Predator, one of the greatest movies of all time (duh), contains a scene where mud covered super soldier Arnold Schwarzenegger grabs his extraterrestrial enemy by the neck, pulls him up close and asks,”What are you?” To which the the much larger alien, grasping Arnold’s neck responds likewise, “What are you?”
Good question! because for all of us the way that question gets answered determines everything. What I believe, how I think, how I behave. We might not be grasping each other by the throat but still, everyone wants to know. What am I? Physicists call this the “organizing principal”, that upon which all else depends. For example, The evolutionist might answer, I am just the latest version of a talking monkey. It would follow his motto might be that of “Southparks” notorious Cartman, “I do what I want.” And why not?
If you believe as I do that the Bible is Gods revelation of himself it is telling that the “what are you” question is answered rather quickly. In Genesis 1:26, God says “let us make man in our own image”. There you have it, to be human is to be the physical reflection of the creator of the universe…Awesome. But not for long. Just a few verses later we hear ominous music, see an apple and exit paradise. Our new answer? To be human is to be Gods “broken” image. Wow, quite a tumble. Still, I would rather be Gods broken image than a talking monkey.
Now mind you I have nothing against monkeys, especially a talking monkey. How cool. I would love to own one and take him to parties and such. I just don’t want to be one. And to tell you the truth if that’s all it means to be human, life would be (and should be) desperate, pointless and sad. Kind of like the sitcom 2 1/2 men.
There is no escape. Every human must choose to reflect God in one of two ways. The “broken” image or the “redeemed” image. The gospel presented in this light gets traction because it appeals to those who are hungry and thirsty. Even those, especially those pretending to be talking monkeys.