Learn to live with what you are – 3

I’ve talked about the image of God a lot in these few posts. Though I’m still not sure quite that means. It is definitely something of significance just not clear what.

Yes we bear the image of God.

But we are broken images.

Does this then confuse our talk about being in the image of God?

Which bits of our humanity are fallen and which are in the image of God?

We tend to talk of sin and death when we talk of how the fall has affected humanity so do we view those who are considered to be in poor health to be less in the image of God? Do they reveal less of God’s image to us?

So the question is not just what does it mean to be made in the image of God but also what does it mean to be a broken image?


2 Responses to “Learn to live with what you are – 3”

  1. 1 jaybercrow January 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I know you’ve probably moved on from this, but I’ve been enjoying reading over some of your posts. Good stuff.

    My thought on the image of God is that it says something both about our dignity as human beings (our value and worth) and also about our purpose or mission to rule as loving shepherd-kings over creation. On that take, the dignity/worth aspect has not been changed by sin, but we have lost sight of our calling and mission. So a lot of the journey of salvation involves the recovery of that mission…

  2. 2 Nelly And I January 22, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    cheers for that jayber, sorry i took so long to reply

    the way you describe the image of god certainly makes sense to me but i suppose i’m interested in the question of whether we’ve changed since the fall.

    simple things like death and illness and how those interact with the fall. Were there human beings with 3 21 chromosomes (down’s syndrome), was there osteoarthritis?

    i strongly suspect such a question is unanswerable but i wonder would a better understanding (the way you describe it) help us in these questions of human value

    i suspect that if we managed to give specific answers about which bits of the human nature are more fallen then it would just give us one more reason to devalue both the acquired and congenitally “ill”

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