" God created man in his image;
in the divine image he created him;
male and female he created them."
That man and woman are made in the image of God has a profound significance. It means that human nature shares, in a limited degree, in the attributes of God both in its spiritual and material dimensions. The following table compares some of these attributes.
MAN/WOMAN PARTICIPATION IN GOD'S ATTRIBUTES
"the LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being." (Gn 2:7)
"Did God really tell you not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?" (Gn 3:1)
|GOOD||"God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good" (Gn 1:31)|
|CREATOR||"I have produced a man with the help of he Lord." (Gn 4:1).|
|RULER||"Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, ...." (Gn 1:26)|
|FREE||"You are free to eat from any of the trees of the garden except the tree of knowledge of good and bad." (Gn2:16-17)|
|FATHER, SON AND SPIRIT||"It is not good for man to be alone." (Gn 2:18)|
Is the human body also the "image of God? "As to the objection that God has no body: True enough, but there are ways in which a body can picture a spirit. Psalm 94:9 asks, "Does he who implanted the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see?" God does not have literal ears or eyes, but our ears and eyes image His ability to hear and see." (Webpage/Recovering:Chapter 12 by John M. Frame, "Man and Woman in the Image of God.") Actually eyes and ears do not see and hear but it's the spiritual entity or (person) which sees and hears. This, however, would not be possible without the senses. The Catholic Catechism # 364 states it thus:
"The human body shares in the dignity of the 'image of God':
it is the human body precisely because it is animated by a spiritual soul,
and it is the whole human person that is intended to become, in the body of Christ,
a temple of the Spirit."
With the fall, man as the image of God became disfigured. He lost participation in the life of God, his understanding became obscured and now finds it difficult to rule over God's creatures. To some extent, work which was a joy has become a burden. Now through Christ man can be restored to friendship with God with a right to heaven, but many consequences of Original Sin plagues the life of man on earth. He knows that he/she should do good and avoid evil but he/she is always aware how easy it is to fall from grace by following our lower instincts. Sometimes man/woman become so wicked as to call evil good and good evil. Losing their true way to God, many becomes ensnared in ideologies which kills the innocent even in the name of God.
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