Is there more than one God in the bible?
In this bible passage "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."
1. Why does God speak in plural? What is meant by "us" and "our"?
2. What does it mean to be made in God's image and likeness? Does that mean perfection?
3. If god created man on the 5th day how is "man" different from Adam?
I've often pointed this out. Since god refers to us and we he can only be speaking to equal peers.
Theists like to say it refers to the trinity but that makes no sense because the passage is in the beginning before there would be a son or holy ghost.
It is just one more of the endless contradictions of the Bible that prove it isn't the words of a god but the ramblings of men.
Hi tracypaper,God was speaking to his Son Jesus in heaven with Him when He (God) created this beautiful world. We are made as God with mind, heart, soul and stature. However, God is the Omnipotent Holy Spirit that can dwell in us if we choose to believe in Him and allow Him to do so. I don’t know if that means perfection or not but Jesus said in Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Perhaps, that means to be perfect in obedience and adhere to the Holy Spirit that is directly of the one and only true God and also being without fault after dying to sin (repenting) and being resurrected to a life of righteousness, through faith with the Son of God, Jesus that is our example of how to live after being given a second chance or another chance to live in purity... Lastly, when referring to The One and Only true God The 1st letter of God should always be capital G. What God did on the 5th day is in Genesis 1:21-23. On the 6th day God created Adam and Eve Genesis 1:26-31.
The passage is from genesis "In the beginning" at which point he had no son nor holy spirit. Also the holy spirit would be a subordinate not an equal and the words would clearly be addressed to one or more equals.
Hi word55, I have to also question this: Exodus 20: 5 "Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God". How can god be jealous of other gods if there are no other gods?
Because anytime that people put ANYTHING before Him (God), it is considered a god and God does not like that. People honor other people, cars, jewelry, money, statues, monuments and etc. more instead of seeking and putting God 1st, Matthew 6: 30-33.
God is singular in plural form.
"Hear, O Israel: The Lord [Yehovah] our God [Elohim] is one Lord [Yehovah]:" - Deuteronomy ch6 v4.
God who is infinite having no form, externalizes himself in a singular and finite entity. In the Old Testament it was the "Angel of the Lord", who later in the New Testament was revealed to humankind as Jesus. So when he said "let US create, in OUR image" it was more than likely just an artifact of speech, like when one person in a marriage speaks of themselves as plural, such as "we paid the bills today".
Being made in that image of God is appearance, and the likeness is intellectual and emotional. God made us to look like him, gave us emotions and thought. It does not mean created perfect. The bible does say it was "good" though.
Adam was created on day 6, and where Genesis chapter 2 starts is a re-telling of the finer details of day 6. Chapter 1 is more of an overview, a brief summary of events.
Hope that helps.
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