I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the biblical belief that we humans were made in God’s image. If that’s the case how do you account for our less than perfect behaviors? Take for instance the seven mortal sins:
Wrath-may be described as inordinate and uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger.
Greed-an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs or deserves, especially with respect to material wealth.
Sloth-believed to be the failure to utilize one's talents and gifts.
Pride-identified as a desire to be more important or attractive than others, failing to acknowledge the good work of others, and excessive love of self.
Lust-excessive thoughts or desires of a sexual nature.
Envy-resent that another person has something they perceive themselves as lacking, and wish the other person to be deprived of it.
Gluttony- the over-indulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of waste.
I have to admit I’m guilty to some degree of all of these. As, I would wager, the majority of people are.
The story of Adam and Even in the Garden of Eden tells us that Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge after being told not to (stupid) and sin was created. Thanks Eve. Thanks a lot. But in Eve’s defense, God sent Satan after her to fool her into believing it was no big deal. He put something forbidden in front of her and sent his wingman in to goad her into biting. Sounds like entrapment to me. If our police forces aren’t allowed to get away with that shit, why should God? That doesn’t sound very loving does it? How do you justify idolizing a being who set you up to fail?
Our world is full of rapists, murderers, pedophiles, and abusers of every ilk. We hurt each other on purpose to further our causes. We lie, cheat, and steal on a daily basis. We are guilty of every brainless act you can think of from touching a hot stove to gambling all of our money away to voting for the same political party year after year and expecting things to change for the better. We climb our ivory towers and look down in judgment on our fellow man even though the bible says that task is reserved for God alone. I thought God was infallible. Why would He design us with so many flaws? Sounds like God has a few issues of His own. If he did create us “in his own image” does that mean that he is as capable of all these horrors as we are? Is he capable of being just plain dumb? You do the math. If you can.