Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Where does our human dignity come from?

     As humans, we are different from other living things.  We have self-knowledge.  We seek for a meaning in life unlike an animal, which merely lives its life.  We can identify beautiful art and music.  All of this and more show us that we are different.  This difference comes from our creation.  “Then God said: Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness.” – [Genesis 1:26]
     We, as human beings, are made in the image and likeness of God.  This is truly amazing.  We are not just another creature that God made.  No, we are His crowning achievement in the order of creation.  We are made in the Almighty’s image and likeness.  How do we live our this awesome gift?  How do we recognize this gift in others?
     This awesome gift should keep us rooted in knowing that we are made for more than this Earth.  God is eternal, and so then we, being created in His image and likeness, must have an eternal quality.  In our case, we have an eternal soul.  And being body/soul composites, what we do with our body affects our soul and vice versa.
     Others have the dignity that comes with this gift as well.  We call it human dignity, but it is really a divine dignity that is bestowed upon humans.  After all, this dignity comes from humans being made in the image and likeness of God.  But calling it human dignity is fitting, since this great gift is only given to the human race.  So, we need to see that any offense against the human dignity of any human being is an offense against God, since this dignity comes with His image and likeness that we possess.
     So, let us never reduce ourselves to mere animals.  Also, let us see God in everyone, since they possess God’s image and likeness.

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