Posts Tagged ‘human nature’

The Image of God

January 7, 2010

Last night in Bible Study we discussed Genesis 1:28 “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” NKJ

As we were discussing the various possible meanings of “the image of God” a brand new thought came to me.  Perhaps it should be connected with the phrase “have dominion over”?

We recognize that God is Lord over all, and that he is a benevolent lord.  He watches over, takes care of, and is concerned with, everything in this world.

Perhaps being made in the image of God means that we are to watch over, take care of and be concerned with,  all things within our scope of influence?

We should care about other people,animals, and all creation;  not simply try to get ahead for ourselves.  Maybe when we care for other people and other things, we are mirroring the image of God.

Just a thought…

Who Are We?

September 23, 2009

Who are we?

How are we known to others?

I will deal with the second question first.  Others know us by our words and our deeds, what we say and what we do.  Other people can only process that information that is available to them.  This means that they will definitely have an incomplete picture, because no one knows everything that we do and say.  The more that they have observed us, the more complete a picture they will have of us.  The problem is, that it is very incomplete; and we may only be willing to allow certain people to see us in certain ways, giving an intentionally distorted presentation.  To different people, we may appear as different people.

So who are we?  We are the sum total of all that we say and do: and experience and think.   

The things that we have experienced form us to a large degree.  No one else has identical experiences.  We are unique in our perceptions of life from an experiential point of view.  These experiences have a profound impact in our identity as individuals.

Our thoughts are uniquely our own, and are private.  No human being knows what we are thinking.  They may be able to read our body language, they may observe what we say and do to some extent, but they can only guess what we are thinking.  Our thoughts reflect on our experiences and, hopefully, influence our words and deeds. 

We are the sum total of what we say and do; experience and think.  We are known by others only in part; except of course, for God, who knows ALL … and still loves us and is willing to forgive us if we turn to Him with faith in His son Jesus, who loved us enough to die for us.

Hybrid People

April 30, 2009

Hybrid cars are automobiles that have two different engines.  Normally they are electric and gasoline.   The electric engine will provide propulsion part of the time and the gasoline engine will provide propulsion the rest of the time.

We are comprised of flesh and spirit, body and soul, or material and nonmaterial, if you prefer.  At times we are operating in the flesh, at other times we are operating in the spirit. 

It is important that we take care of our physical and spiritual beings.  Proper nourishment, exercise and rest for the physical; prayer, Bible study, and fellowship for the spiritual.

It is also important that we recognize the proper order.  As Christians we seek to be “living in the Spirit” as opposed to “walking in the flesh”.  We want to “seek  first the kingdom of God” and “all these other things will be added unto us”.

May God help us to continue “running smooth”.

Does your engine need a tune up?