So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. GENESIS 1: 27
Millions of Christians are obviously dyslexic. That verse does not say that man created God in man’s image. OUCH! Have I deflated any egos, yet? If not, keep reading.
In Western culture, many of those who profess a God, especially those of Christian persuasion (and I honor 🙏 any who do not profess), conduct lives led by ego and personal advancement. Individualism is lauded, winning at all costs is admired, the boys with the most toys win. The comparison game runs rampant, many egos are shattered upon realizing they don’t measure up to that which is considered success and prosperity. I know what I speak of because, yes, I have been there and done that. I can still go there today if I am not mindful of the fact that I am created in the image of God, I also am Spirit. Let that sink in. You, me, all of humanity and all of Creation are made in the image of God, the permeating life energy which is our reality.
We are primarily spirit and our physical existence on this earth should not be what defines us. This body, this life we have created embracing materialism, this set of prejudices we harbor, this ego we strive to protect is not reality. The spiritual persona, which is exactly what God was, is, and always will be, is most often reserved for Sunday morning church and Easter time reflection, yet it should be the everyday, 24 hour a day endeavor to align with what we know to be truth – the Life proclaimed by Jesus of Nazareth or the Path advised by Buddha.
In Hindu teachings it is enlightenment, Christianity calls it salvation, Buddhism names it the end of suffering (dukkha). It is the surrender of egoic and self-serving lifestyle to a transformative and liberating awakening. It is when Yahweh, Allah, Vishnu, Shiva, Nirvana, Buddhahood and God, in whose image we are made, becomes reality and this earthly life is known to be illusion.
A deflated ego is a good thing. It removes any need to attain material wealth, to strive for social status, to always be right in religion and politics, to proclaim my God better than yours, to be judgmental, to fear and hate, to be anxious about tomorrow. A deflated ego ushers in enlightenment, salvation and the end of suffering. Namaste. 🙏