Reply to "Does God exist? The universe had a start - what caused it?"

Originally Posted by thomaswayne0907:

ok, then someone explain to me how the heck someone can be created from dirt? seriously, i want to know. people have such a hard time thinking that cells multiplied and mutated to eventually form life, but no problem that dirt turned into human flesh?

No doubt your question stems from the statement in scripture:

Genesis 2:7 (NIV)
{7} the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Essentially the same thought is presented in the following verse as well:

Ecclesiastes 12:7 (NIV)
{7} and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

The Bible uses symbolism as well as literal interpretations.  The indication of both verses, and the statement that man is formed from the dust of the ground addresses just one part of what it is to be human.  The second part is man/woman's inner spirit/soul which is created.  The flesh, physical part, of the human man/woman is formed from other flesh but essentially is physical elements that upon physical death returns to those elements or returns to dust.  As far as attempting to explain actual creation of a man from the dust (elements) of the earth the key to understanding and comprehending this is "The LORD GOD Formed" (Created).  God is not human nor is limited by human limitations or restrictions but God's power is beyond possible human understanding and His ways are not our ways.  The flesh/physical dies and returns to the elements but what should matter to each person is that the spirit/soul continues on past death and is eternal and has an eternal destiny determined by God's Judgment.  

 

Many have denied that such exist or happens and that upon death it is just lights out.  Problem is if you then, at that time, find that it isn't lights out but existence past death but no longer under your control or ability to change or alter your eternal fate at that point.  On another thread/topic there was a discussion about Near Death Experiences of several Atheist who, some, were hostile to God and religion yet after their NDE and were brought back turned their life around and changed their direction.  Many became preachers but none retained their dogmatic insistence that there is nothing after death but lights out.  They testified that, at least for them, there was something other than lights out.  Each person will ultimately find out themselves, when in their spirit/soul but no longer will they have words at their disposal for their bodies will have perished and no longer are they able to speak or make decisions.  They are bound by the decisions that they made on faith, while alive and able.  Exercising faith that Jesus Christ bore their sins and justified them from God's Judgment upon their sins and sinfulness or faith that no God exist and that it just ends.  We all exercise faith though but the difference is what we chose to have faith in.

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