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Human Being

 

Nature of Man

We are all made of common clay and that is why we all have the same problems. As someone has well put it, “We’re all made in the same mold-only some are moldier than others.”

 

Nature of Man

Remember that man was made out of dust, and when dust gets stuck on itself it only turns into mud.

 

Nature of Man

As the old proverb puts it, you can bring a pig into the parlor, but that doesn’t change the pig-though it certainly changes the parlor!

 

Nature of Man

Man’s unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an infinite in him which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the finite.—Thomas Carlyle

 

Nature of Man

After many years of studying human behavior at one of the finest universities in the world, Harvard psychiatrist Robert Coles remarked, “Nothing I have discovered about the makeup of human beings contradicts in any way what I have learned from the Hebrew prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Amos, and from the Book of Ecclesiastes, and from Jesus and the lives of those he touched. Anything that I can say as a result of my research into human behavior is a mere footnote to those lives in the Old and New Testaments.”

 

Nature of Man

With the discovery of the atom, everything changed, except for man’s thinking. Because of this, we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.—Albert Einstein

 

Nature of Man

I still struggle with the old Adam, and so do we all. Young Philipp Melanchthon, colleague of Martin Luther, once wrote to Luther and said, “Old Adam is too strong for young Philipp.”

 

Value of Man

A man should carry two stones in his pocket. On one should be inscribed, “I am but dust and ashes.” On the other, “For my sake was the world created.” And he should refer to each stone as he needs it.

 

Perfection

The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form.

 

Commentary & Devotional

         The image of God in which man was and is made has been variously explained in detail. Although scholars may differ on the nuances of the phrase, there is general agreement that it has to do with dignity, destiny, and freedom.

The assertion that man is made in God's image shows each man his true dignity and worth. As God's image-bearer, he merits infinite respect. God's claims on us must be taken with total seriousness. No human being should ever be thought of as simply a cog in a machine, or mere means to an end.

         The assertion points also to each man's true destiny. Our Maker so designed us that our nature finds final satisfaction and fulfillment only in a relationship of responsive Godlikeness -- which means, precisely, that state of correspondence between our acts and God's will which we call obedience. Living that is obedient will thus be teleological -- progressively realizing our telos (Greek for "end" or "goal").

         Also the assertion confirms the genuineness of each man's freedom. Experience tells us that we are free, in the sense that we make real choices between alternatives and could have chosen differently, and theology agrees. Self-determining freedom of choice is what sets God and his rational creatures apart from, say, birds and bees, as moral beings.── James Packer, Your Father Loves You, Harold Shaw Publishers, 1986.