LISTEN: What Does It Mean to be Human?, Part 1; Theology of Acts, Part 2 (The Study of God #47 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

This podcast is designed to give you a basic understanding of God, the Bible, and Christian beliefs. J. Dwight Pentecost said, “There is no higher activity in which the mind may be engaged than the pursuit of the knowledge of God.”

Today’s passage of Scripture is Galatians 6:7-8 which reads: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

Today’s words from a theologian are from Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He said: “A god who let us prove his existence would be an idol.”

Our first topic for today is titled “What Does It Mean to be Human? (Part 1)” from the book, “Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day” by Dr. Daryl Aaron.

There are many issues surrounding us these days that make it all the more vital to understand what the Bible has to say about being human. For example, evolutionary theory says there is really no fundamental difference between humans and animals; humans are just more highly evolved animals. If so, one implication might be that since humans are only animals, then human euthanasia can make sense. After all, we “put down” animals to alleviate suffering. Why not human animals?

Will exponential advancements in computers (e.g., artificial intelligence) and robotics “inspire” us to no longer distinguish between people and machines? Is a day coming when the latter will be able to do all the former can do? Do we then treat humans like instruments and appliances and devices—that is, throw them out when they don’t work as well as they once did?

Our second topic for today is titled “Theology of Acts (Part 2)” from “The Moody Handbook of Theology” by Dr. Paul Enns.

— God

Sovereignty of God. Luke explains Christ’s death resulting from the decree and foreknowledge of God. The decree of God means His “counsel is predetermined and inflexible. Both phrases emphasize the resolute and inviolable determinateness of the decree.” Amid persecution the apostles encouraged themselves in the sovereignty of God. God is referred to as Lord. God had previously decreed the events of the cross, having marked them out beforehand.

God’s sovereignty is also seen in election. The precise number that had been appointed to eternal life, believed.

God’s existence and common grace. At Lystra, Paul declared the “living God” to his hearers, reminding them that He is Creator and has given them rain and fruitful seasons. Paul also reminded the Athenians that God had given them life and breath and had also marked out the times and boundaries.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.