In the beginning man was made in the image of God.
Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
This meant that man was like God, made in the image of God, but he was confined to earth in a body. He was able to do the things that God could other than create, man could only recreate in his own image.
Man was made to be a companion to God, someone for God to walk and talk with in the cool of the day. Man was restricted to a physical body and life on earth. Man, Adam was given dominion, power and authority, over the earth and as he named all of the animals that God had created he realised that they all had partners, there was a male and a female of each. Adam looked but there was no partner for him for, being made in God’s image he was both male and female all in one. God saw his loneliness so he put Adam to sleep and took the female side out of him, making Eve. The one had become two. We see the fact that as both male and female are similar there are differences,
Physically and mentally, Woman’s logic does not always conform to man’s straightforwardness.
But God said on marriage again the two shall become one. Man would again be complete, the two halves back together.
The earth, which God had created for man to live, in was created in perfection. We see this in the fact that everything has its own DNA in family classifications and individual. The earth was made to be totally self-sustainable and nature was to be in perfect balance and harmony. Man had been given the authority of God to control the earth and its content, other than other people. Each person was to be responsible to their parents and God. But man had no dominion over man.
God also gave man a free will. This is what led to his downfall.
Gen 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Gen 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
Gen 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
In everything that God had created, for it to be perfect, there had to be a balance, Yin and Yang. Although the balance was there, to protect the perfection God told man to stay away from the knowledge of good and evil. What we don’t know about can’t hurt us.
God had created the earth and told man to keep away from the knowledge of good and evil or he would die, and not only him but the earth because once evil entered it would break the harmony of perfection All man had to do was to relax and enjoy life in paradise and to believe God in what He had told him.
Man did not listen, he used his free will, and stopped believing what God had told him, he gained the knowledge of good and evil and in doing so gave away his dominion of the earth and allowed death and destruction to enter.
Man broke perfection.
The serpent told the truth in the fact that they would become as gods
Gen 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
God acknowledged that this had happened
Gen 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
Sometimes ignorance can be a saving grace.
Over the next 2000 years man let sin affect his life so much that God had to destroy life on earth save for a remnant of Noah and his family and breeding pairs of animals and birds.
The makeup of man
We see that man is a soul that lives in a body and has a spirit but when Jesus was asked which was the greatest commandments He answered that we should love the Lord our God with all our soul spirit and body but also added our mind. It is the mind that has the control of good and evil in man’s life.
The mind can be split into three components:
The soul – what we are born with.
The subconscious – what we learn.
The conscious – the now thoughts.
We can compare these to a computer:
The soul = the Bios (built in operating system) this does the natural things behind the scenes.
The subconscious = the hard drive were all the thoughts are stored
The conscious = the ram were all the initial workings take place.
The soul, this has five major instincts:
2) Acquisition for self-support
3) Food seeking
1) Self-preservation is what keeps us alive, it warns us of danger and enables us to care for ourselves.
2) Acquisition instinct (or getting) leads us to acquire the necessities for self-support. A roof over our heads for protection from the weather, clothes for our body to protect us from variations of heat and cold.
3) Food seeking is the impulse that leads us to the satisfying of natural hunger and keeping the body alive by providing growth and energy.
4) Reproduction so that we can perpetrate our race and regenerate ourselves through our offspring. Finding a life partner to reproduce with and also become one with before God.
5) Dominance is so that we can exercise our self-assertion necessitated by our calling and responsibilities. We have dominion over the earth and we need to have dominance over our portion.
These are all natural abilities and desires that we are born with and they are also common in most other forms of life. These are what keep us breathing and doing the general functions of life.
The subconscious, One of the main jobs of the subconscious is to protect us, this it does by using the historical that that it has stored. Unfortunately it can only look to the past and not the future and this is why we often have a hard time believing something new.
We become like our parents because that is what we have been taught, directly or indirectly.
We honour our teachers because we have learnt from them.
Often there is confusion and we have to come to our own conclusions.
The only way to come to a true conclusion is by going back to the start and reviewing all the facts with a clear mind and removing any bias that we might have.
We must remember that because our mind only works on our history, our mind (subconscious) can also deceive us.
An old computer expression was “Junk in, Junk out”.
Our subconscious can only work with the facts that it knows.
The conscious, this is where we do our thinking, with new inputs and old facts drawn from the subconscious.
The conscious only has a small operating area so it is hard to remember more than six or seven things at a time. One of the reasons that telephone numbers are broken into threes and fours is so that instead of remembering a long list of numbers we are remembering a short list of groups of numbers.
We often feel that we have new ideas but they are normally old facts that have been re-hashed by our subconscious and put forward to our conscious.
Man is a complex being and sometimes he thinks he is in control of his own destiny but he is actually being controlled by his subconscious. We see this in the parent that said to Jesus:
Mar_9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
The conscious mind wants to but the sub conscious holds us back.