A while ago I was discussing with another sister the extent to which God was involved in creation due to the use of the word Elohim throughout Gen 1. I believe God was entirely in control and told the angels what to do and they followed his design exactly. My friend believes that the angels had much more "creative licence" (thats the best way of putting it) and that God wasnt as involved.
Any thoughts on this are welcome because I didnt quite understand her argument, although I believe its held by quite a few people.
The point I want to make is concerning man being in the image of God. I know many people find it very difficult to visualise God, myself included. We know that he is a spirit and we are told that we are in his image. On a very simple level, I understand this to mean that we look like God but he is a spirit and we are flesh and blood. Some people think there is a big difference between ours and Gods appearance and that we dont actually resemble him that much. I think this has to do with the thought I started with but I would like to try and refute this argument.
"This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them , and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth."
According to strongs, Likeness means, resemblance, model, shape, like;- fashion, similitude, like manner.
Image means: A phantom, illusion, resemblance, hence a representative figure.
(We cant understand Adam begeting a son in his own image differently to God creating man is his own image. To say, because we can all see that men resemble one another, that it means a different thing when referring to God is wrong. If man is made in the image of God, surely it means we look like him, in the same way that men look like each other.)
This may not make any difference if your belief is that we are in the image of the angels and not God. However, 1 Cor 11v7:
"For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God..."
God here means: Deity, the supreme divinity.
We are also told in Col 1v15 that Christ is the, "...image of the invisible God..." (God being invisible because no man can see him and live, but still having an image. Our eyes arent allowed to see him. ) The word for God here is the same as in 1 Cor 11.
I cant find that verse that says we shuold love all men as they are all in Gods image and were made by him, but Im sure youre familiar with it. Anyway, these verses dont seem to be referring to the angels at all, but specifically God. This definately leads me to believe that we do look like physically like God, even though we are of a different nature.
Do people agree with this? Does anyone have any thoughts on the beginning of the post and does anyone here actually have trouble with the idea that we do physically look like God?
:coffee: Tsunade x
Edited by tsunade sama, 03 January 2006 - 05:52 PM.