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Post  Admin on Wed 13 May 2020, 8:37 pm

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Some time ago someone sent me one of those much-forwarded e-mails. I don’t like receiving them and am quick to hit the delete button. But this one had an intriguing title, so I read on. Every word in the message was spelled incorrectly. After reading the paragraph, which I understood without a problem, the message pointed out that in every word only the first and last letters were in the correct place, but because our minds have been trained, we automatically supply the correct meaning – as you probably just did with the words in the title of this article. We recognize that the words are not as they should be, we know there is something wrong, but we compensate and make it work.
 
We do that every day. We know that things are out of balance, off kilter, damaged twisted. We also know that is not the natural state of things. We all seem to have the instinctive knowledge of what the word utopia means. Have you ever wondered how that is possible? For as long as I’ve been alive, utopia has been a myth. Neither did it exist in my father’s lifetime, nor in his father’s before him. So how do we know what it should look like?

The answer lies in the first book of the bible, the book of Genesis. The first few verses of chapter one outline God’s pattern of creation. Then there is a small verse at the end – "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good…" All that he had made, which was very good, God gave to Adam and Eve, the only humans who really knew what the word utopia means. They didn’t just know it, they were it, for God "created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." (v.27)
 
Unfortunately, everything went downhill from there. The sin of the first couple banished them from their ideal life and introduced new words into their vocabulary – words like pain, death, sorrow and fear. These were the words that began to damage the world and so it has continued to this day.
 
There is only one thing left from those days of utopia that has never changed. It was something Adam and Eve did not lose, though they were cut off from perfect communication with God. As their descendants, it is something we continue to have. That one thing is His image. We still bear it, we still long to know it in its fullness. We were created for something more, much more, and we know it.
 
We are children of God and He has designed a way for us to reopen the channel of communication with Him that was lost when Adam and Eve sinned. That way is Jesus Christ. Through him we will be restored to the true identity God intended.
 
Right now we’re reading the story with mixed up words. Our hope, through Christ, is that some day they will all be set right.
 
.......Marcia Lee Laycock by way of Cup O’Cheer (cupocheer316@yahoo.com) and “Christian Voices” (christianvoices@att.net)
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