Certain Questions Are Important
Many people today disagree about what it means to be human. Some deny that we are somehow unique and special. Debate exists over human rights versus animal rights. Scientists are inventing ways to change DNA, such as the CRISPR technique, and some want to use techniques like this to change human DNA.
How does the question, “What does it mean to be human?,” relate to modern debates about human versus other animals and rights, cutting edge technology and similar recent developments? How we answer this question determines the meaning we assign to human life and experience. We could answer by saying humans are just one of many kinds of animals on earth, with no special privileges or meaning than any other animals. Or we could say humans are creatures made in the image of God, intended to live in loving communion with God, each other and the rest of creation, with the goal of eternally becoming more like God.
Answers Have Consequences
Our answer to this question leads to specific ways of acting and thinking, different ways of living, different visions of human destiny and different definitions of what a healthy human is. Our answer decides what is worth valuing and preserving about humans, or decides that nothing particularly worthwhile exists that we should feel compelled to value and preserve about humans.
Our answer also affects how we define what it means to be whole and healthy as a human being. When we talk about transformation and express our value for transformation, we are expressing a conclusion based on how we answer the question, “What does it mean to be human?” Why should we want to change our inner self from one state to another? What should the new, improved state be like?
How Does This Relate to Transformation and Our Podcasts?
We believe that humans are a unique creation of God, and that each human bears within him or her self the image of God. Humans have both physical and spiritual parts, and we have faculties in our spiritual part that are not healthy nor whole. When we add to this injured spiritual self the bruises and wounds of living in this world, we end up with places that are unhealthy and wounded.
So if we want to change something or some things about our inner selves, in what way should we be different? What do we believe needs to be changed for us to be healthy and whole? This is what our podcasts address. We want to explore the many questions and issues related to what it means to be a human being and what a healthy human being looks like. We want to examine the wounded and ill parts of ourselves, and how we can experience God making these spiritual parts or faculties different: from being injured to being whole.