Since man are flesh and blood, we tend to see the outward and physical things only without perceiving the inward and spiritual things behind. But if we do not consider the unseen things working behind, our life and everything on this earth do not make any sense. In a desert if you see a house, you know that somebody built it at some point even though you cannot see anybody around. It is the same with the physical world we are living now. We can see the earth, the solar system, our galaxy, the universe, and even more and how can a person say that there is not a creator or a maker. Even though you cannot see, you must believe that there must be someone who created all these things.
|[Seen&Unseen] Every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. (Heb 3:4)|
To teach us the invisible world, the bible was given to us. Even though you cannot see the subway system running underground a city, but you can exactly know where it is by looking at the map of the city. In the same way, the bible was given as map to teach us the invisible spiritual world. Then what does the bible says about mankind? Are they just flesh and blood? And is there nothing after death? To know all these things correctly, we must understand about the visible and invisible side of a man. Man is not just physical, but he is also spiritual.
Genesis 2:7 The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
When God created man, he used two different materials: the dust and the breath of life. What do they represent? The dust represents our body which was formed from this earth. And to this physical body, God gave the breath of life or the spirit given from God of heaven. So man is not only physical, but also spiritual; man is not only from the earth, but also from heaven. Among these two materials, then, what is the essential part of man? Body or spirit (or soul) of the man?
Matthew 10:28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Through this teaching of Jesus, we can see that the soul still exist even after the destruction of body. The body was given as clothe or house so that the soul of man can stay in there while they are living on this earth. That is why Apostles call the body as tent or temporary house, but they will receive permanent house or eternal body at heaven. Just as a clothes wears out and we should change it regularly into another one, the body wears out and goes back to the dust of the ground. However, our soul’s journey still remains. Even though the body was given from the earth, the soul was given from the heaven by God. Therefore, even before our body was given on this earth, our soul had already existed in heaven and sent by God from heaven to this earth into this body.
About this the bible gives many testimony about the souls of man.
Proverbs 8:22 I was given birth, before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world…..and when he marked out the foundations of the earth. Then I was the craftsman at his (God’s) side.
King Solomon, the writer of the book of Proverbs says that he existed even before the creation of the earth and he was with God next to him and witnessed God’s creation of the earth. About a king of Tyre, God testifies that he was an angel of heaven before he came down to this earth.
Eze 28:13 You (a king of Tyre) were in Eden, the garden of God;….. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you.
God teaches us that the king of Tyre was once an cherub or an angel in heaven and he was cast down to this earth because of the sin he committed against God. This story was not given only for Solomon and the king of Tyre, but they were given to represent all human beings living on this earth. Solomon and the King of Tyre were men formed with body and soul and like them all of us are made of body and soul. Our body was given on this earth, but our soul had existed before the body and once they were in heaven with God until they were sent down to this earth.
Through this God is teaching us that we must not just look at the physical things, but rather we must work for the invisible spiritual part of us too.
2 Corinthians 4:17 For our momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Paul teaches us that we should pay attention to the spiritual things above rather than physical things of the earth because earthly things are temporary, but the heavenly things are eternal. We must remember that we were already in heaven even before the creation of this physical world. That is the place we belong to and we should go back after this short life of this earth is over. To lead to the eternal world, God Ahnsahnghong and Heavenly Mother came down to this earth and taught us to set our eyes for the spiritual world in heaven.