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Old 04-09-2006, 03:17 PM   #1
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In His own image

Being that many on this board will begin to celebrate Passover and have begun to celebrate Easter this week and it is a week I think about these things, I had a question--for Jews, Christians, and any other interested party. Genesis states that God created man in his own image. What does that mean to you?

Please feel free to including any supporting text (reference, please), but I'm more interested in personal meanings.
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Old 04-09-2006, 03:29 PM   #2
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Re: In His own image

I'm christian catholic and I think it means that men as God has the free will, he has a body that he fully controls, men are gods towards their body and its behaviour...
ora at least he had, since much of it's christalline control got lost in the Original Sin...
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I'm Catholic Christian also, and I think it means to just try to live a good life, serving the Lord as much as humanly possible. Of course I'm going to screw up, that's original sin. But I try to steer clear of sin whenever possible. I'm not always going to agree with what others consider sinful (i.e, drinking in moderation is OK by me, even though I personally don't like to drink) but we do agree on trying to avoid sin in general.
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I'm not always going to agree with what others consider sinful (i.e, drinking in moderation is OK by me, even though I personally don't like to drink)
Heheh! there is a latin statement that goes like this: "In vino Veritas" that it means: "thru drinking wine you'll hear people's truth", so since to lie it's a sin, I consider very VERY good to drink!
hehe! just a joke verte!
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i think it means god is greedy, violent, vindictive, dishonest, lazy, overweight, and probably has some sort of venereal disease.
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^God should seriously get to work on his physical appearance, then.
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The people/ or person that wrote that

meant that God created man to resemble him.

i. e. A head, two arms, two legs, etc.
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People - unlike a dog, a rock, a tree, a crayon - are not a means to an end, but an end themselves. A rock, crayon, plant does not have the potential to receive God's Grace.
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Poor crayons. I'm going to miss them when I'm in heaven.
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People - unlike a dog, a rock, a tree, a crayon - are not a means to an end, but an end themselves. A rock, crayon, plant does not have the potential to receive God's Grace.
We are a means to an end, we are a means of protecting and combining genetic information, just like a plant or a dog.

Genesis tells us that man has often created a God in his own image.
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Someone's been digging too deep.
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First, it does NOT mean that God looks like man. He created us in His image. We always try to create Him in our image.

Second, it means that every person bears the image of God. Take that in for a minute.

We have a responsibility before God regarding how we treat one another as all are created by God and bear the image of God.







If you think that part was just written by men, I guess you can ignore it.
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Poor crayons. I'm going to miss them when I'm in heaven.
It just popped into my head b/c there's a stack of crayon boxes on my desk.
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Genesis tells us that man has often created a God in his own image.
Can you explain more? Or do you simply mean the NIV/KJV/NRSV translations of Genesis? Because I've read the Genesis creation story translated directly from Hebrew into other various cultural contexts and the Hebrew concept of God creating humans in His image defines the relationship between God and humans, not certain properties of human beings. It means God/humans do not use each other as a means to some other end, but the relationship between God and humans is the end itself. The procreation of humans doesn't have anything to do with a relationship to God, it's just a scientific process, or according to Genesis, the relatonship between human beings, not God. Also, in the original Hebrew there's a verb for "created" that always implied God as the subject.

In general, I despise the way the Christian creation story is written in modern English Bibles. It makes no sense and most of it has nothing to do with the original Hebrew meaning.
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If we take the creation story as the end product of tales and folklore in the region that has been compiled into a relatively cohesive narrative then it is the creation of human beings.

The point is that it is a product of mankind, as such when it talks of God the very concept is a creation of human beings. Defining a special relationship elevates humanity above other animals in the natural world, quite an anthropocentric position to be sure.

The literalist interperatation of modern translations is verifiably false, but then if the story is taken as allegory and adapted to a naturalistic worldview but with divine influence then there is no need for God to exist.

Reconciling belief and fact is something that creates logical inconsistencies. For that reason one doesn't demand evidence for belief or selectively use evidence to justify belief.
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