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Origin of the Human Species

Throughout history all kinds of ideas have been formed about the origin of the human being. Today evolutionary theory is prevalent, which promulgates the view that we hail down from the apes and before that from a fish and before that from dead matter. And now we are dead again, at least in theological and philosophical theory. Most westerners seem to hold to a form of apatheism, Who cares where we come from, as long as we are having fun. The traditional view of monotheism with all its Christian trappings, dwindles as more schemes of pedophile priests are uncovered and televangelists are shown to be hypocrites. In the times of the hippies people turned to the East to be spellbound by Hindu ideas of karma and altered states of consciousness. Then there are the followers of the rock-n-roll gurus who were impressed by rebels like Aleister Crowley, who proclaim Satan as their liberator.

"May the Lord preserve your spirit, soul and body blameless at His coming."

"The first human is from the earth." "If there is a psychical body..."

"The second human is from heaven." "...there is also a spirit body."

Literal or physical aspect

Intellectual aspect

Emotional aspect

Spiritual aspect

"When Levi was still in the loins of Abraham's body, he paid tithes to Melchisedek (so to speak)."

"God gave them over to a depraved mind."

"And God breathed into his nostrils and man became a living soul."

"The Lord is forming a man's spirit within him." "What is born of the Spirit is spirit."

The inside of a human, such as soul and mind, consists of fine matter and hails down from Adam. Tertullian. Traducianism.

The immaterial part of a human is created by God and put into the body as it were through a back door. Aristotle. Creationism.

Man has no spirit. The soul is the feeling part of his mind. Naturalistic Agnosticism.

Our spirits and souls hail down from eternity past, where they already existed in God. Origen. Quasi pantheism.

The body is a material machine or organism and has no spirit or soul. The mind is in the cranium. Atheistic Materialism.

Our spirits hail down from the gods and our bodies are but an illusion. Polytheism.

God created us, but we prefer Satan. Aleister Crowley. Satanism.

Christ Jesus declared that the Pharisees were children of the devil and I am afraid that there are still a lot of Pharisees around today. At least the little Pharisee lurks in everybody that overaccentuates rules and inhibitions. The apostle Paul explains that we all hail from Adam, who fell and now we are earthy, sinful souls. Christ however is the man from heaven who takes care that there are people that are born of the Holy Spirit. Born again people have a spiritual origin, but they still have also the sinful nature in them.

According to Pauline anthropology the human being has within the body a mind, a soul and a spirit. Beyond that he speaks of a conscience and the act of willing. On top of that he speaks of the ego and of the old Adam, the sinful nature and the new man, Christ in us. As children of Adam and Eve we are born like that. But we need to be saved as in Adam we are all on our way to perdition. Where do we come from? In Adam we hail from God! And when we die, our spirits return to God. That is where we are going. But more specifically, we are on our way to resurrections of the just and a onetime resurrection of the unjust, who respectively are on their ways to the new and eternal heaven and earth and the eternal lake of fire...

We have, then, a material body and an immaterial side consisting of mind, soul, spirit, conscience and will. The mind has a material side as well and it has memory. Consciousness is dispersed throughout and is what gives us awareness and a sense of time and order. Between where we come from and where we are going, are our earthly lives that develop over on the average about 70 or 80 years. When we are confronted with death, particularly the passing of loved ones, the temporariness of it all is impressed upon us.

Some people, like Tertullian in the third century, believed that all that exists is matter. God is the highest form of matter and our minds and souls are made of fine matter that somehow were already present in Adam, the first man. However the Bible clearly states that God is spirit and it talks of the temporary, visible things and the eternal and invisible things. What else can that be but a differentiation between the material and the non-material.

Aristotle believed that the immaterial part is created separately by God and put into the body as it were through a back door. About the human spirit, the Bible states: He is shaping the spirit of a man within him. That is all the information it imparts to us. Other than that we can only surmise.

Philosophers like Aristotle and Plato believed in an eternal and fixed order of matter and ideas respectively. They knew little or nothing about the ancient notion of hope, that people like Job already knew and that later would motivate the Jewish nation and that the New Testament passes on; hope, which is the anchor of the soul. The ultimate Christian hope is that we will be like Christ, in perfection, love and wisdom as far as His humanity is concerned and that we will be raised from the dead. There is no greater future!



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