God Unites

God created man in His image; in the divine image He created him; male and female He created them.   Gen 1:27  (NAB)

Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being (soul). Gen. 2:7 (NASB)

God takes dust, dirt and creates a human (man). Well, didn’t He do the same thing when He created the animals? In chapter 1 verse 24, Then God said,”Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures…” That’s a different description than the one we get in chapter 2:7. Which is God forming, as a potter would, the man. A personal, intimate molding of this special creation, in His image and His likeness, the crown of all His work, to which he found it to be “very good”. We also see that He did not breathe the breath of life into the animals, which means they would have no soul, or inner being.

What is united, I believe, is very important. The physical world is united with the spiritual world. God brought the two together, and we must live out the two in our own experiences. So how do we, in our own experience, unite the material and physical worlds? When we are born from above (Jn. 3:3) and baptized (Tit. 3:5), we are a new creature (2 Cor. 5:17). We receive the Holy Spirit of God and He is united with our bodies. Technically, this is something that we can not control, as if controlling God, but it is in the decision we make to choose God’s plan for us that we are allowed this control. Acting in His image and likeness.

Paul also tells us in Romans 12:1 that as we present our bodies to God a living sacrifice, this is our spiritual act of worship. See how the two connect here? Living out our faith in the body, is spiritual worship!

And as I have discovered this past year, the greatest of this uniting is in the Mass. Where heaven and earth meet in the renewal of the new and everlasting covenant. Where again, the physical and the spiritual meet in the Eucharist, a foretaste of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, when we will be in heaven with Him. Again, these things are not things that we can control, except in our decision to participate.

As we decide to act in His image and likeness, we can unite the spiritual and physical worlds. A pure life, prayer, studying scripture, going to church and receiving the Lord in the Eucharist, all things we can do to achieve this.



4 Responses

  1. Tim, I’m not sure if I read it right but are you saying animals don’t have souls or inner beings? I think the Bible suggests otherwise. Even to the extent of saying that animals will be judged and are punished for their sin. I will think over your post some more,


  2. Yes Diana, you did read it right. I’m not sure where in the bible it says animals have souls or will be judged or punished for their sin. My question would be; How can animals sin? They do not have reason, they act according to their senses. They have no free will. They are pinned down to one set of actions, based on the fact that they are irrational.
    Mankind in his free will chose to disobey God, reasoning that he could be like God, knowing good and evil.
    How would animals repent? Certainly, God would allow a time of repentance before judgement. How could they choose salvation?

    Animals are God’s creatures. He surrounds them with His providential care. By their mere existence they bless Him and give Him glory. God also entrusted animals to the stewardship of those whom He created in His image.

    Please point me to specific scriptures, so that I can more fully understand, what it is that lead you to see things in this particular way.

  3. In Genesis 9 when God said to Noah that he would demand an accounting for every man’s blood, he said he would demand an account from every beast too. And in Isaiah 27, God says he will punish the leviathan, which seems to be an animal by its description.

    I have wondered about animals a lot and there was a conversation on my blog about this topic AGES ago, if you want to read it can be found here:
    That was back in September… but I’m still not *fully* answered on those questions. I don’t think that animals are “fallen” the way man fell, but I do believe that animals have consciousness and that they have souls. Remember Balaam’s donkey? She was given a tongue to speak on one instance, but she spoke about her whole life and acted in reasonableness when she saw the angel of God. The angel of God said something along the lines of “you’re alive cos of the way your donkey acted. If she hadn’t stopped, I’d have killed you by now.” He kinda gave credit to the donkey for the way she acted.

    Thanks for responding,
    God bless you 🙂

  4. In the Genesis 9 account, the dynamic of the human and animal relationship is about to be changed. Up until this time both man and animal are depicted as vegetarians.
    (Gen. 1:29) We must be careful in how we take a verse here and a verse there, and look at the context, for God is giving Mankind the authority of the accounting for; a) man shedding mans blood, and; b) for animals that shed men’s blood (Ex.21:28).
    Leviathan in reality is defined as a crocodile(by most scholars) but is also the reference to a Canaanite seven-headed serpent god named Lotan (Ps.74:14) it is symbolic in nature in this Psalm, and in Isaiah (also see Job 3:8) as the forces of evil that God will destroy, not an animal itself.
    In Numbers 22 the story of Balaam and the talking donkey is interesting on many levels, but as for the seeing the “angel of the Lord” I would not doubt that animals can sense the presence of the Lord for they live by their senses. But without “reason”, the donkey turned from the angel, not toward it; and it could not speak on it’s own, it was God speaking to Balaam through the donkey. The donkey saved his life by a lack of understanding of what was going on; though he saw what Balaam could not see initiality, it was revealed by the angel that, because the donkey turned(in her lack of understanding) his life was spared. Had the donkey understood WHO was in front of her, why turn 3 times? The message for us is not following in Balaam’s sorcery and greed, not whether or not animals have reason or souls.
    Because God spoke through the donkey and God was aware of how Balaam treated her, that’s where the “reason” comes in, from God, not the donkey.
    Blessings to you this day.

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