The Truth I Know but Didn't Know I Knew

posted by Jeffrey on Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 10:17 AM


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Love Trumps KarmaAs of late, some friends and I have been discussing the reality of perfect love and what the world would look like if all humanity lived in and through it.

Anyway, my buddies turned me on to a book called Love Trumps Karma by Karyn Henley, a local Nashville girl. In LTK, Karyn too explores what such a world would look like.

Anyway, this morning as I was reading a few chapters at Starbucks in Hermitage while eating my two cinnamon cake donuts and sipping on a tall banana coconut frappucino, God revealed something in my spirit that leaves me utterly dumbfounded as I wonder at how I have not yet seen such a simple Truth. So here it is...

In 1 John 4, verses 8 and 16 say that "God is love." Genesis 1:26 says, "Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image...'". If God is Love, that is perfect love, then that is His image. So the fact that God made humans in His image means that deep in our hearts He wrote into all humanity the image of Himself, of His Love.

Traditional thought and teachings imply that somewhere in the course of time, probably as a consequence of "the Fall", humans somehow lost or at least corrupted that image. However, I cannot recall or find any scripture(s) in the Bible that would indicate such. What more accurately happened is that humans, Adam and Eve, chose to disobey God in eating of the tree of the knowledge of good AND evil (when they had only previously, the knowledge of good) and in so doing, allowed themselves to be governed by knowledge, fear, reason, and the like. It was not God that hid from them, but they that hid from God--fearing the assumption of His wrath on their actions. (Where they came up with the concept of His wrath or anger is mind boggling--since they had only known Him in as Love before this time.)

So the reality remains that the whole of humanity has written into the very deepest fibers of our being, at our very core, perfect Love. The problem is that our awareness of such a gift has been lost in centuries and generations of hate, fear, and greed. The quest, therein, is to discover how we might be reconnected with and consciously aware of such love within us, that we might live in it.

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1 Comments:

Blogger easyrhino said...

Good thoughts, Jeffrey.

I have come to similar conclusions in the last few years. I was strangely surprised when I took all the verses dealing with love in the New Testament, put them together, and read them in one sitting. The conclusion - love, as a reflection of Jesus, really is the most important thing. Love is even above faith, apparently. One sober realization that I came to shortly after this is that never in the institutional church was I taught how to love. It was only when I was discipled in a relational setting that I understood the importance and power of love. I think I gave you this link before, but you can read more of this story at my website.

Also, NT Wright, the guy I mentioned to you when you were at my house awhile back, talks a fair bit about the importance of becoming "truly human." He argues that Jesus was "truly human" in the sense that he reflected the image of God into the world perfectly. This would seem to jive with your conclusion that our duty (and joy!) is to reflect perfect love (the image of God) into the world.

That's all I have to say on this Sunday morning. Peace be with you.

July 09, 2006 10:02 AM

 

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