God created human beings in his own likeness. That was stated in the story of creation in the book of Genesis, that people were created according to God’s own image and to reflect his character. He is the father and the people are his children. The story of the Father and his children is written in the Bible. The Bible is a collection of books that explains the existence of man and the life of Jesus, which is the son of God. The bible also explains a way of thinking that Jesus wants to impart to people.
Satisfying peoples desires
“You give them enough and satisfy the needs of all.” This verse from Psalm, chapter 145, verse 16 explains how God satisfies the desires of people. He gives people enough to satisfy their needs. He gives them what they needed to be happy with their life. Reading through the chapter, one will understand that he gives to those who do good.
In the book of Peter, Chapter 3 verse 10 stated that “As the scripture says, if you want to enjoy life and wish to see good times, you must keep from speaking evil and stop telling lies.” Man desires to be happy. And this verse from the bible gives us a clear view on how to live a satisfied and happy life. The verse tells us that in order to be happy one must keep away from evil. He must not speak nor act evil. Continuing from the chapter, it states that God grants the prayers of the righteous people. It tells us how to be satisfied and in order to be satisfied one must do good.
Satisfaction comes from doing what is right, but it should not only be for God but also for others. As stated in chapter eight in the second book of Corinthians, “Our purpose is to do what is right, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of others. It tells us that doing good should not only be done because we want God to be pleased but should be done also for other people.
But there are human desires that the Bible does not approve of such as money and adultery. God wants us to keep away from these desires. As stated in the fifth chapter of the book of Matthew, “But now I tell you: anyone who looks to a woman and wants to possess her is guilty of committing adultery with her in his heart. So if your right eye causes you to sin, take it away! It is better to lose a part of your body than to have your whole body thrown into hell”. This teaching wanted us to keep away from selfish desires.
Basically what the bible wants to impart in terms of satisfying ones desire is to stay away from selfish acts and do righteous things and then finally be satisfied.
The role of nations
God created people. The people are God’s children. As the parable of the Lost Son in the book of Luke in chapter 15 relays, we are God’s family. And a nation is built from families. In the bible, several books tell about the rise and fall of nations. A stronger nation can be built if stronger families are present. Stronger families can be built with stronger values, morally and spiritually. Since families are the basic units of the society, if the family falls apart then a nation will also fall apart. In the parable, the son turned away from his father and came back to ask again for his acceptance. His father accepted him again and the family again became whole. What this passage wants us to think is that our society is built from families. We should preserve our families in order to build a stronger society.
The relationship between God and Man
There is a unique relationship that exists between God and man. In the first book of Timothy, chapter 6, verse 15 it was stated that God was the only King. He was the King of his creations but he let people take charge of the earth. This was stated in verse twenty-six, in chapter one of the book of Genesis. The verse stated “Then God said, And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds and all animals, domestic and wild, large and small.
As the King of Kings, he has the power to take control of his creations.
A passage in the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 30, verse 19 stated “ I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God’s blessing and God’s curse and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make, Choose life”. This passage states that God does not forcefully ask his people to follow his orders. He gives people the choice to choose what they think would be better for their lives. He let his people decide for their lives. The Bible describes Jesus as the King of all Kings but as a king, he did not demand his people to live the way he wanted them to. Instead he showed them the way to live according to what is right and what is true. He wanted us to learn to make choices.
“In those days, even later, there were giants on earth who were descendants of human women and the heavenly beings. They were great heroes and famous men of long ago” was a verse in chapter six of the book of Genesis. The verse generally means that during those times men became so powerful. The rest of the chapter explained that with power men became wicked and sinners.
The way of living
“I am the way, the truth and the life; no one goes to the father except by me”. This verse from the book of John in chapter 4 tells us how Jesus would want us to live our lives. He does not force anybody to be like him but he tells everybody that the way to life is through love and righteousness. He teaches people to live a life of unconditional live and good deeds. This is the way of living that Jesus proposes. He gives us a choice to decide what life do we want to live in but also he shows what kind of life is the better life to live in. People are good by nature. Satisfaction is the key. To achieve the way of life that Jesus taught us and wants us to achieve, we must first achieve the feeling of satisfaction and contentment. One must learn to humble himself and think of one another.
Understanding the teachings of the Bible makes us better understand what makes a human being. And reading it and learning its teachings and living by it can I guess promote a better world to live in.
Philippine Bible Society. (2002). The Good News Bible Today’s English Version.