Spiritual beings having a human experience?

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We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin). Seekers influenced by New Age thinking have cited the above quote to me as we dialogued about spirituality. The issue is of interest to many as they wrestle with questions of mortality and immortality, but have chosen to look for answers everywhere except the Bible. I therefore jotted down my response from Scripture, in the hope that it might help honest seekers.

My first thought is:
Gen 2:7 Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
When God formed man, He formed the body first, which became a living being after He breathed the breath (or spirit) of life into him. Man becomes alive only when his body is animated by his spirit, without which he is a dead corpse. The two together constitute a human being. Neither by itself is complete. God did not form a spiritual being first, and then park it in a body.

[Note: I’m not arguing for man being bipartite (body and soul) or tripartite (body, soul and spirit) here. That’s a separate discussion for theology students. I am only explaining the Bible’s teaching to seekers as simply as possible.]

My second thought is on the destiny of the body and spirit when a person dies:
Gen 3:9 … till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
• Job 34:15 All flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust.
• Ps 90:3 You turn man back into dust and say, “Return, o children of men.”
• Ps 104:29 … You take away their spirit, they expire and return to their dust.
• Eccle 3:20 All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust.
• Eccle 12:7 then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.

Man dies when his spirit is taken from his body. The body decomposes and returns to dust (earth). The spirit returns to God to be judged, where it enters either life or fiery hell (Mt 18:8-9). Another way of expressing this is in the parable of the sheep and the goats in Mt 25:31-46. The sheep i.e. the righteous, inherit the kingdom (v 34) and go into eternal life (v 46). The goats i.e. the accursed ones, go into eternal fire (v 41) or eternal punishment (v 46). Man is not a spiritual being having a human experience, free to become a “god” when he is “enlightened” or achieves his divine potential. Man is accountable to God his Creator for what he has done in his sojourn on earth.

The sad reality is that in man’s search for spirituality or immortality, he seeks in all the wrong places such as religions and good deeds, and ignores the revelation God gave him in His word (the Bible) and the Word (the Lord Jesus Christ). But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it (Deut 30:14). And we can find God if we search with all our heart:
Deut 4:29 But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.
• Jer 29:13 You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

Professing to be wise, [men] became fools (Rom 1:22). But humble yourself before God and continue in His word, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free (Jn 8:32). If the Son (Jesus Christ) makes you free, you will be free indeed (Jn 8:36). This is my prayer for all honest seekers. Hope you find Him soon. Amen.

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