Most people, including many Christians, do not take the Bible seriously when it declares that God—who created everything out of nothing—formed the human body "of the dust of the ground." Our bodies indeed have the same chemicals as the soil, and it is the soil from which comes the food that sustains us and all flesh. At death, the body returns to the earth. The phrase that one often hears at funerals, "Dust you are, and unto dust you shall return," was first uttered by God to Adam and Eve. That story is not fiction but history.
In the Bible's creation narrative, an immediate distinction is made between matter and life. Neither atoms nor molecules nor the chemicals they form have life in themselves, yet they compose bodies that are vibrantly and consciously alive. What is life? This is a mystery that science has been unable to solve. Having said that God formed the human body and "every living creature...out of the ground," the Bible declares of Adam, "God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."
That statement declares that we are not just educated lumps of evolved protein wired with nerves. We are nonphysical beings temporarily living in physical bodies. The atheist does not like the concept of "nonphysical." Nevertheless, the creation of Adam stands as a challenge to any atheist who will engage it: "Explain life, and you have finally done away with any need for God." —Dave Hunt, excerpt taken from Cosmos, Creator, and Human Destiny: Answering Darwin, Dawkins, and the New Atheists, 2010
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