Thursday, July 07, 2005

'Legal Bodies'

.... Together with the concept of ‘legal rights’ comes the concept of the ‘legal body’. It is claimed that only natural, physical bodies have a ‘legal right’ to operate in the ‘earth realm’, and therefore God (and, according to some, the devil,) are constrained to work in this world through these ‘legal bodies.’
.... For example, Satan could not tempt Adam and Eve directly. He had to work through the ‘legal body’ of a serpent. Also, Jesus had to be born into this world so He would have a ‘legal body’ to operate in the ‘earth realm’.
.... With only a little thought, the contradiction in this doctrine is glaring. If Satan could only interface with Adam and Eve through the ‘legal body’ of a serpent, then how did he interface with the serpent in the first place? If Jesus could only interface with mankind through the ‘legal body’ He was born with, then how did the Holy Spirit interface with Mary to impregnate her, and give Him that body?
The real harm in this belief comes through it’s application. Some teachers claim that we, as Christian’s, have ‘legal bodies’ in this world and so God ‘must’ operate through us. His hands are bound unless we offer up that ‘authoritative prayer’ to ‘authorize’ Him to work in this world. But let’s see what God Himself has to say about that:

...."Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, or as His counselor has taught Him? With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him, and taught Him in the path of justice?"

(Isa 40:13-14)

.... In a practical way, this sort of belief takes God out of the driver’s seat and puts man in His place. So once again, it touches on the very basic question of what makes Him God.

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