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RELIGIOUS 24 Wisdom from the Word Ben Berto 26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[a] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1: 26, 27 NKJV  And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. Genesis 2: 7 NKJV In the beginning God did not make man LGBT. He did not make man a hermaphrodite. He made man perfect, male and female, capable of loving each other and their fellow human beings.. Let’s continue reading what Pastor Talbot said, “God’s children would be in His image: Let Us make man in Our image; according to Our likeness” (verse 26). Humankind would bear God’s image and likeness; humans would be like God, but not identical to God; in His image and likeness but not as gods. God had made the PHILIPPINE ASIAN NEWS TODAY March 1 - 15, 2018 THE AMAZING PLAN - Part 2 decision. In Genesis 1: 26, we hear the voice of God in the first person. Then the narrator poetically reports the creation of God’s children in the third person, emphasizing that we were created in His image.: “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”( Verse 27) Humankind is created in the image of the Sovereign Creator, and as such God delegates His sovereignty and Moments Selfie-sh Fr. Jerry M. Orbos, SVD Someone said he did not like those Russian dolls (wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another). Asked why, he said: Because they are so full of themselves. In today’s Gospel (Jn. 3:14-21), we hear about a loving God, a God who empties Himself for us and for our salvation. He is the model that we should follow. Our journey in life is all about becoming more loving and becoming less selfish. There are people who are literally so full of themselves. All they think of and talk about are themselves. It is very hard to have a conversation with such people. In the first place, they do not know how to listen, and when they talk, they tend to monopolize the conversation, or lecture to others. One gets the feeling that such people need an audience whenever they open their mouth. I was in a party once, and I met this guy who kept talking about himself. I was held captive, and did not even have the chance to butt in, so I just kept quiet and wished that the tidal wave would pass. Finally, he noticed my silence (thank God!), and he said: “Father Orbos, what about you? What can you say about me?” We all have certain childhood issues —like those involving attention, entitlement, authority, trust, and self- now His children are to rule the earth. They hold the highest place in the created order. Are you feeling pretty special by now?” “Well, God thinks that His children are more than special. When He evaluates His work on the sixth day, He can’t just call it “good” as in all the other days. No! The plants and the animals are good, the children are VERY GOOD!” god saw all that He has made ,and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day” (verse 31, emphasis added). Yes, having a garden is good, having a pet is good. But having children is very good. This was the day they came to life, and God would always remember it, the way you remember the day your child was born. That was the most important day in your life. And it was very good. LET’S UNDERSTAND. “In the cultures of Egypt and Mesopotamia, the designation of being “in the image of God” was reserved exclusively for prominent people: kings, important offic