I first caught on to the concept of Imago Dei as I did my counselling studies. You see, a lot of non-Christian counsellors and theorists put forward "self-enlightenment" as the place that they want to take you to. The sense of wholeness and strength within one's self is supposed to be a place of true contentment.
I question that. I'm supposed to find contentment through this self-enlightenment? The answers lie within? If I'm the anchor point for my world, I think I am in serious trouble. I mean, I'm not even able to keep all of my new year's resolutions. I don't always live at peace with all people. I struggle with envy, jealousy and the occasional angry outburst. I don't always feel confident about my place in the world, and yet I am meant to find the answers from somewhere deep within? I find the deeper I go within, the more questions I find.
Christian counselling has a different perspective. The anchor point isn't within a person. It is in God. Unchanging, unmoveable, constant God. This is where the concept of Imago Dei comes in. Imago Dei is latin for "image of God". The creation account in Genesis tells us that we have been created in God's image. Sin comes in and corrupts this image-bearing that we are supposed to carry. A person's true contentment and enlightenment comes from understanding how we have been created.
As we start on this new series, we want to talk about how we have been created in God's image. In particular we want to focus on aspects of our being as humanity that we really need to come back to God's original design.
We kick of with Dr Patricia Weerakoon talking about God's design for sex. Then in week 2 I'll be speaking on God's design for women, and their place especially in leadership. Finally Ps Bec will be speaking on God's design for love. What is love? How do we receive and show love?
This is an important 3 weeks coming up and we would love you to join us!