What is man?

Just a thought for today and a brief musing…What is a man?  To be more specific, what is a human being?  A human being is scientifically defined as “any individual of the genus Homo, esp. a member of the species Homo sapiens”.  The big news in the scientific community of the past week has been the discovery of a previously undiscovered genus of the Homo family.  Basically another link in the chain of man’s descent from apes.  Whether you hold this as true or not is not relevant for discussion now.  But the fact is that as a race, species, or a community, we yet know very little of our own origins as far as science can tell us.  The recent discovery has been dated to approximately 1.9 million years ago.  As one of the scientists on 60 Minutes was quoted asking how old Moses was and the archaeologist who made the discovery correctly answered only a couple thousand years old.  But I would like to challenge the scientific community that we know more about human beings as a species from Moses and specifically the Bible than almost 2 million years of fossils can tell us.

What does the Bible tell us about the human race?  That we were created by God and for God to worship Him and enjoy Him forever.  The emphasis should be placed on “created”.  We are creatures, we have a relationship with God that is respectful and reverent.  We are subject to God’s glory, His attributes, His perfection, His holiness, His love, and His mercy.  But we rebelled against God by sinning and caused our whole race to be cursed by God and now we are reliant upon the latter two to uphold our relationship with God.

The Bible tells us so much more information about our race and origins and nature than science could ever produce.  It paints a much clearer picture of our story and puts us in place with regards to the universe and God.  It takes much more faith to believe in evolution because it’s a theory, and just that.  The Bible has been proven true on multiple historical accounts and is referred to as the “gold standard” when it comes to historical accuracy.

So I’m convinced that my view of man should come from the Bible and what God has revealed about us through it instead of what fallen man’s science and calculations and postulatings can suggest.