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March14

There is a lot of information in the Bible that can be interpreted in many ways. I think this is good because “questioning” and “seeking” mean you care.

What is image? Or, what is an image?

The answer might begin in some of our most common questions about ourselves:

“Who am I?”

“What am I here for?”

“What is the purpose of life?”

So, I went to work in an effort to divine some clarity. And, the answer (for me any way) came pretty quick (yet continues).

If you are a Christian you are taught to interpret the Bible and believe that we are supposedly created in Gods image. Meanwhile, I happen to be a “Christian that drinks Beer” (I got this from Craig Butler). Of course, this fuels lots of interesting debates amongst my friends and myself (there are always a lot of kids and parents at our house). My friends know that ‘image’ concept has frustrated me at times because I try to apply a physical perspective to God. And, I used the existence of extra terrestrials, and their potential alien appearance (what if Aliens resemble Dolphins?), as my argument.

So, here I approach my point:

Lets assume you believe in God (I do). It’s worth taking the stance that God is bigger than the universe, and every thing in it. He is everything and every where, right? We aren’t like that.

So, lets say image is a reflection and/ or representation.

God created us to REPRESENT Him to one another in order to REFLECT Him. God probably possesses (certainly invested) every attribute we know of, and many more we may not be able to fathom (yet). For example, Love, Grace, Trust, Unique, Wonder, etc… These are words that describe God represents in part, and certainly things we can reflect. So… When the Bible says:

“in HIS image He created him”

[…]

…maybe it’s more about ‘WHY’ we are created and ‘WHAT’ we need to do, than how.

We were made to reflect Him into the lives of others.

I appreciate it when people ask me what makes me different. It probably means I am making an impact – an impression, and they want to learn more about me. Maybe even emulate me in some fashion. So, now my integrity and character are important because of accountability, and a sense of responsibility – providing I want to be “Part of the solution – and, not part of the problem”./1

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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1/ Chuck Schmidt, one of our Battalion Chiefs at the Louisville Volunteer Fire Department said that, and I think about it’s application with every thing I do.

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  7. Avatar September 25th, 2009 at 11:19 pm leguru Says:

    Why not take “image” as it is commonly used, instead of trying to stretch it out of shape (pun intended). That would reconcile Exodus 33:20-23. Also Ex 31:18. And, again, when Jesus replied to the question about his Father, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” And, most importantly, how to explain the pregnancy of Mary if God was impotent? The Mormon Church believes God has a physical body like you and me and that He literally created man in His image and likeness. When you say God is everywhere, you mean His influence is everywhere. That was difficult to believe in earlier times, but with the advent of television, etc, not so hard to believe in today. Food for thought. 🙂


  8. Avatar September 28th, 2009 at 12:33 pm Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    Hell leguru.

    I recognize and respect the Church’s view and interpretation of Image.

    However, as I’m always willing to demonstrate I struggle with the Christ element in the Christian formula.

    I’ll consider myself a seeker.

    I also try to follow the path of the heterodox in my thinking. I feel confident that Christ walked the earth. And, I’m convinced he changes and influences us all daily. There are few arguments against the evidence. I don’t know that he rose of the dead to seal the deal. I like the notion. I am waiting and hoping to feel it. So, in the meantime, I try to represent and reflect the virtues that Christ teaches us all.

    I understand this isn’t enough for Believers. And, I deeply appreciate that position and efforts to help me along the path. Keep nudging.

    Cork


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