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Aronofsky’s movie Noah attracted a lot of attention and comment when it first came out. It seems like he initially did a great job getting Christians on side only to disappoint them when the movie came out. There was one thing that he got right, in the biblical picture of the time of Noah, the world was filled with nasty people.

 

In Gen 9:6 we read God’s commandment not to shed human blood.  The reason given is that people are made in God’s image. There is something of value in people because they are made in God’s image. This passage is after the flood and it says that God’s image is still in all people – even after the world was filled violent nasty people. In other words, even in nasty violent people is the image of God. It carries on in people despite sin.

 

I sometimes go out to cafes or restaurants with friends to watch some sport. The last time I was out watching sports, there was some people who got passionate and hot tempered and acted in horribly offensive ways.

 

As I was leaving and thinking about those people and thinking about the movie Noah, I realised that I struggled to see something of God’s image in those people. I struggled to understand the value God puts on them. But I know he does, and I know that I need to respond to them with God’s love and compassion.

It also made me wonder at what other times if I fail to treat people as they deserved to be treated, not because of their actions, but because of the image of God in them. I wondered, what does it actually mean to me that other people have the image of God in them?

 

From http://ontoxenos.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/the-image/

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IMO it means to treat everyone else the way Jesus said we should. We have to treat them the way we want to be treated, with love. Now obviously if someone is beating on an older person, a child, or a woman who can't defend herself, and you're coming to the person's aid, then you have to use some force. But only until you subdue the attacker. Once he's subdued, you have to treat him kindly. We can't be the judge, jury, and prosecutor all rolled into one.

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As followers of Christ we are the salt and light of this world.We are to be kind to people.We need to be representatives of who Christ is.Too many are seeing people who say they are a Christian are not representing themselves as such by what they say and by what they do.That makes people see Christians as hypocrites.So we need to really be the Christians who we say that we are and act as such.

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