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Spiritual Genetics

I went to the funeral this week of a lady, of my parent's generation, who had been my neighbor in this area for practically all of my life, since I was about 5 years old. While there, I visited with many friends and acquaintances, some of whom I hadn't seen in a long time - former neighbors who moved away long ago. One such couple, now in their eighties, knew me long before I was able to recognize who they were (a rather embarrassing experience). They just walked up to me and started talking about specific things from back then as though the 40 years since I last saw them never happened, while I just stood there with a blank look on my face (pun intended - as it turns out, that "Blank look" is how they recognized me).

We all aged the same 40 years since we last saw each other, when I was about a ten year old and they were in their forties. How did they do that? As it turned out, they knew who I was only because they knew my parents very well. After I confessed to them that I didn't recognize who they were at first because it's been so long, they said that they probably wouldn't have known me either, except that I looked so much like my Dad at the time when they lived around here, when he was about the age that I am now. The lady laughed and said, "You look more like your Dad than your Dad did."


Da Vinci's Creation of Adam The lady was of course making a joke; I don't look more like my Dad than he looked like himself, but, as is common in all families, there is a family resemblance - so much so that those people could figure out who I was, not by recognizing me, but by recognizing my parent.

Do those principles of genetics, in which we are made in the image of our parents, apply to other things, things that are not physical? Is there anything like "spiritual genetics"?

What about this?

"And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness ... So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them" (Genesis 1:26-27 KJV)

Men and women (in the Bible, "man" is often used to refer to the species as a whole, male and female - see The Creation Of Man) are created in the Image of God. But what does that mean? God isn't a mere human, He isn't a man or woman as our human parents, so how can that be? Is it saying that when we are "born again" (for when that happens, see the Fact Finder question below) that we will be actual children of God? Again, and as always, let the Bible speak for itself:

"Beloved, now are we the sons of God [see Spiritual Conception], and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is" (1 John 3:2 KJV)

"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of Adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." (Romans 8:15-17 KJV)

"For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn [see also When Will You Be Judged?] among many brethren" (Romans 8:29 KJV)

Fact Finder: When will the children of God be born?
See "That which is born of the Spirit is spirit"

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