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Thought for the Day – 21st Feb 2013

21/02/2013

The Equality of Mankind

I once had a friend who lived down near the shore of Lough Neagh, along with his wife and his pets He was in his seventies, and he was just one of those men who lived a quiet life, in a wee labourers cottage.

One day, an officious looking gentleman came to inform him that for legal reasons, he would no longer be able to live there. It seemed as if the little man in his cottage was of little consequence, and his quiet life with his dogs and his hens meant nothing. He was just a number, and he would just have to do as he was told.

The official packed up his papers and went to his car, and my old friend followed him out of the house. As he got into his car, my friend looked him in the eye, and said, ‘Sir, you seem to have great authority. You have legal training and you have court backing, but I just want you to know that you and I are equal.’ The other man was a bit taken aback by this statement. ‘We are equal sir, for from dust we came and to dust we shall return.’

He was absolutely right. When God created this world he created mankind as the very pinnacle of his creating work. Having created the earth and everything in it, God made man, and he made him, ‘In his own Image’. That’s an amazing thought, and its what makes us distinctly different from anything else that he made. So when the Bible speaks about us, we are not just the result of some vague evolutionary accident or explosion, but God’s special creation, with a special honour and dignity, and its why Christians everywhere regard human life as sacred and valuable, and why all of us are equal.

Sadly, that lovely picture of mankind being made in God’s image has been distorted. The book of Genesis, which is one of the foundations of Christian belief, tells us that the first man, Adam through his own wilfulness disobeyed God’s command – given for our own good. and the special relationship between man and God was ruined. Paul summed up the point in Romans, ‘for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God’

Yet even then, Gods love for his special creation didn’t end. In Jesus, the one who created us came to redeem us, to pay the price for our sin on the cross.

The great creator became our Saviour!

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