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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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The Physical Changes, the Spiritual is Changeless
But there is another all-important reason. As the humanist philos–
opher Elbert Hubbard said, "Nothing is permanent but change."
Matter does not remain
as
it
is,
unchanged, permanently. But it
continues
changing
permanently. Perhaps stone or iron is as un–
changing as any element. But after a few thousand years, the giant
stones in the wall around Jerusalem, for instance, have lost all
their newness and show their age. Whatever you see now on this
earth in time will CHANGE.
Spirit, however, is CHANGELESS - except as God instilled in
angel beings the power of mind - of thinking. reasoning, making
decisions and exercising
wi/1
to act on decisions or choices. But
Spirit substance apart from the mind power of God or Spirit
beings is CHANGELESS. Once Satan and his demons
made
the
decision they did, being spirit, they cannot change!
In reproducing Himself God requires righteous CHARACTER
DEVELOPMENT. And that requires CHANGE. lf God had made
US
of
Spirit, once the decision was made to reject God, we could never
have repented - could not
change
from Satan's
w
AY to God's!
Man, composed of matter, is subject to CHANGE. Man, if called by
God, can be made to realize that he has sinned, and he can RE–
PENT- CHANGE from his sin- turn to Goo's WAY. And once his
course is changed, with God's help he can pursue it. He can
GROW in spiritual knowledge, develop character, overcome wrong
habits, weaknesses, and faults.
And this is all done by the PHYSICAL MAN; through the
PHYSICAL BRAIN.
The human spirit in man empowers the brain with physical
intellect, and the Spirit of God united with it empowers the brain
with Spiritual comprehension, and these spirits RECORD the knowl–
edge and the character and preserve them, as well as the physical
shape and appearance. These spirits do not develop the righteous
character, but through the Holy Spirit God does give us H1s faith,
HIS righteousness - as long as we ourselves earnestly desire it. But
once holy and righteous character is developed in physical man,
HOW
does God bridge the gap, changing MAN into SPIRrr?