In a previous article, part 1 of the series, Lamb’s Harbinger discussed what is NOT the “voice of God,” or else, what is NOT ‘being led by God’s voice.’ This was done as an introduction to the subject of how God interacts with humans… and what Christians mean when they claim God told them something or that God led them to do a thing. Admittedly, this assumes one believes in the existence of God–a subject studied before in previous Lamb’s Harbinger posts and accounted for in the Quick Links section of this website. In that last article, the reader should have been left with the question, “Then how DOES God interact with mankind, if He does at all?”
This part 2 of the series will provide the interested non-believer with solid rational and classical philosophical grounds for understanding that mankind is indeed capable of interacting with the spiritual realm, God especially. These grounds are not meant to replace the importance or authority of the Scriptures. However, in as much as the ancient Greeks (the fathers of Western philosophy) sought Jesus after having taken the powers of human reason and observation to their ends (John 12:21), even so evangelical Christians today believe that sound logic and accurate descriptions of nature will direct the honest mind to God, not detract from Him.
The first observable fact: man is not merely physical. If you want, call it the ‘je ne ce que‘ (“I don’t know what”) of human-ness; but, even the ancient Greeks and Romans believed that mankind could be noted as both material and immaterial. [see Porphyrian Tree, See also Plato’s Republic] While some contemporary scientists would like to reduce mankind’s mind/consciousness, desires, will, emotions and beliefs/conscience/morals to mere evolutionary biology, chemical reactions or social conditioning, others attribute the higher aspects of personage to the human spirit or one’s “inner man.”
Second observable fact: mankind is primarily a spiritual being. Biblical Evangelical Christianity believes, for many reasons, that the latter (man as a spiritual being) is true to reality for the nature of mankind. The least of these reasons is that sometimes a person chooses physical death above denunciation of his beliefs. When one is faced with the most basic and fiercest of biological instincts (self-preservation), he chooses rather an allegiance to an intangible belief–something he finds greater affinity for and identity with than his own material body or temporal existence. He doesn’t even have to be Christian to do this (ex. Socrates’ execution in Plato’s Phaedo). If humanity were merely physiological or even primarily physical above spiritual, choosing contrary to physical preservation of life would not occur to humans. Evangelical Christians today and ancient Greeks and Romans would say that man displays this choice due to the fact he is primarily a spirit-being, only residing spiritually within a physical body. In that way, physical death is the lesser pain than not being whole in one’s own spirit. Socrates agreed with this when he wrote, “All men’s souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.”
Yet, biblical Christians would take it a step farther and surpass Greek philosophy by stating, ‘Mankind was originally created in the image of God,’ Who is a Spirit (John 4:24; 2 Cor. 3:17; Imago Dei). Because God made mankind to be a little like himself–a spiritual being–mankind has been granted consciousness, rationality, conscience, and even a thing that some might call subconsciousness (a.k.a. Mind: that place from where of our beliefs/motivations, or the center from which one’s pre-dispositions or orientation to God, truth, belief, morality and reality stem). Mankind can interrelate on the basis of elements love, faith, forgiveness, and hope because the ability to do so was originally bestowed on him by God, the Origin of such. [see Open Bible for biblical references]
Given these premises, one can conclude that: Since God is a Spirit, and since God made mankind in God’s image (spirit); then every human has a spirit; and being in the image of God—as a spirit—Mankind has the innate ability to interact spiritually (within his inner man) with spirits, especially God.
Of course, this does not mean that every man does “hear from God.” In fact, biblical Christianity holds that even though all mankind has the capacity to hear from God and speak to God within his spirit, that interrelation is severed by our fallen natures and by sins. Discussion on that matter, can be read here and here. Furthermore, as a primarily spiritual being, mankind has the innate ability to interact spiritually with all spirits–good and bad.
In later posts, Lamb’s Harbinger will present the manner and means by which God communicates His will to those who are reconciled to Him through Jesus Christ, as opposed to how evil spirits sometimes interact with believers and humanity in general. Until the next post in this series, one may read the following posts and resources.
Spiritual Guidance by Revival Focus