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This Is Who We Are

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)

 

This is the major difference between human beings and animals.  Both have been created by God.  But only human beings have been created in the image of God.

 

“In the image of God” means so much more than simply physically looking like God.  The image of God speaks to the essence, the being of God.  Not just the physical appearance of God.  It speaks to who we are as humans, as opposed to what God looks like. 

 

One aspect of the image of God, that is a part of who we are as humans, is the realization of eternal matters.  “He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).  We realize that there is an eternity.  That there is more to life than what we are experiencing right here, right now.  Yet, we don’t have all the answers, which requires us to live a life of faith.

 

This life of faith, that all of us live, isn’t a religious reality.  It’s a being human reality.  It doesn’t matter if you believe in Jesus, science, nature, the multiverse or even if you believe in nothing at all.  Every human being believes.  Every human being lives a life of faith.  For every human being has been created in the image of God and has eternity set in their heart. 

 

We all think about it, ponder it, question it and yes, believe in it.  We know there is something more to this thing we call life.  How we live with this knowledge, how we choose to explain this knowledge, is called faith.  And every single human being has faith.  Even if it’s faith in nothing at all.  For every human being has been created in the image of God.  And God is faith.

 

No squirrel sits around and ponders eternity.  No racoon argues for or against a specific faith perspective.  There are no church services, scientific conventions or ufologists in the animal kingdom.  For animals, although they have been created by God, have not been created in the image of God.  Animals don’t know about and don’t care about eternal matters.     

This is a wonderful gift that humanity has received in creation.  Yet, it comes with a catch.  You must fill in the blanks for yourself.  And how you choose to fill in the blanks will directly affect your perspectives on life, death, the world, the universe and other people.  None of us can escape our “in the image of God” design.  Just as much as no squirrel can escape not being created in the image of God.  This is who we are.  We are all people of faith. 

 

The question that you are invited to wrestle with today is this:  In what do you place your faith?  Again, a question that no squirrel has ever pondered.  But it’s a question that every human being must ponder.  For you have been created to ponder it.