A CONFUSION OF BELIEFS AND TRADITIONS: OUR CHRISTIAN TOWER OF BABEL (Part 4)

 

The majority of what is referred to as “Christianity” in this world is counterfeit. It is not of the spiritual realm. It doesn’t work in the spiritual realm. It is a mere illusion.

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THE SPIRIT AND THE FLESH

For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. [Romans 8:5]

The preceding verse gives a perfect illustration of mankind’s dual-natured composition: We are both spirit and flesh. We have also been blessed by God with a free will. That means at any point in one’s life one can (1) choose one or the other, (2) make a decision based on one or the other, and (3) can even devote one’s life to one or the other. Our eternal destination will also be based on one or the other.

However, our dual nature did not exist originally nor was it ever the intention of God for such a dual nature within humanity to exist. He did not create humanity this way. It is something that developed later.

Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. [Genesis 2:7]

The “breath of life” is synonymous in this instance with the Spirit of God. This phrase is derived from two Hebrew words: נְשָׁמָה (nesh-aw-maw’) “breath, spirit,” and חַי (khah’-ee) “alive, living.” The breath of life here is the living Spirit of God. The connotation is clear and denotes how all other living beings on the planet are fundamentally different from humanity: Adam had the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God was breathed into Him. This fact supports the following previous fact in the Genesis account:

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. [Genesis 1:27][1]

Prior to Adam’s momentous and life-changing event when he received the Spirit of God—though he was a much greater physical specimen than any other created being on earth—he was closer in essence to the animals which he later named. Thus, after his initial creation but before the introduction of the breath of God, Adam was by all accounts merely flesh, whether animate or inanimate, but still a magnificent physical specimen “fearfully and wonderfully made.”[2]

He was created from the elements of this earth, or in Biblical terminology, the “dust from the ground.” His physical body was composed of flesh (as opposed to spirit), and based on an estimate of the average human body at present, approximately 98.5% of his flesh was composed of only six elements: Oxygen (65%), Carbon (18%), Hydrogen (10%), Nitrogen (3%), Calcium (1.4%), and Phosphorus (1.1%). Most of the rest was made of Potassium, Sulfur, Sodium, Chlorine, and Magnesium. There’s also another 49 trace elements involved as well.[3]

Therefore, flesh creation as he was, it was the Spirit of God that made him what he was to be. The breath of God finalized his creation. The Spirit of God within made him like God. It allowed for a closeness and fellowship with God. No other creature can claim this even though many if not most animals are sentient, and there are certainly those that relate very close to man such as dogs and horses.

BODY, SOUL, AND SPIRIT

Because all living creatures have the spark of life that animates them but do not have the Spirit of God as did Adam, a distinction must be made to differentiate the two. Did you know that all life is created from that which is not seen? For example, we must breathe to live. We can go without food for many weeks. We can go without water for several days. But we can only go without air for mere minutes. In breathing, we inhale invisible oxygen and exhale invisible carbon dioxide. Trees do the opposite. They draw in or “inhale” carbon dioxide and water, use the invisible energy of the sun to convert these into specific chemical compounds that provide sustenance (such as sugars), and produce or “exhale” oxygen. Trees actually clean the air and produce much of the air that humans and animals breathe. In other words, though all life is composed of elements it is also produced by the invisible energy all around us.

Thus, there is a wholly natural animating spark derived from the intricate system of Creation in which energy is combined with elements to produce natural life, whether it be mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, insects, or trees. The life is in the seed and the seed responds to the correct combination of energy and elements to create what it was created from. In simple terms then, God created a natural world that works without His direct involvement not unlike an appliance or tool that is activated and runs when a power source is applied, such as electricity or a battery. His creation is one giant brilliant system that works perfectly indefinitely with no need of anyone to man the controls so to speak though God can and will intervene for His own purposes.

This appears to make God impersonal. For atheists, it makes it easier to see God as a non-entity. The old Deists perceived God as a possible personality who created but does not involve Himself with His Creation. Most people in the world never or rarely think of God or a Creator but merely spend their lives seeking to survive and thrive while here and thus put little stock in an afterlife. Are such people any different from animals?

In fact, due to the fall of mankind and the introduction of disobedience, sin, and rebellion into God’s perfect Creation, the resulting sinful nature of man caused a complete break in relationship with God and destroyed the close communication and relational love between Father and son. Also, of course, not only was Adam banished from the perfect garden in Eden, he also lost the animating breath of spiritual life: The Spirit of God left Adam.

God had told him if he ever sinned he would die. He did sin. And he did die. But he stayed alive on a lower level. It was his spirit that died. He went from being body, soul, and spirit to body and soul. Rather than become like God according to his destiny, the first Adam actually became more like an animal. He retained the spark of life shared among all life forms on earth but lost his spiritual life and his spiritual connection to God. Rather than be like his son Abel he became like his son Cain. Because he was no longer a spiritual man he was forced out of the perfect spiritual garden and sent to the natural world. He became a mere soul man, a man of flesh, because he had set his mind on the things of the flesh.

Whoever would reverse this destructive process released by Adam must set his or her mind on the things of the Spirit which were released by the last Adam.

CROSSING THE SPIRITUAL DIVIDE

God also created spiritual beings. These are the most advanced form of life. Man was made “a little lower than the angels” (Psalms 8:5 KJV). This translation, though done with likely proper intent, is misleading, however. The Hebrew word translated as angels in the KJV is Elohim which is the exact word used for God in all of Genesis Chapter 1. The NASB translates Psalm 8:5 not as angels but God. The point is that Adam was obviously created lower than God but was also a lower form of created being than God’s advanced spiritual angels, though only slightly lower.

Yet, He had the potential to be a being of a higher order than the angels.

In fact, it can be argued that Adam, being a recipient of the actual Holy Spirit of God, was given a golden opportunity to become that very thing. That was the initial plan anyway.

He failed.

His seed, however, would not, and was destined to graduate to the very throne of God.

© 2022 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved. [To Be Continued]


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

[2] Psalm 139:14

[3] sciencenotes.org/elements-in-the-human-body-and-what-they-do/ (updated 5/2/21)

Posted on August 1, 2022, in Current Events and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I have always been perplexed by friends who have no drive in them (all the way to the grave) to seek God or anything on a spiritual level. They just live out their days being decent human beings and delightful friends, but no interest or desire for God. I know of no way but Gods intervention to create desire within them to seek and drink from the springs of “living water”.
    I pray, I try to be salty so they can be thirsty but in the end we can both watch the sunset of life and then go our separate ways into eternity. It’s so much bigger than us. The battle is fought for them on our knees.

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    • I agree completely Gary. Thank you.

      In my experience I have discovered long ago that people must be HUNGRY for God and for the things of the Spirit. I know that I was hungry for spiritual things and something much more when I was young. I went on a search for truth. After high school I made it my one goal. I wanted to know what made everything work. I wanted to know about the origins of earth and mankind. I wanted to know who made everything and how it all got here. I was rarely satisfied with new discoveries and kept pushing onward. It was truly a quest. I only say this because it was my experience and it is all I know personally. I cannot speak for others or the motivations of others. All I know is that at a young age I had to find the truth. It was a solitary venture.

      I am sure you must have had the same experience and the same hunger. Why one person has this and another does not I don’t know but I do know it still remains a matter of personal choice. According to Scripture it must simply be a matter of choosing between the things of the flesh and the things of the Spirit. Some people want the Lord Jesus and will do anything to find Him, honor Him, give their life to Him, and serve Him. They want actual fellowship with God, with Their Creator. Others don’t. Many who don’t accept a substitute counterfeit, apparently to make them feel like they are right with God and check the correct boxes though never surrendering their heart.

      The Lord obviously dealt with the same thing among people forever. If it’s possible for the Lord to be frustrated regarding this then I’m sure He is, especially after giving everything He had, suffering more than anyone, and doing all He could to bring us to salvation, spiritual life in the here and now, and eternal life. Sadly, His efforts are wasted on most. The following is a brief statement He made that explains the phenomenon (among so many others):

      “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” [Matthew 13:44]

      Blessings to you Gary. Keep up the great work over there.

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  2. It is so important to compare anything that we hear against scripture, not a human author/speaker.

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  3. I am reminded again that religion today is a human construct. The Bible says that “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27. I don’t believe for one minute that God intended for all the folderol that man has created and called “religion.”

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    • Thanks Linda. Great point. James was right on. What good are ceremonial et al religious practices and beliefs if they do not honor the Lord Jesus and His teachings? The supreme test of any Christian belief system or religious protocol necessitates comparing it to the Lord’s original, both to His teachings, His delivery, and His methods, and also His practice and the practice of His disciples, and see how it stands up. Does the teaching and practice of the initial Christian Community look like it? What they did is our foundation and prototype, and if we want the obvious great results they had we must do what they did.

      Regarding the counterfeits, the gospels are clear that in His time no one ever caught more heat from the religionists than the Lord. Their belief systems were terribly wrong but collectively, the major denominations (all wrong) controlled everything and whoever went against them were made to pay. We know they were wrong by comparing the Lord’s teachings and practices to theirs. It was night and day. The Lord’s method worked perfectly every time and even overcame powerful demonic entities.

      One wonders how such vast differences of opinion can happen when they all used the same book (OT), just as Christians use the same book (NT). It is not until we understand, as you said, that it is not merely claiming the Bible but doing what it says that we see the huge disparities among the denominations. To the degree that we differ from the original is to the same degree we are wrong. We must strive to get it right.

      Blessings to you

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  4. I was like you when I was younger, I wanted to know why and how things were made. From standing next to trees and putting my hands on them and looking really close, wondering how was this created. When fishing with my grandfather I would catch a fish, but would really look at it, look at its eyes and wonder how does it breath under water. Why is it when we get a cut on our hand, you can watch your body go into action to protect it by making a new piece of skin. Still to this day when I think of things like this I just smile, because no one except our creator could have thought of all these details when life was created. When it comes to people, He said go forth and multiply. I take that as he wanted people to be born and to live on this earth He created for us. There was a time when I felt guilty and asked Him to forgive me for not having any children. That I was not creating life for Him. But, I know now that He had other plans for me. But back then I could not understand why I was not part of a family. When you read about Job, Joseph, Paul and even Deborah. There is a reason for everything under the sun. Right now folks are saying this planet is over populated and it is damaging the world. But, He created this world to sustain us and He knows when the end will be. 🙂

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    • Thank you Sandra, for sharing your heart. Precious are you to the Lord. I am reminded of the following:

      A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land. [Psalm 68:5-6 KJV]

      It is sometimes the case that people with families have no family. Sometimes things don’t add up until we see it from His perspective. We know the Lord Jesus Himself had a very tough time in life and was often rejected and disparaged. He knows what it is like whatever our situation may be. But as you know so well He also brings great blessing. We are thankful for the family of the Lord which He provides in which we all have the same spiritual Father.

      I watched an interview the other day featuring a very wise man who knew much about how things really are in the natural world. He says the planet is not at all overpopulated. The problem has always been that a small clique of a few have robbed the world and its people of resources and freedom and took most for themselves. They are never satisfied. There is actually plenty for everybody. It is the way God made it. This is why we must always trust Him for our needs and provisions. He is a great Giver. It is much the same on this platform as so many Christians give their best for free.

      There is so much to discover and it is simply a matter of taking the time, showing an interest, and being hungry for truth. It is how the Lord leads people to Him.

      Blessings to you

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