What is that? Latin?
Ad Imaginem Dei. Taken from Genesis 1:27, translated in the NRSV as:
“So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.”
Which means that, if you’re prepared to give words any special authority because they come with a scripture reference attached (and some people aren’t, that’s fine, I don’t feel any great need to change your mind about that. If you don’t feel any great need to change mine, we can get along just fine) that means that you, and I, and pretty much everyone else who falls under the general heading of ‘humankind’ is created in the image of God.
Fat, thin, tall, short, male, female, parents, childless… all of us in the image of God.
Myself, I’m created in the fat, female, parent image of God. And all of those things interact in my life with the fact that I am one of those people who turn to scripture for wisdom and guildance. I believe in the God who is described in those stories. And because of those stories I believe that hope is stronger than despair, life is victorious over death, and that God loves you more than you know.
And I’m also a person struggling to get my head around the idea of Fat Acceptance. I’ve been reading other blogs in the fatosphere, and the questions I want to explore, and the connections that I want to make- connections to my faith, and what that means for how I live my life, and treat myself and others, don’t really have a voice. At least, not that I’ve found.
So this is my contribution to the growing “fatosphere”. What does it mean to be so far from the human image of perfection, and yet, created fully and completely in the image of God.
Please be patient with me. God isn’t finished with me yet.