What Opposing Forces?
In Galatians 5, Paul speaks of the different works of the flesh (which are sinful) and the works of the spirit (which are Christlike). Sinful and Christlike characteristics are referenced as being in opposition to one another throughout all scripture. All works of darkness oppose works of light. (John 3:19-21; Acts 26:18; Rom. 13:12; 2 Cor. 6:14; 1 John 1:5.) If this is true, then there is an opposition in all things, whether recognized or not. In order to do a research study on this:
First, I would like your help to define all of the works of the flesh and works of the spirit based on scripture and your best judgment. Each work must have at least one scriptural citation. I would like your help to begin matching the opposites of each of the works of flesh and works of the spirit. View the project here.
Finally, I would like your help to identify research studies and their conclusions of the potential effects that each of these characteristics and accompanying actions may do to either benefit or afflict. View the project here.
For example: You may have found that anger potentially increases a person’s blood pressure, speeds up the body’s rate of aging and puts a person at a higher risk of mortality. Forgiveness, which could be considered the opposite of anger, potentially decreases a person’s blood pressure, decreases the body’s rate of aging, and puts a person at a lower risk of mortality.)