Do protestant churches deny the physical?


In the late 300’s a heresy was introduced to the Church called the manichean heresy. This heresy continues to infect Christianity today. Simply put, the manicheans believed that [font=Arial]only spiritual things were of value, and that the physical world was evil.[/font]
[font=Arial]This is why a sacramental Church is so important. Christ came to us in physical form. He was fully divine(spirit) and fully human(physical). The sacraments also have a spiritual grace inseparable from the physical reality.[/font]
[font=Arial]Baptism = water[/font]
[font=Arial]Eucharist = bread and wine[/font]
[font=Arial]Confirmation = laying on of hands and Holy chrism[/font]
[font=Arial]Holy matrimony = union of man and woman[/font]
[font=Arial]Reconciliation = priest as representaive of Christ[/font]
[font=Arial]Holy orders = laying on of hands[/font]
[font=Arial]Annointing of the sick = Blessed oil[/font]
[font=Arial]Some protestant churches even refuse to depict Jesus on the cross, instead, they focus only on the empty cross(Resurrection). But in reality, Jesus had to endure (physical) suffering in order to redeem mankind through the (spiritual) Resurrection. [/font]
[font=Arial]Does anyone have any reflections on this?[/font]


73] From this thorough explanation of the entire doctrine concerning free will we can now judge, lastly, also the questions upon which, for quite a number of years, there has been controversy in the churches of the Augsburg Confession (An homo ante, in, post conversionem Spiritui Sancto repugnet, vel pure passive se habeat; an homo convertatur ut truncus; an Spiritus Sanctus detur repugnantibus, et an conversio hominis fiat per modum coactionis; that is, Whether man before, in, or after his conversion resists the Holy Ghost, and whether he does nothing whatever, but only suffers what God works in him [or is purely passive]; likewise, whether in conversion man acts and is like a block; likewise, whether the Holy Ghost is given to those who resist Him; likewise, whether conversion occurs by coercion, so that God coerces men to conversion by force against their wills), and can perceive, expose, censure, and reject the opposite dogmas and errors, namely:

[left]74] 1. First, the folly of the Stoics and Manicheans [who asserted] that everything that happens must so happen, et hominem coactum omnia facere, that is, that man does everything from coercion, and that even in outward works the will of man has no freedom or ability to render to a certain extent external righteousness and respectable deportment, and to avoid external sins and vices, or that the will of man is coerced to external wicked deeds, inchastity, robbery, murder, etc.


I’m always reminded how Jesus made mud out of dirt and His own saliva to cure the blind man. God delights in His creation and does not scorn it but works through it.


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