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The Individual #2

God has revealed Himself to mankind.  The bible testifies to His existence and purpose for mankind.

Man is made in God’s image.  The individual is given characteristics or qualities that reflect God’s nature, and characteristics that are unique to the individual.  There are no exact replicas of Godhead, nor is there an exact replica of you.  God is unique.  God and his creation are unique.

God has created all things for His pleasure.  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Rev 4:11.  God found pleasure in His creation.  After each day of creation, God said what He had created that day was “good”.  He was pleased with what He had done.

To mankind, He gave specific directions to protect His creation.  He blessed Adam and Eve, instructed them as to His purpose, gave Adam work to do and instructions to follow. Disobeying God, they violated God’s command.  Eve was deceived by Satan and both Adam and Eve disobeyed God.   Sin enters the world and death by sin.

What does all this mean in regard to the individual?

Everyone has general characteristics that are shared both other humans and has specific characteristics unto themselves.  Everyone is “unique-unique”.  Humanity is unique and each individual in that group is unique.  Humans think.  We have a brain that gives us abilities that are amazing.  Humans have a will.  We each make hundreds if not thousands of decisions each day.  We have a morality that guides those decisions.  We are made in God’s image.

Individually we have a quality that makes us like no other. This is the God given nature of uniqueness.  Unfortunately, there is a struggle over the uniqueness of the individual.

Humanity has been instructed, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.Genesis 1:28   

The individual is not a flat earth map.  If you look at a flat earth map to determine distance, then you will make the wrong conclusion.  A straight line on a flat map is the shortest distance between two points, but on a globe you might be wrong. The shortest distance from New York to Paris on a flat map is not the shortest distance on a globe.  Likewise, individuals are not flat maps.  Neither are we globes. Life’s experiences are non-stop, so is the arranging and rearranging of data received.

The only time limits the import.  Individuals are continuously bombarded with information ranging from greeting your neighbor in the morning to learning how the heart functions.  The sheer volume of complex information is overwhelming to the individual.  Believing that an individual can capture, retain and use all information acquired in a lifetime is ludicrous.  The greater folly is the belief that a specific number of individuals in a group can contain all this information. 

Why? Because the differences they bring to the relationship would far outweigh the commonalities.  Regardless of how dedicated to a flat map an individual is, they are still incomprehensively more different than they are the same to anybody else.  Two may agree that Paris next week would be great, but a great deal of information will come into both of their lives before next week.  Some of that information may change who they are as an individual requiring them to change plans.

The stream of data the individual deals with is one aspect of individuality.  The other is God given aspect that we are made in His image.  Remove that aspect from the individual and you have redefined humanity.   The image of God is uniquely given by God to individuals.  This quality interprets and acts upon information, without it all people would be the same.  But as seen above, we are not the same.  One person valued the information and acted upon it (cancelled the trip) because they are a unique individual. It is God that identifies humanity.

The uniqueness of the individual is the foundation of human action. God commanded humanity to life.  That life would consist of being fruitful, multiplying, replenishing, subduing and having dominion over the physical planet. This can only be accomplished by action.  Action with a specific outcome.  Its success guaranteed by the Creator Himself. 

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