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The paradox between diversity and uniformity

For many years, I have been wondering about one question: Does God find delight in diversity or uniformity?

The supporting argument for the former is the wonderful creation with varieties in abundance, and every single creature is totally unique.

The supporting argument for the later is in God’s desire of transforming and conforming all the believers into the image of His Son.

So What is the answer? My conjecture is both. God’s desire both diversity and uniformity. To be specific, God love uniformity and oneness in essence, and varieties in expression.

The evidence for my conjecture in creation is that although the creation has so many varieties and differences, all their fundamental genetic code is DNA with no exception. All life is inherited through and encoded in DNA, but great differences and uniqueness is expressed.

The evidence in God’s economy is that although God’s desires all believers to be conformed to the image of His Son, He still desires them to be expressed differently. The fundamental oneness is desired, but the outward expression varies.  This can be seen in the different gifts, measures, functions in the body of Christ. Although all have the divine life of Christ, some are apostles, prophets, teachers, etc. Although all are the sons of God, some will bear more burdens and be more mature than the others. Although all are the members of the body, there are eyes, mouths, hands, etc. Even in the end the New Jerusalem, though the ultimate expression and testimony of God, is made of many different kinds of precious stones, such as jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, sardonyx, sardius, chrysolite, beryl, topaz, chrysoprase, jacinth, amethyst, and pearl. Although they are all precious stones undergoing transformation processes,  their colors, beauty, and expressions differ and vary.

Again, this is my humble conjecture.

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