I was reviewing some of my previous posts when I came upon “The Individual”. In that post I cited various verses in the Bible that focus on the individual and the Kingdom of God being the individual.
We are all individuals, each a unique being given the gift of life by God. The individual is responsible for themselves, their actions and the subsequent consequences of those actions. But what made me decide to write about the individual one more time was the painting that I chose to associate with that previous post.
“The Creation of Adam”, which is a fresco painting by Michelangelo and forms part of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling. Everybody has seen it and just about everybody knows what it represents. Just like the title it’s the creation of the Adam or God’s creation of man.
But what I was thinking about when I looked at it this time was this; God created an individual. Many don’t believe that human beings started as one man and from that a whole life form began, and I’m not here to debate that. What I am writing today is the teachings that goes with this story of God creating Adam.
The story could have been God just up and created the Hebrews, the Hittites, the Moabites, and all the other tribes and peoples around the world. The Bible could have read God created the Africans, the Mediterraneans, the Asians and so on.
But the Book of Genesis reads like this:
then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
It reads that God created an individual. From the start the Bible is teaching us the God creates individuals, not races, or groups, or nations, just individuals. We as humans, with our worldly thoughts and desires, put ourselves into categories to be treated as a herd.
The Bible shows us from the start, the power of the individual.
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