Socrates, Taoism and all dichotomous dualistic religions.
Old false dichotomous belief - My body is bad, but my spirit is good ! What I do with my body does not matter as my spirit is always good. Socrates, when he committed suicide felt that death was when his good spirit finally escapes from his bad body.
On the other hand, the Bible is clear that each human being is an indivisible unity. The body, soul, and spirit function in close cooperation, revealing an intensely sympathetic relationship between a person's spiritual, mental, and physical faculties. Deficiencies in one area will hamper the other two. A sick, impure, or confused spirit or mind will have a detrimental effect on one's emotional and spiritual health.
God "formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being" (Gen. 2:7). It is important to note that the Bible says that man became a living soul. Nothing in the Creation account indicates that man received a soul—as some kind of separate entity.
Atheists and modernists always claim pure motives which is their "real me".
And of course, they are indignant that God should be so consumed and so particular with what they may do with their body !? What they may do to their body does not matter because of their false dichotomous belief. Their "real me " must go unquestioned. Is this modern belief not the same as the old dualistic one ?
What is worse is that contradicting views of everyone's "real me" are all also true. You are ok and I am ok too. So, contradictions in enlightened unity are alright too. This is often called " unity in diversity". At some point the opposite polarities of truth and error will have to disappear. It is only in the realm of altered non dual unreality that this can possibly occur as nothing more than a neural phenomena.
Christianity's " Emerging Church" dichotomous dualism.
Contemplative Christianity's foundation is the false pagan belief in the existence of the immortal soul/spirit dichotomous from the body . Founder of Catholic Contemplative Prayer, Thomas Merton states - At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or spark which belongs entirely to God, which is never at our disposal, from which God disposes of our lives, which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our own mind or the brutalities of our own will. Because when you die, that is all that is left. When we die, everything is destroyed except this one thing, which is our reality that God preserves forever. He will not permit its final destruction. And the thing is, that we know this. This is built into that particular little grain of gold, this spark of the soul, or whatever it is. It knows this. And the freedom that matters is the capacity to be in contact with that center. For it is from that center that everything else comes.….contemplative prayer is nothing other than ‘coming into consciousness’ of what is already there.
Old deception with new packaging.