NATURE | GOD’S ORIGINALITY


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“NATURE IS NOT CARNALITY”
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Nature had an original design from God, God made nature and saw it was good, He gave nature His blessings! Adam enjoyed the natural state of this world, it had a mark of authenticity, it featured God’s presence and excellence, the foods were healthy and man needn’t even necessarily kill animals for good because they were just plenty to eat!
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Not being sick, poor and threatened were part of nature, it wasn’t supernatural to stay in good health! What we see as supernatural these days were not even supposed to be in place because there wasn’t any deformity in the nature God created! We were made in God’s image and the natural realm was an extension of God’s beauty and splendor! His glory was visible in everything, we would still that glory today if we look at nature from another perspective that isn’t carnal! Traditionally, the Jews had maintained this view as there was no word as “health” in the Old Testament Hebrew words! Being healthy was considered as natural while being ill was considered anti-natural. The Jews understood the fall of man better because the story was embedded in their culture.
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Sin brought a withdrawal from nature, nature in itself isn’t sin, nature was altered and things started working against nature! The devil never designed nature, the air we breath, the green leaves, the seas, the landscapes were all part of nature, they were good and beautiful!
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The Hymn “All Things Bright and Beautiful” used to be my favorite hymn! At some point I grew up wondering if it still made sense! If all things were bright and beautiful why would people get drowned in oceans, why would volcanoes happen on the mountains, why would flood get people live abnormal lives… I started questioning lots of things. However, the writer of that hymn must have chosen to write about the nature God made, it was beautiful, all creatures were wonderful including the mosquitoes! Just as sin corrupted man, nature got corrupted too! Nature was placed under the dominion of man and not God! Nature had the ambience of eternity on it, God watered the garden Himself and placed man in it from the point of rest! Man was not originally placed in the garden to till the ground, to sweat before eating and all of that, man was placed to just enjoy nature! Life was created by God to be enjoyed and not endured or even managed! The corruption of this world messed up with our emotions, there was no such thing as extroverts and introverts! There were no such thing as melancholy, sanguine, choleric and so on! Man was perfect, relating to nature the way God wanted and seeing life differently! Man was content with God’s provisions until Satan brought exactly the same thing that corrupted his nature to man. The Bible says that Lucifer was created perfect but he corrupted his own heart with his own greed! Lucifer, now satan created sin and evil, by submitting to the devil through hardening to his counsel man gave in to that same evil that corrupted Lucifer and nature was attacked (Ezekiel 28:15), the systems of the devil became the system of this world! God told man what the system of the devil looked like “man would rule over the woman”, “man would suffer to eat” and much more! (Genesis 3:17-19). God never cursed man, He only revealed to man what the result of their disobedience was! God revealed to them what living in rebellion to Him makes out of them, it wasn’t His purpose or intention for them. He designed nature according to His will but man handed over to the devil who established a system in this world. When the bible says “do not be conformed to the world” it was different from “the world” used in John 3:16, it was a system ruling this world!
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In this regard too, nature wasn’t and is not carnality! Carnality would mean living on the precepts of a corrupted nature and not on the precepts of the nature God designed! Sickness isn’t natural but carnality sees sickness and is afraid of it! Lack isn’t natural but carnality gets scared of lack! To be carnally minded isn’t to be minded according to the nature God designed but according to the corruption of this nature.
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In our everyday life we would still see some remains of the mark of God’s excellence in nature. Eating natural foods still has great benefits than eating junks! Junks are result of a fallen nature! Having fresh air is better than artificial air conditions. People who still chose to live natural to certain degrees live healthier than those who depend on human method of temporary surviving the fallen nature!
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Well, why wouldn’t God just cast evil away from earth and reestablish the mark of His originality on earth?
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The world is living in time, God has set a time to restore the earth to His original design! His work of restoration started in our Spirit! The Spirit is the real us and our bodies are instrumental to our existence on this earth realm. We live in time and the time ticks everyday reminding us that this world is passing away gradually! The evil of this world and the fallen nature is passing with it! Volcanoes, Ozone layer damage, flood and other things we call ‘natural disasters’ are signs that we live in a fallen world but this fallen word will definitely pass away!
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The Bible didn’t say “the Earth can pass away” or “the Earth may pass away”, the Bible says “the Earth will pass away but God’s word will surely remain.” (Matthew 24:35). God’s word formed the world and gave it the mark of God’s excellence before the fall. The Bible says “heaven and earth” but doesn’t suggest the third heavens. The sky has always been also referred to as heaven, for instance when the Bible says “God created the heavens and the earth..” It wasn’t talking about a spiritual realm that we also call heaven which Paul referred to as “third heaven” it talked about the universe as we see it above and the land which we call “earth.” I had to make this explanation so that we understand what God says will pass away! God’s word remains, a new universe will proceed from God’s word like we were promised!
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The earth was handed over to the authority of man and it corrupted the day man got corrupted. We still see killings here and there, we see widespread sicknesses and poverty but they will all pass away! God promised us a new heaven and earth which means “a new universe.” In fact some translations doesn’t contain “heaven and earth” but “Universe” which is the right translation.
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As the time pass, we are hopeful! The Bible talks about the new universe which almost all translation renders “heaven and earth” but doesn’t necessarily suggest something different from the same meaning Genesis 1 had. God will make a new universe that is as perfect as our Spirit! Revelation 21:3 talks about this new universe saying “Now God’s home is with human beings! He will live with them and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them, and He will be their God.” The original nature God made didn’t leave God out it, the fallen nature did! And we wouldn’t dwell in the new perfect universe with our weak mortal bodies! The bible says in Philippians 3:21 “He will change our weak mortal bodies and make them like His own glorious body, using that power by which He is able to bring all things under His rule.” Somewhere else the Bible describes this power as the same power which raised Jesus from the dead, that power will give life to our mortal bodies! We have eternal life in our spirit and it will still take place in our glorified bodies! We will see God living not just coming in the cool of the day but living with us!
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This amazing truth is scarcely preached because many are yet to understand it! We will see the true nature as it is at that time and carnality will be a word that doesn’t exist anymore! When people ask me why wickedness and evil is in the world, my answer has always been that man brought it and God is dealing with it! It will not happen right now but that time which God has set for the new things He has done in the spirit to be made manifest!
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This is an amazing hope set before us, this is more reason to preach the good news and give people the opportunity of receiving the amazing thing God has done for them! We will see the earth in its glory, we will see that all the sophisticated discoveries of men, the malls, the skyscrapers and all the wonderful monuments are just a glimpse of the shadow of God’s excellence! This excellence of the divine is in your spirit! It shall be in your body! That same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead will life to your mortal bodies! Glory to God!
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God bless you.
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#GracefulGeorge

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