What does it mean??
What does it mean to be created in God's image?
in English please! Thanks!!
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
"To be created in God's image" generally means: - to be created in God's likeness.Hope the information below helps!-------------------------------------------------We know we are created in God's image because the Bible tells us so in Genesis 1:27 where we read, "And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." Now, this event happened before the fall of man, but we know that we are still in some sense created in the image of God because 1 Corinthians 11:7 reaffirms this fact. Also Genesis 9:6 imposes the death penalty because of the fact that man is made in the image of God. This would argue that the idea of being created in God's image still applies to us today.The words "image" and "likeness" used in Genesis 1:26-27 express the idea of the whole man being created in this way. In some sense, both a man's material and immaterial aspects are included in this assessment. Now, we know that strictly speaking man's physical body is not patterned after the physical appearance of God. We are taught in John 4 that God is Spirit and does not reside in a physical body. However, this does not preclude the physical body being some part of the image of God. We exist currently as body and soul together. It is meaningless to talk of us a just a soul or just a body when we are alive on earth. Both are intricately intertwined to make you the person you are.The body reflects God's image by first of all being one in substance. God as a trinity is one being, acting with as much unity as our soul acts with our body. Our bodies are living, and Paul emphasizes that we serve a living God, not one of gold or silver or stone (Act17:29). In fact he says that those idols cannot be God because it would take a living being to create us as living beings. This is a highly rational argument, and difficult to find objectionable.Paul's ability to appeal to reason demonstrates another way that man is made in the image of God. God by His nature is a rational being. He operates by the laws of logic. He is not constrained by them because they are some kind of "higher force", but they are the natural outflow of His will; they are His nature. He is as much a rational being as He is a loving being. Because only man has the true capacity for rational thinking, he is in this way also made in God's image. Also, man is intelligent; aware of his surroundings and capable of changing them. He does not act on instinct, but should be able to control his natural drives for higher purposes.God has given man free will, which likewise reflects God's image. Every man has the ability to choose for himself his actions. He is morally aware. Man understands that certain things are good and certain things are evil. Before the fall, Adam and Eve had no experiential knowledge of good and evil, but they most certainly understood that they should obey God's commands. If this were not so, God warning them about punishment if they disobeyed Him would have no meaning to them, and the fall could be viewed as entrapment on God's part. Adam most certainly did understand that disobeying the will of God was wrong, and there could be dire consequences to his actions. Although we now must struggle against our evil nature to obey God, we still have moral understanding and comprehension of good and evil.Lastly, one of the ways the image of God manifests itself in man is that only man can be aware of God and is capable of fellowshipping with Him. This part of man was exercised freely in the Garden before the fall. All men still are able to comprehend God's existence, but none are able to fellowship with Him unless they have been born again in Christ. Obviously, the universality of religion shows that awareness of God and some need for a relationship with Him is common to man.http://www.comereason.org/theo_issues/theo080.asp
- Anonymous1 decade ago
This is the translation(I):
God's image means what is in Him, the showing of His characters. The most significant one is Love (1John4:8), Light (1John1:5), Holiness (Revelation4:8) and Righteousness (Jeremiah23:6).
2005-10-03 22:58:25 補充：
It also means the form of God (Philippian2:6). It is the showing of quality and emotions of God. Therefore, God’s image should not be treated differently with God’s form. The virtue in the Humans’ spirit is the duplicate of God’s.
2005-10-03 22:59:36 補充：
Therefore, we are the copy of God, which enables us to glorify God. All the other living creatures are created “made of every kind”. (Genesis 1:11~12, 21, 24~25) However, we are created in God’s image (Acts17:28~29).
2005-10-03 23:09:32 補充：
As the result, we are able to be united in Him and live in Him. (John15:5, Rom6:5, 11:17~24, 1 Corinthians 6:17)