I woke up to find this post on Facebook and it began me on a contemplation I've had for a while now. A conversation I'd like to have more often with people, especially my christian friends.
My Question Is: What do you think the passage in the bible means...
"We are made in the image and likeness of God"
Some believe in a literal translation, and would say this refers to our physical body, the human form of ourselves that shows up when we are photographed. The form of ourselves that is birthed by our mothers and that endures all our trials and tribulations.
This entity, our body, is ever changing and is made of cells that die and are replaced. Our body is made completely new after only 7 years.
So if I am made in Gods image (meaning the body) then God too must be changeable and completely remade after 7 years. God too must age and grow, and have parts that die and are replaced. To me this changeable form is not the image I have of God.
How else might we look at this? What is it in you that make you YOU from the time of your birth, to the day you die (and beyond)?
It's not your cells, as there are no cells that live within you an entire lifetime. Not one. So you aren't really your body. What is it then, that make me, me and you, YOU? What do I call the part of me that remains constant my entire life? The part of me that remembers what I've done, that recalls how I felt and dreams of what I desire?
Maybe that is my soul. . . maybe its my spirit. . .
If so then the likeness of God Jesus was referring to, is the part of me that is one with the infinite power that created the universe. Maybe that is the image, not like a picture, but a force of love, that we are all drawn to and yearn for. Wholeness, peace, wisdom.
We are made in the image and likeness of God because we are made of the energy of LOVE.
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