The purpose of Him making us in His image

The Xtina theory proposes that people are spiritual and priceless beings as we are created in the image and likeness of God.  In the bible it is stated in Genesis 1:26 that human beings are made by God as male and female in His image and likeness.  For Catholics, we believe that knowing, loving and living in communion with Him and other is the main purpose of Him making us in His image and likeness.  We believe that designed in His image and likeness includes having intellect, free will, self-determination as well as spiritual and immortal soul.Thus, the first assumption of human nature is that we are relational beings as God who is a relational being designed us in His image and likeness.  In 1 John 4:16 (New International Version), it says that “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”  The Divine essence which is love unites God’s existence in the relationship as Father, Son and Spirit.  So, when Christians profess that God is love it is from the belief that God becomes love upon existing in this form of community whereby the love they (Father, Son and Spirit) have for each other is unconditional.  This forms the need for people to engage in relationships as God’s relational likeness is found in a relationship of love.  We were created to be in a reciprocal relationship whereby we appreciate the giving and receiving of each other and thus living in communion with God.  Therefore, people find their lives to be fulfilling from loving others and receiving love.The second assumption which is important in the life of a person is the acceptance and approval received from others to define one’s self-worth.  A person feels secured when someone accepts and approves of him despite his failures or limitations.  Due to this nature, individuals do everything in their power to avoid the pain of rejection. As one works hard to get the acceptance and approval from people he may at times overlook other needs that really matters.  We recognize the need for approval and acceptance but at times we fail to give them to others and sadly to ourselves even.  Psalm 27:10 (New International Version) says, “Even if my mother and father forsake me, the Lord will receive me” and in Ephesians 1:4, it says “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.”  These two quotes tell us that people will be able to find their true self-worth on the love and acceptance of God who loves us unconditionally.  God’s approval and acceptance means the freedom and peace felt in the absence of judgement and we feel ourselves being embraced and truly connected to another being.  The notion that people are spiritual beings means that we are powerful and conscious beings.  Powerful here is nowhere close to the worldly definition of it but that having the freedom to make a choice even when it may look like we are weak or defeated.  Mother Teresa met with many obstacles and oppositions in her quest to care for the poor but each one was met with gentleness and that’s how this small frail woman made such a deep positive impact in our world.   For Christians, being spiritual refers to allowing God to emanate through us in our body, soul and mind.  A spiritual person produces the fruit of spirit which is love, peace, joy, faithfulness, kindness, meekness, chastity, goodness, modesty, self-control, patience and generosity (Gal. 5:22-23).  The word “conscious” according to Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary means awareness of one’s own thoughts, environment or existence.  So, being conscious involves being aware of the present moment and having our actions directed by our awareness of our thoughts, surroundings and being itself.  The movie “A Beautiful Mind” is a good example of how we can be deceived by our minds when we are not conscious of our own thoughts.  In this movie, we were taken on a journey of a genius who was not aware of his own insanity.  I too became aware of him being insane when the main character, Nash later realized that he was indeed insane.  It is when I am aware of my thoughts, environment and being that I am able to stay in the present moment and deal with it consciously.