Biblical Concept: Sentient


Dictionary Definitions


Sentient 1: responsive to or conscious of sense impressions <sentient beings> 2: aware 3: finely sensitive in perception or feeling


Sentience 1: a sentient quality or state 2: feeling or sensation as distinguished from perception and thought


Animate 1: possessing or characterized by life: alive 2: full of life: animated 3: of or relating to animal life as opposed to plant life 4: referring to a living thing


Living 1a: having life b: active, functioning <living languages> 2 a: exhibiting the life or motion of nature: natural <the wilderness is a living museum … of natural history — NEA Journal> b: live 2a 3a: full of life or vigor b: true to life: vivid <televised in living color> c: suited for living <the living area> 4: involving living persons 5: very —used as an intensive <scared the living daylights out of me>


Alive 1: having life: not dead or inanimate 2 a: still in existence, force, or operation: active <kept hope alive> b: still active in competition with a chance of victory <must win to stay alive in the playoffs> 3: knowing or realizing the existence of : sensitive <alive to the danger> 4: marked by alertness, energy, or briskness <his face came alive at the mention of food> 5: marked by much life, animation, or activity: swarming <streets alive with traffic> 6: used as an intensive following the noun <the proudest boy alive>

Tactile 1: perceptible by touch: tangible 2: of, relating to, or being the sense of touch (The 4du is tactile creation.)

 Theology and Sentient

Why did God do anything?  What did God really do?  Shared sentience is the answer.  Because He felt like it is an answer.  Because, volitional freewill shared sentience was worth it to Him.


Genesis 1:26-27  26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."  27 And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.


Genesis 2:7 Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Only God makes alive.) (God creates sentience.) (Want to be like God?, create sentience.)


Luke 12:4-5  4 "And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  5 "But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who after He has killed has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him! ( “Fear Him”: The most important Concept for Sentient Beings— Angels or Humans.)  (So, sentient beings, some made in His image, sinful and refusing to believe in Him as Creator or Savior, are going to be tortured forever in a lake of fire.  Fear God is the proper volitional response.)  (The volitional mess that is Sinful Angels and Unbelieving Humans, will be overcome / replaced with a new heavens and earth in which righteousness dwells.  The best is yet to come.  Fear God.) (But remember, God is love and desires the death of no man.) (Volitional creatures in the Spu and 4du do not show the best side of God.)


Matthew 16:26   26 "For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Sentient value.) (Immaterial Man: breath / spark of life, sentient, heart, soul, spirit, mind, conscience, emotions, and sin nature.)



Colossians 3:10   10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him (Sentient image restoration.)


Conclusions: Enjoy your eternal tactile sentience.  For me, the feeling of a breeze flowing over my tactile senses is priceless. Think: hot day, cool breeze, alpine tree scent, etc.  Note: Genesis 3:8 8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Evidently demons like / love the tactile enough to enjoy possessing pigs—Mark 5:1-20.  Note their enjoyment of the tactile in Genesis 6:1-4.


(Hyperlinked from above.)

Mark 5:1-20 1 And they came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes.  2 And when He had come out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit met Him,  3 and he had his dwelling among the tombs. And no one was able to bind him anymore, even with a chain;  4 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces, and no one was strong enough to subdue him.  5 And constantly night and day, among the tombs and in the mountains, he was crying out and gashing himself with stones.  6 And seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him;  7 and crying out with a loud voice, he said, "What do I have to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!"  8 For He had been saying to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!"  9 And He was asking him, "What is your name?" And he said to Him, "My name is Legion; for we are many."  10 And he began to entreat Him earnestly not to send them out of the country.  11 Now there was a big herd of swine feeding there on the mountain.  12 And the demons entreated Him, saying, "Send us into the swine so that we may enter them."  13 And He gave them permission. And coming out, the unclean spirits entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they were drowned in the sea.  14 And their herdsmen ran away and reported it in the city and out in the country. And the people came to see what it was that had happened.  15 And they came to Jesus and observed the man who had been demon-possessed sitting down, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the "legion"; and they became frightened.  16 And those who had seen it described to them how it had happened to the demon-possessed man, and all about the swine.  17 And they began to entreat Him to depart from their region.  18 And as He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was entreating Him that he might accompany Him.  19 And He did not let him, but He said to him, "Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you."  20 And he went away and began to proclaim in Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone marveled.


Genesis 6:1-4  1 Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them,  2 that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose.  3 Then the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years."  4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown