God created man in His own image,
according to His likeness, with dominion over all other creations in this world.
Man is God’s visible representative, to lord over all creations as God would
rule it. He was endowed with reason, moral self consciousness, freedom to choose,
imagination and creativity. God formed man of the dust of the ground, and
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and he became a living being.
The term ‘God formed man’ describes the
meticulous work of a potter in shaping a vessel from clay, that is his biological
body, yet lifeless. But, when God breathed into the nostrils of the formed
lifeless body, it became a living being with a spiritual nature. So, life
springs directly from God and nowhere else.
Though man is created of the dust of the
ground, but the life in him is holy as it was breathed into him by the Holy God.
Apostle Paul says, you are the temple of
God, because the spirit (breath) of God dwells in you. If any one defiles or
destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him.
God has given authority to man over all
the creation in the universe, but over his own life. Because man’s body is the
temple of God, it is his bounden responsibility to keep it holy, so that the
spirit of God remains in it.
Recently, in Madhya Pradesh, a middle-aged
man and a woman, both were married but lovers and medical practitioners by
profession, committed suicide allegedly for the sake of their love for each
other, hoping that they would join together in rebirth.
It has become a general tendency among
people all over the world of committing suicide whenever they face a problem insoluble
to their minds, without giving a second thought that suicide is not a solution
to any problem. By doing so they are punishing both their own bodies, which are
created as the temple of God, and their own souls that they have received as a gift
from the Creator. The body suffers all the pains at the time of its biological
death and the soul, since it is a sin committed by its bearer, meets the spiritual
Taking the life of a person by oneself or
another person is a sin against the Creator and, at the same time, a punishable
crime against the law of the land, because no human being has the authority to
kill self or others. If you do not have the right to give life to a person,
from where do you have the authority to take his life? It is the exclusive
privilege of the Creator to give life and to take it back.
Spiritual death happens when people defile
the holy temple of God with the works of the flesh that is adultery,
fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions,
jealousies, outburst of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy,
murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like.
So, by leaving the way of destruction and
death, live life that pleases its Creator by bearing the fruits of the spirit,
such as love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness and self-control.
Don’t forget that life is precious and it
is not to defile or destroy through your deeds. For you are the temple of God and
the spirit of God dwells in you.