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Physical / Spiritual
At first glance, this chapter’s subject matter appears superfluous. But I assure you it is not! A deep consciousness or awareness of the difference between the spiritual realm and the physical realm (and the relative worth of each) can greatly enhance a person’s understanding of what life on Earth is all about. This, in turn then, has the potential to refocus their heart onto what is truly important, causing them to make the necessary changes in their life to start doing those things which please God and ultimately obtain them eternal life!
When God created the physical universe He made it with little tiny “things” we call atoms. There are approximately 100 different types of them He used to create everything we taste, touch, see, smell, and hear. And atoms do not wear out; they simply shuffle around from one location to the other.
Therefore, in contemplating the physical makeup of planet Earth alone, we understand every atom God used to form it was affixed here since the beginning of time. And excluding the lives of Enoch, Elijah, and Jesus and mankind’s recent development of a space program, they are ALL still here! In other words, on a mere physical plane (with respect to the amount of matter Earth contains) nothing has really changed on Earth since the day God created it.
But let’s narrow this discussion down one step farther and only consider the physical makeup of the collective group of humans (or mankind) who have inhabited Earth (coming and going) since the beginning of time. What constituted their physical bodies? Friend, the very same thing! Every human being who has ever lived on planet Earth (from a mere physical viewpoint) has possessed a physical body made up of a very small collection (or grouping) of the very same atoms God placed on planet Earth from Creation!
Thus, in regards to the physical makeup of mankind, the Bible states:
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust (atoms) of the ground …” (Genesis 2:7).
Ok, then how and from where did thoughts, desires, and emotions arise on Earth? Oh, friend, now we are talking about a COMPLETELY different “thing”!
Jesus declared: “God IS a SPIRIT …” (John 4:24). But what is “spirit”? Well, the best way to comprehend it is to understand spirit is a “material” that elicits thoughts, desires, and emotions; and to humans living on Earth it is invisible—except for those rare occasions where folks have seen angels (spirit beings).
The Bible records:
“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).
Subsequently, on the sixth day of Creation God breathed a portion of His “spirit material” into the motionless lump of atoms He had formed into the shape of a human body, and man sprung forth with life! This life-giving force (or spirit) inside of us is what gives our physical bodies movement. Paul proclaimed:
“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples (church buildings) made with hands … seeing He giveth to all life, and breath … For in Him we live, and move, and have our being…For we are also His offspring” (Acts 17:24-28).
See, since a portion of God’s “spirit material” is inside each of us, we (technically speaking) are His offspring, or His “spirit children”. The Bible records:
“Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh” (Numbers 27:16).
“Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the FATHER OF SPIRITS, and live?” (Hebrews 12:9).
Friend, every human being who has ever lived on planet Earth (including all those alive now!) has had a spirit (or soul) inside of them that came from God; therefore, they were (and we are) ALL His spirit children. And it is this “spirit material” inside of each of us that continually brings forth thoughts, desires, and emotions, giving our physical body (atoms) movement.
So what takes place on Earth when a warm, flexible, moving, human being’s physical body suddenly becomes cold, motionless, and stiff? Friend, that is easy to answer … THE SPIRIT LEFT IT! See, physical death (to a human being on planet Earth) is simply an exiting (or departure) of their spirit (soul) from their physical body. That is it, simple as that!
Now to us observing the phenomena on Earth, nothing much seems to physically change—except for the aforementioned hot-to-cold and moving-to-stiff characteristics—for the person’s physical body (atoms) are all still here with us on Earth. Oh, but in actuality a drastic change has occurred! For the REAL them (their spirit) is gone!!! That part of them housing their thoughts, desires, and emotions is now somewhere else in the spirit world.
Listen to these Bible verses, confirming the above:
“And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing (for she died) …” (Genesis 35:18).
“Father; into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost (spirit)” (Luke 23:46).
“Then shall the dust (atoms) return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7).
In reality then, physical death to a human being on planet Earth is really NOT death at all! For the real us (our spirit) is still FULLY alive (still having thoughts, desires, and emotions) but just in some other location or dimension. "Physical death" can thus be more accurately summed up as simply the “cessation of time God allows for a soul to live on planet Earth”.
What is Important
So on a mere physical plane, let us contemplate the entire (almost 6,000 year) history of mankind on planet Earth. If we could play it out in fast-forward, here is the essence of what we would see … little groupings (human bodies) of atoms would pop up, run around for a brief moment, and then fade back into the Earth. Of course, the quantity of these “little bodies of atoms” would have increased in number till year 1,656 (global flood), and then started over with 8 bodies, which have now increased in number to almost 7 billion today!
So on a mere physical (atom) consideration, what have ANY of these “little bodies of atoms” actually accomplished on Earth during their short existence? It is still the very same planet Earth with the VERY SAME atoms! No human being has ever brought any new atoms with them to Earth when they were born and none has ever carried any out (save Enoch, Elijah, and Jesus).
What is the point then? What is life on planet Earth (for a human being) REALLY about? In other words, since we now understand we are really a "spirit child" of God’s that He places inside of a physical, earthly (atom) body to live on planet Earth for a small, finite period of time … what does He desire out of us? Is there anything? Or can we live on planet Earth (doing whatever we want) without ANY consequences?
These questions (and many more) are answered in the Bible and throughout my book, and chapter 3 Adam & Eve is a good place to start. For now though, in conclusion of this chapter, I will leave you with three links to three men who have had Godly-inspired NDE’s (near-death experiences). Their encounters will confirm the truths exposed in this chapter (regarding the physical & spiritual makeup of man) and lead you down a correct path of wisdom concerning what God truly desires out of His spirit children during their transitory existence on Earth. So pay particularly close attention to the message they received while their spirits were separated from their physical bodies! (Warning, some people's NDE's are deceptions, so be careful! I am only endorsing the three below, for God has confirmed to me their ordeals were of Him.)