February 28th

What is Life?

Then God commanded, “Let the water be filled with many kinds of living beings, and let the air be filled with birds.”

(Genesis 1:20) Good News Translation

The biological definition of life and what the Bible describes as living aren’t the same thing. This is important to know as we see how the process of creation unfolded.

Here’s a quotable: “Biology is the foundation of secular humanism.” Why does this matter? It’s the answer to a question which came up on Twitter:


We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.

Matty’s Razor

Today’s featured passage is taken from the description of the fifth day when the fish and birds were created. They’re described as many kinds of living beings. This is the first time that the word life occurs even though the dry ground was covered with vegetation on the third day. Apparently, Botanical “life” isn’t Biblically “alive.”

Later in Genesis we read that God told Adam that if he ate the forbidden fruit then “dying you shall die.” We know what happened next: Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, the process of senescence began, and they lived long lives of gradual aging until they died. Death is the punishment for sin. Sin entered the world, and death by sin, that’s why we need a savior. The Bible is consistent in how it describes the plan of redemption and why it’s necessary.


Faith is believing in something that you can’t see, because of evidence.

– Faith, definition

Whoever teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the true words of our Lord Jesus Christ and with the teaching of our religion is swollen with pride and knows nothing. He has an unhealthy desire to argue and quarrel about words, and this brings on jealousy, disputes, insults, evil suspicions, and constant arguments from people whose minds do not function and who no longer have the truth. They think that religion is a way to become rich.

(1 Timothy 6:3-5) Good News Translation

So, how can we say that God created biological life on the first day and then killed some of it on the second day if there was no death before sin? It’s only an issue if we apply the biological definition of life to the Bible. However, the Bible has its own definition of life and it’s very different. We have to discern the difference, the nuance, between what Biology calls life and what the Bible describes as living. We have to define terms.


Salvation

  1. Call upon the name of Jesus Christ,
    • believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
  2. confess your sin.

The Biological Definition of Life

They say they are wise, but they are fools; instead of worshiping the immortal God, they worship images made to look like mortals or birds or animals or reptiles.

(Romans 1:22-23) Good News Translation

According to Biology, life is everything that’s not dead, but it includes a wide variety things which are, technically, dead.

The definition of life is controversial. The current definition is that organisms maintain homeostasis, are composed of cells, undergo metabolism, can grow, adapt to their environment, respond to stimuli, and reproduce. However, many other biological definitions have been proposed, and there are some borderline cases of life, such as viruses.

Wikipedia

The reason for creation is the manifestation of sentient life with free will.

– The Reason for Creation

The Biblical Definition of Life

Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea. The water became like the blood of a dead person, and every living creature in the sea died.

(Revelation 16:3) Good News Translation

In the Bible there was lush vegetation on the third day, but we don’t see the word life occur until the fish and birds were created on the fifth day. Could it be that the Biblical definition of life doesn’t include plants? What may we deduce from this?

The Bible speaks of life, living creatures, as things which have breath, spirit, and a soul. According to the prophecy from Revelation above this includes fish even though they have a system of gaseous exchange designed for being submerged in water. The breath of life is synonymous with the spirit, which is one of the three parts of Biblical life. The three parts are body, spirit and soul.

Trinity: Body, Spirit, Soul

  1. Body: a visible host, or tabernacle.
    • includes blood, an interface between body and spirit;
    • a plasma which allows metabolism.
  2. Spirit: invisible breath or wind.
  3. Soul: heart and mind;
    • a gravity node with a frequency unique to each individual;
    • the mind, the seat of our consciousness and personality;
    • the heart, the emotions and passion which drive and motivate us;
    • it makes us sentient.

The definition of Biblical life only includes sentient beings. This means that fish, birds and all living creatures which have the breath of life in them, are sentient. Yes, your dog has a soul and is sentient.


The purpose of creation is to bring about the permanent physical separation of light from darkness, day from night, good from evil.

– The Purpose of Creation

Deduction

You men are so wise, so clever;
listen now to what I am saying.
You know good food when you taste it,
but not wise words when you hear them.
It is up to us to decide the case.

(Job 34:1-4) Good News Translation

We (that’s me and the Holy spirit) bring all this up because the process of creation that the Bible describes isn’t well understood. Throughout history we’ve (all of us) attempted to impose onto it the human wisdom of mainstream science (SciPop) and so it doesn’t seem to make sense.

Here we tackle head-on the errors in SciPop which have become part of the collective consciousness of our generation. The Bible considers life to be “sentient organisms which breathe, move around, and have lives that involve making decisions.” Plants don’t do that.

However, another source of dogmatic inertia comes from Christianity. Whether they’re aware of it or not, Christians who believe the Bible to any degree also believe a lot of SciPop. Some Christians want to argue that there can’t have been any death on the second day. This is because, even though they’re trying to be faithful to scripture, they’ve accepted the definition of life from Biology instead of allowing the Bible to define it for them.

If we’re going to depend on a process of deduction to parse together the Bible with physical evidence and empirical observations, then we have to be willing to let go of things that we didn’t realize that we were holding on to. One of these is the Biological definition of life. Ironically, once you step back from it and realize that it’s not divine but of human origin, you can see within it the foundation of secular humanism.

What is Life? – Navigation

SectionTitleScripture
1What is Life?Genesis 1:20
Dying You Shall DieGenesis 2:17
2All Life is OneJob 34:14-15
Life is Derived from WaterMatthew 14:25-26
Life is sustained by Energy from HydrogenHebrews 1:3
3Soul and Spirit aren’t the Same ThingProverbs 12:24
Dividing Between Soul and SpiritHebrews 4:12
Soul and Spirit1 Thessalonians 5:23
SalvationRomans 10:9-10
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Reading planFebruary 28
LinearJoshua 11-13
ChronologicalNumbers 11-13
– Read 3 chapters every day and 5 chapters on Sundays

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