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Musings 2008/229

P  1 1 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds, and cattle, and every thing that creepeth on the earth after its kind. And God saw that it was good.
  1   1  26  And he said:

Let us make man
to our image and likeness:

and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moveth upon the earth. P Genesis.
And of course, Jesus The Christ, is a Man, one of us.
However, the disobedience of Adam in eating the forbidden fruit, erected a permanent barrier between mankind and God, and by this act of defiance man became a malfunctioning creature and indeed, the entire earth also became malfunctioning, as a result.
P 1   3  17  And to Adam he said: Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat,

cursed is the earth in thy work;

with labour and toil shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thy life.
  1   3  18  Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herbs of the earth.
  1   3  19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the earth, out of which thou wast taken: for dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return.
So here we have a malfunctioning creature originally created in the Likeness of God Himself, who has permanently severed himself from his Creator!
Man created in the Likeness of The Son of God-made-man, who has dishonoured himself!

However, we perceive,
even in Adam's defiance,
God's recognition of his dignity

as Genesis explains:-
P  1   3  21  And the Lord God made for Adam and his wife, garments of skins, and clothed them.
  1   3  22  And he said:

Behold Adam is become
as one of us,
knowing good and evil:

now, therefore, lest perhaps he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.  P
But also God promised that the dishonour wrought by Adam would be overcome and that this permanent severance would be healed.
P  1   3  14  And the Lord God said to the serpent: Because thou hast done this thing, thou art cursed among all cattle, and beasts of the earth: upon thy breast shalt thou go, and earth shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.
  1   3  15  I will put enmities between thee and the woman,

and thy seed and her seed:
she shall crush thy head,

and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.  P
Thus the prophecy of Salvation was at once made.
Bearing in mind that God is unconquerable and that He has always been supreme and will always be supreme, and also, that God is fully aware of past, present and future and no secret is hidden from Him, we may rightfully assume that God provided for the defiance of Adam and that the original dignity afforded him was not obliterated absolutely.
The dignity of the defiant Angels was indeed obliterated absolutely in their defiance, but Adam was placed in an environment of time and space, where today's misadventure might be corrected by tomorrow's repentance - a situation completely different from that of the Angels.
So, while the dignity of Adam (of mankind) was shattered so that he became a malfunctioning being, this pure dignity was suspended, you might say.
His dignity was not eternally lost, because he was able to be rescued - unlike the defiant angels.

Because he was able to be rescued
there remained a certain dignity
about Adam
and about man.

Perhaps Adam was separated from his original splendid dignity in some way but which remained available to him were he able to repent and make up for his defiance.
Adam was able to repent but he, himself, was not able to repair the severance he created between him and The Lord. Nevertheless the promise was there that one of his Offspring would be capable of repairing the severance and reunite the original dignity given to man, with man, and so reunite man with God.
That incredible Saint Anna Catherina Emmerich in her God-given insights stated -  with regard to the
fall of Adam and Eve - in her Life of Jesus Christ:-
P  I saw the animal pointing to the fruit, but he did not venture to snap it off for Eve. But when the longing for it arose in her heart, he broke off and handed her the central and most beautiful piece of the clustering five.
And now I saw Eve draw near to Adam, and offer him the fruit. Had he refused it, sin would not have been committed. I saw the fruit break, as it were, in Adam's hand. He saw pictures in it, and it was as if he and Eve were instructed upon what they should not have known.
The interior of the fruit was blood-red and full of veins. I saw Adam and Eve losing their brilliancy and diminishing in stature. It was as if the sun went down. The animal glided down the tree, and I saw it running off on all fours.
I did not see the fruit taken into the mouth as we now take food in eating, but it disappeared between Adam and Eve.
I saw that while the serpent was still in the tree, Eve sinned, for her consent was with the temptation.
I learned also at that moment what I cannot clearly repeat; namely, that the serpent was, as it were, the embodiment of Adam and Eve's will, a being by which they could do all things, could attain all things. Here it was that Satan entered.
Sin was not completed by eating the forbidden fruit. But that fruit from the tree which, rooting its branches in the earth thus sent out new shoots, and which continued to do the same after the Fall, conveyed the idea of a more absolute

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