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What is Man?

posted Nov 3, 2014, 11:10 PM by hbchurch org


“What is man that you are mindful of him,

And the son of man that you care for him?

Yet, you have made him a little lower than the  heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.”  Psalm 8:4-5 


The age old question, “What is man?” has given people pause for a few thousand years (Job 7; 15; Psalms 8; 144). Many have attempted to find the answer via human wisdom. One of the most widely accepted explanations promoted today is rooted in evolutionary theory. Essentially, man is nothing more than an advanced form of some ancient ape-like creature. This is a lie!

There is no credible evidence that points to lower forms of the animal world which even begin to corroborate the evolutionists’ assertion. An honest scientist must admit this, so his come-back is “there must be a missing link”. They will spend a lifetime looking for that which does not exist. At the same time they willfully close their eyes to the glaring evidence for God, and keep telling themselves, “there is no God”. The Psalmist said only a “fool” would do that. (Psalm 14:1; 53:1)

Why did the Holy Spirit use such a strong term in referring to atheists? Perhaps it is because of the utter absurdity of refusing to accept the obvious? The most basic, accepted truth of science is being scorned when someone rejects the Genesis account of creation. Genesis 1 identifies both the cause — GOD and effect — CREATION.

There is no other logical choice. If God is not the cause (creator), the only other option is that matter created itself. One of the basic laws of science requires that every effect MUST have an adequate cause. Something cannot come from nothing. God created everything in this universe. Genesis 1 is a factual, literal account of the creation of all that is. It is not a fable or fairy tale.

Genesis 1:26 reveals that man (human beings) are also the product of God’s creative power and wisdom. We are the only ones that were created in the image of Deity. We are unique. Our glory and honor are not shared by any other. But what makes us so different and special?

Mankind alone has the ability to reason and choose to believe in God. We can ponder his creation (Psa. 19:1; Rom. 1:20) and see evidence of His power and God-hood. Animals can’t think like us. Nor can an animal make a moral choice. Have you ever heard of dog calling 9-1-1 when another dog swiped his favorite bone? Moral awareness is unique to mankind.

Because we are who we are, God has also made special provisions for us. Only man has an eternal soul and God wants everyone to be saved (1 Tim. 2:4). His love for man made that possible. But first we must “come to a knowledge of the truth” and that is a matter of choice. Thankfully, we have the unique ability to choose to know Him and His word. What an honor. Think about it — we can choose to live for our great God who not only created us, but loves us so much! Seize the opportunity to love and obey Him.