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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”.

March 24, 2013

Christ and Culture

Filed under: How we relate to God,People — applecherrypipz @ 8:37 am
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Here are some thoughts on this blog and it’s relation to culture:

First, I would like to introduce some famous thoughts from Richard Niebur.

Niebuhr was, by training, a Christian ethicist. In this capacity, his biggest concern was the way in which human beings relate to God, to each other, to their communities, and to the world. Niebuhr’s theological ethics can be described as relational. His greatest ethical treatise is The Responsible Self, published shortly after his death. It was intended to be the seed of a much larger book on ethics. His sudden death prevented his writing this work. In The Responsible Self, Niebuhr dealt with human beings as responding agents. Human beings are always “in response” to some influence, whether another human being, a community, the natural order or history, or, above all, God.

His most famous work is Christ and Culture. It is often referenced in discussions and writings on a Christian’s response to the world’s culture. In the book, Niebuhr gives a history of how Christianity has responded to culture. He outlines five prevalent viewpoints:

Christ against Culture. For the exclusive Christian, history is the story of a rising church or Christian culture and a dying pagan civilization.

Christ of Culture. For the cultural Christian, history is the story of the Spirit’s encounter with nature.

Christ above Culture. For the synthesist, history is a period of preparation under law, reason, gospel, and church for an ultimate communion of the soul with God.

Christ and Culture in Paradox. For the dualist, history is the time of struggle between faith and unbelief, a period between the giving of the promise of life and its fulfillment.

Christ Transforming Culture. For the conversionist, history is the story of God’s mighty deeds and humanity’s response to them. Conversionists live somewhat less “between the times” and somewhat more in the divine “now” than do the followers listed above. Eternity, to the conversionist, focuses less on the action of God before time or life with God after time, and more on the presence of God in time. Hence the conversionist is more concerned with the divine possibility of a present renewal than with conservation of what has been given in creation or preparing for what will be given in a final redemption

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I suppose my blog deals with topics related to “Christ tranforming culture”, of a reformative nature. How can we transform culture? Culture, defined by Oxford dictionaries, refers to

  • 1the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively
  • 2the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society

I would like to add, what creative ways can one live that relates to culture in this way? One way is self-help, which this blog seeks to do: showing Christ’s relevance, through art forms like philosophy and literature, in our lives.

Please let me know if you think that my blog can transform culture in more ways, and/or what you wish to see more of in this blog! E-mail me at applecherrypipz@gmail.com or leave a comment, I am waiting to hear from you! 🙂

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