I believe the Bible’s account of how the universe came into existence but if you do not, imagine the universe was the idea of One who is so perfect as to create a light, called the sun, that has not even slightly malfunctioned since it was made. We have planned our lives and built our civilizations from the dawn of time, around the reliability of time, times and seasons. Imagine that the galaxies, air, plants, animals and everything in nature we still marvel at were the idea of this Creator.
If that Creator decides to make something in the image and likeness of a Lion for instance, no one would think it were a dog because it would look and act exactly like a Lion. Let us imagine that Creator creates something in the image and likeness of Himself. Assuming the word “human” was not in existence yet and you knew the Creator beforehand, what would you call the thing the Creator created in the image and likeness of Himself? I know, it borders on blasphemy, but, in its full glory, I would fall down and worship that creature, thinking it was the Creator Himself. This is such an explosive truth that just a realization of it can permanently banish minor evils like disease from one’s body.
According to scriptures, which I wholeheartedly believe, the being called man came into existence with these words, which suggest playfulness and joy in the Godhead, “Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness and let them have dominion…” I believe the spirit behind those words is, “Let’s have some excitement and create copies of us…” According to scriptures, everything came into existence by God’s word. However, nothing else including angels whom we are tempted to worship, did God make in the image and likeness of Himself.
I am fully convinced that when God made man, He was not looking for a pet, a puppet or a toy, existing in a different dimension from Him. He wanted a co-possessor of heaven and earth. He wanted a being He could consult with, to determine the course of history. When He made man, God wanted a being that could seat down in His presence and have conversations with Him. He wanted a co ruler. When He made man, God wanted a race of beings that could think, talk, act and be, like Him. Little wonder He holds us to the very same standards as Himself and asks that we imitate Him.
When Jesus Christ said, “with God, all things are possible” and, “all things are possible to any image and likeness of God who believes,” He was not blaspheming.
To be continued…