What a wonderful day it is today!! It’s the 2nd Friday in the month of August 2019!!
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Today’s topic (The Total Man) is a start to yet another series & it was really clear to me after encounters this week with the works of 2 profound thinkers & fantastic coaches:
Allow me to introduce to some & present to others, Leke Alder:
The subject of our deliberation today is the total man. To be sure there are four men mentioned in scriptures. There’s that bloke we all know from Genesis, the guy named Adam. Then there’s the mediator between God and mankind – the Man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5).
He is sui generis – a very unique man. Then there’s the recreated man Paul wrote about in 2 Corinthians 5:17. You’ve been taught a lot about this man in church.
Lastly, there’s the man of sin, the personage popularly referred to as Antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2:3-10).
These are the four men in scriptures, but the man we’re dealing with in this lecture is the bloke from Genesis. He’s the mechanical engineering template for mankind.
There are many ways we can approach the subject of total man. We can for example tackle the topic from a utilitarian perspective, say define man as a bread winner. But that will not travel socially or culturally. There are many homes in which the woman is the bread winner.
We can also define a man adjectivally, looking at the qualities of manhood. But chances are we will end up with a multiplicity of definitions. It’s like trying to define a table. You can define a table in many ways. For example, you can define a table as a four-legged wooden platform. But there are tables with three legs, and there are even tables with no legs. They’re suspended. There are plastic and there are metal tables. Not all tables are made of wood. We nonetheless generally approach the definition of manhood in this manner. That’s why there are so many definitions out there.
To some a man is a sexually virile male who’s wholly defined by the fecundity of his spermatozoa. Believe it or not there are men out there who boast about impregnating women. To them that’s proof of manhood.
To some others a man is defined by the size of his appendage. The bigger the appendage the more affirming the definition. If you’ve ever seen a Calvin Klein brief advert, you’ll be familiar with this definition. But as any woman who has ever been married to an engorged but irresponsible male will attest it is a farcical definition of manhood. Besides, that engorged appendage is a biological accident. It’s nothing more than genetic donation.
There’s also the apathetic definition of manhood. It says a man has no feelings and never shows feelings. It’s how young men end up breaking the hearts of women. This definition of manhood endangers marriage. The man can’t express his feelings to his spouse. He can’t tell his wife, “I love you!” It’s unfortunately reinforced by that societal maxim, “Real men don’t cry.” And yet Jesus wept. Was Jesus not a real man? Emotional constipation is not the definition of manhood.
Not to be left behind Africans have developed their own definition. And it’s a culturally flavored definition. According to that definition a real man is an accumulator of women who nonetheless refuses to take advice from women.
He never listens to his wife. In other words, a real man is a fool! A wise man listens to counsel. (Proverbs 12:15). The man who wrote that actually had 700 wives and 300 concubines; and he regularly took advice from his mum.
None of these definitions will serve us well. If we want to understand the concept of man we have to dial back, go back to basics – the Book of Genesis. It’s where the concept came from. The Hebrew word translated Genesis is Bereshit. It means “In the beginning.” In that book, you’ll find there are four critical dimensions to manhood and that these attributes are capacities. If you don’t develop those capacities you will struggle at succeeding as a man. Here’s how man came about.
According to the Bible a creative genius uniquely identified as “God” conceptualized a new product called “man.” This was after angels and the animal class had been created. Man is an intermediary product between angels and animals. He has lower capabilities than angels but has higher processing power than animals. He is a self-propelled semi-autonomous entity embedded with a miniaturized mainframe computer called the brain. With that brain, he is able to processes zettabytes of data.
A compression algorithm makes unlimited storage of videos and texts possible. He has a user friendly cognitive interface called the soul. Among other things the soul converts signals, reconfigures them into different programming languages that are material sensitive. There’s a local area network embedded. It’s how a boy and a girl can communicate and fall in love with each other in a room full of people without saying a word to each other. The soul emits signals.
The very unique thing about this entity called man however is that he was created on an open architecture platform. Because of that man is able to modify and edit himself. He has the ability to reprogram himself. It is debatable what kind of architecture angels are built on, whether open or modified open; but we know the animal class can’t modify themselves.
They were created on a proprietary platform, very much like iPhones. Man, on the other hand was created on an open platform like a phone running on android system. Think Samsung.
Creating man on that open platform was a huge gamble, a very huge gamble, and at some point, God expressed regret. Man is prone to virus infection like happened in the Garden of Eden. He can be infected with deadly propaganda. He is prone to going crazy on God. He’s been known to deny the existence of his Creator.
But without that open architecture salvation will be impossible. Man can’t repent by himself. There’s no record of angels or animals repenting. And anyway, the programme of salvation rules them out. Or Jesus would have had to identify as an animal or fallen angel – a hypostatic union of 100% Christ, 100% animal; or 100% fallen angel and 100% Christ.
The body of man is a mineral composite. It is largely made up of six elements – oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus. The binding agent used for the original prototype is aluminum phyllosilicate.
It’s also known as clay. It’s why the Bible says Adam was made from clay.
But you cannot understand the idea of man from his physical make up. It’s a terribly flawed approach. That’s like trying to measure the weight of your luggage with a thermometer. It’s one of the reasons we have problems in marriage. We determine character from personality and looks for example. That’s measuring weight with thermometer.
To understand what the Maker had in mind when he made man you have to look at the conceptual dimensions of man.
Man was first an idea before the engineering was done.
Let’s drop the anchor here, allow this to sink & enjoy the view of a new perspective. This series & all others will continue in the weeks & months to come as duly inspired.
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