AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER?: THE IMAGE OF GOD IN HUMANITY AND ITS

Herman Mvula

Abstract


This article discusses the issues of xenophobia and how it can be averted in future. It argues for a peaceful resolution of the problem of xenophobia by appeal to what the Bible has to say concerning the nature of humanity. In other words, by the use of a prober understanding of the nature of the imago Dei in humans, we can live in peace with each other regardless of our place of origins and in so doing do away with tendencies to hate the people of other nations. The article therefore analyses what it means to talk about humans being created “in the image of God.” However, before discussing the nature of the image of God in humanity, a historical background of why people from Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and other countries trek to South Africa is highlighted. As the title indicates, the article emphasizes that we are our brothers and sisters' keepers, no matter the situation. This means that regardless of our feeling toward people of other nations, theological impetus must point us to love them, care for them and keep them.

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