Carnal is taken from the Spanish word “carne” which means meat, therefor carnal means to set your mind on the things of the flesh. As a christian, the consequences of being fleshly minded is quiet negative and should be avoided if you want success in your journey towards your destiny. This is the major reason in trying to discover what does carnal mean.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
What Does Carnal Mean in The Bible
To be carnal means to be too sensitive to be flesh, to be fleshly minded, To be led by the dictates of the flesh. It also means to be too emotional. It means you are too inclined to the way you feel than what the bible says. You are carnal when you are too prone to the dictates of the flesh, when you have not yet died to the flesh. Carnality is the opposite of being spiritual.
3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—
Characteristics of carnality
A carnal man will never be sensitive to the things of the spirit. When you are not streamlining your lifestyle to what the word of God recommend, it means you are not sensitive to the things of the spirit and thereby you are carnal.
What is carnally minded
Carnally minded means to always think of things of the flesh.
63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit[a] and life.
signs of carnality
signs of carnality is gluttony. sleeping too much, laziness, when someone complains too much. When you are given to hatred, anger, jealousy, backbiting, adultery, fornication, when someone hates bible study, prayer.
examples of carnality
When someone always refuse to fast and pray and rather be thinking of he food he supposed to eat. When someone cannot stay without food for two hours.
Examples of carnal desires
Fornication, Adultery, stealing, backbiting, jealousy, smoking, drinking, hatred, fornication,
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
carnal in the bible
We have people that exhibited carnality in the bible.
In Genesis 9:20-24 Noah got drunk with wine,
20 Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded[a] to plant a vineyard. 21 When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.
24 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him,
David slept with someones wife.
Any knowledge not supported by the word of God is carnal, any knowledge that is not from God is carnal knowledge.
Fleshly, bodily, erotic, animal, voluptuous, sensual. Sensuous, lascivious
Who is a carnal man
Carnal man is a man given to the things of he flesh, a man that if fleshly minded, that works according to the dictates of the flesh. A man that refuses to practice the word of God. The word of God is spirit, if you work according to the dictates of the word of God, you would be working by the spirit of God.
A man hat lives by his feelings, his emotions is a carnal man. God instruct us not to live by our feelings. Your feelings will always go contrary to the bible. Most of your feelings are negative, meaning, they will make you do the wrong thing. i can feel like sleeping with a woman who is not my wife but i refuse to go by that, because that is contrary to God’s mindset.
A man that is living in disobedient to God is a carnal man. People do wrong, not because they do not know about the right thing to do, but they just make up their mind to disobey God and go with the devil.
What does carnal love mean
Carnal love is love that is not from the heart, not real, in fact it is lust. It is an emotion and comes from feelings. If you have a feeling for someones wife, that’s a carnal love, fornication is also another carnal love. There are people that love to kill. Carnal love does not have any genuine interest. It is borne out of selfishness or personal interest.
What is the difference between spiritual and carnal
To be spiritual is to go by God’s standard, it is to follow God’s recommendation according to the bible. It is to follow biblical standard. To be spiritual is to develop the mindset of God, it is to think like God, to do it the way God would do it. To be spiritual is to be truly born of God, it is to work with God and taste the supernatural, to follow God’s guidance, to develop the true nature of God.
Carnal is to go by the flesh, the emotions, the feelings. You feel like fighting, you fight, you feel like slapping your wife, you slap her, yo feel like smoking, you smoke. The major difference here is that God does not love when you have impressed him, when he feels like loving you. The day you hurt, he hates. The day you impress, he loves.
The bible says; when we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. When we were still enemies of God, that was when God died to save us.
The same should be applicable to man. You should not love your wife only when you feel like, when she has impress you.
I believe you understand what does carnal mean. It should help you to be spiritual, to live in obedience to God.