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Each week on Colson Center.org, BreakPoint Radio and BreakPoint.org, WorldviewChurch.org and other channels we publish a great deal of new content around a vital theme. The ReSeries, John Stonestreet's video commentary, is often (but not always) the cornerstone of the weekly theme.
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By: Shane Morris|Published Date: February 21, 2014
One of the most crucial questions we must ask in order to understand life is, "Who are we?". That's that's been the focus of our four-part series on the image of God. As John Stonestreet said recently on BreakPoint, being human is both honorable and shameful. We are glorious creations, fallen from innocence, marred by the sin which constantly degrades the image of God in us. The Christian worldview teaches that we retain value, despite the degradation of our Divine image, and this worldview has bequeathed to us a legacy of freedom, democracy, and justice in much of the Western world. Great evil occurs most readily where that conviction gives way to other conceptions of the human person; worldviews which give the wrong answer to that vital question of who we are.
But on an even more fundamental level, we must ask another question. This question is the most important anyone could ever ask, because it deals with the One who gives life itself meaning and value. It is, of course, the question of who God is, and whether we worship Him, or another deity.
As John explains in this week's "ReSeries" video, in order to understand the image of God within us, we must first fix our eyes on the God who stamped it there. When we fail to do so, worshiping idols of our own making rather than our Creator, something ugly happens to us. We start to resemble our idols more than our Author, becoming deaf and blind, even as a hand-carved god of wood or stone is deaf and blind, and cannot save.
Technology, says John, has taken on the role of a modern idol for many. It allows us to accomplish incredible feats, creating tools, staving off diseases, and sparing lives no one could have just a few generations ago. But technology cannot ultimately save us. In fact, the same advancements that seem to work miracles can also debase us, commoditize us, and ultimately kill the most vulnerable among us.
That's why in order to value the image of God in every human person, we must value and worship the God whose image it is. Without that foundational belief in the infinite worth and authority of the One who created life, we have no basis for the dignity of every individual. Technology, instead of preserving, protecting and enhancing life, becomes a false god whose endless demands consume those deemed less intrinsically valuable.
We encourage you to learn more about this and start a study with your family, friends or church small group with our "In His Image" study series, available now at the Colson Center Online Store.
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By: John Stonestreet|Published Date: February 14, 2014
The twentieth century was the first century in human history that saw entire societies rebuilt on atheistic assumptions. And it was also the bloodiest century in human history. As John Stonestreet says in this week's "ReSeries" video, that's no coincidence.
It was German philologist and moral philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche who wrote near the end of the nineteenth century that human science, philosophy and aspirations to transcendent knowledge had effectively killed God, or left Him unnecessary. Reflecting on the consequences of this, he writes in "The Parable of the Madman":
"The madman jumped into their midst and pierced them with his eyes. 'Wither is God?' he cried; 'I will tell you. we have killed him—you and I. All of us are his murderers. But how did we do this? How could we drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon?..must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?"
Nietzsche taught that we had to become gods because ridding ourselves of the God of the Bible left a vacuum of ultimate meaning. For him, a world without God was one where man was the measure of all things, and the will to power replaced good and evil.
But as you'll learn from John in this week's video, that philosophy left us acting not like gods, but like animals. When man becomes the measure of all things, man becomes nothing. And without the Christian concept on the Divine Image imprinted upon every human being, the results are truly inhuman: genocide, eugenics, forced sterilization, euthanasia and abortion.
When God "dies," it turns out a lot of people do, too. That's why rediscovering and reintroducing the Christian view of humanity is crucial. And it starts with the Image of God. We encourage you to learn more about this and start a study with your family, friends or church small group with our "In His Image" study series, available now at the Colson Center Online Store.
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