Welcome! Each day during the month of October I will be writing on the topic of discovering true beauty. Please join in with me on this journey. Also, please feel free to share these posts during the month of October with family and friends on the many social media outlets.
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How are human beings different than any of God’s “other” creations?
The answer is rather simple. We are created in His (God’s ) own unique image. Many times people will place animals or other living creatures in the same position as human beings with the reasoning that animals also have souls. This is true, but actually, the word soul has several different meanings in the context of Biblical Scripture. For example, in some places, the word soul is really referring to breath. It reads like this “Animal’s have breath.” We know this to be true. All we have to do is get near an animal to know that it lives, moves and breathes. Although we dearly love these creatures that God has created, we must keep in mind that man alone was created “in the image and likeness of God” (Genesis 1:26-27)— this is something that may not be said of animals.
As we are reading through our Bibles, lets make sure that we are aware of the word meaning within the context of the Scriptures. We need to do this especially before we assume or place any other living thing on the same level as human beings. This does not diminish our love for God’s unique creation, it actually signifies it.
Since the Lord created animals a little lower than human beings, he also gave humans dominion over them. We are called to take care of what we have been given. With that being said, we can now focus on the soul and it’s true beauty.
The Soul and it’s True Beauty
The soul is the only created thing that lasts forever. In fact, it has been said that only two things last forever. One is God’s Word and the other is the “soul.” The body does not last forever and is not immortal but the human soul does and it cannot be extinguished. This alone makes the soul truly remarkable and truly beautiful.
If all humans saw the soul the way that God does, we would truly understand beauty and what it means to be beautiful. We would understand that there is no greater worth than the human life. We would see profit in the fact that the soul is immortal and will someday inhabit heaven or hell (depending upon where you put your faith). This revelation alone should cause one to live in such a manner that they see the human soul as God’s most remarkable creation. His masterpiece of true beauty. Knowing this, we would allow Jesus to do His job of shepherding our souls and we would allow Him to find and give us rest when we truly feel weary.
The human soul is the center of person-hood, it is distinct from the heart, distinct from the mind and distinct from the spirit. The human soul is inward. Therefore, we should work on making our soul remarkable and pleasing, alluring and prepossessing excellence.
Judy TenElshof from the Good Book Blog says the following about beauty and our soul.
- Beauty fills our souls with wonder – Wonder is the normal response to splendor. It makes us question and dream.
- Beauty fills our soul to experience delight. God made us for ecstasy “a joy so glorious that it cannot be described” says Peter in I Peter 1:8. This is our final destiny – the beatific vision – seeing God and His glorious city.
- Beauty fills our soul with personal enrichment satisfied by beauty. As we are enriched and filled by beauty, we in turn enrich others.
- Beauty fills our soul to pursue and find truth – being in touch with reality is a human need and truth is beautiful and satisfying.
- Beauty fills our soul with mystery. We respond by being drawn out of ourselves in delight and intense joy. Scientifically speaking, beauty’s traits are elegant simplicity, harmony, and brilliance. The Bible calls this the “glory of created things.” When the transcendental properties of a thing are present (goodness, truth, and unity), then our human response is to perceive this whole as beauty. Hence: any whole tree is beautiful, while a pile of logs, lumber, and sawdust are not.
- Finally, beauty fills our souls with love and a desire to be loved. A true falling in love is beautiful resulting in a selfless commitment to the fascinating beloved.
As you can see, there is a a connection between our very soul and beauty. Let us continue to work on the inward beauty of our soul each day. Why? Because it lives forever. It can either become increasingly beautiful or it can go in the opposite direction toward a negative propensity. The choice is really ours.
Tomorrow we look further at the beauty of the human heart.
Finding the Inward Beauty of my Soul,
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