God’s Original Design for Man-Part 1
By Wil Chausser
In a society where homosexuality has become increasingly accepted as a “normal” alternate lifestyle, a few serious questions need to be asked. The first one being: Is homosexuality really normal? Even though in the minds of many people there is still a stigma attached to homosexuality, the Gay Rights Movement has made great strides in recent years to promote the idea that homosexuality is normal and therefore should be accepted, endorsed and celebrated. Sadly, many struggling young men and women have bought into this lie only to learn that the promises of personal fulfillment, satisfaction and true happiness never arrive.
Because many people who contend with homosexual feelings testify that they felt different from a very early age, the Gay Rights Movement has also promoted the idea that people are born homosexual, just as some are born heterosexual. But is this true? Are people born gay?
This article will entail two parts: the first exposing the origins of man and what God intended for him from the start and the second addressing the questions at hand: Is homosexuality normal? Are people born gay?
Beacon Ministries believes the Bible to be the inspired, infallible Word of God and therefore refutes all notions of man’s evolution from lower animal life forms. Evolution relegates man to a “fluke” or “accident” of nature, placing him on the same level, spiritually and morally, as the beasts of the field. If that were the case, then there really would be no absolutes in life. Morality would be irrelative, but that is not the case. Our existence has much more meaning and value than that! The following examination of man’s origins, according to the Genesis account, is very relevant in order to understand what is normal in God’s eyes; what He had in mind for man when He created him and how man arrives at deviating from God’s original design. Let’s take a look at what the Word says!
Genesis 1:27 NKJV says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
What does it mean to be created in God’s image since God is a Spirit? It’s probably man’s moral nature that most closely associates him with his Maker. Animals don’t have a moral nature. You’ll never see a monkey huddled in a corner, depressed by guilt over some wrong committed five years before.’ But, you’ll see it in man. Why? Because of his moral nature his conscience reminds him that he’s done wrong. Even if someone knows nothing of God, there are generally limits he will not violate because of his innate moral nature.
Man’s intelligence also separates him far from the rest of creation. No other species even comes close to man’s capacity to think reason and react. Man was also given a will the freedom to make choices as compared to instinct. Created in God’s image, man was given intelligence and a free will, elements that imply that God holds man responsible for his behavior.
And the Lord formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostril the breath of life; and man become a living soul. Gen. 2:7 unlike any other species in the creation, man was fashioned by the finger of God. God breathed life into him and he became a living soul. Adam’s first conscious thought was that of breathing in His Presence. God created him a fully grown, fully functioning man with already acquired knowledge and abilities. Adam had no childhood, no growing pains, and no memory of things past. His entire consciousness was that of God and all knowledge he had was what he had received from God. He was without sin. He had no worries. He didn’t struggle with faith. He had no “trust” issue. He was never challenged trying to get hold of God because he was in perfect communion with Him. This communion continued until the day he ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the one tree God had forbidden the man and his wife to eat from. God had told them that the day that they ate from this tree they would surely die. (Gen 2:17)
From the moment Adam & Eve yield their will over to Satan and ate the forbidden fruit, everything changed. They opened a door that could never be closed and the consequences were greater than they could have imagined. For one thing, man lost the authority that God has given him.
Instead of man having dominion over the world, Satan became the new master and man was defenseless to do anything about it. What a tragedy! Man’s carnal nature (the flesh) was birthed into the human race the day that Adam & Eve ate of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. (For a list of the works of the flesh, see Galatians 5:19-21. The passage states that “they who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”)
When they ate the fruit, they didn’t just suddenly become aware of a list of “dos and don’ts:” This “knowledge, of good and evil” was more subtle than that, working in subconscious levels of their spirit. Knowledge, love, honesty and worship were already present in them, among many other godly traits, but suddenly pride and ego appeared, along with jealousy, envy, distrust, idolatry, etc.
Man’s moral nature, his ability to feel, his emotions, his passions, his values, his acute intelligence and his free will were all tainted that day. In essence, with the knowledge of good and evil, man became capable of manipulating circumstances to meet his own needs. It is stated in Gen. 3:6 that Adam & Eve ate of the forbidden fruit. In the very next verse, we find them sewing fig leaves together in order to create clothing to cover their shame. The flesh compels us to bypass God and make a way for ourselves:
There are many legitimate needs that man has in his life. There is his need for love, for accomplishment, for acceptance, for personal fulfillment, etc. But the problem arises when he tries meeting these needs through his own means. These needs are primarily met through a relationship with our Maker in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, but God created man with a need for acceptance, affirmation and affection from human beings as well.
Insight into human relationships, our need for them and what we glean from them, will be discussed in the second part of this article. Though the Lord does not cookie-cut individuals out of the same mold, He does have a design, for man one that is meant to fulfill him and meet all his needs.
So, just what did God have in mind, when He created us?
Wil Chausser, a pen name, is an ordained minister of the United. Pentecostal Church int’t. Saved out of homosexual involvement as a teenager, he remains an over comer and has been in active; ministry for bare than 25 years.
From, “The Beacon”/ Volume 1, Issue 3, by Wil Chausser
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