God said (according to Genesis 1:26), "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our Likeness...male and female He created them."? How much like God are we, really? What does this statement imply?
This statement is an interesting one...I can imagine everything from Other Beings from Elsewhere, making us in their image- to a God who is some sort of souped-up Human....my imagination soars...What do you think? Is the author of Genesis referring to actual looks, or something more spiritual?
Blessings to you all this Holiday Season 2009,Jaianniah
asked 27 Dec '09, 01:59
There is a story of a lioness she was pregnant and gave birth near some goats, she went to jump and kill a goat for her new born and died, it was too much after just giving birth for her to jump on a goat to kill for her cub. The cub grew with the goats, it fed on the goats milk with the "other goat" babies. One day a lion came to attack the goats for food and saw the cub that was now grown a bit, he noticed this young lion was acting like a goat! He went over and pulled the young lion away from the goats. The young lion said, "please don't eat me lion!" The lion said, "I am not going to eat you, you are like me, why would I eat you?" The cub said, "because I am a goat and you are a lion!" The lion said, "you are not a goat you are a lion!" The cub responded, "no I am only a goat." So the next day came the same thing happened, again the cub was very frightened when the lion pulled him away this time the lion showed him in a pond, "look at my face what do you see?" The cub said, "I see a lion!" "Now look at your face, what do you see?" said the lion. The cub responded, "I see a goat." The lion said, "does your face look like mine or those goats?" The cub looked again and got scared and ran away. The next day came and the lion did the same thing and this time brought the cub some fresh killed meat, the cub took some and started feeling more like his lion self, eventually the lion convinced the cub it was a lion.
If we look in the bible we can see this same story between Jesus and us, he has tried so much to show us who we are, that he is God and we look like him what are we?
Genesis 3:22 (Read all of Genesis 3)
And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
Psalm 82:6 (Read all of Psalm 82)
I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
Isaiah 41:23 (Read all of Isaiah 41)
Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.
John 10:34 (Read all of John 10)
Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
Look in the mirror just like the lion cub, you see the face of God, remember that this is the face of God these are the hands of God this is the body of God.
1 Corinthians 3:16 (Read all of 1 Corinthians 3)
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1 Corinthians 6:19 (Read all of 1 Corinthians 6)
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
So if you want to really get to know God in as close a relationship as Jesus had, when you look in the mirror say constantly to your self or out loud, "This is the face of God, these are the hands of God, this is the body of God." Know that God dwells within you and you are the ark that carries God wherever you are there is God.
answered 27 Dec '09, 06:36
Liked your post too. Especially how you merged the story you told into it. When I first heard that story it was sheep, though no difference. It could have just been because I'm from New Zealand and we are the land of "sheep shaggers" :P
(28 Dec '09, 07:01) Liam
Yes people tend to fear surrender to God like that, like "I'll lose everything I have, my very identity!" But it is not like that at all, it is finding our identity. Matthew 16:25 (Read all of Matthew 16)
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Matthew 16:24 (Read all of Matthew 16)
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
(28 Dec '09, 11:55) Wade Casaldi
What does take up his cross mean? thanks
(25 Apr '11, 14:31) Fairy Princess
Taking up your cross means, your burdens all of your problems not letting them keep you behind. So many let excuses keep them behind, "I would like to follow you but I have to do this or that first", or "Not today, could we work something out so maybe I could follow you next week?" This is why Jesus said to the man that said "I have to bury my father first." "Let the dead bury their own." In other words "I am coming through here now, are you joining me or not?"
(25 Apr '11, 17:17) Wade Casaldi
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Jesus did not say "I am alike unto the Father" but instead "I and the Father are One." In the psalms we are told "Ye are Gods."
The idea that it could be referring to the physical supposes we are purely physical - which is not true. At the very least I think it refers to the physical + something else.
I have heard of some debate concerning the idea of the 'council of the gods' as opposed to just one god in that creative act. Though, let us ignore it. (It fits in nicely with the 'ye are gods' and 'in our likeness' though)
Now - there have been many 'gods' and attributes to a one supreme god described over the years. With all the various attributes to it (or them) such as all wise or all powerful or all knowing or all loving and heck, even vengeful, lusty etc. Even with the idea of aliens creating us...what they all have in common- is they are all creators - or directors of powerful forces.
That is true of us - and thus, for the important component, we are like God (and gods). Each facet of a diamond sparkles brilliantly in its own way even though they are all part of the same diamond.
answered 27 Dec '09, 07:46
I like this yes you put some more good points in for who we really are, similar to a hologram etched in glass, no matter how many times it gets broken it still contains the whole. Our minds are just beginning to grasp that the many and the one are the same, all is God.
(27 Dec '09, 07:59) Wade Casaldi
There is no difference.
answered 11 Dec '10, 17:51
Yes we are GOD and GOD is us.
(11 Dec '10, 19:02) jim 10
@ Hu Ra, Yes, you are right in the sense that God breathe the breath of life into man’s clay body giving man life, a physical body to live, create, and manifest his desire here on earth! We are all from God, and the breath that we breathe in and out is the living force, energy, and spirit of God, so we are all one from the same source, from spirit to flesh, from flesh to dust, and finally back to God in the spirit!
(12 Dec '10, 00:48) Inactive User ♦♦
And in the sense that the 'clay' is God and your idea is God and the physical world is God. Earth, the air, life force, spirit, flesh, dust, etc. There is nothing that is not God.
(13 Dec '10, 07:34) Hu Ra
Simple but true :)
(13 Jun '11, 22:02) Michaela
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Jesus said, I am in the father, and the father is in me. Jesus is the son of God, and he also said, that the ones of us that has seen him, has also seen the father. So, you can look at these terms, in any way you choose. But the statements are quite clear. God has made his son Jesus in his own image, and likeness. What more proof do we need? The bible teaches, blessed is the man that does not see with his eyes, but believe in his heart. If you believe in Jesus Christ the son of God that walked this earth 2,000.00 years ago. then you would know that we are all made in the image, and likeness of God, because Jesus Christ is the living proof of the son of man, and God the father.
God created each and everyone of us human in his likeness. Meaning: the way he wants us to look in our human body, but we are also spiritual beings; because we have a soul, which is the spirit of God that lives within us. God breathe the breath of life into the man, and gave him life, so we humans all have the spirit of God within us. The kindom of God is within! We are all the children of God, and we must remember that it is God that gaves us this life. Everything has a life form in it, that is of the spirit of God. Yet we question the work of God over, and over. Blessed is the man that does not see, but believed!
answered 27 Dec '09, 02:52
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even more blessed is the man that see and believe because he as see!
(03 May '11, 03:34) white tiger
@white tiger:Of course people may have different beliefs, and that is okay too!
(07 May '11, 04:40) Inactive User ♦♦
When we read the phrase, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our Likeness," we normally interpret that phrase to mean that God made us to look like Him (or the members of the Trinity).
But what if Likeness means being similar, rather than identical, as some biblical authorities suggest?
We tend to anthropomorphize God, to ascribe human qualities to Him. We often think of God as a man with a beard (it's Christmas time. Sound familiar?) Could it be that we make God in our own image?
answered 27 Dec '09, 16:53
I think that the more we try to define God in our terms, and "put God in a box," it becomes idolitry.
(12 Jun '11, 12:34) Fairy Princess
we are an alien genetic experiment and of coarse they would be our gods
answered 27 Dec '09, 02:49
An attribute of god is omnipresence, then that means god is IN, AROUND, THROUGH and permeates all parts and IS all parts to the smallest infinite degree at the same place and same time. Therefore, since we exist, god is in us, permeates us, and is us. This inferes that we are part of god, therefore we are god.
answered 13 Jun '11, 21:47
like the child of a father with the same potential! the image is in the true form of god spirit light energy!as for the vessel we have a human body! god as the universe!
answered 25 Apr '11, 00:41
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