How Exactly to Make Sense of Co-existence of Natural and Spiritual Realms?

Oghenovo Obrimah, PhD
7 min readJun 28, 2018

Suppose we define the natural realm to consist of whatever is naturally occurring in nature, and whatever is created by man. We have then that the natural realm consists of man, woman, animals, vegetation, fruits, fish, birds, buildings, cars, computers etc.

Suppose we define the spiritual realm to consist of God and God’s enemies. We have then that the spiritual realm consists of God, God’s helpers such as angels, and God’s enemies, whom we conveniently can refer to as the devil and fallen angels who owe allegiance to the devil.

If the spiritual realm exists as an end in of itself, the spiritual realm does not generate any reality within the natural realm. We have then that God created man and everything else, put natural laws in motion, then left man to himself and herself. Within this rubric, God cannot be blamed for suffering on earth. Mankind’s evil tendencies cannot be blamed on either of God or the devil. The earth simply is whatever mankind makes of it. God is not capricious, the devil does not tempt. God and the devil duke it out in the realm of the spiritual without any consequences whatsoever for all of mankind.

But what then is purpose of creating without caring whatsoever what happens to your creation? What exactly is purpose of opposing God if it does not change anything whatsoever? Since the devil cannot by definition defeat God, the only way he can get at God is by taking some allegiance away from Him. But then he already achieved that historically otherwise there would not be any fallen angels. Under the assumption that God would be forced to destroy the devil if he were to succeed at deceiving all of God’s angels, any attempt at securing more fallen angels can in the long-run be counter productive. The devil would be better off setting himself up in some dark corner of the universe enjoying adoration of fallen angels. That would be a better equilibrium than fighting God, winning, then being destroyed. In the equilibrium within which the devil fights God, even when he wins, he loses. The only equilibrium favorable to the devil? Setting himself up as prince in some dark corner of the universe.

Suppose the spiritual realm exists only so God can impose His will on the natural realm. We have then that the…

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Oghenovo Obrimah, PhD

Educator and Researcher, Believer in Spirituality, Life is serious business, but we all are pilgrims so I write about important stuff with empathy and ethos