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Contagious Imagination

In Imagination on June 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Because we imagine, we’re able to create. It’s from this life of active images that we become imagining beings. And as imagining beings our imagination leads to one thing. In his book, The Poetics of Space, French philosopher Gaston Bachelard tells us what that one thing is:

In analyzing images of immensity, we should realize within ourselves the pure being of pure imagination. It then becomes clear that works of art are the by-products of this existentialism of the imagining being. (p184)

Art is the result. We could say it’s fruit from imagining beings. Art is what makes us special from all other living beings. Through it imaginations become contagious. History has been altered on many occasions due to the implementation of contagious imaginations.

What if we cemented all humanity’s imaginations together for a task? What if the collective creativity in humanity came together at one time to glorify God? What state of life would we live? Perhaps a portion of heaven on earth?

What else would spread from a collective imagination of believers? How much exponentially would our contagion become if we all produced art for God in our generation? The outcome would be contagious imaginations glorifying God in ways we never dreamed. i’m certain it would usher in Christ’s return.

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Once-In-An-Eternity Personality

In Adam and Eve, Imagination on June 18, 2012 at 3:15 am

Of all the personalities to come from an infinite God with infinite creativity – came forth Adam and Eve. The depth of  options for God to create a personality hurts me to think about. God’s infinite combination of personalities were intentionally sorted down to two types.

Adam and Eve’s genetic make-up was not an accident. They didn’t accidentally become themselves. God not only gave them breath of life, but instilled a once-in-an-eternity personality in each of them. As His first human creations, He formed them to be themselves. For this is how He created them. And they did the best they could while being themselves. God has also done this with you! He has chosen specific characteristics for you to be who you are. Everything good about you was intentionally created by God as part of your design.

Imagine the oxygen, colors, animals, water from a new earth. Now imagine losing all of it. Imagine being banished from it and inheriting a decaying world with allergies and airborne illness, faded colors, angry animals, and undrinkable water.

God loved them and trusted them to do the right thing. They were designed for that day and time. They disobeyed God and lost it all; including God’s presence. Instead, they were left with His essence. God hid His face beyond the 10 dimensions of space and time. One day they saw God, and the next they only heard Him walking in the cool of the day:

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:7-8

Never having felt shame to suddenly having shame poured over you is severe. The Imagination had to work overtime to make sense from new sensations and feelings of separation from God. And perhaps it was this separation which was true shame. Randy Elrod proposes, “What if they [Adam and Eve] were ashamed of what they had lost (an intimate connection) rather than ashamed of their nakedness” (Sex, Lies & Religion, p30)?

This separation would last until Jesus died on the cross for us. As Francis A. Schaeffer points out, “The separations that resulted from man’s Fall were bought to their climax as Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, being bruised and bearing our sins in substitution, cried aloud: ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ (Mt. 27:46)” (Genesis in Space and Time, p106).

After Jesus cried these words, He forced victory through His lips with “It is finished” (John 19:30). The separation had ended. The direct relationship of humanity with their Creator was reunited. But Adam and Eve could’ve only dreamt of such a day. i wonder if they dared to imagine such a redeemed reality. As for their reality, they had plenty to think about.