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We are the body of God: an ecological theological perspective

In the scriptures, especially the new testament, we are told over and over that we are the body of God. That our bodies are his vessel. That him residing in us makes us sacred for he is sacred. If he does not reside within us, then all the work that we do, though they are good, will not guarantee us a resurrection with him. Without God we die both body and soul.

God is the giver of wisdom and if he resides in us means we have wisdom within us. But our free will if not used properly will strife this wisdom, stifle God making us choose the wrong path on the road to life.

When God created us he created us free and he gave us all that we needed. He gave us animals and trees and then he gave us companionship of a suitable kind. He created us male and female to replicate his love here on earth. Just as he gives himself to us, we too are to give ourselves to each other in sacrifice of self, love and happiness.

Over and over in the scriptures we are told that we were created in the image of God, in his likeness. That we are his children, his heirs, his offspring. This is because when he created us he gave us his Spirit. We have his Spirit residing within us, though there are times we choose to ignore it.

Since creation our world has been through drastic changes. The first ever recorded change was the Great Flood told in Genesis. Recent changes have come in the form of earthquakes, flooding and severe weather changes brought on by the ever dreadful phenomenon of climate change. Socially we have changed too. The story of the Tower of Babel showed how God dispersed people on the earth by giving each their own language. Now we are seeing cultures merging, a call for acceptance, a call for equality, leadership ladders changing, economic status changing, and so forth. We group all these under the elaborate heading of evolution. The question that is pertinent is whether these changes were as a result of the intervention or direction of God. We may never know the answer. However, whether or not we participate, support or encourage these changes is what we can control and whether we seek God’s guidance in determining our roles in these changes.

We are collectively the body of God, but we are also individually his body. We are each unique with our own characteristics, gifts and talents, and when we use these we contribute to the development of the whole. As we are all connected and dependent on one another, what we do or not do affects another. So are we contributing positively or negatively to the whole? Are we building or are we destroying the whole?

Being the body of God, being his earthly image, we represent communion with him. Through his Son, Jesus Christ, we enter into marriage with him. We are the bride with Christ as our bridegroom, a marriage commissioned for eternity.

God knew what he was doing when he created us. By giving us existence he made us apart of his plan. He uses us to accomplish his plan of eternal glory. Our duty as part of God’s plan is to respond to him by knowing, loving and serving him. Love, one of the three theological virtues, is the most important of all. Without love we are nothing. Without love we are empty. Through love comes the continuation of creation. Through love comes the responsibility especially in intimate relations.

God is timeless and he is limitless and he will be around for eternity. We too can join him in eternity. Actually he has given us the necessary means by which we can join him in eternity. This means is through his Son, Jesus Christ, the bringer of salvation.

God knows us from before we were born, he said so himself. We belong to him even though some of us do not want to. He loves us nonetheless and he s always true to us. Without him we will gain nothing worthwhile. Therefore, we should make all necessary preparations to submit ourselves to him.


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    1. Let it be known that God loves us dearly. So in turn we should love him too by obeying him. Jesus Christ showed us how to love and through his sacrificial life he showed us how to obey God. If we live for ourselves we are not committed to God. Obeying God means obeying his commands. When we love God we have no choice but to obey him as well.


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