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1 6. The Image of God Tom DeRosa Creation Studies Institute

2 Topics Covered I.What is Man? II.Like God we can …, III.Mans Purpose IV.Mans Distinctiveness

3 I. In Gods Image

4 What is a Human Being? What is a Human Being? Human Beings defined in Evolutionary terms Brain sizeBrain size Ability to use toolsAbility to use tools DentitionDentition Ability to walk up-rightAbility to walk up-right

5 What is a Human? From Wikipedia Humans, or human beings, are bipedal primates belonging to the mammalian species Homo sapiens (Latin: "wise man" or "knowing man") in the family Hominidae (the great apes). Humans have a highly developed brain capable of abstract reasoning, language, and introspection. This mental capability, combined with an erect body carriage that frees their upper limbs for manipulating objects, has allowed humans to make far greater use of tools than any other species. Humans originated in Africa about 200,000 years ago, but they now inhabit every continent, with a total population of over 6.6 billion as of 2007

6 Darwins theory of evolution by natural selection from the start always included monkeys evolving to man near the top of his evolutionary tree.

7 Darwins Inner Thoughts My Descent of Man was published in February As soon as I had become, in the year 1837 or 1838, convinced that species were mutable productions, I could not avoid to believe that man must come under the same law.

8 The Descent of Man (1871) Darwin stated that the negro and gorilla were on the same evolutionary level between man, and the baboon.

9 Thomas Huxley Scientific Racism introduced No rationale man, cognizant of the facts, believe that the average negro is equal, still less the superior, of the white man. Evidence as to Mans Place in Nature

10 Created in Gods Image Gen 1: 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." 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

11 Image Bearers Created in the Image of God, in Gods likenessCreated in the Image of God, in Gods likeness Gen 5:3: When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him SethGen 5:3: When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth Gen 9:5-6 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man. 6 "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of GodGen 9:5-6 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man. 6 "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God

12 The Image of God In Genesis 1:27-28 the words created and image are repeatedly used 3 X.In Genesis 1:27-28 the words created and image are repeatedly used 3 X. "Let us make man in our image"Let us make man in our image In Genesis 1.1 the Hebrew word for God is Elohim, the Uni-plural for God(s). three persons in one. In Gen.1:26 the terms us" and "our refer to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.In Genesis 1.1 the Hebrew word for God is Elohim, the Uni-plural for God(s). three persons in one. In Gen.1:26 the terms us" and "our refer to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. If man is made in Gods image then he must have been made with the image of the Holy Trinity.If man is made in Gods image then he must have been made with the image of the Holy Trinity.

13 Man in Three Dimensions God created us three dimensional so that we could have communion with him. We are created in Gods image – Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Gen 1:27 NIV Body – like Christ Mind – like the Father Soul – like the Spirit

14 The Image of the Invisible God Col 1: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.Col 1: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

15 Creation Continuum Father – Son – Holy Spirit Continuum Holy Spirit FatherJesusChrist TriuneGod

16 Monism Monism One state of being exists and therefore everything must center on one unifying concept. One state of being exists and therefore everything must center on one unifying concept. A unifying concept that everything exists without the interference of the supernatural realm. A unifying concept that everything exists without the interference of the supernatural realm. Everything can be explained on the basic level of the inherent properties of matter and the natural laws that control this matter. Everything can be explained on the basic level of the inherent properties of matter and the natural laws that control this matter. It is a religious system based upon the above which is termed modern naturalism. It is a religious system based upon the above which is termed modern naturalism.

17 Dualism It is based on two philosophical dimensions of reality – Matter and Soul (Mind) It is based on two philosophical dimensions of reality – Matter and Soul (Mind) The mind is defined where the actual neuronal brain connections interpret the sensation from one of the five senses. The mind is defined where the actual neuronal brain connections interpret the sensation from one of the five senses. This is a independent entity from materialism as Thoughts – Feeling - Memories-Dreams Imaginings - Intentions This is a independent entity from materialism as Thoughts – Feeling - Memories-Dreams Imaginings - Intentions The mind also can be termed in this context as the soul of man. The mind also can be termed in this context as the soul of man.

18 Trialism Introduced the third level of the Spirit Introduced the third level of the SpiritBodySoulSpirit Joining the body and mind in reality can only be executed with the use of the third component – Spirit. Joining the body and mind in reality can only be executed with the use of the third component – Spirit. The spirit is given by God and cannot be measured empirically. Genesis 2:7 The spirit is given by God and cannot be measured empirically. Genesis 2:7 The dust of the ground is united with breathe of life (spirit) to make man three dimensional. The dust of the ground is united with breathe of life (spirit) to make man three dimensional.

19 Man, a Living Being The Plan Genesis 1:26 Let us make man…Genesis 1:26 Let us make man… The Execution Genesis 2:7 the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,Genesis 2:7 the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, The Result Genesis 2:7 continued, and the man became a living being.Genesis 2:7 continued, and the man became a living being.

20 The Living Breath of God Life in Hebrew can be translated for nephesh Breath in Hebrew can be translated ruwach (roo'- akh); a primitive root; properly, to blow, i.e. breathe; only John 3:6-8 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit. God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Living soul) Gen. 2:7

21 Dust of the Earth Aphar Hebrew word for dustAphar Hebrew word for dust It used to describe clay, earth or mud.It used to describe clay, earth or mud. In the context means the basic materials of life earth crust components – carbon, Hydrogen nitrogen, oxygen and many others.In the context means the basic materials of life earth crust components – carbon, Hydrogen nitrogen, oxygen and many others. The curse of man will return to dust for dust you are and to dust you will return. Gen. 3:19The curse of man will return to dust for dust you are and to dust you will return. Gen. 3:19

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24 Mans created to have a relationship with God.

25 II. Like God we can …,

26 1. Like God, we can Think Example : (Isaiah 55:8-9) 8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. 9 As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. 9 As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Note: God has given man the ability to think, but Gods thoughts are so much higher. Example: John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. NIV Note: Jesus Christ is the Word, and the word in Greek is logos – the rationale (logical thinking) of the universe.

27 2. Like God, we can Communicate Genesis 1:28 : Let us make man in our image and …, Note: God is a council of three Ex 31:18: When the LORD finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the Testimony, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God. Note: Lord spoke and wrote the ten commandments on stone with his finger

28 Communicate - Speaking : And God said… (Genesis speaks 10 X) Communicate - Speaking : And God said… (Genesis speaks 10 X) 1. Gen 1: Gen 1:6 3. Gen 1:9 4. Gen 1:11 5. Gen 1:14 6. Gen 1:20 7. Gen 1: Gen 1:24 9. Gen 1: Gen 1:29

29 3. Like God, we can Create Create/Form (Genesis 1:1,21,27) 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 1:21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 1:27 – create used three times

30 4. Like God we can appreciate Beauty Appreciate (Matthew 6:28-230)Appreciate (Matthew 6:28-230) Matt 6: And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 5. Like God, we move in His Spirit Ps 31:55 Into your hands I commit my spirit ;redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth. Ps 31:55 Into your hands I commit my spirit ;redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth. Job 33:4 The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Job 33:4 The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Matt 12:18 "Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. Matt 12:18 "Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.

32 6. Like God, we can Evaluate/judge Ps 9:8 He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice. Ps 9:8 He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice. Ps 96:13 he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth. Ps 96:13 he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth. Matt 7:1-2 1 Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matt 7:1-2 1 Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

33 7. Like God, we can Love Ps 13:5 5 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. Ps 36:5 5 Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Matt 22: Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'

34 In Summary like God we can 1. Like God, we can Think 2. Like God, we can Communicate 3. Like God, we can Create 4. Like God we can appreciate beauty 5. Like God, we move in His Spirit 6. Like God, we can Evaluate/judge 7. Like God, we can Love

35 III. Mans Purpose

36 Rule Over Gen 1: 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." 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

37 God gave Man a Purpose God gave Man a Purpose A. Man is to obey Gods command. B. Mans purpose is to subdue (study). C. Man is to increase in number. D. Man is to rule

38 Mans position in Creation

39 Mans Position : Crowned with glory and honor When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. Ps 8:3-5 NIV

40 Mans purpose and plan Mans Role : Ruler over Gods creation You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8: 5-9 NIV

41 Psalm 8:4-5 God crowns Man with honor and glory.

42 IV. Mans Distinctiveness

43 Mans Distinctiveness Mans Distinctiveness 1 Cor 15: When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39 All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. NIV

44 Man, one kind of flesh…, Corinthians 15: The author of all living forms is God. 2. God gives the type of body he wants through the seed (DNA). 3. There is a definite distinction between each form (body). 4. This is totally contrary to the evolutionary tree in which all organisms are related to each other. 5. Hence, Man is distinct and not related to any animals including monkeys.

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46 Mans Distinctiveness from Animals Mans Distinctiveness from Animals 1.Intelligence 2.Language 3.Creativity 4.Moral Conscience 5.Emotional Depth

47 Intelligence Man has so many unanswered questions about the brain. It is the most mysterious organ created, and as well the most complex physical structure in the universe.

48 Practically nothing is known about the way information processing actually takes place in the brain. Nobody knows how the perceived semantic information is derived from incoming electrical signals. Werner Gitt, The Wonder of Man (Bielefild, Germany, Christliche Literatur-Verbreitung e.V. 1999) p81

49 Intelligence 1. Standard IQ – Evolutionary origins of man. Stanford –Binet: Test developed by Lewis Terman from Stanford University who was part of the Eugenics movement to improve the evolutionary stock of the human race. Developed to separate the weak form the strong, the feebleminded from the gifted. 2. Terman a powerful American psychologists in the 1920s believed that children were born with a fixed intelligence and that it did not change in adulthood. The limits of a childs educability can be fairly accurately predicted by means of mental testing in the first school year. 3. Such a theory allows for no advancement or progression even with the training. It is highly biased and evolutionary driven leading to the highest form of racism. 4. Accurate scientific observations report the reverse. Proper training in many areas produce significant results.

50 Intelligence (continued) 1. Intelligence is difficult to measure 2. Multiple Types – Howard Gardner 3. Only Humans can solve complex problems with multiple variables. 4. Humans are the only living creatures that use inductive and deductive reasoning 4. Humans are the only living creatures that use inductive and deductive reasoning

51 Language – A Great Mystery I stood still, my whole attention fixed upon the motions of her fingers. Suddenly I felt a misty consciousness as something forgotten - a thrill of a returning thought; and somehow the mystery of language was reveled to me. I knew that w-a-t-e-r meant the wonderful cool something that was flowing over my hand. That the living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, setting it free! There were barriers still, it is true, but barriers that could in time be swept away.I stood still, my whole attention fixed upon the motions of her fingers. Suddenly I felt a misty consciousness as something forgotten - a thrill of a returning thought; and somehow the mystery of language was reveled to me. I knew that w-a-t-e-r meant the wonderful cool something that was flowing over my hand. That the living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, setting it free! There were barriers still, it is true, but barriers that could in time be swept away. By Helen Keller

52 Helen Keller April 5, 1887 Helen Keller learned from Anne Sullivan thirty symbols – thirty words in a few short hours.April 5, 1887 Helen Keller learned from Anne Sullivan thirty symbols – thirty words in a few short hours. She demonstrated for the first time a remarkable ability for language acquisition.She demonstrated for the first time a remarkable ability for language acquisition.

53 Defining Language Linguists have stated overwhelmingly that there are no simple languages, even though there are hundreds of languages without a writing system.Linguists have stated overwhelmingly that there are no simple languages, even though there are hundreds of languages without a writing system. Languages have a phonetic system that build words and these words are associated together with a set of rules to express a thought in a sentence. These rules become subconscious.Languages have a phonetic system that build words and these words are associated together with a set of rules to express a thought in a sentence. These rules become subconscious. The ability to make and understand an unlimited number of sentences has been called the creative aspect of language.The ability to make and understand an unlimited number of sentences has been called the creative aspect of language.

54 All Language is Complex All contemporary modern human beings use very complex languages. There are no primitive languages: the or more spoken today are equally flexible and expressive, and their grammar and syntax are sometimes richer and more precise than that of the more widespread languages like English or Spanish, which have undergone some simplification over the centuries. and It is not certain that all languages have a common origin Luigi Lura Cavalli-Sforza professor of genetics at Stanford University. Genes, People and Languages (New York; North Pointe Press, 2000) p59

55 Creativity Only a quality of God as the scriptures indicate.Only a quality of God as the scriptures indicate. Humans only have the ability to change and form things.Humans only have the ability to change and form things. Humans can use words, colors, sounds, symbols and tools forming them into new expressions.Humans can use words, colors, sounds, symbols and tools forming them into new expressions. The human face expresses within itself a uniqueness that can be identified from millions of other humans.The human face expresses within itself a uniqueness that can be identified from millions of other humans.

56 The Creative Man Websters Dictionary The ability to create. Inventive. Productive.The ability to create. Inventive. Productive. Inventive is bright able, apt, smart, resourceful, intelligent and gifted.Inventive is bright able, apt, smart, resourceful, intelligent and gifted. Productive is yielding, producing, fertile, profitable, prolific, luxuriant, fruitful and bounteousProductive is yielding, producing, fertile, profitable, prolific, luxuriant, fruitful and bounteous

57 Man is creative because he is a reflection of God. Man is creative because he is a reflection of God.

58 Moral Conscience The ability to decide right from wrong is truly human.The ability to decide right from wrong is truly human. The depth of human moral consciousness is demonstrated in the legal systems developed.The depth of human moral consciousness is demonstrated in the legal systems developed. The idea of justice for all, integrity, truthfulness, and honor are words that describe this phenomenon.The idea of justice for all, integrity, truthfulness, and honor are words that describe this phenomenon.

59 Emotional Depth The ability to feel pain and joy is much more intense than any other animal.The ability to feel pain and joy is much more intense than any other animal. The ability to internalize the whole emotion of well being. Brain studies indicate this in the deep part of the brain.The ability to internalize the whole emotion of well being. Brain studies indicate this in the deep part of the brain. The human face can emote a quarter of million facial changes that are controlled by twenty-eight paper thin muscles.The human face can emote a quarter of million facial changes that are controlled by twenty-eight paper thin muscles. These facial changes are used to magnify his emotional depth in expressing ones human experience. This is only unique to man.These facial changes are used to magnify his emotional depth in expressing ones human experience. This is only unique to man.

60 Faces Emotional Depth

61 Man Created to Glorify God The communion with Christ are far reaching: We share Christs life - Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. Rom 6:8We share Christs life - Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. Rom 6:8 We share His Resurrection having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. Col 2:12We share His Resurrection having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. Col 2:12

62 Man Created to Enjoy God Forever The communion with Christ are far reaching: We are co-heirs with Christ Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Rom 8:17We are co-heirs with Christ Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Rom 8:17 We will be raised in His glory (Rom 8:17)We will be raised in His glory (Rom 8:17) We will reign with Him if we endure, we will also reign with him. 2 Tim 2:12We will reign with Him if we endure, we will also reign with him. 2 Tim 2:12

63 Man is created to worship and have communion with God.


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