Now then, how do we understand law? We have lawlessness everywhere in the world today, and within the borders of the U. S. We have written law after law and every nation in the world has laws of some kind, yet we have not been able to answer the question of truth or existence itself. One nation’s social construct does not fit another nation’s social construct. The nations of the world have gone to great lengths to set up a human order of conduct through the United Nations and laws of a consensus human rights. The problem we continually find is that everyone has different opinions (Mental disposition) and ideas concerning “human rights”. Another interesting thought is that we are always asking why God allows all the evil or suffering, why he could not stop the plane from crashing or the hurricane from destroying the city. Yet we are always saying that the “human spirit” will triumph!
What is this “human spirit”? How will the “human spirit” overcome and ultimately triumph? If we are beings of flesh and blood how can we have a human spirit? If we continually say that God is a spirit, or incorporeal being then what is this “human spirit”, if being human is about flesh and blood? The word in which we derive our English word spirit is as follows from the Online Etymology Dictionary:
Defining the Word Spirit
Spirit (noun) mid-13c., “animating or vital principle in man and animals,” from Anglo-French spirit, Old French espirit “spirit, soul” (12c., Modern French esprit) and directly from Latin spiritus “a breathing (respiration, and of the wind), breath; breath of a god,” hence “inspiration; breath of life,” hence “life;” also “disposition, character; high spirit, vigor, courage; pride, arrogance,” related to spirare “to breathe,” perhaps from PIE *(s)peis- “to blow” (source also of Old Church Slavonic pisto “to play on the flute”). But de Vaan says “Possibly an onomatopoeic formation imitating the sound of breathing. There are no direct cognates.”
Understanding Where Words Come From
Then we go back to the Greek language which brings much of the same context to the word spirit as we see from Strong’s exhaustive concordance:
Reference #G4151 πνεῦμα pneuma pnyoo’-mah
From G4154; a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a spirit, that is, (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ’s spirit, the Holy spirit: – ghost, life, spirit (-ual, -ually), mind. Compare G5590.
We are going to consider now the Hebrew context of the word we translate into the English word spirit. We will be using the same language reference, Strong’s exhaustive concordance:
H7307 רוּח rûach roo’-akh
From H7306; wind; by resemblance breath, that is, a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions): – air, anger, blast, breath, X cool, courage, mind, X quarter, X side, spirit ([-ual]), tempest, X vain, ([whirl-]) wind (-y).
Who is our Adversary
The one common understanding from all this language is that this word spirit simply means a current of air, or the blowing of wind, even simply breathing! How did we arrive at the idea that the being that we say created all things is simply a current of air?
How are you supposed to fight against a current of air, or breathe? Who is our Adversary? I have read and heard a great deal of information concerning this subject. I think it interesting that Jesus told Pilot that day, he could call down twelve legions of Messengers (for those who do not know that would be sixty thousand). That sounds very physical to me! I believe we bounce back and forth like a ping pong ball between these two lines of thought. How do we fight a spiritual battle in this very physical world? How do we relate to our Creator as a “Spirit” when we are in this very physical world that He himself created? Whatever the case we all know who wins the war! But we are losing the battles my friends, and how many countless billions of people are going into eternity to give an account for what they did with what we were given