Verily my reality
Who is this man, made in God’s image? For man is proclaimed to be the only being created in God’s image. I find this absolutely absurd; think for a moment, man is the only humanoid inhabiting a galaxy or an infinite and possibly still maturing, but not expanding universe.
I believe I will be called a heretic, but the thought of God and the faith I have in the existence of a God, a triune God at that, behooves me to consider other humanoids. We know through the Bible there are other created beings; here is a shortlist; angels, cherubim and seraphim.
Created by God to serve God, that is who they are in essence and spirit. Where do they live and are they among us or do they simply appear when God needs them? Now, I may know what you are thinking, perhaps you are thinking, he is speaking of aliens. Truly I tell you, aliens are only alien to us, but not God. An alien to us may be any creature we have never seen before. Even in the depths of our oceans and the forests of this earth and after many, many years discoveries of newly found creatures still occur.
You may look that up on the Internet and speaking of the Internet, that idea itself was alien 100 years ago and less. What my point is, is this; the Bible that we have, from 5,000+ years ago until roughly 2,000 years ago is truth. It is truth for that time and still holds truth to this day. History continues to repeat itself and it also continues to be made, the only new thought I am proposing is that the Bible will have many a prophesy revealed to us and even visions/dreams will become reality.
My reality lies primarily in the words of scripture, but my mind tells me there is much, much more that even the Bible could not explain. This does not mean I hold that the Bible is invalid!
I am a product of two worlds, one is tangible in a physical aspect and the other draws upon the spiritual realm. Because of this unique joining, I have always felt compelled to question why? This does not always serve me well, as some become offended at the mention of either science or religion as not having all the answers, but really, who knows everything? Far and wide, the Bible has been scrutinized for historical accuracy and has passed and even for contradictions and though there may appear to be some, who knows exactly what the intent implied by a particular passage is or was, without first reading and digesting the entire message?
Did you notice, that I have not added a specific book, chapter or verse of scripture previously, this is not by accident, I purposely want everyone who reads or hears this message to know that a free thinking person and of their own will, who openly admits to not knowing more than the next guy, can believe of his own free will that God, a triune God, can exist even now when we seem so darn capable of trying to explain the unexplainable.
Now, up to this point one of two things have happened, either I have isolated myself by mentioning science and religion in the same arena or I have garnered enough attention to help others consider we are for one not alone, and secondly not as smart as we think we are and thirdly, more in need of a loving and caring God than ever before as we play with our new toys; including genetic manipulation, atomic particle acceleration and the continuing desire to develop artificial intelligence. Man has a prideful arrogance about him, his incessant appetite to become himself God. Now, I will make one delve into scripture and frankly that is because there is only limited information on such a grand scale outside of wartime to make comparison of how this may end. Here is the scripture;
from Genesis 11, verses 3-11 (NIV)
3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
Again this echoes what I had said about pride and arrogance and they even knew the consequences of their actions, but did it anyway. For better or for worse, these are thoughts I have about man’s pride and who he is in this cosmos. My own interpretation of how man sees his fellow man is this; mankind only absorbs what benefits him in relationships with others, albeit marriage I hope, do you think I’m wrong? Well, let us look at current world events, Osama Bin Laden and terrorists, or terrorism in general and our continuing involvement in the Middle East, for what reason do we need to continue a presence there? Again, now I have possibly crossed a line, this time I could be deemed unpatriotic. Still, if you factor in how unsettled that area is and how much oil we currently import from there, a line in the sand points toward protecting our interest and nearly as much our borders I believe.
It is noble we have and continue to try rebuilding this war ravaged area, but considering we have done most the damage, it is sort of like replacing the divot you make after driving a golf ball kind of noble and of course, if I had someone replacing buildings and infrastructure in my community, I would not want them to leave so soon either.
There are those who will help and their motivation is truly from seeing others happy or well, yet this seems to be less than the norm, sad really, everyone desires to eek out a meager existence, but others are not satisfied with only living, they must live large and usually at the cost of others.
Here are several verses that allude to just this, here they are, first 2 Samuel 12, verses 4-7
4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”
5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”
7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.
Second, Acts 5, verses 1-3
1 Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.
3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?
Even though these two passages show the kind of spirit that runs rampant today, it is not unlike that same spirit of yesterday, our Lord, Jesus Christ said so in three of the four gospels; Matthew 26:11 / Mark 14:7 & John 12:8, but for the sake of clarity, I will choose the book of Mark’s chapter and verse to make my point.
Mark, chapter 14, verse 7 says;
7 The poor you will always have with you,and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me.
In all fairness a reference in Deuteronomy 15:11 precedes this statement by Christ, it speaks only of Israelites though, but seriously so many verses point to helping those in need, and not for personal gain, that I need not continue to add any more about this.
One verse I find particularly enlightening is from 1 Corinthians 10:23 it reads;
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.
This was said so we might be able to commune with others, even though they may not share our spirit, it is not intended by the first half to go and “ jump off the bridge” which so many a mother has spoken.
Now I know there are and we are a very diverse people, not only in my country, but in the world and scriptures aside, has anything I said seem dishonest or deceitful, for if it does, that was not my intent, my intent is for us all as one people of this planet to open our eyes to the needless suffering around us, my interpretation of scripture is not to tell you “The Bible and all it contains, is the only hope you have in living a life pleasing to God or a life that honors everyone’s individuality and dignity, thereby showing you to be a kind and caring person, you already know if that is who you are. I am just stating for some of us, we believe there is a Creator, who put man upon this earth, to help manage and sustain this planet and to live in harmonious balance with other men, that means ladies as well, and that a person, who was unlike any other upon the earth before or after, in the likeness of God and being God, came before mankind to show those who were weak, how to regain a life that pleased God, as was originally intended.