Posts Tagged ‘gender’

A monument to Self

August 22, 2015

The tower of babel was a proverbial “last straw” for the Lord, who confused the people’s language and caused them to become scattered.  People often wonder what that was really all about–the people were unified and working together.  Isn’t that sort of peace just what God would find pleasing?  Well, it wasn’t the peace that concerned God, it was something else.  One translation says it this way:  “The people who lived there began to talk about building a great city, with a temple-tower reaching to the skies–a proud, eternal monument to themselves”  (Genesis 11:4)

It wasn’t the unity of the people, and certainly  not peace, but it was their pride in their own accomplishments–a pride that found no place for God.  Human pride soon leads to catastrophic ends.  Humans who believe themselves to be utterly wise, soon undertake things they know too little about–to the detriment of humanity.  We have seen endless medical catastrophes undertaken by those who have too little understanding of the long term effects of what they are doing. The courts are full of malpractice cases, particularly against drug companies and medical supply companies.  What about the unleashing of atomic energy–what a double edged sword!  Endless examples exist not only from medicine and science, but social science experiments as well.  Look at what the “one child” policy has created in China, for example.

No, human pride in self apart from God is rebellion.  We need ask ourselves more than “why does God intervene?”  We need to ask ourselves how much of that human pride exists in our world, our country, and in ourselves.  We have decided we will determine for ourselves the meaning of everything–personhood (abortion), marriage (alternative marriage), life (euthanasia), gender ( politically correct gender bending, including 13 gender possibilities), rights (the silencing of anyone who offends anyone)  and on and on we go.  Does anyone care what God thinks?  Anyone??

Let us make man in our image Man and maid He made them.

August 11, 2015

God is one.  Yet the mysterious comment “Let us” gives us pause.  What does it mean?  Could it mean God and the angels?  I don’t think it does, for nowhere does it say the angels helped God create.  Later in the scripture it says Jesus was present at the creation as well as the Spirit.  It certainly appears that God is one, yet a community of one.  God lives in community in some mysterious way, and theologians have tried to explain it in the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.  What is most interesting though, is that God should desire to live in community.  He who said “It is not good for man to be alone”, doesn’t live alone either.  It is also a mystery that God said man is made in God’s image.  Many have speculated on what is meant by that–is it our ability to reason, or our ability to create?  From these short two verses–Genesis 1:26 and 27, it would seem that the image God has in mind is the image of relationship–deep relationship that has the quality of creating out of plural a unity.   The male and female come together to create a unity.  Indeed it says in chapter 2 of Genesis that “the two become one flesh”.  God made male and female to complete one another for the purpose of not only companionship and helping one another, but He told them, “Multiply”.  The two are different, yet a singular entity, with the purpose of re-creating human life and extending relationship.  God did that too–in creating humans and desiring relationship with them.  In fact, in God’s picture of his relationship with Israel, He uses the bridal metaphor. He is the groom–Israel, was his bride.  Perhaps that is why God was so insistent on the purity of marriage–only the two for a lifetime.  Two whose oneness  could only be broken by death.  The violation of marital purity defaces the image of God which the couple represents.