What Is Man

POSITION 1 

MAN IS ENERGY & MATTER

I remember learning about energy in science class in middle school. I was taught matter existed as all things whether living or non-living as three states–solid, liquid, and gas. Further, matter was anything that had mass and occupies space. I was also taught that all matter has energy. Do you remember that lesson too? Below there is a short adult version of the lesson.

POSITION 2

MAN IS A LIVING SOUL SEPERATE FROM GOD

Well, the preachers at church do not talk about matter and energy. The Christian doctrine teaches that all living things came from God and were created by the anthropomorphic hands of God. God made man from the dust of the earth and then breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul. The preacher didn’t say anything about energy. Now here’s the quandary, the scientific teaching about energy can be proven. However, I can’t prove the preacher said about Adam, Eve and the illustrious rib. I must believe it all by faith. Simply defined faith is a belief that something is true– not based on rigorous proof.  As a Christian I had to believe that this creation story was truth even though I had no evidence to prove it. I now understand that when we know belief and faith are not necessary.

Further the Bible teaches we exist in three parts: mind, body, and soul. I can prove the body exists. I see it and touch it. Further, although I cannot touch my mind. I do accredit certain abilities to its existence. My mind has ability to judge, imagine, be aware, perceive, and remember. Nonetheless, there are some people who give those attributes to the soul. But what is the soul or spirit? How do you know you have one? A brief Christian explanation is below. How much of the explanation can be proven without the Bible?

The preacher in the video said to follow the Bible which he describes as the word of God. Well, what happens when the Bible is not your final authority.  What if you don’t believe the Bible is not without error or inerrant? Is the Bible the only space to find the “submitted” truth in the video? What if you understand the Bible as allegory, proverbs, symbolism, myth, and imagery containing truths but hold that the Bible in and of itself is not true? The truth should be able to found elsewhere right or wrong? Is the truth of an infinite omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent God limited to a few to record in one book?

Is truth ever isolated to one place? Can’t truth be cross referenced. What other evidence supports the statements in the video above? Truth is truth no matter what it is and where it is? Truth is timeless. Are we incapable of knowing truth or hearing from The All,  The Creator, The Source today in the same way that Biblical authors of the Bible supposedly did long ago? They were indeed murders, adulterers, thieves, liars, and hypocrites like so many of us. Are they any better than us? Are we less eligible to be vessels for knowing the truth?

POSITION 3

MAN IS A SPIRITUAL BEING

When speaking about African Spirituality in antiquity John Henrik Clarke stated:

There is a reality that existed Pre-God.There was a time when man thought of a force in the universe presiding over the universe and while he meant God he did not use the word God and had more spirituality before he consistently used the word God. He used the God force and the God concept without using the word. The African meant the same thing and ultimately western man interpreted it as meaning the same thing.

Clarke is submitting that we were spiritual beings before there was a necessity for religion. There was a time when there was no religion on Earth. Humanity and living things existed. This time predates the Bible by thousands of years. What was the explanation for the origin of life then?Is this pre-God era the same position mentioned in first video on the post with semantic differences? Master Teacher Anthony Browder gives an explanation.

Master Teacher Anthony Browder states:

Religion is a way of binding back to that which holds you together.Binding back to whatever creative principal you believe in. Religions are all made by man.And are essentially man’s attempt to find a system to relate to something greater to them. Spirituality on the other hand, speaks to cultivating a greater relationship with this force that permeates everything throughout the universe. You can’t contain it. You can’t out a picture on it or label on it. It is and it’s a matter of understanding it in its pure essence.

Browder further has stated: 

We are spiritual beings living on Earth having a human experience. That we are in fact capable of manifesting aspects of the Neter Ru within ourselves so that we could become creators here on Earth. Man and woman had a direct relationship with the Creator. Man and woman was never separated from the Creator. This relationship always exist within. As long as you maintain your connection through ritual, through diet, through exercise– You will always be able to express your relationship to the Creator by the things you created. All of life is ritual…spirtuality held a person cultivate their humanity.

What’s your position? Why? Maybe you embrace a portion of each position. Do you have more questions now than answers? What factual evidence do you have to prove your position? What do you know and what do you believe? There is a vast difference between knowing and believing! 

In peace and love,

Dr. Free

Authentic thoughts are thoughts that are genuine and sincerely expressed. Authentic thoughts reverberate with other authentic individuals so they have an irresistible urge to ponder and or respectfully respond from their own unique perspective.

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Author: Dr. Free

Dr. Free is a veteran educator. Her area of expertise is African-centered education consulting. She is a life learner who is passionate about truth, liberation, and justice. Dr. Free strives to be true to herself. She expresses herself in a way that enhances the lives of others and she enjoys giving others the space and encouragment to do the same.

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