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Yin and Yang and Gorilla Glue

November 28, 2011

Do opposites really attract?

Paula Abdul did with that cartoon character alley cat guy, didn’t she?

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Moonlighting. They were opposites too, right?

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Dualism

This eastern philosophy of dualism, yin and yang, the Tao. It is interesting. I have been re-reading C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity and he embarks on this discussion about the Tao. It has it’s place within Christianity – good (the yin = God) versus evil (the yang = Satan), the dark force and the light force in the universe. Kinda like Luke Skywalker versus Darth Vader.

The hitch in this is that the evil force is actually God’s creature, the fallen one, the one created by God who rebelled. But is he the yang to God’s yin? Woah. Can you create your yang? Double woah. In the Tao, the belief is (basically) that there are masculine (yang) dark forces and feminine (yin) light forces out there which creates this balance in the world. So where does God fit into this and where does it fit into this whole notion of opposites attract?

Good question.

God, in my eyes, is the third party (this is how C.S. Lewis says it) to the yin and yang. It is by God’s grace that we, as human beings, can find the balance in everything. We are in this spiritual war, a spiritual civil war of sorts, here on Earth and the “third party” in dualism – Yin and Yang – that Lewis talks about is God.

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I guess then, to answer the nagging question of opposites attracting 🙂 in relationships, you could say: sure, yea, yes we do attract ourselves to our opposite some times. Some of us, anyway. But I believe in the glue that holds your yin and yang together. That being the grace, the love, the wisdom, the faith in — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The super glue of relationships: Godhead – Holy Trinity. I guess I have the yin to my yang and the yang to my yin and the best part of it all is that Jesus is the Gorilla Glue holding it all together.

Thank you for that.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2011 3:19 pm

    Joy, I love how you call God, via C.S. Lewis, the third party. He stands outside and above all of it, yet is intimately involved in the details. Blows my mind.

    I’ve heard similar teaching, of how God’s answer of Jesus is the third option to deal with our sin. He could have overlooked our sin, but that would be inconsistent with His justice. He could have squashed us for our sin, but that would be inconsistent with His love.

    So He chose a beautiful, creative, unfathomable option of Christ’s death and resurrection to pay for our sins and give us life. In that, He was true to His justice and love and holiness. Perfection!

    Thanks for letting me go on a bit. Great post!

    • December 1, 2011 3:39 pm

      Fantastic, Aimee and so very well said. Thank you for the comment, yes perfection is right!

      Sent from my iPhone

    • Jungle Jim permalink
      December 2, 2011 2:55 am

      Well said, Aimee.

  2. Jungle Jim permalink
    December 2, 2011 2:36 am

    I’m a Grampa. Who got “pleasantly surprized” by Dick Gobbler’s wishbone this year? Not Hoover, I’m sure (gag!) Q. What’sthe difference between faith & luck? A. Faithis what you pray for before you carve the turkey. Luke is whatyou wish for with the wishbone.

    • December 2, 2011 2:47 am

      Ha! Hoover would have tried, hence his name…he’s a vacuum cleaner! True about the faith and luck and prayer. Not a big luck believer anymore.

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. Jungle Jim permalink
    December 6, 2011 12:15 pm

    I need to study more. Know any Jehovah’s Witnesses?

    • December 6, 2011 1:58 pm

      Just right up the street is a jehova meeting place!

  4. December 6, 2011 1:22 pm

    Loved reading this, I like the way you think 🙂

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