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What is Life?
By Dean McClain
This question has fascinated meall of my life. Every living thing and every atom of the universe shows incredible evidence of infinite, intelligence, wisdom and power in every detail.
I asked a retired professor of Philosophyfrom Tehran University, Tehran, Iran and who finished his career at the University of Utah, this question: What is Life? He replied that it would take 2 hours to begin to answer the question. I said, I can answer in eight words. He said: Try! I told him: Life is the Infinite Revealed in the Finite! He said: Very interesting! We must discuss this more one day! All philosophers like endless discussions! "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." 2Timothy 3:7. They are "wise guys" not Wise Men! What is the difference? A Wise Man has A Teachable Spirit and a "wise guy/gal" does not! A wise person learns from everyone, even from wise guys!
But what is Life?Life is mentioned in the Authorized Version of the Holy Bible, commonly called the King James Bible, 409 times. The first occurrence of the word "life" is:
"And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven."Genesis 1:20.
Webster gives this definition: Life, n. Animate existence; the time between life and death; animation, spirit, zest; living beings in general, as plant life, insect life, human life...But life is more than this.
The Concise Bible Dictionary in the Online Bible defines "life" as: Life is that which a created being enjoys in the place in which the Creator has set it. God breathed into man's nostrils 'the breath of life; and man became a living soul.' Genesis 2:7
Sin having come in,this life is forfeited and God claims it, saying: "surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man." Genesis 9:5. This instituted capital punishment for murder, which law has never been rescinded or altered. Taking the life of an unborn human being for any reason is murder and God will take the life of the murderer and his accomplices. If you are guilty of this sin, you should immediately repent and beg His forgiveness.
Scripture recognizesa difference between 'life' in an moral sense and 'existence,' as seen in the passage, "What man is he that desireth life, an loveth many days That he may see good?" Psalm 34:12. Here is a man desiring life, desiring to enjoy life. This answers the objection of those who, wishing to deny eternal punishment, say the 'living forever' is only spoken of the Christian, as in John 6:51, 58. True, but many other scriptures prove that the wicked will have an eternal existence.
Man, in his natural state, is regarded as morally dead in sins, and as needing to be quickened by the power of God; or as living in sins and needing to accept death in order to live in Christ, as in the epistle to the Romans. End of quote.
But what is life?Is there a better definition? I have read the AV Bible for more than 52 years and meditated on it and studied it with the Online Bible available free from www.onlinebible.net, downloads, programs, advanced starter pack, download to desktop, instal, enjoy! I have compared scripture with scripture, word with words, phrase with phrase and this is my conclusion: Life is the Infinite Revealed in the Finite!
Every living thingreveals the Infinite in His intelligence, wisdom and power and ability to do whatever He desires in his creation. The smallest particle in His creation reveals His infinite intelligence, wisdom and power. The smallest living creature to the crowning creation of God, Adam and all his descendants declare His wisdom, power and glory in His creative and sustaining work in the universe.
The Biblealso says: "O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good." Job 7:7
"And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son."1 John 5:11.
IFyou do not have the Son of God and IF He does not have you, you will never see the eternal life He has prepared for them that love Him!
How is the Infinite revealed in the finite?The 'Infinite' is that which cannot be measured. The finite can never become fully Infinite for only God can be without limits of any kind except those required by His nature and character.
We share Infinityin one sense because we are made in the image and likeness of God. He has no beginning but we did. He has no end and neither do we! We will either spend all of eternity with Him or we will spend it in the Lake of fire apart from Him! Choose life, eternal life. "For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;..." John 5:26.
"He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life."1John 5:12.
Evolution is the religioncreated by Satan to deny the truth of the Bible in what it declares concerning the truth of God and His plans for that creation. The teaching that everything came from nothing which is totally impossible and that after billions of years we have a highly organized universe with an amazing ecosystem possessing incredibly interrelated living organisms. The Bible teaches that God did it all in six literal days and defines those days as the evening and the morning so we could understand that they were really were about 24 hours as we understand them today.
Careful analysis of evolutionary languagereveals the use of words such as: we assume, we believe, it seems that, we conclude, and on and on, word that require faith because no one can go back in time except God who was before and outside of time and the universe.
Evolutionists are being dragged kicking and screaming towards intelligent design because of the overwhelming problems being created by true "science " as it studies the infinite problems of infinite wisdom in the creation of all life and the symbiotic relationships between matter and all living creatures.
But intelligent design can never solve the problems presented because they are infinite and not finite.
The Bible is the only Bookin the world that has solved this problem beginning with the words: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1. Not one of these words has ever been proved to be false and in these last days God has given mankind the technology to probe His creation more thoroughly than Darwin or any evolutionist could ever have dreamed possible.
No living creature is incomplete!Every Living organism has all it needs to do whatever it was designed to do. The Bible tells us that we are created to live forever but not in these bodies. It tells us that the earth must die and be raised again from the dead just as we must also die and be raised again either to eternal life or to eternal death in the Lake of Fire. Where do you want to spend eternity?
The most powerful invitationpossible is given in Isaiah 1:18: "Come now and let us reason together saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be red like crimson they shall be as wool." The most intelligent person in the universe wants to have a personal and private conversation with you and He does not need me or anyone else interfering!
How can a man reason with God?It is amazingly simple! Get an authorized Bible commonly called the King James Version, any edition, and open it and begin reading anywhere and when He makes you a promise, claim it in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and IF He accuses you of sin, plead guilty because the Lord Jesus Christ has paid the full penalty of all sin on His Cross and you will experience the joy of sins forgiven and you will be cleansed from every stain of sin.
How to live for God:Sin is present with us all the days of our lives but God has a wonderful promise for us in 1 John 1:9: "IF we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
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