Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

spirituality and divinity

4/3/18

 

 

The earliest chapters of the Bible suggest that man was created with a measure of divinity which can subsequently grow. Adam is said to be created in the image and likeness of God. Then after gaining the Knowledge of Good and Evil, God declares that Adam is now more godlike and could potentially gain even greater divinity by eating from the Tree of Life. Thus the story shows mankind evolving in its affinity with the divine and having the ability to grow even further.

 

Generally, we view humanity as poor, weak, and spiritually deficient, lacking any semblance of a divine element. Yet that picture flies in the face of the narrative in Genesis.

 

Though we rarely think of ourselves as divine in some sense, many do recognize a spiritual aspect to man. Paul speaks of an individual as a combination of body, mind, soul, and spirit. Exactly what each part represents is open to debate, but Paul's description supports the idea that man is a spiritual being, at least in part.

 

Our every day experience puts great emphasis on our body and mind, since thoughts and actions and behaviors comprise so much that we observe and deal with in daily life. Only in the much rarer moments of deeper reflection and contemplation do we even consider our deeper selves.

 

When we do stop to consider our non-physical aspects, we are often constrained by our religious training and culture, which portrays humanity in a largely negative way. Given our pre-conditioning and cultural religious bias, the idea that we are each divine in some measure seems almost blasphemous. That is especially true when we have all been conditioned to view a large portion of the human race as evil people who need to be shunned or eliminated. The idea of divine human "enemies" does not compute in our "commonsense" thinking.

 

So is a man or woman a spiritual as well as a physical being? What does being spiritual imply? Is our spirit a portion of the divine as one might conclude from the earliest story in the Bible? If so, maybe mankind is not so woe begotten as we have mostly accepted as the truth of the matter.