August 25, 2021

The Image of God

So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27
What does it mean to be human? There are probably a million answers to this question, but for the person of faith, the ultimate answer is that humans were created by God in God's own image. 

It's interesting that there are two accounts of creation. They're found in Genesis 1 and Genesis 2. But it's the first one that we usually harken back to, because it's the one in which humans are placed in the context of the entirety of God's creation. And it's there that we're told that we're made in God's image.

The Bible never really explicitly describes what it means to be created in the image of God, but among the implications are characteristics such of wisdom and selfless love and mutual respect. Thus, when we act in the interest of others, when we make peace or work for justice, we are showing forth God's image in the human race. 

People are pretty good at finding examples in the Bible that seem to demonstrate the opposite of the characteristics I just mentioned—especially ones in which women are in subjugation to men. But the most foundational statements of our faith, such as Genesis 1:27, Galatians 3:28, and 1 Corinthians 11:11-12 state clearly that all humans, regardless of gender, are equal and interdependent.

In the Lord woman is not independent of man or man independent of woman. For just as woman came from man, so man comes through woman; but all things come from God.
 1 Corinthians 11:11-12
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
I thank you, O Eternal Creator, that all people were made in your image. Teach me self-respect, that I may see your mark upon me when I look in the mirror. And teach me to respect others, that in them I might see the image of your Son.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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