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Why does God say, "Let us make man in OUR image..."

  1. maplethorpej profile image74
    maplethorpejposted 6 years ago

    Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

    I've been reading up on a lot of ancient civilizations and religions. The one thing that becomes clear is that extraterrestrial life may really be the reason we're here today. If you read Genesis openly, God could easily be interpreted as an alien of sorts...

    What does everyone think of this notion?

    1. DoubleScorpion profile image81
      DoubleScorpionposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Watched a program on the History channel a few days back on this very subject. It seems as plausible as any other belief.

      1. maplethorpej profile image74
        maplethorpejposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Genesis 11

        But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

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        It seems like God is intimidated by his creation's ability to accomplish tasks. Would an omnipotent god really be so concerned about something like this?

        Interesting, at the least.

    2. Beelzedad profile image56
      Beelzedadposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Perhaps, but that begs the question, how did that extraterrestrial life come to originate? smile

      1. earnestshub profile image87
        earnestshubposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        You should know the answer to that by now my learned friend,
        goddunnit! lol

    3. Onusonus profile image79
      Onusonusposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Actually he was talking to the other members of the Godhead. Jesus, the Holy spirit, his other children perhaps.

    4. liftandsoar profile image79
      liftandsoarposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      A common interpretation is that the "us" in this passage is the regal first person plural, signifying authority and dignity.  In the light of subsequent Scriptures which combine to reveal God as a trinity, this comment might be a reference to the three in one nature of the biblical God.  Not so sure about aliens.

    5. Freegoldman profile image37
      Freegoldmanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      God was talking to his first born son, Jesus. Jesus was the first heavenly creature God created. Both God and his Son have the same qualities of love, justice, patience, kindness, goodness, and a conscience. Col 1:15. It was not that we look like them because flesh and blood cannot enter heaven. They are spirit persons. But we have the same qualities, unlike any other creation.

      Christians normally interpret this as a reference to the Trinity (note that the Hebrew word for God is in plural form in many places in Genesis).

      Jews think that God was talking to the angels when he says "us". They don't accept the trinity.

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        ibneahmadposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        The Creator God has no wife; hence He has no first born or second born son in physical terms.

  2. maplethorpej profile image74
    maplethorpejposted 6 years ago

    Yep, Beelzedad. That seems to be the real question smile

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    Emile Rposted 6 years ago

    Not a new idea. But, if the god of the bible was an alien; who would Jesus be? ET in town for a short visit, or some guy that happened upon a tricorder?

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    yalukposted 6 years ago

    "our" image.. the trinity .. God the father, God the Son and The Holy spirit. 

    Satan has done a great job in convincing people he does not exists.  If satan does not exist then GOD does not exist.  Once this is achieved satan can present himself as an alien race here to unite humanity then turn it against GOD. since GOD will no longer be GOD but a foreign alien threat since he comes to judge those who did not accept him.  It's great strategy.  Satan turns people against GOD and he watches them die.  Satan has to do absolutely nothing.  Although it still fulfills GODS word.  It can be avoided but GOD knows our fallen nature and knows how it will play out even though he has told us how to avoid it. smile

    Alien life forms are easier to wrap our minds around instead of wrapping our mind around a divine being.

    Even if you buy the whole GOD is alien deal, everything still mirrors the teachings in  the BIBLE.  That aliens are interested in us cuz we are special which is basically what the bible says why demons are interested in us.

    Have aliens/demons meddled in our "evolution" as it is claimed.  sure that is what happened in the days of noah.

    Even the whole aliens sped up our evolution theory does not explain where life came from.. they cannot create life but modify it... none the less create intelligent life. 

    the whole theory still leads to an ultimate being that rules over all and is the end all be all of things.

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    klarawieckposted 6 years ago

    I don't know about aliens, but if God really made us to his likeness, he wasn't very good looking! A LOT of UGLY out there!!! hmm

  6. Jonathan Janco profile image70
    Jonathan Jancoposted 6 years ago

    Rev 1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

  7. Jonathan Janco profile image70
    Jonathan Jancoposted 6 years ago

    Lots of ungodly things are described in the Bible as being God or sent from God. Like plagues.

    1. maheading profile image61
      maheadingposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      That's true, that there are a lot of nasty things that went on in biblical times, but those things must be taken in context. Just my 2 cents.

      1. earnestshub profile image87
        earnestshubposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Those nasty things that went on were mostly directed by the biblical god!

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    ibneahmadposted 6 years ago

    Why does God say, "Let us make man in OUR image..."

    Just to provide an ideal concept of perfection for human beings; this is the meaning of worship to attain the ideal.

  9. Marcus D Mays profile image60
    Marcus D Maysposted 6 years ago

    He says this because He was speaking to more than one person, look at it this way; when you see certain doctor shows on television there are more than 1 doctor working on a patient, one specialize in one area, another specialize in another but they work together to make a person hold. Same concept and God the Father is the Chief!

  10. earnestshub profile image87
    earnestshubposted 6 years ago

    According to the OT I read, god the father was a psychopathic megalomaniac who wiped out all but 8 of mankind.


    That would be one dangerous dude! ... except fortunately it is just a bronze aged myth like all the ones before it. smile

    1. Marcus D Mays profile image60
      Marcus D Maysposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Shub why did HE allow it to happen!

      1. earnestshub profile image87
        earnestshubposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        He didn't. smile
        Shub with a capital??????
        My name is Earnest, my hub profile is called earnests hub. How do you get Shub out of that?

        1. Marcus D Mays profile image60
          Marcus D Maysposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Why Shub if you would have put the infor in correctly that would not have happen, now that you have introduced yourself as Earnest, Hi!
          So you believe that the scriptures or the stories that it contains GOD didn't allow those things to happen.

          1. earnestshub profile image87
            earnestshubposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            What could be simpler than earnstshub on hubpages when my name is Earnest and I write hubs?

            No I do not believe in the psychotic god or the repeated myths from earlier times either.

            I think any entity who would dictate a book, or inspire a writing with more than 35,000 abusive psychotic, neurotic, irrational, inconsistent, totally unproven hate instructions in it should in light of what we know about psychosis today be considered a sociopath and locked away safely. smile
            Well, you did ask! lol

            1. Marcus D Mays profile image60
              Marcus D Maysposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              LOL, Earnest want to ask you a question, have you ever read into the other books and not only the king james version. Not trying to take you from what you believe or do not believe but you seem like a smart guy and you should know that the psycho God you are referring to is the same GOD you are going to answer to. Read the Quaran, the Torah, and other books and see what you find!
              Sorry Maplethorpej, for this on going and I want to Thank you!

              1. earnestshub profile image87
                earnestshubposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                Yes I have studied the bible (2 years in Hebrew Greek and English) Spent some time as a born again christian and debated cross denominationally with theologians when a member of the christian businessman's committee.

                I studied psychology and brain chemistry after a few years of psychotherapy and read the quoran and the bible again as part of my psychological further studies along with a bit of German (English is not sufficient for all psychological terminology)and a bit of Latin.

                Do you know what psychosis looks like? Would you know a psychotic by the words they wrote?

                At any time and in any age or culture psychosis remains a constant.

                If people or gods for that matter write threatening hateful psychotic statements it is because they are themselves psychotic.
                Very simple, very logical.
                The quoran and torah are full of such threats and statements, in fact there are more than 46,000 of them in the quoran and a few less in the bible.

                A benevolent god that wiped out all but 8 of his own creation that he apparently got wrong is psychotic.
                Fortunately it is all a ridiculous myth. smile

                1. Marcus D Mays profile image60
                  Marcus D Maysposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  Very good you have done your homework, but to call GOD the FATHER of SPIRITS psychotic for destroying HIS creation that is not psychotic but was necessary, GOD couldn't have HIS creation doing things against HIS spoken law without penalties.

                  1. earnestshub profile image87
                    earnestshubposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                    I try not to worship intelligence that is beneath my own. smile

                    Threats such as those issued in the good book are well short of my own ability to negotiate, and I am certainly to intelligent to make something faulty and then torture it for being faulty.
                    That is psychotic behaviour right there. smile

                  2. A Troubled Man profile image61
                    A Troubled Manposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                    Destroying as far as a penalty is concerned is psychotic no matter how you look at it, necessary or otherwise.

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    ibneahmadposted 6 years ago

    Why does God say, "Let us make man in OUR image..."...

    This means that an ideal or the model man should have the same relative  qualities as does  the Creator God has His Absolute attributes.

  12. earnestshub profile image87
    earnestshubposted 6 years ago

    Hang on aqua, he wiped people out regularly and once took out all but 8 of his faulty clones!
    If that is not psychotic what would you call psychotic? smile

    1. aguasilver profile image80
      aguasilverposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      When he took out all but the eight(if we are being literal) he gave the rest 100 years of warning that He was going to build an aqua theme park where they lived, and gave them the opportunity to lodge a planning opposition (show Him that they were worth keeping there) but all those others chose to continue with their evil ways.... so after 100 years of warnings, bring on the rains.

      If a surgeon finds a cancer, as you know he cuts out all of it, and possibly a bit more than is cancerous, to save the whole of you.

      That surgeon is not being psychotic, is he?

      Now before you look at the numeric values, if you lose 9/10ths of your liver you can still survive and it will replenish itself, i.e. if something is bad, but not all bad, saving the good stuff and removing the bad stuff is a logical decision, not a psychotic one.

      lets move to your alturism quest...

      http://www.psychologyandsociety.com/alt … ition.html

      Altruism Definition
         
      What is altruism? 

      It is important to gain an understanding of the meaning of altruistic behavior. 

      Below is a definition of altruism:

      Altruism is helping behavior that is motivated by a selfless concern for the welfare of another person. 

      Based on above definition, not all helping behavior is altruism. 

      Only selfless helping is considered altruism.

      It may be difficult to determine whether helping behavior truly reflects altruism.  This seems to be true because there are a number of possible selfish motives to help another person.   

      Also, if a person enjoys helping others and also has a true concern for the welfare for others, can it still considered altruism? 

      It seems that many helping behaviors could be considered as benefiting the person who helps because it is likely that the person who helps another person will experience the joy of helping others.  Thus, it may not be possible to completely separate selfish motivation from altruistic motivation in many situations.

      -----------------------

      By that definition Christ is altruistic and so are most believers.

      John 15:12-14
      Amplified Bible (AMP)(with amendments by John!)

      This is My commandment: that you are altruistic with one another [just] as I have been altruistic with you.

      No one has greater altruism [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends.

      You are My friends if you keep on doing the things which I command you to do.

      Best statement ever made!

      True altruistic values.

      God could have looked at humanity and said "Wow, 10% of them are rotten, lets destroy them all", that could have been called psychotic I agree, but He did not, He carried on telling them to get straight with life, and they continued being crooked until the rot was SO very predominant that the ONLY solution was to remove the ONLY righteous ones and destroy the rest.

      Trouble is, that looks very like a prequel of what is happening today as well.sad

      1. Evolution Guy profile image61
        Evolution Guyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        The problem is the messengers he uses. If you are saying you are warning us then you are going to be ignored because you do not come across very well.

        Psychotic nonsense such as you just spouted makes utterly no sense. So - in a way - your god is psychotic because he knows we will ignore self righteous hypocrites who do not make any sense.

        He will murder the ones who can think for themselves and reject nonsense? Sound pretty psychotic to me. And let the sheeple incapable of reasoning for themselves live? All 17 billion of them? lol lol

        You have no authority. You are not speaking for a god. You are simply fear mongering and causing ill will. Again. sad

        When is Jesus coming back again? lol

        1. aguasilver profile image80
          aguasilverposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Hi Mark,

          I'll be glad when you can wear your own skin again!

          Anyhow, I'm not warning anyone, and nowhere do I do that, the last line is sadness not warning, and you are right, the world always laughs at His words no matter who delivers them, because the world is into SELF, not SELFLESSNESS so anyone saying being selfish is actually hurting others will obviously get flak from those who really do not want to hear that message.

          So I understand where you are coming from, it must be difficult hearing a message you cannot stop hearing unless you stop tuning into the frequency that is playing it.

          Of course you could just stop haunting the religious forums, then I guess you could live in oblivious peace without religion causing you grief daily.

          I'm surprised that you ask when Christ is returning, you know that nobody knows when, and that scoffers will come in the end days saying exactly what you just said.

          But I do appreciate that your repertoire of inanities is limited so you need to use the same ones all too frequently.

          Why not put just ONE hub on your pages, just so that you would not look so obviously like a sock puppet or troll?

          1. Evolution Guy profile image61
            Evolution Guyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Please stop lying at me aguasilver. I have seen you specifically threaten people and "hope they make the right choice and start believing for their own sake when Jesus comes back,"

            This is why your religion causes so many conflicts - you are dishonest. sad

            I will never wear "my own skin," here again. I get enough religious hate mail as it is. You would not understand why.

            How funny that you keep bringing this up and refuse to respect my privacy when your own user name bears no relation to your real name and for a long time you used an avatar you stole from a movie still. sad

            This is why you have no credibility and your religion causes so many conflicts. The hypocritical double standards of god's fan club - like you. You.

            1. aguasilver profile image80
              aguasilverposted 6 years agoin reply to this
  13. Evolution Guy profile image61
    Evolution Guyposted 6 years ago

    Please stop lying about me. I have told you time and time again that I only use one persona. How funny that your user name is not your own and you attack me for the same thing.

    Still "do as I say not as I do," seems to be the cornerstone of your religion.

    I thought bearing false witness was a sin? Guess you are burning then. Oh well. Your choice. wink

  14. Cagsil profile image60
    Cagsilposted 6 years ago

    Anyone claiming that "killing" is absolutely wrong, fails in understanding one's own life. Why? Self survival. If one is not willing to protect themselves against a life threatening determined individual, is just a fool.

    1. A Troubled Man profile image61
      A Troubled Manposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Anyone claiming that killing isn't wrong no matter what fails in just about everything. Self survival? lol

      1. Cagsil profile image60
        Cagsilposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Hey Trouble,

        Would you kill someone attempting to kill you? If not, then you are a fool for not defending your own life. If so, then killing is acceptable when it comes to self survival.

        What part do you not seem to understand?

        1. A Troubled Man profile image61
          A Troubled Manposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          The part where you call others fools and you find it acceptable to kill as the first solution that comes to your mind.

          lol

          1. Cagsil profile image60
            Cagsilposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            I didn't say it was the first solution. It's an option that cannot be denied, which YOU are doing, which is foolish.

            1. A Troubled Man profile image61
              A Troubled Manposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              lol Love it how you guys move the goalposts when the balls coming straight at you.

              1. Cagsil profile image60
                Cagsilposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                It not shocking that you would twist something to suiting your specific way of thinking, which apparently shows that you actually haven't given the "thought" much thought at all. lol

                1. A Troubled Man profile image61
                  A Troubled Manposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  Gosh, you're so clever, or not. What did I twist?

                  1. Cagsil profile image60
                    Cagsilposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                    You twisted what was said, by stating that it was a first solution, when it was NEVER said to begin with. You must be very proud of yourself. roll

  15. Kitty Grey profile image60
    Kitty Greyposted 6 years ago

    I've been very interesting inn possible extraterrestrial involvement in things like the Black Plague, the Great Pyramids and the technological progression of early humans in general. It all boasts a far deeper foothold in logic and fact than religion, so I cannot, as a scientist, deny this more likely possibility. Oh, and it's just awesome to think about alien involvement in human history.

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