The relevance of Galatians 5:16-26 in the modern “spiritual intelligence” debate
Keywords:spiritual intelligence, holy life, Christian spirituality, Bible, Galatians 5, 16-26
AbstractIt is not acceptable for Christians to live their lives in isolation. It is important, especially for Christians to participate in, to influence and to hold an opinion regarding the relevant issues in the world. When our magazines and newspapers report something new, Christians should become actively engaged and position themselves. When a women’s magazine published an article about spiritual intelligence being a demand of the twenty-first century, I wondered whether Christians could view themselves as spiritually intelligent. Therefore, this article seeks to offer an exploration of what spiritual intelligence entails and a determination of the relevance of Galatians 5:16-25 in this debate. The list of virtues in this passage offers a clear picture of what a Spirit-filled life should be. The latter appears to be synonymous with a spiritually mature life, as demanded by our modern world. Being a Christian improves the way one manages everyday problems in the world. It alters the way one conducts business. Christian spirituality (like many other forms of spirituality) can contribute to a successful and whole person, family, company, and nation.
Copyright of all NGTT material belongs to the Pieter de Waal Neethling Trust (PDWN Trust). The PDWN Trust is a trust fund established in 1932 with the aim of promoting quality theological research and publications.
The PDWN Trust pledges to maintain a legitimate scholarly record of the author’s work and to defend the author’s article against plagiarism and copyright infringement.
The PDWN Trust is committed to full Open Source publishing. This means that all articles published in NGTT will gradually be made freely available online. Authors maintain the right to:
- Share and self-archive their work.
- Make printed copies of their article for educational use.
- Present their article at a meeting or conference and distribute printed copies of the article
- Adapt and expand their published journal article to make it suitable for their thesis or dissertation.
- Republish the article (ensuring that the original article is cited as published in NGTT).
For any questions or queries in this regard, please contact the Editor.