Human Beings As God By George Fairbairn Essay

937 Words Dec 20th, 2016 4 Pages
Humanity was not created to live life in solitary isolation, but in community. Theologian Donald Fairbairn asserts, “Human beings as God originally created them were intended to reflect the life of the Trinity through their relationships with one another. If we apply these truths to the present situation of believers, we recognize that both among Christians, and between Christians and non-Christians, we are called to reflect the Father-Son relationship” In the garden it was as God intended, the Godhead and Adam, then with the addition of Eve, a human companion for Adam, the reflected image of the Trinity was complete. Throughout biblical history, it attests to God’s desire for his creation to “reflect both the character of God and the relationship that characterizes the Trinity.” Jesus in following his Father’s lead, commanded his disciples in John 13:34-35 to “love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” The love that is like Jesus and his Father’s must be lived out in the life of community. The Desert Fathers and Mothers, sought the presence of God above any other relationship, desiring transformation of their inner selves in preparation for Christ to return. For some desert saint they maintained a life of isolation as to not cause someone else to stumble as one of the Desert Fathers counseled other desert brothers saying, “The Fathers use to say: If some…

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