WHAT IS MAN?
You can't understand the nature of humanity unless you first examine the
nature of divinity.
How can a person perform his social duty if he doesn't understand what binds
mankind together? Man is different from the wild beast. Beasts
are always looking down at the earth, gazing at their food. But man stands erect. His face is turned toward heaven. His thoughts
and his conversation are of heaven. For this reason, he looks up to
God. No person has the right or reason to be ignorant of the celestial
glory that is imprinted on our eyes and senses.
It is wrong to seek on earth what can only be found on high.
So those people who say that the universe just happened have neither mind
nor sense. Apparently, they don't even have the ability to see. For
what is more obvious when you look around except some Deity of supreme
intelligence infusing it with life.
Look how man bases his calendar on the ordered movement of the sun and
stars and how man orders his day according to the regular setting and
rising of the sun. See how navigators use the stars to find their way.
And no one made these guides? It takes intelligence to see that there
is Someone more intelligent than man who made these guides.
seasons and its different sights of sun, rain, snow and flowers, the
changing times for flowerings of plants and bearing of fruits. . .all of
which cannot be disturbed by man. . . could only be made by a Great
And look at ourselves. The position of our eyes, nose and mouth, all
designed without our help -- all parts at the same place but still make each
of us look differently.
perfect timing within the human body: when a child is conceived, the
preparation of the mother's breast for milk for feeding and the ceasing of
milk when the child no longer needs it.
England, not receiving much sunlight, is warmed by the sea and arid Egypt is
refreshed by the great Nile.
see a house well arranged and adorned, you will believe in a master who is
greater than the house. The world was well arranged and adorned.
Someone greater must have arranged this. The Universe, the skies, the
earth are all well adorned and managed. You must first know who did
this, otherwise, you will never know who you are.
Octavius' In Defense of Christianity