For most people, the idea of God begins with the story of Adam and Eve – oh, and the rib, but that is another story. Did life as we know it start in the Garden of Eden? When Eve surrendered to temptation was that really the downfall of the human race? See Genesis 3
The main problem with understanding what actually took place is that we think that human beings then were the same as they are now. How could that possibly be! For a start, who can talk to snakes now? Seriously, we need to understand the true evolution of the human being in body, soul and spirit. St Paul gives us many clues in Corinthians 15. Let’s take a closer look at verses 45 and 46.
If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual which is first but the physical, and then the spiritual. 1 Cor 15:45-46
In the Greek it actually says if there is body soma and soul psuche there is also spirit pneuma. The word natural is not there. Then it says that the first man protos anthropos became a living soul, zao psuche. This is suggestive of a soul that is alive and breathes and is not dead and we could take it that it means that the first Adam was able to exist for the first time in the atmosphere of this physical earth as a soul-being with a physical body. Paul tells us that this is a crucial step in the process, the first step.
The last Adam, which is a reference to Christ crucified, became spiritually alive, pneuma zoopoioun. So this story tells us in detail about the evolutionary process of human beings. If we are to fully understand ourselves as members of the human race we need knowledge about how these three areas, body, soul and spirit function. There is a process going on in which we can participate.
At this stage we are very aware of our body, our senses are alive and we spend a lot of time seeking physical pleasure – in food, in contact with others, in keeping comfortable and warm etc. We have a dim awareness of our soul, as if in a dream. We are mostly totally unaware of our spirit. Until we can wake up our soul and become consciously aware of its functioning, we will never be able to experience the life-giving spirit that Paul speaks of. It took me 25 years of study and six years of writing to put this information into a format that we can work with in our daily life – you will find it in my book I Connecting : The Soul’s Quest.
If we ever wonder what is wrong in the world today it is that these guiding principles are for the most part unknown. Once we start to work with these three areas of our being we have a much greater control of the way we respond to life and then we start to experience true freedom. This is why St John reports Jesus’ words in Jn 8:32 “you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free”. If we become aware of all the principles the disciples represent in our being (see disciples in this bLog) we will experience the freedom that comes with being consciously aware of our body soul and spirit. See full quote Jn 8:30-32