Equality in the eyes of God is a core tenet of Christianity. But it has translated in the era of secular humanism not into equality in the eyes of God but equality in the eyes of man. And here is the problem.
People are not entirely equal. We are not equally beautiful, equally gifted, equally strong or equally sensible. People are certainly not equally wealthy. We are not even equally lovable.
What do you think?
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I would second that.
But if you say “in the eyes of God”, you accept the Christian’s premise that their God is the creator…
Instead of equality, Islam calls for justice and fairness.
We are only equal in a spiritual sense, but we all have been bestowed with different attributes in this world.
However, none of this will matter in the hereafter when we all will be judged on the basis of deeds.
except for the Jews, they are being regularly judged by Yahwe and there is no afterlife for the individual, lol
This seems similar to the subject that different races are different genetically.
So what? I mean brothers are different genetically. You find siblings who are different, so you may find one is thick, yet the other is intuitive and smart. So what? The question is how to translate these differences in our daily life? In our social-political life? How to translate these findings to the system of justice we adhere.
How should perceive this “gap” between races? That video says that different races react differently to the foods, so…? Where’s that supposed to lead us?
I think that video has gone very far by saying that who denies these differences is like the one who denies the differences between a man and a women. This’s so radical. Even the studies regarding IQ, I’m sure that there’re other factors involved which should be considered.
Research into IQ and genetics is probably the most dangerous and cordoned-off subject of all. However the evidence is clear: intelligence test scores vary with ethnic group and that just as some groups score higher on intelligence tests (eg Ashkenazi Jews), others must score lower (eg Sub-Saharan Africans). The idea of human equality so highly prized in the West results in a clash with science which nobody seems ready to face yet.
I think reading the results of a study is one story, and analyzing the results is whole another story.
Don’t the life style or the system of education play role? I mean If we take 10 children once they are born from (Ashkenazi jews) & ( Sub-Saharan Africans), and let’s say that we applied the same life style and the system of education on them, would the (Ashkenazi jews ) still score higher on intelligence tests?
Or let’s say that we applied a good system of education on the ( Sub-Saharan Africans), yet we didn’t on the (Ashkenazi jews ), would we expect the group of (Ashkenazi jews ) still score higher on intelligence tests?
That’s to show how these genetic differences play role. In other words, to which extent?
Psychologists have studied identical twins separated at birth and raised in very different homes; they have studied black siblings adopted into racially diverse (non-black) families; they have studied white sibling babies raised in black homes; etc, all kinds of variants to explore these questions.
The average IQ differences between groups remain the same. The inescapable conclusion is that IQ is largely inherited.
Praise God that the Bible speaks the truth –
Genesis 1:26-28 – all human beings are created in the image of God and have equal dignity. (but not necessarily equal in talents or intelligence or skills, or beauty, etc. – as you pointed out)
“The image of God” does not mean physical image – it means all the unseen / internal / spiritual / soul qualities that make us different than animals – higher reasoning powers, language, higher levels of communication, power of choice, morality, ethnics, spirituality, conscience, ability to have relationship with God.