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Introduction (More than animals) - Sensus Plenior

Introduction (More than animals)


Introduction

"What the heck am I?" is a thought that has crossed most of our minds. Some say that I am just the product of a blotch of goo with time, energy and chance added to the mix. Others say that we are gods or potential gods. Most churches teach something in the middle: We are in the image of God, and therefore have value.

These are not satisfactory answers.

If I am just a lucky blotch of goo, then there is no such thing as love. It is just an ingenious illusion created by the manipulation of chemicals by the same things by which we were created: time, energy and chance. It cannot be a surprise that those who's thoughts lead them this way have difficulty in finding meaning to life and relationships. As the goo changes with time, so fades love. The one who is a goo knows his own hypocrisy when he is angry. His belief does not match his actions. If circumstances are just haphazard occurrences, then anger is senseless. Though he can justify using others for his own survival, resents when he himself is used.

If I am a god, then I too have a disconnect between my belief and my experience. God's don't suffer. God's don't lie. God's are self-sufficient and do not covet or need assistance.

The Christian answer is no more satisfactory. I am made in the image of God and therefor have worth. Yet no one recognizes my worth. I feel alone. People don't respect me or my choices. And should I visit a mega church, I may be among thousands of people who say I have worth, yet they do not recognize their own members, cannot identify me as a visitor and I stand alone after the service hoping to dialog about the God they claim to know. Many small churches are no better as people flee to the parking lot to continue the day with their preconceived notions of how their day should progress.

It would appear that being in the image of God allows you to be a God as you determine what is good for you.

Since no one seems to know, it appears that we can make our own choices of life and death, good and evil. We can consciously make choices or flow with our instincts. We are told to ask God. That is a convenient dodge when you don't have an answer. Everyone is allowed to talk to God; but if you hear back from him you are deemed insane.

Those who are sane appear insane to the insane. The answer is not to ask God, but to hear God.

Hearing God

Here is a secret. I don't know why it is a secret. You would think that churches would want to teach it, and that everyone would want to know.

God's name 'Elohim' means 'God separated from his people by ignorance'. [1] This is good news. He wants to teach us.

It means that God created us knowing that we did not understand him. He wants us to know him so that we can believe (trust) him and understand. [2] Before you can hear God, you must believe he wants to be heard and you must wish to listen. This is just like anyone else. Before you can understand your neighbor, you must believe that he is, and wants to be heard. [3]

  1. 'el' אל God separated from 'ee' י creation finished by the son ם 'm' by 'h' ה ignorance.
  2. ± Isa 43:10 Ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I [am] he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.</span> </li>
  3. ± Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.</span> </li> </ol>
We ARE animals but...

In many ways we share a nature with animals.

1. We were created from the same dirt. [1] [2] And so we have a similar flesh, blood and breath.

2. Adam gave the animals names based on their reputations. [3] The Hebrew word for 'name' is the same for 'reputation'. [4] The behavior he saw in them was used in the law of cleanliness as examples of behaviors observed in men. Dinner Theater in the Dietary Law examines this more closely.

3. Both men and animals have spirit. [5]

4. We have similar instincts to preserve ourselves. We choose what is good and evil by instinct and usurp God's position as the one who defines Good. [6]

BUT...

  1. ± Ge 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good. ± Ge 1:26 ¶ 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. </span> </li>
  2. ± Ge 2:7 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.</span> </li>
  3. ± Ge 2:7 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.</span> </li>
  4. shem - name, reputation
  5. ± Ec 3:21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?</span> </li>
  6. ± Ge 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, [it was] very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.</span> </li> </ol>
We are NOT animals

Though we share many attributes and characteristics with animals, we are not animals. This goes beyond the 'opposable thumbs' and the use of tools.

1. When Eve was tempted, she was tempted to live by her instincts like an animal. [1] By choosing what was good for her, using her instincts, she usurped God position of declaring good and evil.

When she was cast out of the garden, she was not cursed, but confronted in her sin. "If you wish to live like an animal, try bearing children without increased pain." [2]

2. The spirit of animals goes to the earth and the spirit of man returns to God. [3] Without needing to debate what the spirit is, we know that the destination of the spirit of animals is different than that of the spirit of man.

  1. ± Ge 3:6 ¶ And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.</span> </li>
  2. ± Ge 3:16 ¶ Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow [pain] and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire [shall be] to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.</span> </li>
  3. ± Ec 3:21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?</span> </li> </ol>
We ARE gods but...

Ps 82:6 ¶ I have said, Ye [are] gods; and all of you [are] children of the most High. Ps 82:7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

The word translated 'gods' is 'Elohim'. As seen previously, Elohim means 'God separated from man by ignorance'. God is not elevating man to the position, stature or nature of God. He is declaring that man is separated from him by ignorance.

It can be said either way: "God separated from man by ignorance" or "Man separated from God by ignorance". It is an improper translation to say 'Elohim' means God. It is more proper to say it as "God, who is separated from man by ignorance". But that is tedious, so it got shortened and forgotten.

The Psalmist said, "I have said You are 'men separated from God by ignorance; you all are sons of the 'teaching ל of the flesh ע' , and so you will die like men."

Adam chose to make God a peer. "If God can make rules...", he thought, "so can I". God acknowledged that the man had become like God. [1] The translations say 'knowing good and evil', but the word 'knowing' is also 'declaring'. The man had made himself to be like God by usurping God's position of the one who declares good and evil.

Eve sinned by following the flesh, and Adam sinned by following his pride. We are gods (those separated from God by ignorance) and will die like men. Real Gods don't die.

  1. Ge 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
We are NOT gods

There is only one God.

Ge 1:1 ¶ In the beginning [the God who is separated from man by ignorance] created the heaven and the earth.

When translated properly, there is no debate if 'Elohim' is a plural form of God, as some would say. When translating it as "God who is separated from man..." "El" אל is unambiguously singular. "Man" is plural since it refers to creation י which is everything or a plural.

He created the heavens... The word is 'hashamayim' השמים. Your Hebrew dictionary is in error because it drops the hei ה and lists the word as 'shamayim' שמים.

Hei is a prefix meaning 'the', so it is understandable why they do so. But in Hebrew, words get their meaning from all the letters in them.

What we miss in the translation is that he created 'ha-shem-im' ה-שמ-ים or 'the names'. Some people believe that you aren't allowed to say the name of God. This is silly. God told Moses to call him YHVH יהוה. Instead of calling him God, they call him 'the name' or 'Ha-shem'.

In Dinner Theater in the Dietary Law we saw that Adam gave the animals their names or reputations based on their behavior. The name 'Ha-shem' means 'the reputation of God. In plural, Ha-shem-im, it means 'his reputations'.

John says that the one God told us he had three reputations in the word for 'the heavens' השמים [1]: Father, Word, and Spirit. The word for 'the heavens' tells us that God has revealed himself in the Trinity. The three are one God. There is only one God. We are not God. [2]

  1. 1Jo 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father מ, the Word ם, and the Holy Ghost ש: and these three are one.
  2. Isa 43:10 Ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I [am] he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
We are the image of God but...

The Bible is a literal history. It speaks of real things. But the purpose of the Bible is not to give us a history lesson. It's purpose is to make known the invisible God through the word, works, life, death, resurrection, and indwelling Spirit of the Word of God.

God is Spirit [1] When he created Adam he was created in his image. What does this mean? "Image' מלם also means idol. Man was a false god, an idol. Not knowing God, the natural man thinks he is a God. The natural man, the carnal mind is war with God. He was made this was. This simply says he was made and was ignorant of God. He did not know God. 'Elohim' means 'God separated from man by ignorance."

Many words in Hebrew express two sides of something. Fire destroys and purifies. Water drowns and gives life. 'Image is like this. It can refer to either side of the issue. Christ is the express image of God. [2] We are false gods. [3]

  1. ± Joh 4:24 God [is] Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.</span> </li>
  2. ± Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; </span> </li>
  3. We ARE gods but...
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We are NOT the image of God

Read closely what God said:

± Ge 1:26 ¶ 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.

± Ge 1:27 So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

He has a diminishing scope of what he accomplished:

Let us make man in our image, after our likeness (image and likeness)
So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; {no likeness)
male and female created he them. (no image or likeness)

This is a prophetic riddle, not a poetic redundancy. One cannot solve the riddle until more information is known.

Additional information

1. Christ is the express image of God [1] [2][3] [4]
2. The church is made to be like Christ. [5]
3. When Paul speaks of marriage, he speaks of Christ and the church. [6]

The solution to the riddle

The purpose of the scripture is to speak of Christ. [7] [8]

  1. ± Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;</span> </li>
  2. ± 2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. </span> </li>
  3. ± Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:</span> </li>
  4. ± Col 3:10 And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:</span> </li>
  5. ± 1Jo 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. </span> </li>
  6. ± Eph 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.</span> </li>
  7. ± Lu 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.</span> </li>
  8. ± Joh 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.</span> </li> </ol>
We ARE the likeness of God

A quick word study is warranted in order to understand 'likeness'.

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