The Significance of Humankind Being Created in “God’s Image”

Creation as God’s cosmic temple

Adam K
Mustard Seed Sentinel

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Photo by Héctor J. Rivas on Unsplash

I currently live in Taiwan where there are temples on every street corner. Several times a year, the temples will have festivals and parades to worship the gods to bring blessings and protection to the city.

When you look inside each temple, there will be different images that represent the God worshiped at that temple.

The image in the temple represents the character and nature of the god presented at that temple. There is a god in the city I live in that is called the “noseless god”. It was believed that when a natural disaster was about to occur, the nose of the statue would fall off as a warning to the people.

What image resides in the Christian God’s “temple”? What does it communicate to the people?

We get a clue in Genesis 1.

Genesis 1 tells the creation story, shared and believed by the people of Israel.

Genesis 1 was not a scientific attempt to explain the origin of creation, instead, it was a story that would give identity and purpose to the people who heard and told this story.

In this creation story, on the 6th “day” humankind is created and it is said they were “created in God’s image”.

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Adam K
Mustard Seed Sentinel

Follower of Jesus. Husband. Father of two. Missionary. Foodie. Mdiv. Searching for a space to share, learn and grow.