What it Means to be Human. Part 4

       The Human Family

It begins with Genesis Chapter 1. Having completed an earthly habitat capable of sustaining all forms of life ‘Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in our image, according to Our likeness; and let him rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth’” (Gen. 1:26)

Humans are created with two gender designations: Male and Female. (Gen. 1:27) “God blessed them; and God said to them, be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth….” In Gen. 1:28 the genders are blessed by God and given a responsibility for the care and expansion of creation. Of all created beings only humans received life as God breathed into them.

The responsibility of increasing the human population is given to a woman and a man by way of a special relationship. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh”. (Gen. 2:24). Male and Female join together in a sexual relationship and another human being is brought into this earthly life. They bear a responsibility of caring for and teaching the young a way of life pleasing to God. No other gender combination is physically equipped to make a new human life. All other gender designations are of fallen human origin and have not received God’s blessing.

God is the judge of all, even those who choose not to recognize God in Biblical revelation as the designer and giver of life. The apostle Paul writes in Roman 1:18 & 19, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident to them”. He continues “that God’s invisible attributes have been clearly seen, being understood” (v. 20); “all people know God” (v.21); Possess moral knowledge of what is sinfulness and of idolatry” (v.23); “sexual perversion” (v.24); ‘falsehood’ (v.25); “covetousness” (v.29; “murder” (V.29); “ill speech” (v29); and “disobedience to parents” (V30). Homosexuality is condemned as a sin “against nature” (v)26. In the final verse of Romans 1 Paul says, “Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these things but also approve of those who practice them”.

Humans are created to have an awareness of God even without divine revelation. God can become known through intellect and reason. Ignorance of revelation is no excuse for not being aware of God’s presence. The person who does not pursue knowing God does so as a matter of personal choice. The person who chooses to find God, beginning with a rational view of the world, will experience God’s revelation. God does not leave any one ignorant who wants to know him.

“Free will’ is the freedom to willfully know God or choose not to.

The Biblical view of the family, as presented in Genesis, finds its identity in God. It is not merely the construct of a rational materialistic oriented society. The family as the fundamental unit of society predates all other means by which individuals become part of groups. The family existed before man made relationships were designated and codified. Rules, regulations and laws should reflect the creator of the family not human thinking that comes years or centuries later. The civil political unit that maintains social order is the custodian not the source of truth, justice and law.

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