Man: A Brief Study

Job 4:17

Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?

Job 5:6-11

Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; 7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. 8 I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause: 9 Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number: 10 Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields: 11 To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.

Job 7:17, 18

What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? 18 And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?

Psalm 139:13-17

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. 17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

Adam: From the Dust of the Ground

Man is the only creature God formed in whose nostrils the breath of life was exhaled. Set apart from the rest in the animal kingdom, man’s soul is the only soul to ascend to God and face eternal judgment       (Eccles. 3:21) 


  


Man's Origin

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.      Genesis 2:7 

From the Rib of Adam

  

Eve was fashioned by God from Adam’s rib. Woman is to be man’s help that meets his needs, while the man is to love his wife as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it (i.e. the elect). The photo collage can be credited to the author. Its separate elements are the contribution of the various artists involved. These various artists may not embrace or endorse the attitudes or opinions evident on this website. 

Man's View of Man

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God's View of Man

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Man

By Paul J. Wickliffe

  

The biblical sentence regarding man and his nature is unmistakable, direct, and sobering. Man’s biology and mind have been profoundly and unalterably affected by his “free-will.” Called inherent and innate sin, man is at a loss to affect the deliverance of his soul and body from God’s judgment and condemnation in hell.        


The Origin of Sin


A careful analysis of sin can be traced to the Genesis account in chapter three. Known as the fall of man, it becomes evident that the first to have succumbed to the temptation of pride and self, i.e. choice or man’s ‘free-will,’ was Eve. Choice, distinguished from simply acknowledging God’s evident presence (self-evident truth) and wisdom in creation, Eve rejected God’s determined and physiological design. She decided to reject God’s overall plan for her in the dominion mandate clearly stated in Genesis 1. She acted independently of God and Adam, her spiritual covering.


By the time we get to Genesis chapter three Eve is having a conversation with the devil. The fact Eve had fallen previously is a forgone conclusion. People do not converse with the devil unless they have compromised their soul to self-beforehand. Remember, Satan did not convince Eve to become like him, rather he lied to Eve that she could be as gods—she could be the standard whereby good and evil would be determined.

Man's 'Free-will' a Damnable Heresy

The unscriptural doctrine of man’s ‘free-will’ produced the belief that man could become God. It is this damnable heresy that  has fueled all opposition to Jesus Christ throughout history. 

The Temptation of Eve

  

As the father of lies, everything Satan told Eve was a lie . . . And this would ultimately lead to death—spiritual and eternal death. 


Do you know how sin was introduced into the human race? By questioning God’s word, “Yea, hath God said.” This is the second time Eve would face this question.


The first time, it would involve her direct relationship with the Creator, Jesus Christ. The second time, it would involve her marriage. Lest anyone suggest I am being unduly harsh on Eve, let it be said that though Eve would indirectly influence the fate of her relationship with her husband, it was Adam, her husband and spiritual leader in the marriage, that would directly plunge the whole human race, and creation, into the downward spiral of God’s curse.

What Eve Surrendered in Exchange for Her Soul

Choice, or man's "free-will?" This is what Eve was offered in exchange for her acknowledgement of the truth. The serpent sold Eve on the lie that she could become as gods. With Eve, as with all disobedient individuals, choice produces an alternative to the truth. Acknowledgment, however; simply affirms the evident and obvious, namely the truth. Contrary to what many believe, there is freedom from the power of the law (to eternally condemn) when Christ’s Holy Spirit indwells the saint. The fundamental truth to emerge from Eve’s encounter with the tempter was NEVER question God’s word . . . For if one questions its power, or authority, or both, the individual charts for themselves a course that is not easily reversible or navigable. 

The Sinister Lie Behind Yoga

Matthew 12:43-45

King James Version

When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.  44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.  45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there:  and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.  


Purely and simply, yoga is the yoking or union of the individual with a demon. Our key biblical text is taken from Matthew 12:43-45. The deception within yoga begins with the lie that yoga is simply a way to decompress and rid the individual of stress. It is sold as a different exercise methodology or approach. Get ready for what Matthew 12:43-45 says about this sinister religion and practice.


1. EMPTY—This task begins with clearing the mind of any opposition to Eastern thought, and the belief that the pursuit of ‘truth’ can only be achieved through the avenue of self

2. SWEPT—this task convinces the yoga devotee that this path is not religious, only a path to better health. It is this step, a consummate lie, that is the connecting switch between the empty mind and yoga methodology (garnishment—the decorations of yoga thought) which destroys all resistance to demonic interposition

3. GARNISHED—these will be the steps, or methodologies, by which the yoga student will ultimately achieve what they are pursuing—complete union with a demon . . . A demon impersonating a ‘higher power.’ The following steps are pursued to achieve the ultimate objective of the yoga follower:

a. Breathing exercises—just as God breathed into Adam’s nostrils the breath of life, thereby making Adam a living soul, so too is this mind-over-body mastery a central theme in yoga religious thought. By taking the biblical premise and applying it to Eastern thought, it is hoped the disciple is convinced there is really no difference between the Bible and Eastern thought. I call this the muddying of the pristine water (of Christ)

b. Repetitious chanting—this is the method whereby the mind is conditioned to receive demonic influence, suggestion, or possession (partial or full demonic possession—the difference between Matthew 12:43 and 12:45). Either way the yoga student is under the control of the powers of darkness i.e. God’s judgment

c. Conceive and achieve—known by various names such as projection, envision, prayer or meditation, these pursuits place the individual in the ‘driver’s seat’ and are intended to empower the powerless and convince them they, personally, can control their destiny. How opposite this is to the biblical maxim taken from Proverbs 16:9, “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” 

d. Stretching exercises and moderating or influencing involuntary bodily functions—methodologies or pursuits that are intended to deeply convince the individual that through yoga the individual becomes ‘sovereign’ (omnipotent, or in control of their destiny) when in reality it is the biblical God who is sovereign

e. Music—It has been known for years the power of music to create, evoke, and condition its hearers through lyrics, composition and arrangement. Tempo, syncopation, and ultimately the message of the song are powerful tools in a musician’s palate to persuade the hearers in perceiving the world through a perspective never before thought of as ‘acceptable’

The Internal and External Witness of God

  

Man’s Component Parts

Putting aside man’s obvious and profound network of nerves, veins, muscle, tissue, organs, and bones man’s composition is principally from the dust of the ground. 


At man’s decease, his body corrupts and returns to the dust. This is man’s flesh. While in a decayed state, consisting of fundamental elements, the flesh is nonetheless eternal in God’s plan regarding man.


The non-material portion of man’s make-up consists of his mind, will and emotions. This is known as the soul. It is what energizes and animates the individual. The soul is the core of man’s personality.


The mind is where thought, or cognition, occurs. The mind is also the primary receptacle in which intellect is housed. Recall, conceptualization, spatial relationships, day dreaming, dreaming, language processing, speech formulation, eyesight, touch, taste, smell, and other voluntary and involuntary processes also occur in the mind. 


While many have relied on emotion to direct their lives, this practice is ill-advised and leads to mood swings so unreliable, unpredictable, and extreme that intimacy with such a person is virtually impossible. Emotion is never to lead but always to follow the truth, facts, and the evidence where it leads. While emotions such as love, hate, jealousy, rage, covetousness, lust, and indifference may reside in the soul of man, they blossom and flower through the engagement of the will.


The will of man is where all things, potential and actual, come to a threshold and where a decision is reached. Once a decision has been made, the threshold can be crossed. It is from here the individual can pass through the door that was before them. This door can either be a blessing that has purchased opportunity, or it can hold disappointment, ruination, and heartache. Four things will influence this:

1. the right information (God’s wisdom as we have it in the inerrant scriptures)

2. a moral anchor to guide us (man’s spirit, i.e. “the candle of the LORD,” Prov. 20:27—awareness of right and wrong)

3. a teachable spirit (my nearsightedness regarding options may prevent me from seeing other opportunities)

4. the Holy Spirit’s indwelling (this is profoundly significant because of the eternal consequences involved—heaven or hell)     

   

man’s spirit=God’s still, small voice


The Internal Witness

Often considered part of man’s being, the spirit of man is actually given to him by his Creator as is stated in Proverbs 20:27, “The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.” It is the moral conscience, or divine awareness of right and wrong, that has been placed there by his Maker. As man’s spirit is his moral anchor, so too is this spirit a governor, or regulator, of man’s soul and flesh. It is given to all men at the time they are conceived in the womb. At death, the spirit returns to God who gave it (Eccles. 12:7). 


Such is man’s internal witness given to him from God as a reminder to men there is a Creator, and that this Creator is a God of justice, righteousness, holiness, surpassing moral purity and judgment. Only the biblical God possesses such lofty, noble, and humanly unattainable attributes—qualities that distinguish him from all other gods, and therefore, all other religions.


The External Witness

Consisting of God’s creation, the law given on Sinai, the ministry of Jesus Christ as confirmed by scripture and history, and the completed testimony of holy writ as inspired and preserved in the K.J.V., the external witness of God to men is voluminous, incontestable, objective, and indictable. It is everywhere observable from the self-evident truths in nature to man’s relationship with his Creator and the moral precepts revealed in God’s laws. God’s laws are evident among all peoples and cultures. Man has no excuse before his Creator—Jesus Christ.

Image Above

In addition to man’s internal witness, namely his spirit, it is these additional witnesses man is found to be without excuse before his Creator—creation (earth by N.A.S.A.), the law (author's document purchased from Washington D.C. National Archives), the incarnation (“The Nativity,” by Gerard Van Hornhorst) and the inspired-inerrant K.J.V. scriptures (author’s personal Bible and images). 


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Charles Darwin and His Origin of Species

Evolution: The Atheist’s Godless, Socialist Platform

Though not fully and formally stated as a ‘scientific’ treatise until Darwin, evolution and the question of where man came from has always echoed back to man as a product of random organic processes taking eons of time. This view heralded by an unbelieving world is a direct attack against the Bible’s six-day creation narrative. 


Whether it is called evolution, intelligent design, theistic evolution, or the Gap Theory, these damnable views are speculative and unproven and do not have the evidence to substantiate their claims. In the case of intelligent design, the problem lies with their explanation of origins—a nebulous, subjective “intelligent cause,” not the clear, objective holy God of the inerrant scriptures. 

Whether it is accidental events coupled with unproven hypotheses and assertions that cannot be supported by the visible evidence (evolution), or a disinterested Providence who has no more power than to create the world then leave it to evolve on its own (theistic evolution), man’s attempt to explain his origins outside the divine context all lead to dead-ends. 

The Gap Theory, perhaps one of the most asinine approaches to comingle the Genesis creation account with evolution, says our God makes mistakes—God had to remake the world (“And the earth was without form and void; . . .”. Contrary to the gap theorist’s rejection of the literal interpretive approach of Genesis 1, this passage is a clear explanation that the earth, i.e. land masses, continents or foundations of the world, as God calls them, were covered with water). The Gap Theory also asserts sin existed before the fall of Adam and Eve and therefore death existed eons of time before the other five days of creation that followed.  


Conclusion:

Evolution is the atheist's socialist platform

God's View of Man

God’s view of man: impartial and man is incapable of saving himself


Is man evolving toward a higher, loftier state of development? If history is any indication, along with the incontrovertible witness of scripture, man is definitely not progressing toward such an elevated view of himself. Two views regarding man’s predicament, or nature, have emerged from the pages of holy writ.

              

The Religious View 


One view, the religious view, says man will determine, choose or will himself into God’s kingdom. This is accomplished by fleshly efforts and willful determinism. This system is based on works and man’s perception of himself as determined by man’s definition of what is ‘right’ and what is ‘wrong.’ It is not objective. It is subjective—every man does that which is ‘right’ in their own eyes. 


From the religious perspective truth does not transcend all races, cultures or people, but rather truth is defined by each person, race and culture. Known as multi-culturalism, discovery of perceived ‘truth’ is futile and always leads to collectivism—religious and political. 


This in turn leads to dependency. This dependency is maintained by force, manipulation, and lies. It spells the gross abuse of that individual. It inaugurates a parade of disrespect upon the individual. It discloses the elimination of personal liberty. It quenches the spark of individuality. Dependency will ultimately silence the voices of those opposing its consensus, or unanimity of voice (group think).


The religious view of man produces the fruit of insurmountable indebtedness, sin, death and deception. It lacks the blessings and peace of God. It heaps upon itself God’s curse. Its redemptive paradigm is victim oriented, i.e. it seeks to find someone or something to blame. It avoids individual responsibility. Its redemption is perceived through self, others, or ‘experts’ in their field. It is contrary to the biblical view of man which understands redemption as independent, external, invisible, supernatural and completely regenerative.


The religious view is always antichristian, collectivist, and haughty in nature. It compares men with other men, not how men measure up to God’s standard—the law. Religion, results from man’s wrong perception of the law. Man’s perception leads to deception and eternal damnation (Rom. 7:11).

  

This is in stark contrast to God’s intended purpose of the law, “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” (Gal. 3:24)


The New Testament, Biblical, Christian View


Contrary to what Americans have been exposed to through Protestantism, propaganda, and their life experiences, Christianity as we know and understand it is entirely different from what emerged shortly after the disappearance of the apostolic church. The end of the apostolic church age ended, officially, with the death of the last apostle. John’s death was somewhere between 99 A.D. and 100 A.D.


When John died, the third seminal event in a series of New Testament prophecies was about to shake and shape the future of mankind. With the completion of scripture, all authority Jesus had given his apostles would disappear in the agency of men. What emerged was an authority based upon scripture. What emerged was the liberty Christ had promised his followers:


1. Christ’s blood purchasing man’s pardon from condemnation and appeasing God’s requirement for an insurmountable debt of sin man could never pay

2. The giving of the Holy Spirit to his elect so God could accomplish his will in spite of who and what we are—forgiven sinners

3. The completion of scripture, which would abolish forever the control men would have over others in the area of ecclesiastical authority, thereby giving men the quintessential experience of personal liberty unrivaled until Christ’s bodily return to this earth. This excels more than the liberty of conscience the founders envisioned under the Constitution. This pact of Jesus’ crucifixion, Christ’s Holy Spirit, and Christ’s word is truly liberty of man’s spirit, soul, and body guaranteed by the indwelling Holy Spirit through the inerrant word. This was all made possible by Christ’s crucifixion.


The completion of scripture, with its authority, has been obscured by man’s insatiable appetite to control other men in the area of the clerical, theological, spiritual, and ecclesiastical. This has been the reason history has obscured this seminal event from the eyes of us ‘moderns’ and ‘civilized.’ 


While not part of the traditional, American religious narrative, this truth is evident from the pages of scripture as well as the history of scripture’s completion, preservation, translation, and transmission. It is written in the history of the apostle’s belief in scriptural inerrancy, the Vaudois’ giftedness for scriptural memory and recitation, the Masoretes’ devotion to accurate scribal transmission, Peter Waldo and the evangelization efforts of the Waldensians to spread the gospel through the power of the inerrant scriptures, and William Tyndale’s efforts of bringing the scriptures to the “boy who drives a plow to know more of the scriptures than the pope.”

     

   


God's Dominion Mandate

Genesis 1:26-28

  

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.   K.J.V.


It was though God was saying because I have made you in my physical likeness (image) it will be possible for you to exercise dominion, rule and stewardship over the creation I give you. Man, made in the image and glory of God, and the woman made in the glory of the man (I Cor. 11:7) were/are to fulfill the dominion mandate in the context of the marriage covenant NOT outside it. The dominion mandate was directed to the man and woman in the sacred covenant of marriage. This is how important God believes marriage to be.


Fruitful means reflecting a life in the Spirit where Christ’s fruit is being produced. In Matthew 7:16 Jesus said “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” 


Multiply means the central reason God made man and woman, husband and wife—the perpetuation of the human race. As a matter of the biblical record, a marriage is not consummated until the man and the woman come together as one, physically. Population control is not God’s idea. It is the sinister plan of the socialist. 


  

Never wanting to address the immorality and promiscuity of the culture they create; the socialist directs his gloom and doom (Paul Erlich author of the “Population Bomb”) to the morally upright. This same strategy is behind the eventual confiscation of guns by the left—excuse and justify the criminal and his behavior, while punishing the law-abiding gun owner.


Replenish the earth, carries with it the idea of replacing what exists, as well as taking care of what is there. It must be understood that the creation is NOT God, it is simply an extension of his love, wisdom and care toward men. We are not to worship the creation but the Creator. Any deviation from this becomes blasphemy and idolatry of the worst sort. There have been many humanly devised deviations within God’s dominion mandate not originally intended. These deviations are abhorrent in God’s sight. Examples of this sacrilege are: 

1. idolatry (worship of objects, usually statues, and placing upon these objects divine attributes and behaviors). Note how many Catholics violate this prohibition by God 

2. Earth Day (a day set aside for the worship of nature and the earth, or Gaia) 

3. animism (the belief that rivers, rocks, water, trees, etc. possess spirits)



Antediluvian Landscape

An antediluvian (before Noah’s flood) landscape by artist-illustrator Rudolph Zallinger, Time “The Wonders of Life on Earth,” Copyright 1960, Western Press, pp. 58, 59 Pictured a Macrauchenia (left), (center) giant ground sloth (Megathere). Other animals pictured: right background Wart Hogs, left foreground Armadillo, animals on center rotten wood stump are typical ground Rats. Skunk, and Opossum (bottom right)

The Dominion Mandate Continued

Adaptability by Man

To subdue the earth carries with it the idea of taming the earth and certain elements within it. It also means man is to adapt to his surroundings. Man is to utilize this adaptive ability in extending his dominion over the more hostile environments that would surface after the worldwide flood. 

Images Above & Their Credits

Baltoro Glacier, Pakistan by Guilheim Vellut, dunes in Death Valley, CA by Deutsch, volcanic eruption by Skeeze, bottom series of photos—fjord by enriquelopezgarre, Austrian valley by kordi_vahli and aurora borealis by Patrick Shyu. Disclaimer: these photographers neither endorse, nor embrace the content of this site 

Graphic and Image Credits

  

It should be noted that none of the artists listed below neither embrace, nor agree to the subject matter appearing in this article or any of the material appearing on this web site.


1. Jesus cross (cover page): Gordon Johnson (Pixabay contributor)

2. Collage, “From Adam’s Rib,” by author. Specific elements within collage are the contribution of other artists. The beautiful woman to the lower right is the work of AlexKlen (a Pixabay contributor), the pregnant woman is the work of Manuel Alejandro Leon (a Pixabay contributor), two as one (rings on Bible) by Jeff Balbalosa (Pixabay contributor), sculpture of man (showing ribs) by Untergasser (Pixabay contributor)

3. Graphic, “The Conventional View of Man,” composition solely that of the author

4. “The Two Primary Components of Man,” conception, graveyard and man’s silhouette

5. Graphic, “The Temptation of Eve,” composition solely that of the author. Contributing artists are the woman (Eve) by Alexandr Ivanov (Pixabay contributor), serpent by P. Schreiner (Pixabay contributor), tree of knowledge of good and evil by xeniaweyne (deviantart.com)

6. William Tyndale from John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, 1563, John Day Publisher. An account of Protestant martyrdom by the Roman Catholic Church