The entire world is in captivity and yet it is assumed to be free. Humanity is in captivity, not through enforcement by anyone or anything, but voluntarily. Physical nature demands attachment to the planet earth. The phenomenon of Jesus ascending up to heaven is not applicable to ordinary humanity. The force of gravity does not allow physical humans to access freedom, achievable through Jesus, as displayed at His ascension.
However, Jesus declared that He was the way the truth and the life. If believing in Jesus, the phenomenon of physical attachment is not applicable to humanity. The starting point is in appreciated that God cannot be likened to anything physical, in this world. He is outside anything that can be imagined but described in the spiritual identity of humanity, created in God’s image. Therefore, humanity is also described in God’s spiritual identity.
What makes it difficult for humans to appreciate God’s image, is the assumption of a relationship with physical nature, rather than Godly nature. The condition of physical nature robs humanity of its reasoning capacity. This is why even the racial identity or the person’s gender gets considered as carrying significance. Three aspects of humanity, that cause misunderstanding, have to be dissected, for purposes of understanding.
The first condition that goes contrary to spirituality is the sexual fantasy that physical humans are commonly attached to. There are many physical temptations that can lure humanity out of spiritual condition, but none appears more lethal than sexual immorality. The apostle Paul touched on this subject, which remains misunderstood. Sexual abuse has incapacitated effective servants of God, having fallen victim to this vice, over the years.
“Now for the matters, you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry. But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband. The husband should fulfil his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband” (1 Corinthians 7:1-3 NIV).
There is more to this Scripture than meets the eye. Paul says it is good for a man not to marry. This seems to agree with Jesus’ comments in Luke 14:26-27, which most people prefer to ignore. Christianity should never be regarded as a casual matter, as assumed to be, by most people. We are not told much about the condition of the marital families of the disciples. But in following Jesus, their wives and children were not involved, although we are not told of the relational condition of the disciples with those families.
Paul, himself, was not married. But he did not impose the idea of celibacy on his audience. This is just as Jesus also did not impose the idea of not marrying, throughout his ministry. Paul had a tough time, with the Corinthian Christian believers, coming directly from the raw public. Unlike the Jews, the Gentiles did not have the convenience of God’s Laws.
Conversion to follow Christ requires a hundred per cent commitment. Did those Corinthian Christians understand the significance of following Christ in that manner? The entire epistle to the Corinthians shows that those people were struggling with the condition of sexual passions. Jesus did not directly deal with Gentiles; although others accessed His teachings, by chance.
“For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go’ and he goes; and that one; ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it” When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well (Luke 7:6-10 NIV).
This centurion was a Gentile authority. It is quite possible that his interaction with Jesus may have later caused him to become one of the Christian believers. Becoming a Christian believer does not require the adoption of Jewish Laws. It requires understanding the principle of faith, emanating from appreciating being God’s Child. It is not sustained in physical nature.