Men need images, lacking them they invent idols (Egyptian proverb)
Why do we place so much emphasis on the outward appearance? Why is it so important to adorn our exterior? Why does our image take precedence over what is inside? Scriptures say we are made in the image of God. What exactly is the image of God?
Before I explain I’d like to make a disclaimer, this may not come out of my mind the way I want it to, I may not be able to do this topic justice, but those on the same wave will understand. Genesis 1v26 says “Let us make man in our own image, according to our likeness…In Gods image he created him; male and female he created them. As a child growing up I’ve always imagined God as a man by himself up in the sky somewhere, with long beard…don’t forget the long beard. As I continued my spiritual journey I began to realise the perfect reflection of God on earth as it is in heaven is male and female. We have been conditioned to refer to God as he, but the actual Hebrew word used in this text is Elohim which is plural, meaning the gods. Some people use this to justify the Trinity but the term Elohim does not state a specific number. However if he made them male and female I’m gonna assume it’s two. It is for this reason that “…a man will leave his father and mother, and will join with his wife, and they will become one flesh” (Genesis 2v24). The bible and other religious text are always stating the Lord our God is One (Mark 12v29).
As I’ve got older, I’ve seen the importance of relationships and the Lord’s Prayer says on earth as it is in Heaven, the text that says “Let us make man in our image” I always thought, who is God talking to? I knew from then that he couldn’t be alone. If he then proceeded to make male and female, is God talking to his female counterpart? Could this be what the phrase means? That the relationship between males and females on the earth embodies what God is in heaven, could this be the reason why relationships, particularly marriages are under attack. The Union of men and women enable life to come forth, making them the creators on earth, a reflection of our creator. Everything God creates is alive, the only time mankind can produce life is through a male and female union. I’m sure as I type there are scientist trying to duplicate life itself through cloning or what have you, you can produce a duplicate of the flesh but the spirit is from God. God only needed two of each kind of animal on Noah’s Ark because the two can produce hundreds after its own kind. Every natural thing here on earth has it own replica in seed form.
We live in a world governed by the law of duality and correspondence, everything has its opposite or mirror reflection. Sun vs moon, water vs fire, spirit vs material, they are essentially the same thing at different degrees. The symbol that embodies what I’m trying to say is the yin yang symbol, two halves of the same whole. Complementary opposites, different degrees of the same thing but not absolute.
There so much emphasis made on being an individual or trying to change someone to be exactly like you when all we should be doing is celebrating each other’s differences, appreciate the people around you for who they are and don’t let your ego get in the way.