Saturday, January 27, 2007

The Original Blessing

Theologians like to talk about original sin alot but there is something else that is original in every man and woman and comes from God.

Vayibra Elohim eth-haAdam betsalmo (And God creates man in His image)

batselam Elohim bara otho (in the image of God He created him)

zacar unqabah bara otham (male and female He created them)

(Genesis 1:27)

Though it be buried under miles of sin and its consequences, every man, woman and child who ever existed is a living, breathing image of God.

God creates. Every time we build a building, paint a picture, or put together a fine meal, or whatever, we reflect His creativity.

God loves. When we love another we reflect God.

God gives life. When we procreate we reflect God. When a doctor saves a life he reflects God.

Our potential is infinite (though less than God's Whose infinity is greater than ours.)***

If we terraform Mars someday in the future, the deed will reflect the image of God as the Creator.

If we revive a person from cryonic freezing, it will reflect the image of God as the One Who gives life.

We are God's creation, His children and His image. That is pride enough to lift the head of the lowliest of men. That we have darkened that image with sin is shame enough to shame the greatest of men.

*** An example of one infinity being greater than another from math. There are twice as many whole numbers as there are even numbers yet there is an infinite number of both.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing I've always admired about you Shop is your obvious spirituality and devotion as a witness to God.

I have to pause on your posts such as this and start thinking a bit about what you've said. This was something similar that was said to me about a week ago by my dad who is a pastor. Kinda weird LOL!

I get it and believe that's so true.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

You got me with this post. I'm going to read it again slowly. Thanks.

2:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can state with absolute certainty that this is a brilliant post, Shoprat! Very much worth reading twice slowly, and I did. It really gives much food for thought and is among the most uplifting posts I've ever read. Thank you for that! :)

2:15 PM  
Blogger Three Score and Ten or more said...

The saddest things in the world are those who are unable to acknowledge their relationships with God, which exist whether they are recognized at all.
Thank you for this. It has been months since I was able to drop in here, and you made it worthwhile.

4:16 PM  

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