The Blessing of Being Human

Greetings and good morning, brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series
where we seek to explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years,
the heavenly Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them
with you. This morning we seek to understand the blessing of being human. 

And now, sit back and listen to today's message. 

The Blessing of Being Human 

"What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast
made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour." Psalms,
Chapter 8, Verses 4 and 5. 

Brothers and sisters, in today’s broadcast, we shall discuss the blessing of being human. Today in
our world, there is a tremendous amount of effort being applied to prolong life and to keep life going
for its own sake. And this is done because of the dread of mortality. Mankind struggles against the
so-called flaw within the very design. Humans are designed to die. Even so, human life is still very
satisfactory to most human beings. We enjoy being self-conscious and living life to the fullest, with
all of its ups and downs. We enjoy the struggle. And then there are others who feel that life is an
unwarranted burden, with its pain and suffering. It has been said that it is good for a dog to have
fleas, for this reminds the dog that it is a dog; but when a dog has too many fleas than he becomes
preoccupied with the fleas, and cannot enjoy life as a dog.

Let’s look at the truth of being human. This truth is so subtle that it escapes the smallest
philosophical filter. No amount of reasoning, either deductive or inductive, can grasp this truth. No
amount of logic can capture this truth. It can only be captured by the faith grasp of the human mind.
And this faith grasp, the very thing that is needful to capture this truth, the philosophers and skeptics
disallow because they cannot fit it into their material philosophical mold. They are using an
instrument that is not designed to grasp this great spiritual truth. They are using an instrument, the
material mind, whose inherent limitation make it impossible to comprehend this truth.

Since the human mind is limited in concept awareness, it must rely upon revelation and faith to
compensate for this limitation. Jesus said ““I have come that you may have life and have it more
abundantly.”” He said that ““all who come to him, he will give eternal life.”” Now this a faith
assertion, but we should be mindful that "what knowledge and reason cannot do for us, true wisdom
admonishes us to allow faith to accomplish through religious insight and spiritual transformation."
Thus by using faith and revelation as revealed by Jesus, we can transcend the limitations of the
material mind.

Let us look at this analogy that somewhat captures the problem of the material mind dealing with
a reality that is beyond it grasp. We will not delve into the controversy of what constitutes the
beginning of human life. We are only interested in using the analogy to help with the faith capture
of a spiritual truth; but we will make an observation. It appears that if conception is wanted, it is a
human being, but if it is not then it is not a human being. While this kind of reasoning may apply to
fiction, it cannot be applied to reality. Whether a conception is human or not cannot be based upon
whether the conception is desired. Those who maintain this double concept in their minds are not
being true to themselves. They have free will and they can choose whether to abort this conception
or to keep it, but not to disallow the meaning of what they are doing. Such a technique of self
deception does not alleviate the morality of the decision.

When a sperm and egg unite, the process of developing a human being begins. Now it is obvious
from the very beginning that this embryo grows and develops into a fetus who at some point is born
into the world. Now this new human life at first is not conscious of its surroundings. The mother is
fully aware of this new life--the fetus is not. But even though the fetus is not consciously aware of
the mother, it receives from the mother all of the nourishment it needs to develop to the point where
it will become aware of her. After birth the fetus moves to the next level of existence, the level of
infanthood. Here the infant becomes aware of its mother and soon begins to cooperate in its own
growth and develop. Now this embryonic status is the spiritual status of most humans in the world
today. Their souls remain in the embryonic state. They are receiving the nourishment that they need
to grow morally and spiritually, but are unaware of this growth initially. Only after they are "born
again" do they become conscious of the source of their nourishment. 

This recreation of life within the human mind is the soul, and it can survive mortal death. This soul
is the son or daughter of the heavenly Father and has a destiny that knows no end. And the only way
this son or daughter of the heavenly Father can come into existence is through the potentials that
come from being human. The Father continues to nourish this soul with truth, beauty, and goodness
and most importantly love. It is this perception of love by the soul that allows it to continue on with
the struggles of existence. This soul has the potential for immortality. And all it has to do is to
respond to the divine impulses that are manifested in the mind by the divine Father. As this soul
chooses good over evil, it grows more and more, ever seeking that maturity that will allow it to fuse
with its heavenly Father’s spirit, to become one with the Great God. 

The soul and the Father’s spirit long for the escape from the material mind; thus mortal death is a
blessing--it frees the soul from the material mind. Once freed, it can take its true place in the universe
as a son of the heavenly Father, with unlimited growth potential. But this escape from the material
mind is based on maturity or the natural dissolution of the material mind through mortal death. 
So, if mortal death is the goal, why wait until the entire life span has been completed? Why not end
it now by suicide? The simple answer is that it is the Father’s will that we live our lives through to
completion and not end it prematurely. The more complex answer is that human life has a purpose
apart from the life of any one person. And just as a person struggles to master himself, the entire
group of persons also struggles to attain self-mastery. The person is part of the group, and the group
is facilitated by the individual’s efforts or is retarded by them. The human race is on the march to
reach its goal of perfection. 

Any person who takes his life is prematurely retarding the efforts of the group to achieve self
mastery. Another point to consider is that the premature termination of human life robs the soul of
the opportunity to mature. Every gain made in this life enhances the next life. Thus to consciously
terminate human life prematurely is evil and to consciously with foreknowledge terminate human
life is sin.

This concludes today's message on understanding the blessing of being human. We hope you find
something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day. 

Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.

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