How To Tell Whether You Have It Or Not?


Superhuman Life No. 21

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Human life consists of the exercise of our physical, mental, emotional andspiritual powers. We were all born with these abilities and our lives arelimited by them. However, our Maker never intended that–He always meant us toshare His own superhuman life. We were made for that. That’s why we want tofly–physically, emotionally, mentally–we feel we were made to live forever. Wefeel we were made to be far more than we seem to be in our present, narrow,frustrating little lives. One old writer put it like this: God “has madeeverything beautiful in its time; also He has put eternity into man’s mind.”(Ecclesiastes 3:11) What is this superhuman life?

Superhuman Life

We’ve said in past weeks that it’s an energizing spirit that heightens ourmental and physical powers so that we are able to live the kind of serene,joyful, powerful life that Jesus of Nazareth lived–seeing things the way Godsees them, responding to them with His power over sickness and evil. It’s likewater–no smell, no taste, almost invisible–but it utterly delivers you fromyour own cramping small-mindedness and lifts you over the walls of your ownpersonality. The history of the world that we have in the Bible recounts thatthe Creator offered our forefathers this life at the beginning of the world. Tamankind in his childhood He presented it as a “tree of life” andstated that we could survive here on earth through receiving that life by faithfrom him or we could survive through our own independent knowledge of good andevil.

The Fallen Life

We chose the latter–to live by trial and error–building gradually our ownhuman list of precedents based or our experience of the earth year by year. Whatwe didn’t realize was that our mental and physical powers did not need justknowledge to operate properly; they needed the superhuman life that we lost whenwe began to live as if there was no God. The result is that we not only haveimperfect knowledge of the way life works (theories of relativity, that have tobe constantly modified and updated), but we have human personalities that seemperverted or twisted in the way they operate. However, we have endeavoured tomake ourselves at home on the earth and to persuade everyone else that this isthe best of all possible worlds. So, we have devised systems of family, work,peer-recognition, drugs, education, travel, recreation and consumer-goods tocover up our anxieties, frustrations and unhappiness.

The Need for Exposure

The result is that we have not simply fallen short of the Creator’s plan forus but we have made “falling short” the norm so that it’s verydifficult for us to tell what superhuman life would be like. We ourselvestherefore have great difficulty saying whether we have it or not. This is whyour Maker described it to a human being called Moses about 3400 years ago. Helisted its symptoms so that we could tell if we had it or not. We, of course,have taken those symptoms and made them part of our own “knowledge of goodand evil” to try to persuade ourselves that we possess this “”. We call them laws of God and we call people who “obey”them moral people. Most religions and churches spend great amounts of timetrying to get people to be moral. They encourage everyone to think that if theymanage to be moral–or to reproduce these symptoms of superhuman life–then theypossess it and will live forever. This does not follow at all–anyone can rougeup his cheeks and make them look like healthy cheeks, but he may still be dyingof cancer! The external imitation of the symptoms of superhuman life proves onlythat you don’t have it. However, most religious people continue to believe thatthe laws of God were given to teach us how to become like God. They were givenfor the very opposite reason.

Purpose of the ‘Law’

Paul put it like this in the Bible: “if it had not been for the law, Ishould not have known sin…since through the law comes knowledge of sin…inorder that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment mightbecome sinful beyond measure.” (Romans 7:7,13; 3:20) God described to usthe ways or the laws of superhuman life to expose the fact that we didn’t haveit! That’s the whole purpose of the laws, but we have turned the tables onGod–and on ourselves–by reducing them to external actions that we then try toreproduce. YOU DON’T HAVE TO TRY TO BREATHE; IF YOU’RE ALIVE, THEN BREATHING ISONE OF THE SYMPTOMS–YOU CAN’T AVOID IT! Have you superhuman life? Just checkyourself against the symptoms!


Your Maker said that if you have superhuman life you will be free fromtrying to please people in order to get what you want. You’ll want to pleaseonly one person, knowing that His pleasure will always be best for yourrelatives and friends as well. That’s what the first law means– “you’llhave no other gods besides me”. Your god is the person you want to pleaseall the time, so if you want to please your wife some of the time–or yourboss–or your peers–or your children, then they are your gods at thosetimes–and you lack this symptom of superhuman life. Don’t blur the real truthabout yourself by playing around with the word “god”. God is the beingyou regard as having absolute power over your life; He’s the being on whom youdepend for life itself; He is regarded by you as absolutely wise and as knowingyou better than you know yourself. If you see Him as the father of Jesus Christ,then you know He really, loves you and cares about your life. So, He’s the onlyone to please–because He will want what’s best for all the others and for you.

If, however, you please yourself some of the time, then you are your godduring that time, so once more you lack this symptom of superhuman life. Youshould just face that fact–if you do, this can be the beginning of the solutionto your whole life. It is a great step towards truth if you can admit the youdon’t have superhuman life–reality begins to break in upon you when you dealhonestly with this issue of having other gods besides the real one.

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