If you believe we are created in the image and likeness of God, do you believe we should be like God
Growing up through many different churches I was taught (by church leaders) not to question church leaders authority, to stay in your box and everything outside of that box shouldn't be looked upon. As I became older and made a real connection to God and made wiser decisions, I was led to believe to test the waters.
True there are some things not worth experiencing, but do you feel those who stay in the box are safer or not? I don't believe so. What are your thoughts on the subject.? I believe that we will ultimately experience what we focus on with all our intention whether it is good or bad
However I will add to this, it is better to do the right thing than to willfully do the wrong thing. And since we're created in the image of God, I believe that would also imply that we have God like potential within us and we can do the good things. I believe that whatever we sow we will reap / for every cause there is an effect. Everything in existence has a polarity. Hot and Cold. Good and Evil. Right and Wrong. Freedom and Bondage. Love and Fear. Peace and War. etc.....
Please explain your thoughts on the matter......
Yes, I believe God is a monkey, just like us. I believe that we should be as like God as we can - like the great monkey in the sky. We know that Jesus was not a Christian don't we? He wasn't even God until 300 years after his death and that was the fabrication of priests. For me, the words of Jesus are close to God. The words of priests couldn't be further away. What a wonderful, transcendent monkey God is - and he made us in his image - which is why we are monkeys!
My problem is to extricate God from priests - those people Jesus called "whited sepulchres". Church leaders are one of the world's great evils.
When you are asked to "remain in your box" you are in reality being asked to remain subjected to ignorance. As long as you remain ignorant (meaning lack of knowledge), you can easily be manipulated by . . . anyone. You were wise in deciding to "test the waters" as you put it. I would suggest you go even further than that and ask yourself if that entity that you consider God actually exists. For this you will need 1. A course in logic 2. A course in philosophy 3. A course in the history of religions, and 4. A biology course. All these courses ARE required for you to actually be able to make an educated conclusion as to the existence of that one who you call God. Find the truth. It will truly change your life forever. Good luck, my friend.
Truly, this is the major reason man as the image and likeness of God should also walk in the realities of his nature by the help of the Holy Spirit who teaches and guides any believer into all truths.
The ministry of the Holy Spirit at work in the life of any believer is what brings the reality of the Father in us and through us.
God presented Himself to us in our image through His Son Jesus. He wanted us to be able to relate to Him and His Son Jesus. In Gods world He is a Spirit. He has no resemblance to what we look like.
This was also supported by Moses when he came from the mountain top. God's essence was still present on Moses and it frightened Aaron.
God wants us to be like Him in the way we live our lives. The entire Bible is telling us how to be like God. It is not telling us to be God. That is not possible.
After seventeen years of Christianity, I am not afraid to say that, when the Bible states we've been made in the image and likeness of God, it refers to human unique ability, among all creation, to contact and have a personal relationship with Him. One would surely face difficulties if he tried to communicate with another person who can't even speak his language. Thereby, God's purpose is to interact with us, "work of his hands", and behind it lies the reason He made us so similar to Him. God wants a relationship with human beings; therefore, it implies a dialogue where both participants have the same possibilities to express themselves, agreeing or not. In my vision, those who "stay in the box", so to speak, haven't understood yet the real essence of God's work. This Creator's unbridled desire to contact His little pieces of art is pervasive in Biblical history, starting with the picnics in Eden up to the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. On no account will you see God imposing his will; on the contrary, He is always pointing the best way in His characteristic lovely manner. If one is willing to fully portray God as He is presented in the Bible, one can never accept such authoritarian assumptions - which some have named "Silence Dictatorship" - stated by virtually all Christian churches.
Are we created in the image and likeness of God as a statement depends heavily on your defitions of every word. So lets skip that one.
Do I believe we should be like God?
Its like the two sentances...
God is now here.
God is no where.
Depending on where you put the space, changes the complete meaning of the sentance, and the last two words in particular.
Should we be like God?
Should God be like us?
Same thing just a more complex version.
My answer, no.
We are like God in many ways - but we will always be the creature and He will always be the Creator. The clay and the Potter.
I totally agree with you. I also believe that God wants us to have a relationship with him like we have with each other. We could never be like him but we can strive to be.
Oh, But HE tells us. "When HE appears, we shall be like HIM for we shall see or perceive HIM AS HE IS. And also, as HE is, so are we upon this earth. When we set our gaze on HIM, we become more and more like HIM. We become like whom we associate with
God's true image cannot be understood by the human mind.
However, when it is written the that we are created in the image of God. This simply means that we like God are also creators. We are in fact co-creators with God. God has created the physical and spiritual universe. God has also given us the power to create too.
Look around us, we have created computers, buildings, and so on.
By our deeds and prayers we also create situations in the spiritual universe.
In this way, we are similar to God. That is why it is stated that we are created in the "image of God". It does not mean we look like God or God has only two hands and two legs.
Confusion is a result of not having the correct knowledge by intertwining what God said and what man says.
True bible believers know we are an express image of God; head, shoulders, knees, and toes. If humans accept the knowledge that we are the offspring of God, then are we on this earth to 'eat and be merry for tomorrow we die'?
On the other hand, if God is mindful of our actions, who is to say we do not have the potential to be like God or masters of our own universe? But if this is too much to comprehend, then start from the basic two laws; love God and love your fellowmen. Then wait for judgement day and see where you end up.
In Islamic Belief ... Held, within the Quran's Stated, regarding The Lord's Creation of the Human, in the Distinct State of a living Form ... It Is Stated ... "We, have Created "Insaan" ... [meaning, the Human] In the finest of Symmetries ..."
Thus, to me, not familiar with the logics of the Image, and likeness statement ... it is impossible to comprehend, how we could have been created, in the 'likeness' or the 'image' of One, who transcends Form ... For there is nothing Liken to Him, In the Totality, Existent In His Act of Creation.
But Yes ... as the Second, of God among the Created Totality ... we can often Exercise temporary Control, over powers, governing life and death ...
But it is critical, to Restrain our Powers, to the Humane ... Our Acts should thus, in propriety, have to be Humane ... Because, being Humane, Is the Purpose of our being in Creation ...
For Being Human, Is what The Lord Expects us to be, not gods ...
THE ISLAMIC THOUGHT OF CREATION IS DIFFERENT FROM THE JEWISH-CHRISTIAN THOUGHT OF CREATION.
THE KORAN STATED MAN WAS CREATED IMPATIENT BY HIS CREATOR BUT CAN BE MADE PERFECT BY PRAYER.
THAT WOULD MEAN THE INTENTION OF HIS CREATOR WAS NOT WAS PERFECT. THE WORD CREATE IN HEBREW MEANT BAWRAW MEANS QUALIFIED AND CHOSEN. THIS MEAN BY VIRTUE OF YOUR CREATION YOU ARE QUALIFIED TO BE RECREATED IN CHRIST JESUS BY ACCEPTING HIM AS THE SON OF GOD. (JOHN 1:1-12) ALLAH CLAIMS HE SEND THE GOSPELS IN SURA 3:3,5 AND SURA 3:55 SAYS 'JESUS IS YOUR PROTECTION FROM SATAN'. I WILL GIVE YOU LATER.
I believe we should all be ourselves - because everything comes from the same source - so in a sense, we are all expressions of the divine or "God" if you choose to call it that and "God" expresses its creative energy through us.
I do not believe there is a "diety" but that "God" is the creative force or energy that we all collectively come from.
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