An article defining the nature of Man, his animal and Human nature, and the apparent reason for his creation.
By Cristo Rey
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What is Man? What is Man's nature? Is Man an animal or a Human being? Why was Man created?
The purpose of this article is to attempt to define the nature of Man, his animal and Human nature, utilizing scientific, biblical, and general information, and provide a speculation as to the reason for his creation.
It is the reasonable expectation of the author that readers are familiar with the relevant information about this subject as put forward by those sources, and the readers will be left to judge by themselves the accuracy of the information given by their own knowledge base, or by searching the specific subject in the Web or other suitable and reliable sources.
For this article Man will be referenced by the singular masculine references (he, his, and him) but it is to be understood that Mankind, both men and women, are the intended referenced entities.
What is Man?
Man is a self-defining entity . . . just like a "rose is a rose," Man is Man. By self-discovery Man knows that he is a "living being" and further, knows that he shares many characteristics with other living beings . . . from the cellular to the organ level.
Much current argument exists concerning the nature of Man, primarily between "Evolutionists" and "Creationists." But these groups lack a sincere interest in defining Man, and are more involved in furthering their respective religious, social, and political agendas.
Man is then . . . a living being . . .
As a living being, there is nothing special or unique about Man, he shares in ALL of the characteristics of other living beings, and shares in the full consequences of such an existence . . . including the benefits, harm, and death accruing to such beings.
What is Man's nature?
Within the category of "living being," Man is a "biological entity," and gains his continued existence just as ALL other biological entities do . . . VIA HIS REPRODUCTION . . . "after his kind" by a genetic system of inheritance.
Man's sexual physical dichotomy as either male or female, need for reproduction, and his suffering of occasional genetically inherited abnormalities attests to and PROVES that he is a PHYSICAL BEING, a living and biological being, whose physical existence is determined by a genetic system of inheritance. Moreover, his reproduction follows the genetic rules determining a "sexual mode of reproduction," not an asexual, special, or "dispensational" one.
Man, physically, is then a typical and ordinary genetic being . . . a living, biological, genetic being. And among the other living beings there is NOTHING unique or special about him in theses respects.
There is no biblical rendition that, after his physical creation, God changed the basic physical nature of Man from that of a "special act of creation" to that of a "natural" one.
As a result of Adam's Fall, Man only gained "death" as a biological change, not a TOTAL change in his physical nature. The Book of Genesis is clearly being misinterpreted in these regards . . . or the interpretation of the renditions there are being stretched to the limit in an arbitrary individual way, something we have been admonished by the Word of God NOT TO DO (2 Peter 1:20).
Moreover, there is no mention there that all of the descendants of Adam and Eve had to be changed as a result of Adam's Fall, they inherited his sinfulness and physical mortality genetically.
Indeed, the rendition in Genesis reinforces the scientifically derived knowledge about the nature of Man. Adam's Fall lead to his gaining death, and both his sinful nature and his mortality are then genetically transmitted to his descendants. Man could have been created as an IMMORTAL being while in an identical biological state as he presently has, as Genesis informs us, and could have lost his immortality, and acquired genetically his mortality without having undergone a fundamental biological change in his physical nature (see "By the Way, about Eternal Life . . ." ).
Man is then, physically, a natural, living, biological, genetic being . . . and appears to have been created as such . . .
We can argue about the origins of Man, whether Man had a "biological" or "special creational" physical origin . . . but clearly Man had a biological physical origin . . . and his genetic constitution (nature) and need for it to be reproduced in each succeeding generation attests to it. There is no biblical or scientific evidence to pose that God "created" Man physically in a SPECIAL CREATIONAL way, but later changed him or endowed him with all of the characteristics and needs of a living, biological being, to be ruled and reproduced by those means . . . Indeed, God created Eve, PRIOR to Adam's Fall, and due to Adam's biological and reproductive needs, giving further evidence that Adam was a biological being from his original creation.
One could still interpret the Genesis story in a personal way (2 Peter 1:20) at our own peril, and invoke an original "magical" or "special creational" way in Man's physical creation, but given that he now shares all of the characteristics of every other living, biological, genetic beings, this would imply that Man had lost his physical "specialness" . . . Hardly likely!!! . . . because manifestly, there is no specific allusion to that found in the Scriptures.
God does not employ different ways of reproducing living, biological beings, and there is no biblical evidence that this is so . . .
Man is physically a living, biological, genetic entity . . . That is the essential PHYSICAL NATURE of Man . . .
Although some Creationists assert that Man was physically not created, and is not physically reproduced, genetically "after his kind," but was physically created and is re-created (reproduced) in the "image of God," without the need of sex for his continual reproduction, this is plainly not true, and there is no biblical or scientific evidence that it is so.
Why would God create Man physically in a special creational way but then link him as evolving from the higher primates? To confuse us? . . . Hardly likely!!! God is not the author of confusion (1 Cor 14:33).
Is Man a different physical, biological entity on Earth? different from all the others? . . . clearly not so . . . God is neither a comedian nor secretive . . . and we ALL have access to His Word, and to the scientifically obtained evidence about this subject.
Clearly, God created Man, physically, as a living, biological, genetic entity, and by the same means as all the other livings beings on Earth, and there is no evidence in Man's biological existence which points in a different direction, or to any difference.
Clearly, physically, we were not created in God's image. That is not in biblical or scientific evidence; We do not know what God looks like physically, but do understand that it cannot be that He physically looks like us and is like us . . . or that He has the same biological characteristics and sexual needs to reproduce as we do. God is a Spirit (Jn 4:24) Jesus the Christ told us directly and unequivocally, meaning He has NO physical form.
God is the only non-reproducing entity in existence, He is the only uncreated entity in existence . . . and yet Man has to reproduce himself physically just like all the other biological entities, "after his kind," by a genetic system of inheritance. God is not an entity that "needs" a genetic inheritance, or needs sex to reproduce Himself, God is a Spirit (Jn 4:24). God had no beginning, Man did, Man is not an uncreated entity . . . We are clearly then, NOT physically created in God's image . . . especially given that God is a Spirit, not a physical entity (Jn 4:24).
The Word of God instructs us that:
The description in Genesis concerning the creation of Man, then, can ONLY be interpreted to mean that Man had a dual creation. One, as a "physical or natural" being, and a second as a "spiritual" being.
God created Man physically as a living, biological, genetic being, out of the "dust of the ground," but then "breathed into his nostrils" part of His own Spirit, to infuse him with the "breath of life," and Man then "became a living soul," or a physical being endowed with a part of the Spirit of God.
Man is then primarily a physical being, infused with, and then endowed with part of the Spirit of God, to render him a "living soul" . . .
It is clear, then, that Man was created physically as a living, biological, genetic entity . . . but was at the very same time created as a spiritual entity "in the image of God, and of His Son, given that God is a Spirit (Jn 4:24):"
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" (Gn 1:26)
"So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God created he him;
male and female created he them." (Gn 1:27)
Is Man an animal or a human being?
All the best scientific evidence uncovered to date leads to the conclusion that Man was physically created by evolving from antecedents (ancestors) to the higher primates, and shares many genes with current primates (96% with the Chimpazees and 98% with the Gorillas), something which points to a common biological origin with them, that is to say, we and them had a common genetic ancestor.
From that perspective, Man is then, physically, an animal, descended by evolutionary processes from a common ancestor with the current higher primates (Gorilla, Chimpanzee, and Orangutan). He belongs to an evolutionary primate line which led to the Ape-Men, Pre-Modern Men, and finally Modern Men.
But Man is at the same time, spiritually, a "living soul" a spiritual being, distinctly Human . . . a Human being, spiritually created "in the image of God," given that God is a Spirit (Jn 4:24).
"Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was:
and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." (Ecc 12:7)
Notice clearly, that Jesus the Christ informed us that God is a Spirit (Jn 4:24), and we must presume that the Christ (His Son) was also at that time a spirit. As they both existed together in Heaven when God decided to create Man, then He would use the plural to convey to the Christ (His Son) His desires to create Man in "Their" image, that is to say as a spiritual being, just like them (in Their image). We must suppose that in order for God to endow the already physically-created Man with the capacity to know Him, He had to then infuse him with part of His own Sprit . . .
"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground,
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;
and man became a living soul." (Gn 2:7)
The account in Genesis IS consistent with the interpretation presented here . . . God then FIRST, created Man physically, by evolutionary processes already in operation here on the Earth, along the Primate line, and then infused him with part of His own Spirit, to render him a "living soul," something which He did not do with any of the other animals created by Him, thus by this ACT rendering Man as ABOVE ALL other of His animal creations . . .
The "special-ness" that Man feels about his creation (in contrast to the rest of the animal life on this planet), is then due to this second act on the part of God to infuse him with part of His own spirit . . . proving that "something" cannot be created out of "nothing," a clearly illogical contradiction that not even God has the capacity of doing . . . There is no "magical" God that can do the impossible and illogical . . . God is the Author of Logic, Perfection, and Order, and not the clownish figure that modern Christianity tries to sell us . . . The Bible is very clear in these respects . . . it is only the psychotic and ill-spirited mind of modern so-called "Christian" Leaders and "Creationists" that have muddled the issue. They have added to the confusion and skepticism now rampant in Christianity, and they will be fully responsible for the widespread "Apostasy" which will beset Christianity, now, just before the End of the Present Earth Age.
Why was Man created?
In the beginning there existed only God (Jn 1:1, Rv 22:13). His Love of Self kept His Substance and Spirit together, . . . but He was lonely, . . . and except for Himself, He lacked anyone to love, to care for, to love Him, to worship Him, and to mutually please and satisfy each other . . . So much Love was in Him, that He wished to share it . . . He created a simple, lonely planet capable of sustaining life, and the kinds of creatures He yearned to delight Him and to share His existence with . . . He created life as cells, organisms, animals, plants, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, primates, apes, ape-men, and about 200,000 years ago, Man . . . He waited patiently throughout all of this . . . for His Delight and Glory were now assured. It was to be a precious and unique Creation, never to be able to be repeated. As only He was in existence, only He could accomplish it, . . . no one else and nothing else existed, and nothing else could accomplish it . . .
There are no "angels," and there have never been any such creatures. They only represent mythical figures and characters in the barbaric, primitive, tribal Hebrew religion of the Old Testament. There exists only God, Jesus the Christ, the Holy Spirit, and us; There are no other intermediaries or interlopers. If there were angels, then God would not have had to create Mankind, He would have delighted in them and would not need us . . . Besides His Son, Jesus the Christ, we are His only other Creation . . .
Mankind was created by God for His Glory, Delight, and Entertainment through the rest of Eternity . . . to love them, to care for them, for them to love Him, to worship Him, and to mutually please and satisfy each other . . .
Food for thought
"These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs:
but the time cometh,
when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs,
but I shall shew you plainly of the Father." (Jn 16:25)
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