In the Image of God

God said,”Let us make man in our image and likeness to rule the fish in the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle,all wild animals on earth, and all reptiles that crawl upon the earth.” So God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him, male and female. God blessed them and said to them, ” Be fruitful and increase; fill the earth and subdue it.” (Genesis 1:26-28)

In the opening chapter of the story of creation we read that God created humankind- both male and female-in his own image,and that he blessed them and commanded them to be fruitful and to care for the earth. Right from the start, God show himself as the creator who ” saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Here, right at the beginning of the Bible, God reveals his heart to us. Here we discover God’s plan for our lives. Mary, if not most,twentieth-century Christians dismiss the story of creation as a myth. Others insist that only the strictest, most literal interpretation of Genesis is valid. I simply have reverence for the word of the Bible as it stands. On the one hand, I would not think of arguing away anything in it; on the other, I believe scientists are right in cautioning that the biblical account of creation should not be taken too literally. As Peter says, ” With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day” (2 Pet. 3:8).

One thought on “In the Image of God

  1. Exactly how human beings were created remains a mystery for creator alone to unveil. Yet I am sure of one thing : no person can find meaning or purpose without God. Rather than dismiss the creation story simply because we do not understand it, we need to find its inner, true meaning and rediscover its significance for us today.

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