How can "man" be created in the image of God

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    Baileybearposted 8 years ago

    if no-one knows what God looks like?

    1. Rishy Rich profile image79
      Rishy Richposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Its quite the opposite... 'God' is created in the image of man.

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        Baileybearposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        that does make more sense

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      Baileybearposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      If God is spirit - how does he have a gender?

      1. britneydavidson profile image60
        britneydavidsonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Yes God is spirit ( Incorporeal) and the sameway we are incorporeal ( A soul) when we take birth in body form we get gender male and female. God doesnt come in brith and death circle.

        As per Grammatical gender we define Soul as masculine so Soul is male. So we say God as "HE"

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          Baileybearposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          so really god is sexless/asexual?

          1. Onusonus profile image76
            Onusonusposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            I'm pretty sure God is male, hence we say "He", and never "She", or "It".

            1. pisean282311 profile image60
              pisean282311posted 8 years agoin reply to this

              god and gender are un related..since human had been male dominating society in past..god became HE..in future god would become she...

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              Baileybearposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              what makes god male...he doesn't have a body, so can't have a penis?  Or can he?

              1. kirstenblog profile image76
                kirstenblogposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                Come on, its God, She can have a penis if she wants! And a nice rack too, and tentacles, and horns, or nothing at all. Whatever She wants!

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                  Baileybearposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  but god would never use them?

              2. Onusonus profile image76
                Onusonusposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                What prophet said he has no body?

            3. Stump Parrish profile image59
              Stump Parrishposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              Of course god was a guy. Christianity predates the feminism movement and there is no way that the most powerful being in the universe was going to be a female. If god had been a female it is unlikely that jesus would have been born, Women were not permitted to force a sexual encounter on a male like the males were permitted to do.

              Onus, Christians do tend to place a lot of importance on their prophets don't they? The fact that atheism is a non-prophet organization is one thing that first attracted me to it.

              1. Onusonus profile image76
                Onusonusposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                Atheism isn't exactly a chraitible organization.

                1. Castlepaloma profile image74
                  Castlepalomaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  Onusonus

                  You have a point there, yet I dont agree with your gun.

                  1. Onusonus profile image76
                    Onusonusposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                    My gun? What the M-4 carbine assault rifle I was wielding to protect your right to have an opinion, while wussies like you were back home smoking dope with your friends?!?!!

                    Just kidding.wink

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                  paarsurreyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  I agree with you

          2. Castlepaloma profile image74
            Castlepalomaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            The entire pictures I’ve seen of the Christian God, its look like a man.

            It’s also written a woman is wroth half a man. Any thoughts on that?

            1. Stump Parrish profile image59
              Stump Parrishposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              Yep, women weren't worth much in the early days of christianity. It's good to see how far they have come in 2000 years. At least today's women aren't considered second class citizens who are simply on this earth to serve men. That was a feeble attempt at sarcasm in case any missed that point.

              1. Castlepaloma profile image74
                Castlepalomaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                Could be your sarcasm over my mild sarcasm, since I'm non bias and many on this tread were discussion gender?

      2. kirstenblog profile image76
        kirstenblogposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        My thought on this one, God can be whatever She wants to be! So She can be whatever we need Her to be for us big_smile

      3. ravigill551854 profile image68
        ravigill551854posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        their is no gender of a god because no body yet seen the god how can we  come to conclusion that he is male or female it is just a making image in mind and every different person having a different image of god as he like to be.

    3. kess profile image61
      kessposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      when you open your mind to include spiritual concepts you would realize that tje answers are all before you all the time.

    4. BobbiRant profile image60
      BobbiRantposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It does not mean we 'look like God' but we have the ability to love, hate, see pretty things, etc.  That is the 'image of God' because He instilled in us some of the qualities He has.  Nothing to do with looks.

    5. ravigill551854 profile image68
      ravigill551854posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      their is no men born which can make a image of god or describe the real image of god.i think that a men make a image in his mind as he like him i mean to say if he feel that god will wearing a white cloth or long heirs it will see the god with that image.but i  feel that you just can  feel the  existence god or you can feel the existence of god remembering him every time that he is every where and exists in every thing.you will remember him he will defiantly come to you in any frame

    6. inversicolor profile image61
      inversicolorposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You might also want to think about the Egyptian and Babylonian Captivities. Both featured pantheons with deities that were shown as being part or completely animals. Egypt had animals kept as earthly representations of some of their Gods.
      To the Israelites , this was an abomination. All the more reason to clarify that God made man in HIS image(so man is human in some aspects) and keep the Israelites from jumping ship, as it were, and worshiping Atun or Amon and the rest. (Atun is an interesting story)

      Another view, of course, is that physical form is not what is meant by "Image".
      The Bible uses metaphor, and metaphor from ancient Aramaic, at that, so sometimes exact meaning is cloudy. Our modern Bibles (and dear ones like the King James) are translations of translations (of, perhaps, other translations) which can be maddening. At one point rays of light behind Moses were translated as "horns", which annoyed everyone.
      Image could be characteristics of spirit or personality. There were not supposed to be images of God. Images became the God in the eyes of the worshipers (a great point - very sophisticated - dashed to pieces by the Renaissance artists...but they did such fine work that it is hard to condemn them) (if you know semiotics, you know what this means)

      Liz "If you had not plowed with my heifer, you had not found out my riddle" G.
      (my favorite line from Samson & Delilah the movie,originally from Judges 14:18 Great example of metaphor)

      1. inversicolor profile image61
        inversicolorposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Ack, I wrote a book!

  2. pisean282311 profile image60
    pisean282311posted 8 years ago

    well it is other way round..humans created god in its own image...

    1. Stump Parrish profile image59
      Stump Parrishposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      There is also no comepletely original gods as each new god was based on parts of the old gods who preceeded it. There are numerous similarities and this link will deal with only five of the hundreds of saviors prior to and during the creation of christianity.

      1. Stump Parrish profile image59
        Stump Parrishposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        http://www.sanfords.net/Framed_pages/or … ianity.htm

        sorry forgot to add the link. Probably the work of the devil.

  3. Disappearinghead profile image76
    Disappearingheadposted 8 years ago

    We are in the image of God in that we are self aware and we dispay attributes of logic, reason, emotion, and can create and observe and appreciate the universe. Being in His image dooes not mean we are spirit beings or tell us He has a grey beard and white flowing hair either.

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      Baileybearposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      animals can demonstrate intelligence, emotion etc.  eg the crow is a very intelligent bird and can use a stick as a tool to get food

      1. J.R. Smith profile image58
        J.R. Smithposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        seems we couldn't doubt it untill we see God for ourselves.

        1. Adastra137 profile image56
          Adastra137posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          It's really not so complicated.  We are told that God is spirit.  We are also told in other places that God is light and that God is love.  So the image of God would be the Spirit of Light and Love.  That's the image in which humans were created; but unfortunately it didn't last. 

          If we look close, we can see that the first name used for God in the Bible is "Elohim."  (In the beginning, the Elohim created the heaven and the earth.)  And "Elohim" is a peculiar word, not grammatically correct Hebrew at all,  It is a feminine noun ("Eloah", meaning "the HIgh One" or "the High Lady").  But it has a masculine plural ending tacked on ("--im").  A literal translation into English would be a title something like "Godsess." So, assuming that the writers of Genesis were trying to make some point by inventing a Divine title that was not even good Hebrew, it seems to me they were saying that God is both male and female, and neither--that God includes and transcends both genders.  And in the same way, we could conclude that God includes and transcends singular and plural.  So either "God", "Goddes", "Gods" or Goddesses" would be correct in speaking of the Most High.  And I believe that we can push that even further and say that God includes and transcends the categories of "existence" and "nonexistence" as well. 


          The scribes of ancient Israel knew that their national God was all these things and that every possible spiritual attribute could be applied to Him, Her, Them, The All and/ or The Nothing, dealer's choice.  Theism, atheism, poly- or montheism, makes no difference.  You can't contain the Infinite in human words or human concepts.  If you can then it isn't God you're talking about in the first place.  Wrestling with God is not for wimps or dullards as Jacob discovered by the Ford of the River Jabbock. 

          Atheists might be pleased to know that the three highest and purest concepts of the Divine to be expressed in Jewish mysticism, called QBL or "Qabbalah", are the "three veils of negative existence"..They are known in ascending order as "Ain Soph Aur" (Limitless Light), "Ain Soph" (No Limit) and "Ain", (Not or Nothing). 

          And the song of the Seraphim in the sixth chapter of Isaiah is, "Qadosh, qadosh, qadosh, JHVH Tzabaoth", :(Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts).  "Qadosh" means, literally "Other" or perhaps "Alien" or "Different".  God is an idea for that which cannot be expressed in words or held as a concept; whatever ideas we hold of God, it is by definition, imperfect, incomplete and inaccurate.  To my way of thinking, "God" expresses something like the "style of the universe".  A perfect being cannot have any definition, since to define is to limit, so a perfectly unlimited being must be nonexistent, since any definition imposes limits on that which cannot be expressed or understood.  it's a reference to all that we don't understand about the universe in which we live--or all that we don't understand YET. 

          And I can only hope that someone can see why the Big Sky Daddy image won't work, why no image or conceptualization of the Divine simply fails.  We can't know the Unknowable, since it would then not be unknown.  It's that simple, really. 

          With love under will,

          Bob, Adastra,
          The Wizzard of Jacksonville

      2. Stump Parrish profile image59
        Stump Parrishposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        good point Bailey, thru repetition you can teach a lot of animals anything. This includes the species of homo sapien. Some of us are just as smart as parrots and can repeat entire sentences. Of course some of these people are just as smart as parrots are. They repeat the same line over and over wether it applies to or addresses the statement. It's a beautiful day today huh? God is great. War broke out with the islamic faith again. God is great. My children were killed in a car wreck today. Should have raised them as a christian because, god is great. lol.

  4. Adastra137 profile image56
    Adastra137posted 8 years ago

    Okay, I admit it; the whole thing isn't so simple after all. 

    With love under will,

    Bob, Adastra,
    The Wizzard of Jacksonville

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    paarsurreyposted 8 years ago

    How can "man" be created in the image of God


    The Creator-God Allah YHWH has no physical body; he is not a spirit even; all physical bodies and spirits are his creation. He is known and is perceived by the attributes he manifests. When one purposely tries to inculcate in one's self His attributes ; that is called being in image of God.

 
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