And God said: Let Us make mankind in Our image and after Our likeness.
As human beings we were made IN God’s image. Cast in His form.
We were not made to be God.
We were not made being God’s image.
We were made IN God’s image.
We were made with a little bit of God in us. A little bit of His Spirit. A little bit of His power. Not a lot. Not as much as He Himself has. But enough for us.
But we ate from the Tree of Knowledge because we were cheated to think that we lacked something. That we were not born perfect, that we were unfinished, imperfect. Therefore sin got hold of us. Because we imagined we had to fulfill a need we thought we had.
We started rebelling against God. Rebellion against God is sin. Sin is death. So we died. And by dying we lost our true connection with God. We stopped being “like” God.
And we continue to rebel against God. Therefore we are sinners. To satisfy a need. To fulfill a desire. Because we feel our own incompleteness.
Therefore Saint Paul wrote (Ephesians 2:1-3), “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.”
We remain created in God’s image. But we no longer have God’s likeness. We are born and we die, while He lives eternally. We feel incomplete, while He is completeness. We crave, while He is satisfied. We commit violence, while He gives mercy.
Because we lack that likeness of God that was instilled in us in the beginning we search for unity and completeness from the moment we emerge from our mother’s womb. We try desperately to fill the hole left by God’s likeness. Looking where satisfaction is not to be found.
Are we fulfilled by eating sleeping, mating and defending?
Are we advancing if we commit violence to others?
Can we get The Perfect Life by destroying God’s creation and sending humans and animals to an early grave for a mere moments enjoyment of body or mind? Is contentment the latest iPhone or a full belly?
No. We need something else. We need to change our way of thinking. We need to understand that it is not from THIS world that happiness can be found.
We need change.
We need to get rid of the things that keep us from being God-like. Greed and hate. War. Machines and factories. Slaughterhouses.
And in its place we need love.
We need Christ’s love.
To be continued…