What does it mean to be made in the “image of God“?
The statement from the opening lines of the Book of Genesis, “Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness…(1:26a)”, have long puzzled theologians and philosophers alike and have caused a number of theories to be floated around, but it is actually a video by an atheist, which was surprisingly good and thorough until it turned into a non-sequitur at the end, that put that very question in mind.
If, as good theists, especially Christian theists, we look at the idea of the “image of God” and do not take time to grasp it and roll it around in our minds, then we are neglecting the one gift by which we have to gain some manner of grasp on the infinite. So, with no further ado, when I consider what the imago Dei is, this is what I come up with:
1. Rational. The image of God is an encompassing of the concept of rationality. This is where intellect and reason come together and intersect with the laws of logic. It means that we are thinking beings, considerers of life and it’s facets.
2. Emotional. This entails the ability to give expression to thoughts, as well as feelings. The ability to express oneself is summed up in this.
3. Moral. The fact that we have an innate sense of rightness or wrongness of something is the primary indicator of humanity’s uniqueness among earth’s creatures.
4. Relational. Humans are meant to relate to one another and their environment in a specific way. In fact, if we are honest, any time there is a problem with any of the proceeding three this aspect is immediately affected.
This is just a superficial overview of the subject, which is enough for early on Wednesday, but it should give you enough to think about for this week, so that if you are confronted with the issue you’ll have some fuel for the engine of your thoughts.