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What Is Man

Formed from the dust of the ground and placed in a garden ~ seed bearing, capable of multiplying, being fruitful (reproducing) ~ vines, branches, wheat ~ family trees, roots (genealogy): What is man?

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"Leon, Of course I "get it"
I just don't take things too seriously.
The world is full on doom and gloom , people are depressed, I refuse to be negative
I still love you since I can see your sensitive side!
Blessings man!"
---1st_cliff on 4/2/12


It's been a long time since I've been able to agree with you on anything. I like it!

You're right, people are too uptight. Sin (Self Inflicted Nonsense) does that to us all.

Love you too MAN!!! :) Likewise be blessed!
---Leon on 4/3/12


Leon, Of course I "get it"
I just don't take things too seriously.
The world is full on doom and gloom , people are depressed, I refuse to be negative
I still love you since I can see your sensitive side!
Blessings man!
---1st_cliff on 4/2/12


That must have been the right answer that Leon gave...It came from the great Leon himself!!
---micha9344 on 4/2/12


"Leon, You're answer was anti-climactic!
You say it was not "metiphorical" then go on with the "tree" metaphor!
No where in scripture does it say Adam was "planted"!
Then it suddenly dawned on me that this was an April fools joke culminating today April 1st ha ha ha ha!"
---1st_cliff on 4/1/12


No joke & I'm certainly not trying to fool (deceive) anyone Cliff. :) Sorry you don't get it!
---Leon on 4/2/12


Leon, You're answer was anti-climactic!
You say it was not "metiphorical" then go on with the "tree" metaphor!
No where in scripture does it say Adam was "planted"!
Then it suddenly dawned on me that this was an April fools joke culminating today April 1st ha ha ha ha !
---1st_cliff on 4/1/12




We huMANs (MAN"KIND") name our daughters Lilly, Blossom, Hycynthia, Rose, Daisy, Iris, Jasmine, Violet, Ivy, Amaryllis, Flora, Heather, Myrtle, etc., & call our sons Bud, Woody, Chip (as in off the ol' block), etc.

From Adam & Eve, MAN"KIND" has been branching out (going into all the world) in family communities/tribes/clans.

From Adam to the present, there's not been one person who hasn't been part of a "literal" (not metaphorical) family tree. MANKIND isn't the same "KIND" of PLANT you'd find rooted in a forest, etc. We're all begotten, living extensions (branches) of family trees God "PLANTED" on planet Earth.
---Leon on 4/1/12


Leon, don't worry about me answering your question blogs. I have never been angry with you. I prayed for you this morning and all the people who need prayer, after I saw your response to me. I was disappointed at your answers to me. I will pass your blogs, so that sin does not enter your heart when you respond. Peace I leave you.
---Mark_V. on 4/1/12


"Leon, why didn't you just ask me not to answer your question?* I would have not answered you at all. If you cannot answer questions, why do you ask them? I asked you what you were looking for and you never answered. I wrote it down two times. And all you can answer with is to critizise me and make stupid remarks. [?] I was waiting for a biblical answer, and I get the scrap from your heart. That is very nice of you Leon."
---Mark_V. on 3/31/12


Wow! You're a persistently aggressive little dickens, aren't you? :) Since you're so infuriated, *I've nothing further to say on the subject because it'll undoubtedly anger you even more. When you see my future blogs, do yourself a favor & skip them. Peace!
---Leon on 3/31/12


Leon, why didn't you just ask me not to answer your question? I would have not answered you at all. If you cannot answer questions, why do you ask them? I asked you what you were looking for and you never answered. I wrote it down two times. And all you can answer with is to critizise me and make stupid remarks. I was waiting for a biblical answer, and I get the scrap from your heart. That is very nice of you Leon.
---Mark_V. on 3/31/12


Never mind Mark. You're that horse, metaphorically speaking, who can be led to water but won't drink. So be it! :)
---Leon on 3/31/12




Leon, if you are suggesting that we are branches, I want to tell you that branches are metaphors. We are no more a branch then you are a piece of wheat. I asked you what you were looking for, genealogy or metaphor?

"Leon, your question is tricky. First, you want to know what man is. Second, you have to be speaking of man's literal make of the body for you say (genealogy). Then, you provide metaphors and symbolic names of man. Which one are you speaking of?
Because man is not a branch of the vine literally. Nor is he a piece of wheat. Nor is Jesus a piece of bread.
Yet when God describes us, He has many names. Which ones are you looking for?
---Mark_V. on 3/11/12"
---Mark_V. on 3/31/12


"Leon, You're thinking "dust" right?"
---1st_cliff on 3/29/12


No Cliff! You're thinking "dust", right? :)

"Leon, I never tried to r[i]dicule you. [? :)] I answered the question, and so did many others. You are running out of time to give us your biblical answer. I sure hope it is not dust since Jerry already mentioned that one. Teach us Leon."
---Mark_V. on 3/29/12


"Dust" off your thinking cap Mark! Believe it or not: Jn. 15:1-8
---Leon on 3/30/12


Leon, You're thinking "dust" right?
---1st_cliff on 3/29/12


Leon, I never tried to redicule you. I answered the question, and so did many others. You are running out of time to give us your biblical answer. I sure hope it is not dust since Jerry already mentioned that one. Teach us Leon.
---Mark_V. on 3/29/12


"Leon, OK the answer is "ME" I'm man and 7 billion just like me.
Now what's my prize???*

* In the unlikely event that this is somehow not exactly right.
Put down multiple choice and let us pick one!"
---1st_cliff on 3/29/12


You've just been gonged Cliff. No soup & certainly no prize for you!!! :D

Here's a clue for you & Mark: You were planted, by your father, in your mother's womb & came forth into the world out of her toil. In time, you sprouted, budded & blossomed to maturity. Now, your earthly life-cycle is winding down. You're withering & eventually will fade away. At the end of your earthly life you'll return to the ground. What are you "MAN"?! :)
---Leon on 3/29/12


Leon, OK the answer is "ME" I'm man and 7 billion just like me.
Now what's my prize???*

* In the unlikely event that this is somehow not exactly right.
Put down multiple choice and let us pick one!
---1st_cliff on 3/29/12


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"Leon, How can I be sure?
Like us (in His image) saves the best 'till the last!
There's no record of Him creating anything after "man"!
Jn.3.16 "God so loved (past tense) the world" He created ,not what it has become!"
---1st_cliff on 3/28/12


That's a one trick pony Cliff & the poor critter is exhausted. Give it a break!

Did you like Cliff's answer Mark? What is man? You don't want to know Bud. You just want to have something to ridicule should I say. I'm not going to give you that satisfaction. :)
---Leon on 3/29/12


Leon, How can I be sure?
Like us (in His image) saves the best 'till the last!
There's no record of Him creating anything after "man"!
Jn.3.16 "God so loved (past tense) the world" He created ,not what it has become!
---1st_cliff on 3/28/12


Leon, there is nothing on the top of my nose or inside of it. I do not see any speculations on it either.
I cannot wait to see yours. I see you asked the question and didn't like Cliffs answer either. So far no one has speculated but given you what the Word of God says about man, now it's your turn. "What is man?"
---Mark_V. on 3/28/12


The answer is as plain as the nose on your face Mark. Yet, you're unwilling to acknowledge & put down roots in the thoughts planted in your mind. So be it. Peace to you too! :)

"...Man is God's ultimate creation!"
---1st_cliff on 3/27/12


How can you be so sure of that Cliff?
---Leon on 3/28/12


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Leon, After creating all things, man was the final achievement , created in His own image. Little lower than Angels, little higher than animals (given dominion over them)
A product of the earth and given a mandate that has yet to be completed!Isa.45.18(Mat.5.5)
God has not changed His mind and man will yet be fruitful and fill the earth with His worshipers!With Christ as King of this Kingdom! psl.37.29 Ecl.1.4
Man is God's ultimate creation!
---1st_cliff on 3/27/12


Leon, I did answer your question, you didn't like my answer. So I waited and wait for your Scriptural answer but nothing to now. We are down to 54 responses and you have yet to give us those wonderful answers you have from the Word of God. I'm waiting and in the mean time answering Pat, who I now know is a man. Peace.
---Mark_V. on 3/27/12


"Mark v, it wasn't a problem. I was amused. God bless!"
---Pat.pat on 3/25/12

"Pat-pat, Sorry Pat, I always thought you were a man but when I read the quote from Blogger89 when he said,

" The blogger you addressed just started here. You addressed "her and told her" to open her mind and think outside the box."

I thought he was speaking of you since I never told Linda to think outside the box. I told you that on 3/19/12."
---Mark_V. on 3/25/12


Man ~ I am soooo glad you "guys" got this gender thing resolved! Now, aside from being male & female, maybe you'd like to focus on just "what is man"? Thx! :)
---Leon on 3/27/12


Mark v, it wasn't a problem. I was amused. God bless!
---Pat.pat on 3/25/12


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Pat-pat, Sorry Pat, I always thought you were a man but when I read the quote from Blogger89 when he said,

" The blogger you addressed just started here. You addressed "her and told her" to open her mind and think outside the box."

I thought he was speaking of you since I never told Linda to think outside the box. I told you that on 3/19/12.
---Mark_V. on 3/25/12


When the lid comes off his heart, it reflects in what he tells us to do that we aren't really supposed to be able to do...as if we really did have a choice. At those moments I believe Christ in the heart is speaking and not Mark.
---blogger8980 on 3/20/12


Amen
---LindaH on 3/24/12


Aka, Mark v seemed to think I was female. :-)
---Pat.pat on 3/24/12


i think that it is kind of easy to tell the gender of people given only their writing technique and content. i never thought had the impression that you might be a woman.
---aka on 3/24/12


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FYI guys, Pat.pat's not female. :-)
---Pat.pat on 3/23/12


Blogger89, if you are refering to Pat pat, you got my answer all wrong. I was been sarcastic, humor. Leon suggested for me to think outside the box, to take a pill so I told Pat she would have to take a pill and to think outside the box in order to understand what Leon is saying. Something very simple I'm sure she or he understood, but not you. As I said, don't be afraid to ask me about anything. I will kindly answer you without throwing stones at you. I respect Leon, and those who don't present evil when they answer.
---Mark_V. on 3/22/12


Although I agreed with Linda regarding the armor, my post had to do with keeping an open mind and getting outside the box. The blogger you addressed just started here. You addressed her and told her to open her mind and think outside the box. You don't know whether she is "predestined" or not. If not, she cannot open her own mind or think outside the box, according to your doctrine. If she is already "predestined", she needs no more of an open mind nor does she need to think outside the box because she already does. I stand by what I said, even if you can't see your own inconsistency. An inconsistent Gospel is no Gospel at all.
---blogger8980 on 3/21/12


Blogger89, you don't have to hide to throw arrows at me. Just ask me and I will kindly answer you. You probably won't like my answer but you don't have to believe it.
Concerning Linda's question, "Why does she need armor if she is predestined? Shes in no danger ---LindaH on 3/19/12"

The armor of God is not needed to secure your salvation. Once God brings you to spiritual life you are saved. It is to protect you from the attacks of the evil forces everyday. You can live your life saved without it, but you will suffer a lot of pain. Nothing whatsoever to do with predestination. Unless it was predestined you would stupid enough not use the Armor of God, God only knows.
---Mark_V. on 3/21/12


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Leon: "So, separated from the breath of life, what was a living (animated) man becomes a dead (inanimate) man."


Job 34:14, 15 If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath, All flesh shall perish together, and MAN SHALL AGAIN TURN INTO DUST.


---jerry6593 on 3/21/12


well,my dearly departed dad always said a man minds his own business and doesn,t mess with others,sorta do unto others as u would have done to u attitude.and my did he STRESS INTEGRITY,aka HONESTY
---tom2 on 3/20/12


"...I think your soil needs some weed killer, too many speculations growing out of it..."
---Mark_V. on 3/20/12

That's your unfounded "speculation" Mark! Can you dig it? :D
---Leon on 3/20/12


Micha 9344, I don't get your drift!Cells are renewed this doesn't change memory,personality or who you are.Skin cells are constantly in a mode of change,new ones take on the color of a tattoo and fade somewhat but still recognizable.
We reach the point in life where more cells are lost than new ones we gain,this is "aging".
Dementia is a classic example of brain function disabling the mind!
---1st_cliff on 3/20/12


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Why does she need armor if she is predestined? Shes in no danger ---LindaH on 3/19/12

Or how could she even think outside the proverbial box on her own unless the one who predestined her cause her to think outside of it? He doesn't really believe in his heart what he teaches. When the lid comes off his heart, it reflects in what he tells us to do that we aren't really supposed to be able to do...as if we really did have a choice. At those moments I believe Christ in the heart is speaking and not Mark.
---blogger8980 on 3/20/12


Leon, about my soil, you said,

"but I felt your soil needed a little aeration. :)"

My soil is fine, it needs nothing. I think your soil needs some weed killer, too many speculations growing out of it. What I am more anxious for, or causing anxiety, is the Scriptural answer you are going to give for you question blog. I guess you will keep us all waiting and anxious. And in the end we will be left with nothing, because it will be another speculation or opinion. But I could be wrong. You might have a great Bible answer.
---Mark_V. on 3/20/12


Cliff, the cells in your body get replaced about every two years.
If your brain is who you are, you will have a constitantly changing thought process,
This is obviously not so.
---micha9344 on 3/19/12


"Gen 2:7...God formed man of the dust of the ground, & breathed into his nostrils the breath of life...man became a living soul.
[The Bible says], Man is part dust & part breath of life. Separate the parts, & he is no longer Man."
---jerry6593 on 3/19/12


Jerry: I hear G2:7 saying man was man when God made him from the ground, even before God made him to be a living soul. So, separated from the breath of life, what was a living (animated) man becomes a dead (inanimate) man. Nonetheless, still a man "kind".

Yes, man is man. But, specifically, what is man?

No offense intended Mark, but I felt your soil needed a little aeration. :) You know the answer, but are afraid to say it.
---Leon on 3/19/12


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Why does she need armor if she is predestined? Shes in no danger
---LindaH on 3/19/12


Pat-pat,
"Welcome to CN! At least you appear to me to be a new person here. Suit up ~ put on the whole armor of God friend! :)"

Put on the full armor of God but be sure you think outside the box. Otherwise you will have to take a pill. I took my pill already and still waiting for the answer to the blog question from Leon.
---Mark_V. on 3/19/12


What is man?

Gen 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.

According to the Bible, Man is part dust and part breath of life. Separate the parts, and he is no longer Man.


---jerry6593 on 3/19/12


Leon, ok, sounds good. But I'm not very smart and I'm even less reasonable. You will learn that I am an opinionated person who truly knows it all.
---Pat.pat on 3/18/12


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"Man is male, woman is female. Man has dominion over woman. That's how it is."
---Pat.pat on 3/16/12


Thx Pat.pat for your input. Welcome to CN! At least you appear to me to be a new person here. Suit up ~ put on the whole armor of God friend! :)

Yes, the Bible says God put man in authority over woman. Yet, that has nothing to do with my question, "What is man?".

Similar to human sexuality, the male (stamen) & female (pistil) only speaks to the reproductive characteristics of plants. It however doesn't tell us what kind the plant is, e.g., a flower, a tree, shrub, herb, vegetable, etc.

Again, welcome & I look forward to "reasoning" with you. :)
---Leon on 3/17/12


"Cluny just told you what the Bible ACTUALLY says, "a help meet", (i.e. "a suitable help"), not "a helpmeet" (i.e. "a companion").

Why should he "take a pill"? Are you suggesting that accurately reading what the Bible actually says (to better understand what God wants us to know) is a pathological condition that needs to be fixed by the use of mood-altering drugs?"
---StrongAxe on 3/16/12


Okay, Axe! Why don't you take a pill also. What in the world did Cluny's jibber jabber have to do with the blog question, "What is man"? :/ Did you guys fall out of the same tree? :D
---Leon on 3/17/12


Leon:

Cluny just told you what the Bible ACTUALLY says, "a help meet", (i.e. "a suitable help"), not "a helpmeet" (i.e. "a companion").

Why should he "take a pill"? Are you suggesting that accurately reading what the Bible actually says (to better understand what God wants us to know) is a pathological condition that needs to be fixed by the use of mood-altering drugs?
---StrongAxe on 3/16/12


Man is male, woman is female. Man has dominion over woman. That's how it is.
---Pat.pat on 3/16/12


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"Leon, you think too much outside the box. you wanted vines, trees, wheat, branches, roots, but don't like clay. They are all metaphors. Or were you looking for "dust?" You don't like my clay answer, how can anyone please you? How can we be perfect for you Leon? Who do you say man is? So we can know.
---Mark_V. on 3/13/12"


Temper, temper Mark! :)
---Leon on 3/13/12


Nana, Nothing wrong with Matthew,which of the 3 "loves' (heart,soul,mind) is not a brain function??
---1st_cliff on 3/13/12


Leon, you think too much outside the box. you wanted vines, trees, wheat, branches, roots, but don't like clay. They are all metaphors. Or were you looking for "dust?" You don't like my clay answer, how can anyone please you? How can we be perfect for you Leon? Who do you say man is? So we can know.
---Mark_V. on 3/13/12


"Paul, [guided by] the Holy Spirit [says] man is but clay. And God is...the Potter who forms out of "the same lump" vessels for honor & vessels for dishonor. (Ro. 9:3). The Bible [says] God...make[s] a difference in the respective destinations...He assigns His creatures. Some vessels of wrath fitted to destruction" "who are children of wrath" (Eph. 2:3), others are "vessels of mercy, which He prepared [before] unto glory"( Eph. 1:6).
---Mark_V. on 3/13/12"


Mark: No doubt, all God has put (by His "DIVINE" inspiration) in the Bible is true. However, true to form, you're choosing not to think outside of the box (flower bed).

The vine Mark, the vine!!! :)
---Leon on 3/13/12


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"Leon,What is man?
65-90% water,a few trace elements and chemicals.
Inside the skull of each human is a bio-computer,memory,language, beliefs,likes and dislikes, forming a unique personality. One of a kind!
Introduction of drugs,chemicals or a blow to the head can alter the personality 180 degrees!
In other words your brain is you!
---1st_cliff on 3/12/12"


Cliff: You're such a brainiac! :D
---Leon on 3/13/12


"What is man?" A living soul. As one who is active, possessing life, and consciously aware of ones being, existence, and purpose. The only thing that separates the man from the beast is mans Divinely given ability to reason, and to make rational choices based on logic and deduction, rather than instincts alone.
---joseph on 3/13/12


Paul, under the guidness of the Holy Spirit tells us that man is but clay. And God is like the Potter who forms out of "the same lump" vessels for honor and vessels for dishonor. (Romans 9:3). The Bible declares that God Himself does make a difference in the respective destinations to which He asigns His creatures. Some vessels of wrath fitted to destruction" "who are children of wrath" (Eph. 2:3), others are "vessels of mercy, which He had a fore prepared unto glory"( Eph. 1:6).
---Mark_V. on 3/13/12


Matthew 22:37 "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."

If man is just a 'brain' (a mind right?), there must then be something wrong with Matthew 22:37, yes?
---Nana on 3/12/12


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Leon,What is man?
65-90% water,a few trace elements and chemicals.
Inside the skull of each human is a bio-computer,memory,language, beliefs,likes and dislikes, forming a unique personality. One of a kind!
Introduction of drugs,chemicals or a blow to the head can alter the personality 180 degrees!
In other words your brain is you!
---1st_cliff on 3/12/12


"\helpmate\\

"Helpmate" is a mondegreen.

Nor is it a modern form of the archaic non-word "helpmeet".

Rather, it is a misreading of two separate words in Genesis: the noun "help" and the adjective "meet," the latter meaning "fitting or suitable".

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 3/11/12"


Huh?!!! Take a pill Cluny! :)
---Leon on 3/12/12


\\helpmate\\

"Helpmate" is a mondegreen.

Nor is it a modern form of the archaic non-word "helpmeet".

Rather, it is a misreading of two separate words in Genesis: the noun "help" and the adjective "meet," the latter meaning "fitting or suitable".

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 3/11/12


Interestingly, we humans (mankind) name our daughters Lilly, Blossom, Hycynthia, Rose, Daisy, Iris, Jasmine, Violet, Ivy, Amaryllis, Flora, Heather, Myrtle, etc. We call our sons Bud, Buddy, Chip (as in off the ol' block), Woody, etc. Ever since Adam & Eve, people have been branching out (going into all the world) as families in communities all over the planet. Think about it. :)
---Leon on 3/11/12


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In the image of God our Father and Jesus and the Holy Spirit, man was made a family being of three basic persons . . . father, child, helpmate . . . so we can have family caring and sharing love with our Father and Jesus and the Holy Spirit and one another. But.

We can not do this without Jesus > "for without Me you can do nothing." (in John 15:5) And we need how our Father prunes (John 15:1-2) away a "few" things (including kicking me out of "penpals", maybe) and people (c: so we can love and learn better how to love (c:
---willie_c: on 3/11/12


"The Dignity of God's Image - The Human Person
In material creation only man can know and love God. He was willed by God for his own sake and he is called to share in God's own life. "What made you establish man in so great a dignity? You are taken with love for him" (St. Catherine of Siena).
Being in God's image makes the individual a person a "someone" and not a "something." He is capable of self-knowledge and of having friendships with other persons. He is called into a Covenant with God and can make a response of love not known by any other creature."
---Nana on 3/11/12


"...when God describes us, He has many names. Which ones are you looking for?
---Mark_V. on 3/11/12"


No tricks (deception) Mark. However, you can fool yourself by reading too much into the question.

Once more, I need to reiterate, THE QUESTION IS NOT what is man described as or called. The question is "what is man" based on what the Bible says?
---Leon on 3/11/12


Before the fall in Eden, the term "man" referred to a spiritual/divine life form, but because of the "fall", now the term "man" more specifically refers to the PHYSICAL life form (carnal, unspiritual "man") that has no divine significance/status (666 is the number of "a MAN", Revelation 13:18). The term "man" is used loosely. It is the "living breathing SOUL" that God wants (a true "SELF"/soul) that thinks for themselves and is their own master. A "master of himself" shall create/cause his own "goodness" instead of "follow" a master and be "commanded".

"lover of goodness, master of himself" (Titus 1:8).
---more_excellent_way on 3/11/12


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Leon, your question is tricky. First, you want to know what man is. Second, you have to be speaking of man's literal make of the body for you say (genealogy). Then, you provide metaphors and symbolic names of man. Which one are you speaking of?
Because man is not a branch of the vine literally. Nor is he a piece of wheat. Nor is Jesus a piece of bread.
Yet when God describes us, He has many names. Which ones are you looking for?
---Mark_V. on 3/11/12


"You are one sick puppy christan! Yet, that's what I like about you, that I know exactly what to expect from you..."

"But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Matthew 9:12-13

Jesus didn't come to "butter-up" the egos of man and neither did His prophets nor apostles. Can you find anywhere in Scripture "O you are fine, you're a good person."? If that's what you're seeking for, there are many 'churches' out there for you to go and get your ego puffed-up.
---christan on 3/9/12


Fellow Leon, "what kind of creature is man based on the Bible characteristics listed in my "root" question?"

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable, there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Their throat is an open sepulchre, with their tongues they have used deceit, the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes."
Romans 3:10-18
---christan on 3/9/12


Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground, for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return.

If God is right, man is dust
---francis on 3/9/12


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Productive. God said to Adam & Eve "Be fruitful and multiply,and fill the earth",,And so they have.
---Darlene_1 on 3/9/12


"Honestly, doesn't being formed of dust says everything about what God really thinks about the man?"
christan on 3/9/12

You are one sick puppy christan! Yet, that's what I like about you, that I know exactly what to expect from you...

Honestly,
John 3:17 "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved."
1 John 4:10 "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."

Those verses paint a different picture than what you and la Mark V. paint, don't they?
---Nana on 3/9/12


Fellow Bloggers: The question is not what are the attributes of man or what does God think of mankind or what is man made from/of OR what is the purpose of man. Simply put, WHAT IS MAN? Specifically, what kind of creature is man based on the Bible characteristics listed in my "root" question? :)
---Leon on 3/9/12


sidebar:

leon, the command is to be fruitful AND multiply. i do not think God is saying, "reproduce and multiply".

i really think the command points to the fruit of the Spirit, which was available from the beginning.

(Gal 5:22 ...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Gal 5:23 gentleness, self-control, against such things there is no law.)

Thus, the command is a little different: be fruitful (in the Spirit) and multiply. However, man has multiplied before man knew how to be fruitful.

just my thoughts.
---aka on 3/9/12


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Leon, simple, man is but clay before God. Nothing good in him.

"But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to Him who formed it. "why have you made me like this? Does not the Potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?" (Romans 9:20.21).

Using the familiar O.T. analogy of the Potter (is. 64:6-8: Jer. 18:3-16) Paul argues that it is as irrational, and far more arrogant, for men to question God's choice of certain sinners for salvation, as for a piece of pottery to question the purposes of the potter.
---Mark_V. on 3/9/12


Honestly, doesn't being formed of dust says everything about what God really thinks about the man? As if that's not enough, He declares,

"And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest thou?" Daniel 4:35

"All nations before Him are as nothing, and they are counted to Him less than nothing, and vanity." Isaiah 40:17

"But our God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased." Psalm 115:3
---christan on 3/9/12


When Genesis says man is "made in God's image" I believe this means that, unlike other created "life" Man is SELF-AWARE, and thus able, eventually, to reign with God over the rest of creation.
---Geraldine on 3/8/12


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