Hierarchy of nature

Discussion in 'Natural Revelation and God's Creation' started by Jake, Apr 13, 2013.

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  1. Jake

    Jake Puritan Board Junior

    I am reading a book for an economics class from a Christian author that talks about the place of humans being between the beasts of the fields and angels. The only support for this hierarchy that is given is as such:

    "The beginning of Genesis makes clear, first, that the human species is part of nature, but that humans, being created in the image of God, hold an exalted place in the hierarchy of nature--below the angels but above the mute beasts of the field."

    I am not sure I see the link between angels and humans in that passage, but I was wondering, since this is an idea that is used for later argumentation in the book, how Biblical this idea is.

    Here is the diagram that supplements:


    It's a rather short book and that paragraph and diagram are about all the support that is given for this idea.


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  2. Philip

    Philip Puritan Board Graduate

    Clearly man is above the beasts of the field, and it seems that man is also "a little lower than the angels" (Psalm 8).
  3. Peairtach

    Peairtach Puritan Board Doctor

    See Psalm 8.

    Humans appear to be above the clouds in the diagram ?
  4. Jake

    Jake Puritan Board Junior

    Thanks to both of you. I believe the diagram and the lack of evidence in the cited passage distracted me... I had no reason to disagree with the thought that angels are above men per se, but I could not think of a Scriptural basis. Psalm 8 should have come right to mind.

    Thanks muchly.

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  5. CharlieJ

    CharlieJ Puritan Board Junior

    The fact that the author thought you needed a diagram to grasp that concept perhaps does not speak well for the book overall...
  6. Peairtach

    Peairtach Puritan Board Doctor

    The mysterious thing - or one of the mysterious and wonderful things revealed in Scripture in connection with this - is that although we are made a little lower than the angels, the angels are yet the servants of God's people, and as Christ is now raised above the angels, so shall we be.

  7. kappazei

    kappazei Puritan Board Freshman

    1john 3:2 "Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is."

    Angels are ministering spirits. We're His children. We're weaker than angels but postionally, we're higher...right?
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