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by John C. Whitcomb, Th.D
In the early years of church history, there were men who denied the true humanity of Jesus. They were the Docetics, a significant branch of Gnosticism. They considered it blasphemous to imagine an infinite, holy, transcendent God contaminating Himself by assuming human flesh. This attitude reflected Greek philosophy, which held that matter is evil and that only the mind and spirit are good.
The Holy Spirit confronted this deadly heresy head-on in the New Testament Scriptures, especially in the writings of John. Note, for example, this statement: “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God” (1 John 4:2, KJV). And “many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist” (2 John 1:7).
The creation account in Genesis assures us that every physical, material thing God ever created, including the human body, was “very good” (Gen. 1:31). Moral, ethical evil is found in man’s “heart” (the center of rational thought, moral choices, and self-consciousness), not in his body. “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries” (Matt. 15:19; cf. Matt. 12:34).
The Apostle Paul echoed this thought with regard to those who follow demonic doctrines, such as “commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused” (1 Tim. 4:3-4).
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