Thursday, 20 November 2008

A thought about creation

Now I propose to get a bit deep. No doubt this will be deeply flawed thinking, and I apologise for that. My humble thoughts are but the beginnings of an idea I shall fail to pursue any further due to lack of commitment and any particular theological bent.

The Bible says that we are created in God's image. What if the image of God is not to do with what we look like at all. Perhaps God only designed our insides. Perhaps the image of God is to do with how we are and what we do. Perhaps the image of God is just love. It doesn't matter what we look like* on the outside at all.

Yes, that is the thought. It seemed like a bigger idea when I was thinking it...

You might be interested to know that I am having a comparatively articulate day, in which writing original things seems like a very real possibility. This is gratifying to me, but the joy may not quite have worked its way to you.


*I reckon that God just set evolution rolling, anyway, and I am not convinced that He planned an end point per se, although I reckon that He did always intend to have people evolve. But not necessarily in this shape. But maybe in this shape - I can't rule out that He liked this particular design...

I like to think that, although He is omniscient, there was a little bit of Himself He kept in the dark about what was going to happen to all the creatures and plants, and to Earth, as evolution took place, so that He would always be surprised. I expect omnipotent beings can do that.

2 comments:

Elizabeth McClung said...

I like the quote from a Hawaii Biologist: "God loves diversity, it is seen in the world, the animals' (including some who reproduce by cloning themselves, or having sex with themselves, or those who have the males pregnant), and in humans"; who still are born with horns and tails and ambigious genetalia and so many other things. However, people have a harder time with the diversity God created than God seems to (I mean Jesus even talked about people who were born asexual in the new testament - not an often referred to quote as it suggests to men who want to divorce older women to have a mid-life crisis and marry young women that maybe a good solution would be to castrate themselves instead - oh that Jesus, such a controversial joker!).

Abi said...

I have only just worked out what you were saying in the last bit of your comment - I am four days too slow. How embarrassing. I would try to reply in a meaningful way, but I have been trying for days and failing. It's a good job God accepts some diversity in success rates!