In The Image of God

The first story in the Hebrew Scriptures (Christian “Old Testament”) has become a source of contention among those who read spiritual writing in various ways. Some think it’s science (something unheard of 3,000 years ago when this was written). Others have other concepts.

Perhaps we miss the important point. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former “Chief Rabbi” in England provided this analysis.

“What makes the first chapter of Genesis so revolutionary is its statement that every human being, regardless of class, color, culture, or creed, is in the image and likeness of God himself. We know that in the ancient world it was rulers, kings, emperors, and pharaohs who were held to be in the image of God. So what Genesis was saying was that we are all royalty. We each have equal dignity in the kingdom of faith under the sovereignty of God.”

We should pause. And then pause further. And then let it steep into our very DNA. And then upon meeting another one of God’s children or reading about another one of God’s children, let this knowledge that we have equal dignity in the kingdom of God guide our reactions. If we all could do that, wouldn’t this be a better place to live?

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