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“Made in God’s Image”

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God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them created mankind.”  Genesis 1:27

Imago Dei refers to the unique imprint God placed upon humanity, identifying people as a special creation-Imago Dei is Latin for the “image of God.”  The Bible moment…

The fact that humans are made in the image of God is one of the most important biblical revelations for Christians, but most viciously attacked by non-believers.    

The questions we must deal with if indeed we are created in the image of God, and He has placed His unique imprint upon us, why the endless murders, rapes, stabbings, massacres, and other forms of violence?  How can humans be created in the image of God when we commit such evil acts of violence toward each other?  How do we explain our lust for power, the destruction of our fellow man, the building up of our military might, and escalation of wars?  In the face of such violent humanity, how can we say we are superior to the animal kingdom? 

There are two things to note about being created in the image of God: Humans have a spirit, and the ability to know the difference between right and wrong, good and evil.  

Our human spirit provides evidence that God’s traits like love, justice and freedom to choose are alive in us-thus making us different than animals.  The human spirit enables us to reason, have emotions, such as love and anger and to understand that we have value.

Another quality we share with God is the moral ability to recognize good and evil, which God demonstrated through Adam and Eve from the beginning.  So as free moral agents we can act freely in a morally good or evil way.  We can choose either to shine forth “the moral image of God or flat out reject it, but either way, the ability to make the choice reveals our underlying similarity to our Creator.”  [1]

It should be emphasized that humans are different than the rest of creation; the immense gulf separating self-realization from consciousness and morality from amorality speak to the strong evidence that we are indeed made in the image of God. 

 

The Bible moment…

When Adam looked for a mate, he quickly understood that he would not be able to find one suitable among the animal kingdom.  Among all of creation, we are uniquely made Imago Dei.  What a privilege to be created in the image of God.  There was a time in creation when the Godhead spoke, “Let US make man in OUR image…and let them rule over the animals…”  (Genesis 1:26-27) Mankind is far superior, created with greater value, for nobler purposes, and with the greatest potential than the rest of God’s creation.  You are worthy, you are important, you are created in the image of God!

 

[1] (Strobel & Mittelberg, 2016)