By Tom Quiner
The world is easy to understand if one understands a single sentence in the bible:
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
Readers of the bible are confronted with this sentence on the first page, in Genesis 1:27.
God made us. Even more, we’re made in his image, he endorses us, and he loves us, because He made us. He didn’t have to make us. But He did.
Thank-you, God, for this gift of our life.
We are valuable to God, since He made us. He created man in two genders, male and female, so clearly our genders, our sexual identities, so to speak, have meaning.
If God made us, everything about us must have meaning. Why else would a loving God create us in His image? Dr. Peter Kreeft puts it this way:
“But we are objects to God (though we are subjects to this world); we too, therefore, are true only when we conform to God’s knowledge of us, God’s artistic plan for our identity. Since our highest freedom means freedom to be ourselves, we are most free when we are most obedient to God’s will, which expresses His idea of us.”
We are fully alive, truly liberated, when we conform our lives to His image.
Modern man seems confused by this sentence from Genesis. He thinks that we should conform
our lives to our urges and our desires, not God’s image. Modern man thinks that marriage should be reconfigured based on these urges, instead of on the fruit of creation when a man and woman become one flesh.
Gender confusion seems epidemic.
Even more, it seems like a whole lot of folks don’t like the image in which they were made. They’re having surgeries in an attempt to reorient their genders.
They’re having their faces and bodies remade to look like something that isn’t human.
Photographer Phillip Toledano captured the faces (and more) of people who have had their faces and bodies transfigured and transgendered. He explained the implications:
“In 50 or 100 years time, I think humanity won’t look like it does today because of technology. … We will be able to redefine what it means to look human and I think these people are the vanguard of that type of evolution.”
In other words, Mr. Toledano thinks the natural progression of civilization is for man to reject
God’s image and remake himself in the image of something alien. I don’t mean to be unkind to the folks in these photographs, but they look like aliens from a Star Trek episode.
What do you think?
Should we be content to look like God? Or is the alien look the wave of the future?
I think God might invoke an old Billy Joel song at this point:
“I love you just the way you are.”