Man Made in God's Image

Man is made in God's image. God made man in his image. This truth is far reaching in scriptural principle and teaching.

Gen 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 creepeth upon the earth.
Gen_1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

I used to not see the importance of the book of GENESIS in the Bible. But as I understand more of the New Testament, I see more and more how the Old Testament is so important for understanding the New Testament of the Bible. And the fact that God made man in his own image is no different. I will try to show the relevancy of this concept.

Love God, Love Man

I will get right down to it. The Bible teaches we are to love others because they are made in God's image. This is the greatest aspect that I've found so far. Here's some verses showing this.

1Jn_4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

I've missed the full relevancy of this verse before, but I've got it now. First, please consider my first "take" on this verse which was: "God told us to love each other. If we don't love each other and keep God's command, then how can we say we love God?" You may say that this sounds good. So what's lacking? That's my point. I didn't understand the relevancy of the fact that we are made in God's image. Let me break into an analogy first, at which I believe you will immediately understand what the above quoted verse actually means.

Say you loved a woman. And then someone took her picture and sent it to you. But when you got the picture, you didn't like her. So someone could say to you, "If you don't like the picture of the woman, what makes you think you will love the woman?"

1Jn_4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

Now, considering the analogy of a woman and her picture, "If a man doesn't like a picture of a woman, why would he like the woman" and then "How can we love God if we don't love the image of God?" That's something that needs to be meditated on. The Bible says that a man who (and I add this word) PROFESSES to love God and hates his brother is a liar. And we know that no liar will be in heaven. Such PROFESSION of a love for God and hatred for men and Christians especially is a huge lie or great lie.

But I would like to take this a few steps further to drive it home. If God's Word is to be believed, then let's believe it with our whole heart and meditate on it, shall we? I believe the teaching of "Man is made in God's image" is a powerful fundamental concept that helps explain and helps all of us to understand so much of what is written later in scripture.

Corollary

As a derivative of man being made in God's image, let's say this, "If a man says he hates his brother who is made in God's image, then the man hates God." and let's also say this "Since God made man in his own image and told men to love his brother, then any man who hates his brother also hates God." I think both of those are fair statements and are accurately derived without loss or false inference. But let's go a step further and explore some extremities of the statement.

God's Children

If an atheist or agnostic or a cult member is made in God's image, then how much more is a Christian, a child of God? If you have arrived at the conclusion that a child of God (one born of the Spirit of God) is more like the image of God, then consider this: "If a man lies to, slanders and libels and hates a Christian, then how much more would a person hate God?" Just so I don't wander off track and check my thoughts against the scripture, let me check my thoughts against the Bible. I believe I've found at least one, but upon consideration, my thought is close, but not accurate.

Mat_10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?

I think I should say, "If a man lies to, slanders and libels and hates God, then how much more would this person hate Christians?" I had to modify it because Christians aren't perfect as God is. But let me put what I think I was trying to say into a question. "If a person loves lies, guile, deceit, cult members, deniers of Jesus Christ, slanderer etc more than Christians, then what would that person love God?" I think that's a powerful questions. And my answer is "No, that person would not and DOES NOT love God."

One of the problems with 2x2 cult members is that they have learned to love lies, deceit and guile as essential instruments to them in order to recruit, by seduction, new members into the cult. I hope that understanding how the basic, fundamental teachings in the earliest part of Genesis helps explain so much of what is written in the New Testament.

Implications of Man Being Made in God's Image

There are powerful implications to man being in God's image. What about idolatry - fashioning something into an image to be worshiped as God? What about slaying God?

God's Image and Fellowship

Who is more like God: Christians or cult members who PROFESS to love God? If a person loves those who PROFESS over Christians, what does that tell about their love for God? If one of a person's greatest love is for MEETINGS held by WORKERS, what does that say about their love for God? The Bible says they are liars. Every cult member who reads this website has to face this decision about who they will keep company. Are they going to continue to keep company with PROFESSING people who claim to be the ONLY TRUE WAY or are they going to repent of their beliefs and keep company with Christians?

Another Verse About Man in God's Image

So this verse is not taken out of context, I'll include the passage:

Gen 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

This passage of scripture, just 8 chapters later from the aforementioned verses, shows the basis as to why a man should not kill his brother: "for in the image of God made he man".

There are many reasons as to why some WORKERS go around teaching that the FRIENDS need to focus on the New Testament. My statement is "Why focus on the New Testament when they don't understand the underlying principles upon which it is built?" The very fact that God points back again and again in scripture to Genesis, the beginning, shows how relevant the book of Genesis is.

God Made Man in His Own Image

God made man in his own image. Man is made in the image of God. This truth is elementary and fundamental in the Bible. It also has profound implications when judging how evil idolatry is. It has prodound implications also when studying the subject of marriage. If a man or woman cannot love their Christian spouse who is made in God's image, then how can they PROFESS to love God?

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