The Importance Of Humanity In Religion

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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 …show more content…
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 temptation arises in the place where you dwell in the desert, do not leave that place…no matter where you go, you will find the same temptation waiting for you. But be patient until the temptation goes away, lest your departure scandalize others.” For the Desert Fathers and Mothers most of community life was centered around other brothers and sisters who had chosen to detach from the distraction of the world, being transformed in the desert, waiting for Christ to return. Moreover, even with in this devout and dispersed community of desert dwellers, they recognized the need to live Christ-like lives with those they shared the …show more content…
However, the command of God has not changed and it is the responsibility of his creation to maintain a communal worldview even amid the changing world. Living a transformed life within community is a foundational characteristic of a follower of Christ. The behavior of believers should be vastly dissimilar from the non-believer and even different than new believer. The Christlikeness of Christians is to be the foundation of every community in which a Christian is living, demonstrated in loving interaction between believers and non-believers. As Jesus told his disciple in John 13:34-35, the difference should be evident not just among believer but among everyone. For the believer, looking to craft a framework for living in time of waiting, Jesus words offer a starting point, love others, following the example of Jesus’ love. The authors of the epistles admonishes believer to live holy lives, even the time of waiting for the parousia: Act as if the Lord’s day is here (Romans 13:12-14), be gracious to others by holding back on prematurely judging others (1 Corinthians 4:5), be faultless in faithfulness (1 Timothy 6:14), Let go of the world and “live a sensible, righteous and godly way in the present age” (Titus 2:11-13), Do not go back to the former ways but, “be holy because I (God) am holy” (1 Peter 1:13-15), “while you wait (for Christ’s return)…make every

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