Some time ago, I posted several speculations about the origins of humankind, including one on the creation of Adam and Eve.
Another gossamer thought tossed up by the speculations I explore in those posts circles around the idea expressed in Genesis 1: 26-27; namely that humankind is created in God’s image. ‘Let Us create humankind in Our image, according to Our likeness’, God says.
The Hebrew word for image is tzelem – ‘shadow’ or ‘reflection’. Likeness is demus – ‘similar’.
In earlier posts, we’ve talked about what it is that makes us different from animals and able to be in relationship with God (Free will and the soul and Soul survivor) as individuals. Here, I want to play with the idea that none of us can reflect the whole of God, or be similar to the whole of God – but that, perhaps, humankind through all of space and time might be capable of reflecting God.
Humankind as mirror.
Some years ago I read Frank Tipler’s The Physics of Immortality. Tipler, in this and later books, argues that computational power will increase to the point that our remote descendants (by that time, pure intelligences with little, if any, physical substrate) will eventually control all of space and all of time, coalescing into an Omega Point that reaches back through time to the start of the universe to not only manage the conditions required for the eventual evolution of the Omega Point but also to incorporate all human minds. Tipler claims that the Omega Point is what religions throughout history have identified as God or the gods.
Leaving aside the merits of Tipler’s Omega Point physics, I thought his concept that humankind in total could be God pointed us to a possible meaning of the term ‘Body of Christ’; the idea ‘according to Our likeness’.
It is good basic Christian theology to believe that each of us, in our own specific gifts and talents, reflects a particular aspect of God. In a sense, our task in this world is to polish those gifts so that we reflect our tiny piece of God more effectively.