Christianity, Thoughts

God – Christians – What it means to me


Creation

God had so much love he wanted to spread it with others so he decided to create the universe we see. Everything in it reflects the infinite perfection of God, in man God chose to do something spectacular; he made us in his image.

Genesis 1

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

As an individual, man is like God in the rationality of his soul, including his will and his intelligence. God also inscribed on man’s heart a participation in his divine Wisdom, known as the natural law, so that he would have a knowledge of the proper ordering of all creation, including himself, to its ultimate End. Communally man bears the image of God in his ability to love another — not only the love of the male for the female and of the female for the male, but also to love others in general. Perhaps the greatest of all of God’s gifts to man was a share of his own divine life so that man would have the ability to do what only God is capable of doing: loving God with the infinite love of God.

God gave men the right to rule over his other creations and take care of them, in essence participate in his works in a limited way.

Genesis 1

28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Genesis 2

15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.

God made the world good.

Genesis 1

31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Unfortunately, man freely chose to disobey the commandment of God. Man chose himself over God and thus sin entered the world.

Genesis 3

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

Sin, which is a rupture of man’s relationship with God, takes from man the filial image of God that enabled him to love God and to share in God’s eternal happiness. Sin separated man from God. It also brought with it disunity within man himself: man’s body rebelled against his soul, so that he was now subject to death, and his soul could no longer exercise perfect dominion over his passions.The most dominant of his passions was now the desire for sexual union. In the beginning there was no shame: Adam and Eve felt no need to cover themselves.

Genesis 2

25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

After sin, however, the image of God within man, male and female, was obscured, so that he could no longer sense the expression of personal communion of which the body was meant to be the substratum. Sexual differences, instead of expressing the nuptial meaning of the body — to male and female as gift for each other — became a source of confrontation and distrust because of the inability of the soul to govern the body.

We are not made merely for human love, but to love God himself! Only the infinite love of God can fully satisfy man’s heart. God wishes good for his creatures, who can only be happy by loving him. So when the fullness of time had come, the Author of all creation showed the depth of his love by entering into the story.

God’s Love

God’s love impelled him to take action to help his creatures gone astray so when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman (Gal 4:4) Jesus is the Son of God, who was sent for love of mankind:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…. The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John 1:1-5,9-14)

I am writing this from a Christian POV and I understand that there will be opposing views. I respect everyone’s POV on anything on this rock we call home and ask that you respect mine as well. Peace.

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