realm (whatever they perceive those as) and almost forgo anything physical related – like health, the environment, or feeding their mind.
Thus we see a new issue – separation of body and mind from spirit. This is the reason we see people who behave one way on Sunday and another all week long.
Truth be told, you cannot disconnect your spirit from your mind (will), emotions (feelings), or physicality (body)…a small problem in one (like a sore tooth), effects the way you feel (emotion), and your reactions to the world around you (physical). Paul’s duality is weak.