Choose the Values Instilled in Your Heart

Are values tied to the human condition, or are they rooted in the nature and existence of God? This is an instrumental distinction in the conversation regarding personal values and what they add to the life of an individual, particularly a follower of Jesus.

According to scripture, mankind was made in the image of the Triune God (Ge. 1.27), which Bishop (2013) points out that values held by the Trinity were instilled in mankind innately. (p. 128-130) Paul even alludes to this innate understanding of God’s values, or laws. (Ro. 2:14-15) Though in the eyes of man these Godly values were all that existed, the truth of the matter did not become apparent until the eyes of man were opened to the existence of evil; (Ge. 2.25) opposing values were present.

Hultman (2002) states, “without the capacity to formulate and act on values, life on the human level would not exist.” (Kindle Location 234) The primary ability that separates human existence from all other created beings is the ability to choose and exercise free will. It is this foundational element of man that allows for a proper relationship with God himself to exist. Hultman taps into this truth by pointing out a primary part of human existence is the act of choice on values that are worthy of adherence. Bishop (2013) defines values as good, desirable, and righteous, which accurately reflect the personhood of the Creator of mankind. It is the selfish desire for man to meet needs (Hultman, 2012) in a way that violates God’s values that creates separation from God, rather than meeting needs by making choices in harmony with the values innately built into mankind.

References

Bishop, W. H. (2013). The Genesis of Values in Genesis. Journal of Human Values, 19(2), 127–132.

Crossway Bibles. (2007). ESV: study Bible: English standard version (ESV text ed.). Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Bibles.

Hultman, K. (2001). Balancing Individual and Organizational Values: Walking the Tightrope to Success. Wiley.


5 thoughts on “Choose the Values Instilled in Your Heart

  1. Please, where do you get it from that the book Genesis would say “According to scripture, mankind was made in the image of the Triune God”?
    the Bereshit tells us there is Only One God Who made man in His image.

    1. The simplest reference is in 1.26 where the words ‘us’ and ‘ours’ is used. This is in alignment with the rest of scripture that indicates Yahweh is a triune god (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). I hope that helps. Thank you for engaging in the conversation. “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness.’” (‭Genesis‬ ‭1‬:‭26‬ NIV)

      1. God sis speaking with the Pluralis Majestatis like any high person today still speaks. We do hope those kings, queens, presidents, CEO’s, directors, you shall not consider to be plural persons, being one and the same as their company or country. The elohim as the Most High speaks with this Pluralis Majestatis but declares clearly that He is One, on many occasions in the Holy Scriptures.

    1. There are values instilled in man by Yahweh, indicated in Gen 1.26 that man was made in the image of God. That doesn’t mean man has not created and adhered to other values outside of those instilled by God. Jesus, being a part of the triune God and fully mankind, is the perfect example of living out the values of God while also honoring and challenging values of man.

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