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In the third part of his study, the Russian philosopher (Alexander Dugin) compares the spiritual and physical worlds, focusing on the division of humanity after the Last Judgement. Who is destined to live forever and who is destined to perish in the abyss is a question that has preoccupied men since their birth.

We find this anthropological dualism in a purely Christian context with the Apostle Paul. In his first letter to the Thessalonians he writes:

5. For you are all children of light and children of the day; we are neither children of night nor of darkness.6. Let us not sleep, therefore, as others do, but let us be watchful and sober.7. For he who sleeps sleeps by night, and he who revels by night revels by night.8. But as children of the day, let us keep watch, clothed with the armour of faith and love and the helmet of the hope of salvation.(First Letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians, ch. 5, 5-8) 5. πάντες ὑμεῖς υἱοὶ φωτός ἐστε καὶ υἱοὶ ἡμέρας. οὐκ ἐσμὲν νυκτὸς οὐδὲ σκότους.6. ἄρα οὖν μὴ καθεύδωμεν ὡς καὶ οἱ λοιποί, ἀλλὰ γρηγορῶμεν καὶ νήφωμεν.7. οἱ γὰρ καθεύδοντες νυκτὸς καθεύδουσι, καὶ οἱ μεθυσκόμενοι νυκτὸς μεθύουσιν·8. ἡμεῖς δὲ ἡμέρας ὄντες νήφωμεν, ἐνδυσάμενοι θώρακα πίστεως καὶ ἀγάπης καὶ περικεφαλαίαν ἐλπίδα σωτηρίας·

In the Gospel of John, Christ himself says the following about “children of light”:

As long as the light is with you, believe in the light, that you may be children of the light. Having said this, Jesus withdrew and hid himself from them.(John Ch. 12:36) ἕως τὸ φῶς ἔχετε, πιστεύετε εἰς τὸ φῶς ἵνα υἱοὶ φωτὸς γένησθε. Ταῦτα ἐλάλησεν Ἰησοῦς, καὶ ἀπελθὼν ἐκρύβη ἀπ’ αὐτῶν.

The Apostle Paul’s division into ‘children of light’ (υἱοὶ φωτός) and ‘children of darkness’ (υἱοὶ σκότους) draws our attention to the same anthropological dualism. Those who are with God, with Christ, who believe in the light are the humanity of Abel, of Noah, of the ancestors, of the saints and martyrs. They, being in time, prepare with their being the sacrificial animals of the Last Judgement – the sheep, the lambs. This is a humanity of light.

But people do not become such by predestination, by birth or by rigid mechanical conditions, but by free choice. Only those who are absolutely free can choose between light and darkness. This is why the Apostle Paul invites Christians to “become” children of light: to be awake, not to sleep, to wake up from the inertia of everyday life.

To be “children of light” means to put oneself in the position of “children of light”.

Christ says the same thing in the Gospel of John: “Believe in the light, that you may be children of the light”. If you believe, you will become children of the light. No one is deliberately born a child of the light. Man always defines his own nature, placing it either above himself – in the realm of the faithful angels – or below himself – succumbing to the attraction of Dennika, sinking into the sheol, slipping into the abyss of Avaddon.

And if a man falls, turns away from the light, he becomes a ‘child of darkness’, a ‘child of the night’. And again: he is not born, but becomes, constituting his being with the support of freedom – mind and will. No one can be forced to become a ‘child of light’ or a ‘child of darkness’. There is always a choice. Man is the true choice. This, in fact, is what the Psalms and the Gospels, the Bible as a whole, tell us.

Anthropology and Physics of Resurrection

The Last Judgement takes place after the resurrection of the dead. Christian teaching specifies that “not all will die, but all will be changed”. The Apostle Paul writes:

51. I reveal to you a mystery: not all will die, but all will be changed suddenly, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet;52. For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall rise incorruptible, and we shall be changed.(St Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, ch. 15, 51-52) 51. ἰδοὺ μυστήριον ὑμῖν λέγω· πάντες μὲν οὐ κοιμηθησόμεθα, πάντες δὲ ἀλλαγησόμεθα,52. ἐν ἀτόμῳ, ἐν ῥιπῇ ὀφθαλμοῦ, ἐν τῇ ἐσχάτῃ σάλπιγγι· σαλπίσει γάρ, καὶ οἱ νεκροὶ ἐγερθήσονται ἄφθαρτοι, καὶ ἡμεῖς ἀλλαγησόμεθα.

The dualism of eschatological anthropology will be fully revealed after this fundamental metamorphosis of humanity, when the resurrected dead coexist with the living changed – clothed in incorruptible flesh.



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