Thursday, July 12, 2018
Human Dualistic Existence
Lao Tzu, the author of Tao Te Ching, has expressed his profound wisdom in the dualistic existence of man. According to Tao wisdom (the wisdom expressed in Tao Te Ching), what goes up must come down; what begins must also end; life is followed by death. That explains the dualistic nature of man: good and evil exist side by side.
“With the fall of man, good cannot exist without evil.
Man is born with virtues, but grows up with vices.
Likewise, life and death complement each other.
Heaven is eternal life; hell is everlasting death.
Human existence is therefore dualistic:
it can make heaven out of hell, or hell out of heaven.
Faith and lack of faith go along with each other.
The first will be the last, and the last will be the first.”
(Lao Tzu,Tao Te Ching, chapter 2)
Here are some Bible verses that echo what Lao Tzu says:
“For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.]For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (Romans 7: 18)
“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” (Matthew 20: 16)
“Furthermore, tell the people, ‘This is what the Lord says: See, I am setting before you the way of life and the way of death.” (Jeremiah 21: 8)
The bottom line: Given the dualistic existence of man, we should rely not just on human wisdom, but also on Biblical wisdom; as a matter of fact, human wisdom is forever inadequate and imperfect; therefore, it has to be enhanced and enlightened by God’s wisdom, which is infinite and perfect.
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau