...about things that interest me and are (hopefully) edifying!

But our God is in the heavens;
He does whatever He pleases. Psalm 115:3

Soli Deo Gloria!!

Monday, July 18, 2005

Equality with God & Original Sin


Originally Posted by ManM
I was going back over the posts that I disappeared from, and I noticed this:

Quote - JD:
...and the string I am trying to pull is that First Man did consider equality with God something to be grasped...a characteristic that originated the
post-fall condition of Man.

The desire to become like God was natural. When God created the world, he called it good, and that included all of the desires of man. The deception of Satan was so powerful because it turned this good desire against us. The fall wasn't due to the desire, but rather was a result of pursuing it the wrong way.

Adam and Eve were tricked into trying to become like God by
separating themselves from Him. And when they separated themselves from the
source of life, they fell into death.

Anyway, I just wanted to point out that difference between our theology.

Wanted to post this for consideration...

-JD


3 comments:

ManM said...

Just to expand on my point, let me use an analogy to explain what I mean by "like God".

Consider a flashlight reflecting in a mirror. If the mirror is clean, an outside observer cannot tell the difference between the light in the mirror and the original light. Both the mirror and the light appear to be sources of light. However, the mirror is not actually a self-sufficient source of light. In the same way Christians are called to become equal to God. The equality is not by nature, just like a mirror is not a flashlight. The mirror is a source of light only if it reflects the true source of light. We become equal to God only if we reflect Him inside of us.

jdlongmire said...

This is a very clear analogy to me and I have no issue with its implications.

Thank you for clarifying.

The issue I have is that Man originally and continually broke/breaks away from that natural reflective relationship and grasped for the opportunity to become a self-sufficient source.

To become equal with God "in fact", not "in spirit".

ManM said...

Well, the followers of Christ were certainly not trying to become a self-sufficient source. They strove for communion, not separation. Christ demonstrated that the natural reflective relationship was not out of our reach. It takes a lot of personal effort to realign ourselves, but such is our purpose in life.

...about things that interest me and are (hopefully) edifying!

But our God is in the heavens;
He does whatever He pleases. Psalm 115:3

Soli Deo Gloria!!


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