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Why Were Humans Created Physical?
The Hebrew word that is translated as "dust" is (pronounced) aw-fawr. It actually means powdered soil or clay, both of which contain organic matter and minerals - the elements of the earth from which the first human, and then all humans ever since, exist from the food and water that their mothers, and then themselves, ate from plants, or animals that ate plants.
"2:7 And the LORD God [see Christ The Creator] formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Genesis 2:7 KJV)
It seems ironic that humans spend a great amount of time seemingly washing the exterior of themselves of the very matter of which their entire bodies, inside and out, were created, but of course there is a difference between the elements that compose human bodies and other compounds formed from those same elements that are regarded as "dirt."
"18:42 Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets." (Psalm 18:42 KJV)
"As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly"
God created physical "earthy" humans "in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."
"1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Some find that "in his own image" difficult to understand because God is Spirit. But it was by the Spirit of God that all physical things were, not only created to begin with, but are able to continue to exist. There is some Holy Spirit in all humans because they are physical, as plainly stated in this verse.
"34:14 If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; 34:15 All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust." (Job 34:14-15 KJV)
Just as Albert Einstein understood in a limited way (e.g. with his famous E=mc2 energy-mass equivalence formula), energy and matter are merely different forms of the same thing. Energy created matter. One of the fundamental (and entirely correct, according to the Holy Bible) laws of physics is that energy ("spirit") cannot be lost or destroyed - it can only be transformed from one state to another. It's that natural principle (see The First Scientist) of "quickening" (as the King James Version renders it) that made possible not only the original creation of humans, but also the resurrection from the dead e.g. "8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you." (Romans 8:11 KJV).
The LORD (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM') created humans physical, first, for a purpose, just as the Son of God was born physical, for a purpose.
"15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 15:43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.
Humans were created physical in order to learn to become spiritual (see Born Again, How and When?). On the other hand, those who freely choose to not accept God's offer of salvation, by refusing to truly repent and genuinely obey Him (e.g. see Is Your Religion Your Religion? and Why Observe The True Sabbath?), will be disposed of because they are physical. They will return, forever, to the "dust" from which they came.
"4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts." (Malachi 4:1-3 KJV)
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