Are you exactly like God?
Well, the devil thought he was and is even now trying to place himself above God.
But hey….Scripture says I’m made in the image of God…um…right?
Actually, the translation from the original Greek and Hebrew reads like this –
And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them.
Genesis 1L27 (Douay Rheims version)
Did you catch it? The word ‘to’ twice.
Many Christians say they are made in the image and likeness of God, and sometimes I sense a bit of arrogance involved with this concept. Sure, mankind is special, but we’re not to be arrogant about it at all.
They key here, IMHO is the differing prepositions used. We know that God is love – you only have to look at Christ on the cross to realize this, plus we have the literal statement which is made in Scripture.
Now read the Douay Rheims translation again – God created man to his own image
So, let’s get a little algebraic now. If God is love, and man was created to God’s image, than man was created to LOVE.
That’s why it’s almost like getting a glimpse of heaven and God when someone is kind to another person, or when any good deed, offered out of love, is done for another.
Jesus said without love we are like clanging gongs and have nothing (I’m paraphrasing, but I’m sure you’ll recall the passages in Scripture).
Christian arrogance….beware of it folks.
I’m seeing and hearing more and more of it, and it is not at all Christlike. Pride is a characteristic of satan.
Whenever I experience it I immediately recall this Scriptural passage –
And to some who trusted in themselves as just, and despised others, he spoke also this parable: Two men went up into the temple to pray: the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee standing, prayed thus with himself: O God, I give thee thanks that I am not as the rest of men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, as also is this publican. I fast twice in a week: I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not so much as lift up his eyes towards heaven; but struck his breast, saying: O God, be merciful to me a sinner. I say to you, this man went down into his house justified rather that the other: because every one that exalteth himself, shall be humbled: and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted.
Please, oh please don’t read that as a license to sin as many Christians do! Jesus said to ‘be perfect as the Heavenly Father is perfect.’ That calls us to not to wallow in sin.
And always, always the Final Judgment passage exposes the concept of love as being the key to heaven –
Then shall the king say to them that shall be on his right hand: Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in: Naked, and you covered me: sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me. Then shall the just answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, and fed thee; thirsty, and gave thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and covered thee? Or when did we see thee sick or in prison, and came to thee? And the king answering, shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.
Then he shall say to them also that shall be on his left hand: Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you gave me not to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave me not to drink. I was a stranger, and you took me not in: naked, and you covered me not: sick and in prison, and you did not visit me. Then they also shall answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to thee? Then he shall answer them, saying: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you do it to me. And these shall go into everlasting punishment: but the just, into life everlasting.