Defense Mechanism and Walls of Hostility

he has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility… (Ephesians 2:14)

Hostility is the motivation behind separation.

When the writer used “hostility”, he removed any argument that the dividing wall is a metaphysical one only, somehow mysteriously built by an invisible negative force. It is a very real division built by… us!… the manifestation of our hostility. It is not only spiritual but visceral.

So this passage is written not only against those who built the wall to separate themselves from others. It is also written for those against whom the wall was built to keep them out. It is an emotional issue.

The message of Jesus is about destroyed walls, broken fences and demolished barriers. It is also about exposing the hostility which motivates the building of these walls. Just because nice words and religious jargon and spiritualized tones are employed, the motivation behind the building of walls is hostility.

It is a defense mechanism. Which sounds like another wall.

About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • David Waters

    Denomination = division
    Doctrine = division

  • fishon

    Just because nice words and religious jargon and spiritualized tones are employed, the motivation behind the building of walls is hostility.
    ——-And I am just waiting for you to tear down your wall.

  • fishon

    David Waters
    December 5, 2011 | 9:33 pm

    Denomination = division
    Doctrine = division

    1 Tim. 4:16 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

    2 Tim. 4:3-4 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

    You make a nice little diddy there, but I’ll take scripture.

  • Fred

    Weird, I don’t see “hostility” in the original Greek…

    I wonder if it is implied or inferred.

  • http://nakedpastor.com nakedpastor

    “exthra” = enmity or hostility

  • Brigitte

    bad conscience = dividing wall of hostility and defensiveness

    confidence in Christ = lack of defensiveness

  • Fred

    Oh, it’s in 2:15 in NASB.

  • LouiseM

    Thank You. During my childhood, a chapter of the Holy Bible was read twice a day, at family breakfast and dinner. The Word was preached twice a Sunday, and I attended Christian School through college. I am familiar with doctrine and scripture. The “I’ll take scripture” approach worked most of my life until I reached a place where perseverance (while closely watching my life and the doctrines I was taught)lead me to some new conclusions. My experience with hostility in myself and others has been eye opening and painful. Reading vs14-18 tonight brought fresh awareness, tears and hope.

    He came and preached peace to you who were far away and those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

  • http://samscoville.blogspot.com/ sam scoville

    Welcome to my INN. xxxooo Procrustes (“the perfect host”–everyone fits his bed.)


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