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Eternal Presence

Leaning Tower of PisaIndividual human beings are created in the divine image likeness that is they are "god like" and I suppose similar in appearance. However, they often try to make God like themselves that is in their own likeness in order to control and influence him. Some people are more comfortable when God is like them for he will not shock them by his non-human and godly reactions.

Characteristics of God

Group of Ordained ClergyA group of ordained Anglican clergy at a conference I attended were asked to describe the characteristics of God, the Supreme Being. Virtually all of the distinguishing features they named were human qualities, even anger. The special attributes of the divine such as omnipotence or unlimited power were not mentioned even by men and women of the cloth. Omniscience means knowing the thoughts and actions of all human beings at the same time. Omniscience meaning "an all knowing mind" or "omnipresence" or the ability to be in all places at the same time were not mentioned. Even God's eternal nature was not listed.

God Like Ourselves

IndividualsPeople prefer a God like themselves whom they could relate to but without any of his "super-qualities." To be honest, we hate God interfering in our lives because he is so unpredictable. By being given the divine likeness, human beings are incorporated into God's community.

Humans at the Creation

God says at the creation in Genesis 1.26-27, "'Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals and over all the creatures that move along the ground.' So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." "All the wild animals" is rendered in the Masoretic Text as "all the earth." We are made in his "image" but without his super abilities.

Male Female Image of God

AdamAlthough in our modern language "man" which is derived from an old English word "mann" has come to mean "male," in this context as in early English the word "man" included persons of both sexes, male and female. The writer explains in Genesis 9.6, "Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind."

"Divine Image Likeness"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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