In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
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Genesis 1, and when I read this—and I have read this more times than I can remember—I think deeply about God hovering over the waters. I like to think the Spirit as a formless, unseen collection of particles we know as energy. And that God in this form is not in one location, but everywhere at once.
He does not see with eyes like you and I do, or feel sensations with the texture sensing apparatus we know as skin. He doesn’t smell, taste or feel the array of emotions as we do; rather He connects through an understanding—and the word understanding barely touches the surface of what I’m trying to describe—of all these human characteristics through us.
And then God said; Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that crept upon the earth. So, God created man in His image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created him them.
In reading this, you would think that God creating man in His image meant that God was of the image of man, a human form. But this is not so because it wasn’t until Jesus that God presented Himself as a human through the body of Jesus and so that would infer that God was always something not human. As I mentioned above, a formless, unseen collection of particles we know as energy.
There is a relationship with God we are all having whether we care to accept it. Being agnostic, atheist or a believer in God will yield you all the same. God does not accept one and discard the other because of his or her belief, but his or her belief will dictate the events that occur in that person’s life.
I am going to begin this journey by discovering the effects of relationships and what they have in common with God and how relationships can help us to see our lives with greater clarity just by taking notice to what each relationship creates in you as being part of that relationship.
Growing up in a family filled with women whose men had one foot in the relationship and one foot out, opened up the greater aspect of God as the man of the house. In poor communities, many people rely on the notion of God because to believe that something bigger than you is going to take the misery and poverty away, lessens the pain reality leaves behind.
Because my grandmother and aunts clung so tightly to Christianity, people with shortcomings didn’t add up, but yet their shortcomings did because they were in favor with God, or so they believed. And so at a young age, I allowed God to come into my heart and dwell there forever, and over the years He and I have had an understanding that has changed and grown as I have shed years and left them behind me. God has been the one I look to whenever I made mistakes, mistakes that left me feeling guilty. He has grounded in me the ability to forgive and to apologize. He has never made me feel I was better than anyone else, but He has reminded me of how great I am and so I feel that if I do all He asks of me and that He is dwelling inside of me, then I too must be like God as God is like me.
I don’t attend church on a regular basis, though I have been in churches from as early on as 8 or 9. I pray all the time, prayer is that conversation you’re having in your head right now so in many ways we all pray. I don’t look at God as some mysterious person living in the sky beyond, God says: “I am always with you.” Which to me means we are a pair. If my thoughts can create my world, then I am powerful. If my reality is a product of the thoughts I think, then who else other than God can do that? God is Love and if in my relationships with all people who are a part of my life whether friends, family co-worker or stranger then my relationships are enriched not because I believe in God, but because I am having a relationship with Him.
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In a world filled with so much chaos and hateful noise it’s nice when I hear a change in tone. I also have read Genesis 1:1 & 2 a number of times and those particles that you believe to be God would be His active force, Holy Spirit or as quoted in the beginning of your blog, the Spirit of God. While His Holy Spirit is a formless, invisible energy it is not God the Almighty, instead it’s what God uses to accomplish his will. Part of God’s plan was to form the earth and all that is in it but it was his holy spirit, active force or the Spirit of God or whatever you chose to call it that accomplished this. It was Gods holy spirit that transferred Jesus into the womb of Mary, it was holy spirit that parted the Red Sea, it was holy spirit that brought about the Deluge in Noah’s day. God commanded it and his holy spirit carried it out.
Though God is a spirit that no man has seen we are still made in His image – Genesis 1:26 & 27. His image does not mean a physical human body but rather His image refers to Godly qualities. Look at the example of Jesus, the first of all Gods creations perfectly reflected those Gods’ qualities and personality to the fullest within his human limitations. While on earth Jesus reflected this Father likeness so perfectly and so completely that he could say “he that has seen me has seen the Father also.” ~ John 14:9. Some of those qualities that Jesus mirrored from his Father were compassion, mercy, kindness, forgiveness, loyalty and most importantly love. It’s those attributes that set mankind aside from all the other creation and that is how mankind was made in God’s image.
It’s those traits that I base my relationship with God on. Occasionally I examine myself to consider how well am I reflecting those Godly qualities that Jesus displayed. If everyone who profess to some sort of Christianity followed Christ example to display those qualities relationships within the family, relationships with friends and relationships with our spouses would not be in such turmoil. It would not be perfect but if everyone tried to reflect those traits and truly lived according to the image we were created, the world as we know it today would be a much kinder, safer and gentler place.
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