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Eternal Presence

Leaning Tower of PisaThough individuals are created in the divine image likeness that is they are "god like", they often try to make God into 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. The omniscience that is knowing the thoughts and actions of all beings at the same time or God's eternal presence were not listed.✞

A 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. God says at the creation in Genesis 1.26-27, "Let us make man (Hebrew "Adam") in our likeness."

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" includes persons of unspecified gender of both sexes, male and female. The writer explains in Genesis 9.6, "For in the image of God has God made the human race."

"Divine Image Likeness"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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