LIVING CORAM DEO
Friday, 19 January, 2018
The Risk of Man’s Creation.

The Risk of Man’s Creation

The Risk of Man’s Creation.

When God pauses before He composes man into His creation, we sense that there is a risk connected with it: will the creation of man mean the coronation of creation or its crucifixion? Will creation reach its pinnacle when there is added to its creatures a being who rises above the dull level of reflex and instinct, who is endowed with mind and will, and is capable of living as a partner and co-worker of God his creator? Or is the creation of this being called ‘man’ the first stage in a tremendous descent that starts in the Garden of Eden and leads to a disturbed and desolated earth, that transforms the child and image of God into a robber and a rebel, and through him carries war and rumours of war to the farthest planets?

Coronation or crucifixion of creation – that is the question here. And we understand why God pauses and hesitates, for He is facing a risk. What a breath-taking thought! Is it not almost blasphemous even to think of such a thing? And this is the way it was. In setting over against Himself a being to whom He gave freedom and power, He risked the possibilities that the child would become a competitor, that the child would become a megalomaniacal rival of the creator.

Helmut Thielicke

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