Part 2 – Where Is Humanity’s Home?
WHERE IS HUMANITY’S HOME – WHERE DOES HUMANITY LIVE ITS LIFE?
Biology is the study of organic life. Zoology is the study of animal life. “Zoe” is the Greek word for “life”. So let’s look at zoe-ology, the study of all life. And just as there is a biological chart, so there can be a zoe-ological chart.
God, as we learned, is at the top of the zoe-ological chart. He is the highest form of life, and has always existed.
Angels are the second highest form of life, and were created second.
Then God created the material and visible realm.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. … And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning — the first day.” (Genesis 1:1,3-5, NIV)
The material and visible realm was created after the spiritual realm. It took only one day to create everything else in all of existence, except for our world, which took five extra days to work on. Could it be that God’s greatest interest is with us, on this planet?
What is the material, visible world like? It is natural, not spiritual. It is visible, not invisible. It is material. It has dimensions. It has up and down, height, depth, and length. It has weight and size. It has time. And we can travel around in the natural world.
But then, when God created life forms on earth, He didn’t go one step down from angels, He went to the very bottom of the zoe-ological chart, and worked His way up.
First, God created compounds, water and soil, material without life.
“And God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.’ And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:9-10, NIV).
Does it need to be said, that dirt, is just that … dirt. No consciousness, no life, just dirt.
Second, God created vegetation, the lowest form of life.
“Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so.” (Genesis 1:11, NIV).
Vegetation has no consciousness. It is physical, in time, multi-dimensional, but unlike stars and comets, it was alive.
Third, God created fish and birds, the second lowest form of life.
“’And God said, ‘Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.'” (Genesis 1:20, NIV).
Now we have creatures with a consciousness, although it is a very small measure of consciousness.
Fourth, God created animals.
“And God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.’ And it was so.” (Genesis 1:24, NIV).
Animals are conscious of self and others, and they also have souls, in that they can think (mind), choose (will), and display emotions.
As a side note, please understand the difference between spirits and souls.
Angels are spirit, and live in the spiritual realm. They communicate with God and one another by means of their spirits. Animals are physical, and live in the physical realm. They communicate with each other by means of their souls. Spirit is the life form that belongs to the invisible realm. Soul is the life form that belongs to the physical realm.
Fifth, God created man (humankind).
“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness …” (Genesis 1:26, NIV)
Man was the last life form ever created. He is conscious of himself and others (he is conscious of the natural realm), AND he is conscious of God (he is conscious of the spiritual realm)!
Since he belongs to the physical realm, he matches his habitat. He is physical, and has a body. He is multi-dimensional. He is visible. He is physical. Therefore he needs a physical habitat.
BUT, mankind also belongs to the spiritual realm, and so, at the same time, he needs a spiritual habitat!
MANKIND NEEDS A HOME THAT EXISTS IN TWO REALMS!
“The LORD God formed the men from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7, NIV)
Man is made of dirt (dust of the ground) and so he belongs to the physical realm. But then God blew (literally, “puffed”) some of the element of the other realm, the spiritual realm, into man.
So man also has a spirit, and so belongs to the spiritual realm. Man not only has a body and soul, but also has a spirit.
So man is not just of this realm (the physical realm), and also not just of the other realm (the spiritual realm). Man is now creation’s only hybrid creature, he is a creature of two realms, both the physical realm and the spiritual realm, and so he is unique among all of creation.
Man is the only creature (including God) whose natural habitat is both realms, so he can communicate with both realms, and he can live in both realms, and can see into both realms!
So man’s life form is soul life (human life), but his spirit is an element of the spiritual realm abiding within him. Throughout history man has learned to live by human life, but that was not God’s intention!
So, if we are going to find a place called “home”, we’ve got to find a place that belongs to both the physical realm (the natural, material realm) AND also the spiritual realm (the divine, supernatural realm).
(Note: I am indebted to Gene Edwards for many of the concepts in this series.)
… Next time …. Part 3 – Why Did God Create Mankind?