Monday, July 26, 2010
I remember when I was younger, I thought this quote was rather blasphemous. God created us in His image after all. However, as I have gotten older, I have discovered Decker's quote to be very true.
If you don't recognize the quote, it is from Star Trek the Motion Picture. In the movie, a giant living machine named V'ger has come to Earth to find it's Creator. After a series of events, the crew of the Enterprise realizes that V'ger assumes that it's Creator is a machine; at which point Commander Decker utters the above quote.
As I said, rather than blasphemous, I now see the quote as merely describing true practice. Conservatives tend to picture God as an organized CEO, encouraging Free Markets, saying the pledge, and blessing the troops. Liberals tend to see God as a community organizer, fighting against an oppressive system, and resisting discrimination.
Break out of those two stereotypes and you begin to see God being displayed in every flavor, color, attitude, and variety.
Of course..... everyone thinks their take is the right one. Theirs is the one faithful to scripture, or creed, or tradition, or revelation.
We all make God in our own image.
I often get the accusation levied at me in Christian circles (after they have heard some of my theology), "So, you are just making up your own god then?"
There are over 30,000 different versions of Christianity alone....
The truth is, we all create our image of God. I am not so much concerned that I am doing it, but rather the question I ask:
Is my image of God becoming an image worthy of God?
Posted by Andrew at 3:11 PM