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Made In The Image Of God

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Gen ch1:v26-31
Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Gen 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Gen 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Much of this passage is pretty literal,.. In verse 28 "replenish" means "fill" and not "refill" or "restore", also take note that there is no account of man ever being added to the fossil record or related by transitional forms. God states that man is made after His own likeness and not after any other thing created in the Earth, no matter how close apes and monkeys may be. God made Adam "from the dust of the earth" - a clear statement that he was not contingently dependent or built upon a record of trnsitional forms recorded in strata of deep rock: Rather man is created by the Lord, without another cause for his presence, as if "appearing from nothing".

God did not make men with the original intent that they be vegetarian, as if all other animals would be vegetarians along with Him. He states that He made plants meat for them all, that particular plants which God named "herbs" are there for them to eat should animals be absent at any given time.

Without really needing to repeat it again, the end of the sixth day shows that God does not need to be present to keep the universe with men, (created in His image) alive in it.

The greatest verse is verse 26 - that we are created in God's image, in His likeness. What can we make of this? Are chimpanzees "nearly like God"?

The difference is primarily that God is triune, and it is more in accord with the perfection of each of the three to be pleased with their image or "likeness" in the understanding of the others. Though we can not equate man to God, we may assume that God created man in order to be pleased in Him, in the sense that to be valued by man is God's value of Him. Man alone has the capacity to reach toward God in a clearly communicable manner (c.f. the dictionary definition of "cattle" as the "dumb" or "mute" animals) - were we able to convert the dolphins and the chimpanzees we would have discovered so by now and we would have installed more rafters in the churches. (Or perhaps another lecturn and a chandelier.)

To be created in God's image is not just to be resembling a man, but to be placed in an environment where God may be more valuable to the man and vice versa than His need of the environment itself. Without being able to completely understand God, man clearly has the ability to value Him. Likewise man can perceive that God values Him likewise in return. The reflexivity of solitude and purely "self-realisation" is bettered by the symmetry of agape (charitable value) God and man may have towards each other. God created man to multiply this mutual worth, something not stated of the animals.

God gave man dominion over all the creatures on the earth, it is clear that He valued man as steward, rather than mediator to His creation, but it is true that it was as from a dominion God told man to fill the Earth and subdue it. Dominion over the fish of the sea, (Everything appearing in the fossil record?) and the fowl of the air (apparently young species) as well as every living thing that moves (everything living, consequent from the fossil record) is given man to subdue. (Have we not through much research tried to make sense of all this? It may be for God's entertainment that we strive to understand creation.)

In the beginning there was clearly the implicit suggestion that things would continue this way forever independent of resources available and environmental stability: If we merely ascribe the ability to God to renew His creation then every question about obedience and disobedience falls into place as it pertains to what would be eternal life. If there were no sin,.. there would be an implicit covenant of life for eternal life. In the end, man sinned and broke the promise of the covenant by bringing upon him the curse of sin: "Thou shalt surely die."


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