It also does not touch on the fact that .... ( You do not believe in the literal account of Adam and Eve right?) that the author told us Adam and Eve were given the garden for their permanent home and had no need to wander about until they broke the rules and were kicked out. So they were not created to be nomads... initially.
I think you are underestimating the size of the "garden." Whether you believe the story is literal or not, it's set in a real place... the Bible tells us that Gan Eden was the forest of Lebanon, which was hundreds (thousands?) of square miles. It's kind of tough to tell nowadays, since the majority of the forest was removed thousands of years ago.
Poppycock and peanuts. You either simply do not believe your bible, for Numbers 22:18 says
28 Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”
Are you saying that the author lied about God?
Then Genesis 3: 4And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Are you saying that a man went down to the party store and rented a snake costume to wear to entice Eve? The author further tells us that God....14And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: So all indications are that a serpent, who one time move upright had the ability to talk or else this author also said God lied.
The story of Balaam's donkey speaking is presented as something miraculous. Donkeys do not normally speak (and I can't believe I have to type this sentence out).
The serpent of early Genesis is an apocalyptic symbol; not a literal animal. Hebrew literature uses animals as symbols on a regular basis, actually. This can be seen on full display in Daniel and Revelation, as well as some of the intertestamental books.
TRUE STORY... About the animal kingdom.
When I was in grade school I had a baby sitter who had family across the street from us. Mrs Bowl was her name.
Well, when the family would go away, Mrs Bowl and her husband would stay in that house to watch the parrot that lived there.
Now I am certain you with your scientific mind will say a parrot mimics and does not think. HA!
This one stay, Mrs. Bowl had made breakfast and called her husband to eat. As was the habit, the parrot also ate breakfast at the same kitchen table sitting on the back of the chair, with the food in it's bowl on the table. And once they were well into eating... (it is appropriate to know that this bird always called everyone by their first name... i.e. Mr. Bowl's name was Alex)
Anyway , they were well into breakfast not talking when all of a sudden, out of the birds mouth came "Good breakfast Mrs. Bowl.
OK you say he was just mimicking what he had heard at some point.....
Then explain this one.
The owners were paid a house call by their minister and had a very nice visit. When he ( the minister ) got up to leave and was approaching the door he turned and asked the Lanes (The owners of the parrot) if they could pray . Yes, yes came the answer so they all were standing there with their heads bowed and the minister speaking.
The parrot who was around all of a sudden piped up wit "What the hell is going on here."!
Make no mistake.....Those that do speak will. Those that God has a purpose of speaking will also. And... yes. Anyone with any animals that they are close with will tell you they also have feelings of happiness and sadness and many do cry.
Well, parrots DO speak. They are quite smart for animals and have the required parts to make speech. While most of it is
mimicry, they can figure out basic cause-and-effect things, like getting a cracker when they say cracker
. But you can't find one that can hold a conversation. Feels like I'm doing a lot of pointing-out-the-obvious, here.
Most animals don't speak.
Are they saying that man is like God because we have logic, intellect, self-awareness... sentience? If so, they're probably right. That's the difference between man and animals that is immediately noticeable.I am sure that would be a scientific definition.
Nope. People have understood this since before there was such a thing as science. Also, modern
science rejects the idea, instead placing man among the animals.
Although, why am I supplying actual answers in reply to something that was only ever intended as a snide comment? Socially clueless, I am.
Spiritual... simply stated to me is regarding humans would be relating to the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things like the human body.
At the risk of repeating myself, it's not very useful to define things in terms of what they are NOT. Can we go a step further?
In your Bible, spiritual
is the word pneumatikos
. This word means 'something that is moved by the wind.'
Paul contrasts spiritual
, depending on which translation you're using. This word is psychikos
. It means 'something that is moved by its breath,' which at first glance seems very similar.
What's the difference? (yes, I'm begging a question)
In ancient philosophy, a being that is breath-powered is moved according to its natural urges. It exists to eat and drink, to copulate and pursue everything that FEELS good, and to avoid everything that FEELS bad.
Conversely, a being that is wind-powered is moved according to its own purpose and plan. It pursues that which it deems to be profitable, even when it is uncomfortable in the short term.
While we're at it, the Greek psyche
is translated into Latin as anima
, which you might recognize as the root word of animal. It's also sometimes translated into English as soul
We know that God is Spirit. ( As we are spirits who have a soul and live in a body) (Some reverse the soul and spirit idea and the bible is not clear as it refers to the fact that the spirit, as well as the soul goes back to God the moment we die.
I say spirit first because God wants to “sanctify” or transform our spirit, soul, and body into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18). But this transformation starts with our “spirit,” not our soul or body. Our spirit is the inner most part of us.
When physical death occurs, the spirit and soul are separated from the physical body. According to the Old Testament the spirit of believers returns to the Lord at death. “Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7). The physical body is buried in the ground (“the dust will return to the earth”), but the spirit of the believer “returns to God who gave it.” When Rachel died, the Bible says, “And so it was, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she called his name Ben-Oni” (Genesis 35:18). Based on other verses in the Bible, the departing of Rachel’s soul implies her soul (and spirit) departed to go be with the Lord in Abraham’s bosom or Paradise (Luke 16:22; 23:43).
If you're a person, you do indeed have a body, spirit, and soul. But if you're an animal, you only have a body and a soul.
If you're a Christian, then your goal (according to Scripture and not me), should be to take captive the impulses of your anima, and put your spirit in the driver's seat. No wait, that needs a revision... put The Spirit
in the driver's seat. We may have the wind inside us, but it doesn't come from ourselves.