Thursday, October 12, 2006

Imago Dei (Part 2)

Being created in God’s image implies:

1. We treat all human beings with respect. If you read further into Genesis (Chap. 6,7,8,9) you would come across a story about a man named Noah. He built the massive wooden boat for all animals and his family to protect them from the flood. During Noah’s time all flesh was corrupt on earth. God wasn’t happy with His creation and was about to destroy everything, but He found an obedient man that He could rebuild humanity through (Noah). After the flood, God told Noah,

“Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed;
for in the image of God has God made man.”

It’s interesting to note God’s reminder to Noah that man still carries the image of God. This should teach us that humanity is priceless to God. Everyone, even terrorists, was made in the image of God. Do you believe that?

2. It also implies that we have a responsibility to take care of God’s planet. He put Adam and Even in the Garden of Eden to cultivate and work it. He asked them to rule over His creation. Do you believe that?

Your thoughts?


Zach Sheets said...

I am in total agreement that ALL of humanity is created in God's image. I believe we, as christians, are called to love all of humanity. I think sometimes it is easy for us to forget that we are all God's people. We have a tendency to select who we love and select who we serve. We are called to love and serve all because we are all God's people, not just Americans.

yourblogreader said...

We are created in HIS image and we should represent and serve HIM to the best of our ability.

I like God's command to us to take care of the animals. Do you think this means not kicking the dog, not shooting cats, feed the birds including black birds, slow down on the road for a possum or skunk, instead of speeding up? Just a thought! Because God created animals, I think He sees them as important, and so should we as we care for them.

Just like animals are all different, so are humans. All of us have weird ways and no two of us are the same. The only "sameness" is that we were created in His image. What a privilege and honor we have to be created in His image. And, it is a joy to care for His animals and to enjoy their beauty.

By the way, has anybody seen the wild panther/bob cat or cougar in Decatur? The local news has a video of it running in a field. I think the best way to take care of this animal is to stay far far away from it. :)

Hoohah1986 said...

I am with you all the way Tim. Being in the army I've had the oppurtunity to meet some people from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Egypt and once your able to get past the inate racism that we all have, you find that they are, as well as we are all Children of God and created in His image.

PFC Motyka