The Meaning of Being Human: Significant
In my exploration of what human beings have put forth as to what it means to be human, it appears that most thought on this can be grouped to some degree into three camps.
First we will explore the paradigm I embrace and which I label as Significant.
“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness,’ … God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”¹
I have been sitting here for several minutes and thinking most of the time, “What can I really say to comment on this.” I invite you to read, ponder and think on these words of Scripture.
Humans are not a god but they are God like.
Humans are here on purpose, for a purpose and with a destiny.
Humans have an identity rooted in, and modeled after the Creators of humanity.
Humans are a creation of relationship which came out of the relationship of “Us”.
Humans identity is not something which humans create but which is received from our Creators.
Humans were created to express the character and qualities of our Creators and therefore we also learn about ourselves as learn of our Creators.
“… God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes.”²
The root Hebrew word translated ‘schemes” also carries the idea of ‘inventions”. This statement seems to be pointing out that humans were created with a magnificent set of qualities, desires and identity but we have gone in search of an identity of our own invention. So the answer to the question, “Are humans revealing the qualities they were created to exhibit?” would be that they are not!
But humans have a significant origin, purpose, identity and destiny. We are not an accident or transient. This may not be readily apparent but there is evidence to support this which will be explored later.
I will reveille in the gift of my significance with graditude.
1 Genesis 1: 26,27
2 Ecclesiastes 7:29