What Does It Mean to Be Human

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What does it mean to be Human?

By Rudy Trevino Origin, meaning, morality and destiny. These are not just random words attached to the big questions of life raised by humanity in the context of traversing in, what to many is, a mundane existence. The questions of where we came from, what the meaning of our existence is, whether there is such a thing as wrong or right and what is to become of us when we die, are questions that might makes us wonder what it means to be human. Is a robot human when human intelligence is imported into its memory so as to give it the ability to speak and listen? It could be programmed to ask someone how they are feeling today, but will that make it human?
As a boy, I recall time spent playing with
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To be human is to be in the image of God. As a child, I wanted to be more human. Growing up, my own contemporaries modeled a lifestyle that was harmful to me. When I was seven years old, I was surrounded by role models who would consume illegal drugs, drink alcohol, and peruse through piles of pornography. By that time, I already knew what the inside of a bar looked like. My dad or one of my older brothers would pick me up, plop me on a bar stool, and put a coke in front of me. I remember the steely coldness that would penetrate my small, sensitive legs hanging over the bar stool. I also remember how dark those places were and the smell of old cigarette smoke. I knew more than anybody else that I needed a way out of this corrosive environment. I craved to be around people who could provide a nurturing environment-one that would encourage me to complete my education and become a responsible citizen. At the age of 14, I came to a place in my life that required redirection. It was at this juncture that I began to attend a Friday night event designed for young people referred to as the Christian Youth Ranch. This was a place where I found people who expressed humanity to me-people who cared about me in a deeper sense.
Having seen humanity expressed to me, I wanted to do the same to others, so I became a follower of Christ, and in becoming a follower, I discovered that in order to become, not just human, but fully human, I would have to have an intensive,
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