Part 3 of 6 -
What About the Metaphysical – The Unseen Non-Physical Part Of Man?
If you were to ask the psychologist about man, he might say that besides a body, you have a more inward, hidden, composition. Man has a mind - a consciousness, and a thinking organ. Man also has emotions – the faculty of an inner feeling sense, capable of loving, hating, being depressed, and elated. He might also point out that man has a will, a faculty for choosing, judging, deciding, and making decisions.
The psychologist would in this way describe man as more than a mere physical being, as a psychological being also. In short, man is a living, thinking, feeling, and willing entity. He is not mere animated dust, but a real live person; with each person having a uniquely distinctive personality. This, the psychologist would say is you. Your real self, he would explain, is your inner-self, your hidden psychological self, while your body is just the outward shell of your being. Scripture confirms this much about the soul of man. 1 Cor. 15:45s …The first man Adam was made a living soul; … Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (spirit); and man became a living soul.
According to the meaning of the word, this psychological part is the soul of man. “Psyche” comes from the Greek transliteration, “psuche,” then translated in the Bible as “soul.” Psychology is the study of the soul. Each individual’s unique faculties of the soul, his mind, emotions, and will, comprise his inward person, his personality.
The last two centuries of human history have seen the spectacular rise of the soul’s powers. The great minds of men have contributed an abundance of thought and discovery. The great minds and wills of men have produced an abundance of decisive action in government and culture. Without doubt the soul has soared to its zenith in recent history – yet in spite of man’s great accomplishments, the sense of inner emptiness remains. This is evidenced as we note the number of unhappy people, the suicides, the addicted and the divorced.
We can conquer the moon, work with nanotechnology, and investigate the genome of man, but still, deep within every man’s self, there remains some yet uncharted territory. In all this the capacity of man’s soul is inadequate to satisfy man; his highest thoughts are soon forgotten, his deepest emotions quickly fade, his most adamant determination of will falters. Within the soul of man, the search for a key to the mystery of man ends in frustration.
In order to fathom the mystery of man, we must go beyond the physical realm, and also beyond the psychological realm, to find the missing key to man.