I wanted to follow up on my presentation regarding The Passion of Christ and the importance of humanity.
If one has faith that God exists and believes that He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-good the answer to the question of the importance of humanity is answered very easily.
The question "What does it mean to be human?" is answered through the passage "in the image of God" (Genesis 1:26-27).1” God created every human being to be made in His image and likeness. This alone is amazing. It shows that God wants us to be like Him. Our goal in life is to love and live as Jesus did.
The next act of God that answers the importance of humanity is God becoming human. God, being all-powerful, did not need to become human to show us and teach us how to live. He could have just said the words and all could have been made perfect. Yet, He decided that humanity is important, and therefore, decided to become human himself and teach us to how to live through His example. One being who incorporates both man and God is another example of ontology.
The most important act that God did to show humanity’s importance was to suffer through the passion and die on the cross. He died on the cross not for one person, not for himself, but for every human being that he created on earth. He took on the burden of humanities sin so that we could be forgiven and live with Christ in heaven.
God shows us in many different ways how important we are as human beings.
PS – If anyone wants to look at St. Anselm and St. Thomas Aquinas’s philosophy on the existence of God here is the link. It is pretty interesting!