FOURTH WEEK OF STUDIES
Truths I Should Believe About Man - Page 4
Made In The Image and Likeness of God
An image may be physical, formulated in the likeness of something else, or in the likeness of what one believes to be something else. There were images of the Greek gods that sculptors chiseled out of stone or poured melted into a form. These were lifeless, physical idols. An image may also be an imitation, a copy or a counterpart. But when God created man he was neither a physical image of God, nor a mere imitation of Him. The Latin term "Imago Dei" applies to man as being in the image of God, but not in a physical likeness, since God is Spirit and is not a physical being. Thus we must seek other means to determine how man was in the likeness and and image of God.
An insight might be gained by understanding what God's original purpose was. It is stated in Genesis 1: 26, "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every, creeping thing that creepetn upon the earth." This was God's purpose for man, but to fulfill such a purpose, God had to create an unusual being. Therefore, the type of person whom He created had characteristics like unto God. Adam was like God as an intellectual being, as a moral being, as a free being, as a responsible being, and as a social being.
Adam as an Intellectual Being
That Adam was an intellectual being is verified by Genesis 2:19, 20: "And out of the ground the Lord God formed every, beast of the field and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him."
To commune with God amd give names to the beast of the field, the fowl of the air, the cattte and other creatures of the earth implies unusual intellect and rationality. The fact that man had such rationality set him apart and above all other creatures who were formed from the ground.
Not only did God create him with a highly developed intellect, He gave him a language by which he could use his rationality, and communicate his thoughts to others. He talked with God about the trees of the garden and later communicated what he had learned to his wife, Eve. The level of Adam's intellect was equal to, if not superior to, man's highest intellect of today, which is a direct contradiction to the evolutionary theory of the development of man.
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