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For the Love of the Spirit

The Human Spirit

In the creation story in the first chapter of Genesis, after God created something and looked at it he “saw that it was good.”  Five times before the appearance of humans, God said of his creation “that it was good.”  Then the Lord God created man.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.  Genesis 1:27

After all this, at the end of the sixth “day” God looked  at “all that he had made, and it was very good.  All of his creation, including humans who were made “in his own image,” were seen as “very good.”

And why not? Is not God, in and of God’s very own nature, good?

The answers are there is no reason why the creations of God should not be seen as “very good,” and it is an absolute given that the nature of God is “good.”  It is the given upon which all questions of theology must rest.  God is the ultimate concern being questioned!  So what is God?

God is Good — given.

God is also the ultimate “Being.”  God is that from which all existence proceeds.  That is seen from Genesis in abundance.  God created the shape and structure of the planet Earth itself.   Besides being the ultimate and absolute “good,” what else may we say of the nature of God?

God is Being — given.

What is also seen in Genesis is something that is often overlooked because it is put in a necessary secondary position to expose the story of religious humanity as it unfolds on Earth.  The thing overlooked is  something else God created; everything else that is not on Earth.

And God said, ‘let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the Earth.  And it was so.  God made two great lights — the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night.  He also made the stars.

From astronomy of hundreds and hundreds of years we know that included in the “lights” there are multitudes of other objects.  There are other planets that encircle our sun and other planets that surround the stars.  There are comets and asteroids and moons and God only knows what else in the “sky” that were not there until God created them.

It is the Universe.  The Universe is infinite.  It is infinite in space.  There are no limits to its size.  It is without boundary.  It is infinite in time.  There is no point from which we can measure its beginning and end.  The objects within the universe have an age limit.  We can point to to when they started and to which we can reasonably expect their end.  Stars eventually go out.  There is no beginning and no ending to the Universe where all these physical bodies exist though.  What else can we say of the Being which is God?

God is the Universe — given.

If there was a “Big Bang,”  God was there when it happened.  God is not in the Universe and the Universe is not in God.  They are one and the same.  Before there was anything which can be identified as physical or material, there was God.

How then can we humans be created in the image of a non-material Being?  Simply, we cannot.  So there must be some other way in which we can be identified as being in the image of God.  If we chose, and we do, to identify the nature of God as that of a Spirit, then we must assume that if God was present before the creation of material forms that in order to be created in God’s image that it must be in the image of his Spirit.  Here, we capitalize “Spirit,” because it is but another way of saying “Being,” which we have already noted is the absolute nature of God.  Being and Good and the Universe are all absolutes and all are not within God but are all God in and of God.  They are the totality of God’s ultimate nature.

It is the human spirit which is in the image of God.  We do not find our human nature of being in our bodies.  We find our being in our spirit.  After God caused the creation of humanity in his spiritual image, he saw that “it was very good.”

In the beginning, the human spirit was good — given.

What happened to it after that?  The answer for that is for another article.

In Christ’s love, Michael

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January 5, 2012 - Posted by | Spirit | , , , , , , , ,

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