reply to post by Blue_Jay33
On the other end of this line of reasoning, the average person does not take the time to reflect on what is actually happening to them here in an
artificial image. First, we are given a spirit that did not first belong to us. Our Soul is like a child that we raise. The Spirit of God allows
our consciousness to accomplish this, but nothing about the relationship we have with God should say that He owes us the privilege. It's entirely
given to us freely as a gift.
Think on this. Do we make our hair grow; the Earth turn; our eyes see; our stomach digest or any of it for that matter? No. We think and are
allowed mobility. That's it. From there, the design of our body allows gifts of skill, but not apart from thought and movement. What generates the
bio-mechanical suit we wear and the trillions of functions that allow an environment for thought and movement are completely and utterly done for us.
We can only take credit for thinking and moving.
God created us in an image of Time, Space, Matter and Energy.
In the Beginning (Time), God created the heavens (Space) and the earth (Matter). Let there be light (Energy).
1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
If we look in a mirror, we see our image. We are aware that the image is not literally us, but only a representation. God created us INSIDE an
image. This should clue us in on the fact that the image is not us. God created us in the image of Himself. Knowing that we are children of God,
read this verse and tell me what you see.
The Parable of the Wandering Sheep
10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
If you are not the image here, what are you? "Their" angels face God in heaven.
23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better
sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself,
now to appear for us in God’s presence.
All of this is a copy of heavenly things. It's an image. We are given this as a gift so that this verse set can be realized.
24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is
not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made
all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27
God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live
and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’[c]
29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human
design and skill. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he
will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
32 When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.”
They did hear him again on the subject. Here is what he said:
15 and I have the same hope in God as these men themselves have, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. 16 So I
strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.
God will raise every soul. That is today. 7 billion are here to see this happen.
28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who
are waiting for him.
Not only are the people you refer to spitting on the gift of life, they are also spitting on the one who offers a gift of eternal life in the first
creation of paradise in Genesis 1. Genesis 2 is the material world for raising children of God. It will pass away. Paradise will not. Again, God
only gives. "You must be born again." Baptism is the symbolism for immersion into the water of the river of life. We were baptized so we could be
raised again to new life, incorruptible and holy. Not possible apart from being a prodigal son in the wilderness.
1 Corinthians 13
12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
There is a point to the suffering. Love must come from suffering. We can't know one apart from the other.
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