Friday, April 17, 2009

Walking in the Image of God...

The Bible relates in Genesis 1:27 that we are created in the image of God. The image that we see, hear, touch and feel seems so far from God at times. Unless of course we are self-righteous and are the judge, critic and condemner of all our kind. We need not be overly religious to be self-righteous, however it is considered a trait of the religious person almost exclusively.

It is so easy to look at other peoples sin rather than take the long hard look at ourselves. Perhaps this is how denominations were first born. Through conflict, condemnation, criticism and anger. This is not a good foundation for Love which is really what God is all about and what every human being needs, whether we be male or female. Human love is flawed and born out of our own self interest and selfishness. It is a need that consumes us from birth and continues until we are pushing up daisies.

Love covers sins so the bible implies in many a place (Prov. 10:12, James 5:20, 1Peter 4:8).

Here is a good article on WHAT DOES IT MEAN "TO COVER?"

So bottom line God loves us John 3:16 and perhaps if we are completely honest with ourselves and with God. That we truly want to believe in Jesus Christ, because we want to have eternal life, and to selfishly want eternal life. We must understand that our basic human nature is selfish and if we can admit that, then we can turn (repent) from it (selfishness) and have the promise of eternal life. along with a new love that comes not from ourselves but from God.

Now imagine God's love lives in you!

Would you have to pretend to love or would it be outrageous and contagious?

You decide!


The Lord bless and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

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DrDeb said...

I really like your approach, and I added your blog to my favorites!

Related to the "image of God," Florida is going to be voting in a couple days on whether it would be OK to have license plates with the image of Jesus on them:

I'm unsure whether this would be a harmless expression of faith, or contribute to the intolerance that you described in your article?

M.A.C. said...

Hi DrDeb Thanks for the kind words, I guess the biggest problem with 'religion and tolerance' has more to do with facts and ignorance, then the actual religion itself.

Example; The New Testament is the most historically accurate book in existence today with over 5,000 Greek manuscripts testifying to that fact. Yet it is the most misaligned book in history as well.

I think the whole separation of state and religion that is written and confirmed in your constitution will win out at the end of the day. Perhaps keeping the two separate would be best for all, especially if it would cause conflict.

The cool thing about God and God's plan for humanity is that it will be accomplished whether we get involved, or not.

I liked your article as well. It was well written and informative and very easy to read.

DrDeb said...

I agree with you on all counts, and I look forward to reading more in the future!