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November 30, 2013

Image of God

On the weekend of my birthday, I received a revelation from God – what it meant to be created in the image of God. It was an answer to a recent question that has been surfacing in my mind with regards to the topics “Human self-development and the work place” and “humanity” and “evolution”.

As an arts student, I have preferred to be a humanist. (Roughly speaking, Humanism is a group of philosophies and ethical perspectives which emphasize the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers individual thought and evidence (rationalism, empiricism) over established doctrine or faith (fideism).) This has especially been so since I entered the workplace. But there is a type of humanisim that embraces christianity

Experiencing how people behave at work full time,it has led me to think of people as glorious self-made constructions, or as  organisms with a selfish agenda. Two opposites. that just goes by humanistic assumptions,which much of secular society goes by. However, I still had a question “who are we, really” and it was in my subconscious.

I have always read the verse “created in the image of God” and just understood it surface value. but now i understand better what it means. we are created to be LIKE GOD – that means having the kind of worth, glory and honour that goes along with it. we have God’s attributes – love, holiness, grace,mercy,justice, righteousness, creativity, diligence and so on.

Isn’t it wonderful to have been created in the image of God? Instead of being slaves at the workplace, we have the worth of God-like status. Instead of being cogs in a machine,we have the moral attributes of God designed in us. Instead of being money hungry evolutionary beings, we are crowned with glory.

well, just happyabout the answer to the question “Who am I”.

September 29, 2013

Jesus is God and Lord over all creation!

Filed under: How we relate to God,Identity — applecherrypipz @ 8:55 am
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He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” – Col 1:15-21

Jesus is God and Lord over all creation!

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March 18, 2013

What does it mean to be human? – Ravi Zacharias’s take

Filed under: How we relate to God,Identity,People,Philosophy — applecherrypipz @ 2:23 am
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As our moral sensibilities seem to drift further and further apart, we must ask ourselves, “What does it mean to be human?” For, as Ravi Zacharias, Christian thinker, writer, and speaker, reminds us, upon this definition all else hinges.

http://www.veritas.org/Talks

February 13, 2013

What does it mean to be human

Filed under: Identity,People — applecherrypipz @ 11:26 am
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Is it enough to laugh, to jump, to cry, to sing, to shout, to dream, to hope, to die, to live?

Is it enough to think, to work, to study, to play, to just be?

What does it mean to be human?

January 30, 2013

What to do when one is bored with nothing better to do

Filed under: How we relate to God,Identity,Philosophy — applecherrypipz @ 8:41 am

What does one do when one is bored and with nothing better to do? One thinks about the reasons for one’s existence. This brings to mind the idea that we were created for God. The reason for our existence (inclusive of activities etc.) is God.

This brings to mind the Purpose Driven Life and the five purposes it advocates (//purposedriven.com/books/pdlbook/#purpose):

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What would it be like in a fully Christian society, the heavenly world which we were created for? What would be most of our lives be consumed by? Education, as suggested in Plato’s “The Republic”? Or Work, as suggested in Marx’s theory of history?

From my analysis of  Genesis 1 – 2 in the bible, man was created to

1. To be the likeness of God

2. To have dominion over creation

3. To reproduce abundantly

4. To tend the garden

I suppose one can glean more glimpses of God’s purpose for man throughout the bible. Perhaps I will just describe what I gleaned from the beginning of Genesis, which is an account of the creation of mankind.

 To answer my question directly, it seems that work, as suggested by point 4, does consume man’s life mostly, as  one out of two chapters in the beginning of Genesis describes this setting of work.

Perhaps, with such an analysis of scripture, one can live one’s life with a greater sense of purpose when one is bored with nothing better to do?

September 7, 2011

I’m back!

Filed under: How we relate to God,Identity,poetry — applecherrypipz @ 9:54 pm
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Hi dear readers, after writing for this blog since 2009 and having about 1 year breaks in-between, I think I’m back. This time, I think I wish to write more steadily and regularly.

When I ponder the beautiful stars in the sky,
and see my sick demise,
I am filled with grief,
and think I can never compare
to that awesome power out there
who created the heavens and the earth,
who nestled me in his hand,
and said “I love you”.

 

October 19, 2010

High heels

Filed under: Fashion,Identity — applecherrypipz @ 1:39 am
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I love shoes, and one of the things I find funny:

Nothing beats a lovely pair of cute pumps with a sweet colour for me. I feel empowered, more special and more alive.

But heels are usually painful. So what is it that keeps us females going back to these pain-inducing shoes?

Freudian theory says that shoes represent the female body and in dreams, they represent female genetalia . The “Shoe is symbolic of the vagina. Tension between the “active” and “passive” components of the shoe…It is an economic balance of two parts: a womblike enclosure and the phallic extremity.” (Kaite, 97)These are “heels with the potential of piercing and penetrating, and thus have powerfully invasive qualities.” (Kaite, 100)

In other words, it a lovely expression of female vulnerability, normally associated with feminity rather than masculinity, juxtaposed with strength, normally associated with masculinity rather than feminity.

A lovely, but lethal combination.

I don’t think God wants us girls to be weak and passive, or aggressive and dominant. It’s godly balance in between – we are strong, yet vulnerable. Assertive, yet receptive. Confident, yet secure.

October 13, 2010

Daughters of the King

Filed under: Identity — applecherrypipz @ 3:39 am
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We are daughters of the King…

our hearts are precious to Him,

so we can sing

glory, glory, glory to Him.

Just thought of a random poem for our feminine identities for God:

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Pet 2:9

Indeed, we are not only chosen, but royal. We are not only royal, but also a priesthood. God is declaring our identities in Him. Wake up people, this is who you really are in God!
In other words, we are royalty!

Many times as Christians we do not see how privileged we are to be on God’s side in this dark world, we do not see our true worth and value in the larger scheme of things.

Let’s hold on to how God views us and not be deceived anymore by the lies of the enemy:

You can’t do it
You’re not worth it
You’re not beautiful

As girls our true sense of strength does not lie in what we do, but comes from who’s side we are on, and the power He has bestowed upon us.

So what are we waiting for? Let’s be empowered!


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