Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | February 22, 2016

The Image of God

You are created in the image of God.

A vitally important fact of our existence is often overlooked or ignored; we were created in the image of God. While the impact of that is not immediately apparent, it is, nevertheless, something we should consider as we think on our lives. The truth of the matter is all human beings are distinctly different from all else in creation as only we were created in the image of God.

Hardwired in our Brains

A recent article suggests that the image of God extends to the way our brains are hardwired; God is an inherent part of the way we think. I believe we can all agree this makes perfect sense since we are created in the image of God.

“Scientists Prove Your Brain “Recognizes the Reality of God” by Jessilyn Justice : Feb 17, 2016 : Charisma News

“Psychologists and anthropologists deemed that children left to their own devices would have some conception of God. Some attribute this to our innate sense of detecting patterns in the world (as to discern predators or prey in nature), while others propagate the notion of a ‘supersense’—or a cognitive tendency to infer hidden forces in the world working for good or ill,” says Shaheen E. Lakhan, who holds several doctorate degrees, including an M.D.

Even if you were never taught to believe in God, your brain could still recognize His existence. Such is the premise of Romans 1, and a roundtable discussion set to air on National Geographic.

According to National Geographic, fascinating new research has uncovered the possibility that believing in God may be hardwired in our brains.

Lakhan’s statements back up those of Andrew Newberg, who actively researches “neurotheology.”

More on this is available by clicking on the link below:

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You are going to Live Forever!

There is never a shortage of movies and TV shows about one or more characters who are eternals; it seems as if we are fascinated by the thought of living forever.

If you wonder in what other ways you bear the image of God one of those ways is the simple fact that you are a true eternal; there will never be a future time in which you are not present. The brief time you spend in your mortal body is nothing in comparison to the eternity yet to come.

 We are told early in Genesis that man was created in the image of God; in Genesis 1:26-27 it is written:

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.”

We are given further insight into this process of creation in Genesis 2:7 we are told:

“7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”

Up to that point all of creation had been spoken into existence but man was unique, man was breathed into existence by the breath of God; God was fulfilling His decision to make man in His own image.

The Image is Damaged but not Destroyed

We are told in Genesis 3:6-7:

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”

God had warned Adam that if he disobeyed the command that he would die and at the point of disobedience Adam died spiritually and caused the spiritual death of Eve and all future descendents that might be born of a human father!

Although the image of God had been damaged by disobedience, there yet remained a critically important part of God’s image that remained intact and that was God’s eternal life.

Every human being born has eternal life and will never die; every human being will have a living presence in God’s creation in both time and eternity. The most important question is where will that eternity be spent, what are the options?

Walking Down the Street

If we fully grasp this reality of life every human being we see on the street or elsewhere will be seen as an eternal being created in the image of God. The mortal body they occupy at the moment is only a temporary dwelling, one that will be left behind; the occupant of the dwelling is, however, eternal and must effectively deal with the eternal consequences of their decisions.

While this shift in perspective is difficult and contrary to popular opinion it is, nevertheless, the ultimate expression of reality and the best way to establish priorities for living that really matter.

The validity of all of our decisions must necessarily depend on the degree to which they relate to reality and as I have mentioned before in What is Reality  true reality is the Trinity, all else is derived and dependent.

The Consequences of Spiritual Death

It is clear from the Bible that all men have died once, a spiritual death brought about by the disobedience of Adam. God’s solution to that problem was the new birth, being born again by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. Salvation by faith in Jesus Christ delivers the one born again from the dangers of the second death.

What is the second death, well that’s one death you want to avoid if at all possible. The Bible tells us of the second death in Revelation 20:11-15:

11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”

One of the most fearsome aspects of the lake of fire is its eternal nature; it is a punishment that will never end. Considering the extremely deadly consequences of misreading reality it becomes important indeed that we see reality as it really is, the Trinity.

I concluded my article on reality with the following paragraph which I present again for your consideration.

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will have effectually and successfully responded to true reality; your life will have been a success regardless of whatever else may happen.”


Responses

  1. Thank you so much for this wonderfully written blog post. It’s gloriously encouraging for those of us who know Christ. How interesting that science is still “catching up” with the truths of God’s reality! I pray that we would be about the urgent business of sharing the Gospel in these troubled times.

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