In His Image

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In His Image - 23 Feb 2006

Many Christians are fond of claiming that they are made “in God’s image.”

They are especially fond of using this reference to squelch any argument for the betterment of the plight of animals.

Genesis 1:27:

27. And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Instead of trying to live up to a higher standard, these people seem intent on creating a god in their image: a god who would approve of all the cruelty they impose on others, while they justify such actions by citing passages from the Bible that describe a fallen world and God’s concessions to their evil character and their stubborn misuse of the free will God gave us.

They are also fond of using (or misusing, one could say) Genesis 1:28. They throw around the “dominion” word as though our loving Creator God would want His creation abused, instead of having it lovingly tended by caring stewards.

Genesis 1:28

28. And God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."

However, they don’t want you to look at the next two verses that prove that, by the Creator’s original intent, there was to be no killing at all. All creation was to be what we now call “vegan.”

Genesis 1:29-30:

29. Then God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;

30. and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food "; and it was so.

Genesis 1:31, the last verse of this chapter tells us that God was pleased with His creation:

31. And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

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"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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