Why does the Bible say nothing about the creation of spirit in Genesis?
- A Second WitnessLv 75 years agoFavorite Answer
The Hebrew word ר֫וּחַ, (ru′ach)§ and the Greek word πνεῦμα, (pneu′ma)‖, are both translated as "breath" or as "spirit", when speaking of mankind, depending upon one's Bible translations.
Psalm 104 describes it as what people, (souls; נָ֫פֶש; ne′phesh, in Hebrew), lose when we die: "29Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust." (KJV)
Genesis 2 tells us that God added the breath of life, (or spirit) to the man to make him a living soul: "7And Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (ASV)
Therefore breath, (or spirit), is the difference between a soul and a living soul, (or "creature"). Why else would one specify that the ne′phesh is "living"?
Being immortal, God's spirit is a different matter. However, it's apparently the source of the spirit God provides to our souls.
- jakeLv 65 years ago
Genesis 1:26-27 - Man is created.
Gen 2:7. Man is formed from the dust of the earth and the life breathed into his nostrils.
The bible talks about the creation of the spirit, you just have to be looking for it.
- LesleyLv 65 years ago
Genesis 1:2 tells us that the Spirit of God was at work during creation. The Spirit of God was never created but as always existed, just as God has always existed. There has never been a moment in time when God was without his Spirit.
Genesis 2:7 describes how God formed Adam "and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being."
The word “spirit” refers only to the immaterial facet of humanity. Human beings have a spirit, but we are not spirits. However, in Scripture, only believers are said to be spiritually alive (1 Corinthians 2:11; Hebrews 4:12; James 2:26), while unbelievers are spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1-5; Colossians 2:13). In Paul's writing, the spiritual was pivotal to the life of the believer (1 Corinthians 2:14; 3:1; Ephesians 1:3; 5:19; Colossians 1:9; 3:16). The spirit is the element in humanity which gives us the ability to have an intimate relationship with God. Whenever the word “spirit” is used, it refers to the immaterial part of humanity that “connects” with God, who Himself is spirit (John 4:24).
The word “soul” can refer to both the immaterial and material aspects of humanity. Unlike human beings having a spirit, human beings are souls. In its most basic sense, the word “soul” means “life.” However, beyond this essential meaning, the Bible speaks of the soul in many contexts. One of these is humanity’s eagerness to sin (Luke 12:26). Humanity is naturally evil, and our souls are tainted as a result. The life principle of the soul is removed at the time of physical death (Genesis 35:18; Jeremiah 15:2). The soul, as with the spirit, is the center of many spiritual and emotional experiences (Job 30:25; Psalm 43:5; Jeremiah 13:17). Whenever the word “soul” is used, it can refer to the whole person, whether alive or in the afterlife.
The soul and the spirit are connected, but separable (Hebrews 4:12). The soul is the essence of humanity’s being; it is who we are. The spirit is the aspect of humanity that connects with God.Source(s): http://www.gotquestions.org/soul-spirit.html
- Annsan_In_HimLv 75 years ago
You might as well ask why the book of Esther says nothing about the Name of God.
Why pick on the book of Genesis for specific reference to God creating the spirit for living creatures on Earth?
I suppose you already know about Ecclesiastes saying something about the spirit of both animals and humans, at their deaths? It asks a question as to whether the spirit of animals goes down (into the ground, the grave - Hebrrew qe'ver) and whether the spirit of man goes up (to heaven, to God). That's in chapter 3 verse 20. But in chapter 12 verse 7 we learn that, at death, the human spirit return to God who gave it, and then humans will account to God for how they lived in the body. Notice how this spirit is GIVEN, not created?
Consider also Psalm 146:4 - "Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground" (Hebrew qe'ver, for the grave).
In Hebrews 12:22-24 Christians are told that they have come to heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God, to thousands upon thousands of angels, to the church of the firstborn, "to the spirits of righteous men made perfect."
Then in Hebrews 4:12 we learn of the power of God's word to "penetrate even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."
When Jesus cried out before dying, "Father, into your hand I commit my spirit", He was not thinking of His last exhalation of breath from his lungs! Neither was Stephen who committed his spirit to Jesus while being stoned to death.
I just list those points to show that there is a complexity here that shows something intangible and invisible certainly does exist in addition to our physical bodies. There's much more to us than merely our physical bodies! You need to take ALL of the Bible books where the 'spirit' of man is mentioned to arrive at a conclusion.
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- G CLv 75 years ago
No need. When God breathed into Adam and Eve, that was their soul--their life. Once the soul is gone the body is dead.