‘Anthropos means “man”, and logos means reason’
Question: What is the meaning of “Anthropology”?
Answer: The study of man is called “Anthropology”. Biblical anthropology deals with Man as God’s creation, man as a sinner, and man as the object of God’s redeeming Grace. “Scientific anthropology” is ‘The study of man, especially of the variety, physical and cultural characteristics, distribution, customs, and social relationships of mankind (Webster Dictionary). Let’s look at Anthropology as the study of man as he is in the Bible. Scripture says Man was created by God; Man is the result of Divine purpose; Man was created in God’s image; and Man was created a living being.
At man’s creation he was given two gifts from God. (1) Man was given a body formed from the dust and (2) and the glorious breath of God (Genesis 2:7). Listed below are some Biblical facts that a believer should know: we are possessed with a mortal body that will return back to the dust (Gen 3:19); man’s natural, physical body is only a temporary tabernacle (2 Corinthians 5:1); in the resurrection the new body will have a relationship to the natural body (1 Corinthians 15:44); your body doesn’t belong to you. It is a temple of the Holy Ghost/Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20); the believer’s body is to be used as a weapon to fight against sin (Romans 6:13 – CEB); we can enjoy special benefits of Christ’s redeeming work in our bodies right now (Matthew 8:16-17); and all will be judged on the things done in this body (2 Corinthians 5:10).
Reverend Deal is the senior pastor at Every Christian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Reverend Deal can reached at the Westside Gazette, 545 N.W. Seventh Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, Fla 33311, or by email at David.Deal55@gmail.com