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The Image of God November 18, 2007

Posted by amberpeace in Uncategorized.

What does it mean to be created in the image of God?

The Book of Common Prayer answers this question by stating

It means that we are free to make choices: to love, to
create, to reason, and to live in harmony with creation
and with God

The Rabbi Rashi said we are like God in that we have the ability to understand and discern.

I have been taught that God has the ability to choose between good choices and evil choices. I have also been taught that God is Goodness wholly and Truth wholly. I have also been taught that God cannot choose wrong because God is what the definition of Goodness, Righteousness, Truth and all those other positive proper nouns are. God has set the definition of Holiness by his being and since God is unchanging in behavior, God’s choices will never change. Does God choose not to step outside of those boundaries created, or is God unable to step outside what God has defined?

Some would say that God’s nature has changed. God allowed killing in the Hebrew Scriptures and Jesus was a pacifist. I would say that God did not tell the Hebrews to kill and slaughter. They just thought that was what God wanted. Since this is my blog I am not going to take the 40 pages to explain why I believe that.

Please feel free to add ideas.

Why do we live apart from God and out of harmony with creation?
Why do we not use our freedom as we should?
What help is there for us?
How did God first help us?



1. Aaron - November 18, 2007

This is a comment. I’m commenting.

2. Amber Lee - November 27, 2007

I said add ideas, not randomly comment. 😀

3. River Cocytus - November 27, 2007

Hmm, if we take for a moment that Jesus wasn’t a pacifist, what does that say about the God as known by the Hebrews?

Jesus, I don’t think, can be ‘ist’ed at all. If the crowd couldn’t grasp his physical body to stone him, how are we to nail him down in the all more subtle realm of philosophy?

And, not to be dismissive, can’t we sum up the questions with the following:

1. The fall.
2. By being joined back to God through being the same nature as Jesus Christ who is of the same Nature of God.

This is ‘syzygy’ in both terms; ‘The alignment of three heavenly bodies’ and ‘the joining of entities without loss of identities.’

As for pacifism, what is to be said of Romans 13? Paul is no advocate of violence, but he also is not a pacifist. The martyrs did not fight back physically – not because they were pacifists, but because the war they were doing against those who sought their lives was greater than what physical fighting was capable of. The glorious athletes of God!

Er, not to be too contentious.

*runs away*

4. USS Ben USN (Ret) - November 28, 2007

How do you think that you can protect the freedom to think as you like while being a pacifist?

Oh, that’s right, you depend on others to protect that right.
That’s what pacifists do.
They contribute nothing.

But that’s okay. Other people who have courage will protect your rights. No need to worry.
But don’t pretend yhat you aren’t a hypocrite.

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