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Created In God's Image

What does created in the "image" of God, mean?

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I agree with joseph, It is man's ability to reason & to make rational choices based on mental deduction & logic, rather than instincts alone.

Another characteristic we get from God is the ability to plan for the future. An animal has no knowledge that it will someday die.
God has given us this... and an inborn knowledge of himself.

Romans 1:19 because that which is known about God is evident within them, for God made it evident to them.
There is a down side of this!
Rom 1:21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks... and their foolish heart was darkened.

We are the only creations of God who can CHOOSE to (or not to) honor God.
---Donna66 on 5/14/10


francis, I chuckled when I read your reply, for some people made in the image of their parents is very obvious. You look at the person and then look at their parents and it explains a lot of things, I mean some of them are really- to put it politely- odd looking.
---Eloy on 5/14/10


Only ADAM and EVE were in the image of God. All others are in the image of their parents.

Seth was born in the Image of Adam IE with the SIN nature.

Genesis 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image, and called his name Seth:

Adam was CREATED in the image of God. I E WITHOUT SIN:
---francis on 5/11/10


It means to be without sin, to be in perfect love.

It is not physical for God is spirit and Adam was flexh and blood.

This text indicates what it means to be in the Image of God. It mean without sin or even the thought of sin:

Colossians 3:8 But now ye also put off all these, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds,

Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:


For more detailed information see the great book: THE IMAGE OF GOD IN THIS GENERATION.
---francis on 5/11/10


yes we know God is spirit,scripture also says he is light,truth,love,righteousness,etc.is God in human form?iam not sure,scripture talks about the mind of God,and relates many other ways,the angels are made in human form,personally in Gods iomage to me is more likely that we are or have a spirit,and are able to experience love,and simulate the goodness of God,because we are made in his image,but this is a matter of free will by obeying his word.we can also choose to follow satan,rather ironic,but God wants us to choose him.
---tom2 on 5/10/10




A good question!

I took it to be that man is (1) the head of the living creatures, and thus the 'head of the earth', (2) man is conscious, and has a spirit (which animals do not) (3) man can have a relationship with God, as God has relationships (wrong word, I'm sure) between Father, Son and Spirit

More idea, I'll pass later - if I can think of one!
---Peter on 5/10/10


God is a spirit. No one has phys seen God. He knew from the beginning that He would be coming in the flesh. The fleshly part of His image Is Jesus Christ(Not known in the O-Testament, but was prophesied). So that Is how we are created is in the image of God Is the flesh like of Jesus Christ.
His angels Are like manner. When they are called to minister to a human, is in human form. Just like the angels that God sent to help Lot & his family get out them 2 God forsaken Cities.
---Lawrence on 5/10/10


\\I enjoy my pablum in the morning with a pinch of Salt, but for dinner...gimme a huge chunk of cooked, dead animal flesh and veggies.

I am sincerely interested in learning the distinction.
---aka_joseph on 5/10/10\\

Look it up on Orthodox sites (of which there are many) or Orthodox texts.

It's too complex to be handled in just 125 words, books have been written on it.
---Cluny on 5/10/10


I believe it means that we are born with a spirit, soul and body. Jesus was born with a spirit, soul and body too.

But I agree with Cluny, there's a difference between image and likeness. I would have to look up and study the meanings of the difference of these two words, but for simplistic sake, we are born in His image, with a soul, spirit and body just as Jesus was.
---Donna5535 on 5/10/10


I enjoy my pablum in the morning with a pinch of Salt, but for dinner...gimme a huge chunk of cooked, dead animal flesh and veggies.

I am sincerely interested in learning the distinction.
---aka_joseph on 5/10/10




Eastern Christian theology makes a distinction between the "image" and "likeness" of God.

But this is meat too strong to give to those who are having problems digesting pablum.
---Cluny on 5/9/10


Catherine: It means man was made, by God, to resemble & walk in God's likeness as a delegated authority/agent/steward representing his Creator in the Earth. Man was made to portray/depict/show the image of, i.e., act on behalf of God.
---Leon on 5/8/10


Man was created to resemble, mirror, manifest and represent, in a similar manner, the attributes & attitude of the Father.
It is man's ability to reason & to make rational choices based on mental deduction & logic, rather than instincts alone, that constitutes that image
The Father's image is reflected in & thru our expressed will, thoughts & emotions.
---Josef on 5/8/10


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