“The Image of God,” is a phrase used to refer to the unique status in the created order of mankind due to the creator God, (Boyd Luther). Scripture never says what is meant by the term “the image of God'. Some theologians believe it is the whole person of man, both material and immaterial that is made in Gods own likeness. Others believe the image refers to the elements of the human’s personality (mind, emotions, and will) of man. Others opted for the human spirit the soul of man.
Genesis 1:26-27 refers to the image or likeness of God in which man was created before the fall. Image does not have any materialistic properties, it is restricted to man’s immaterial parts, not physical state, and it is simply a reflection of God. In order for theological concepts of the image of God to be supported it must be viewed in three elements found in Genesis 1: creativity, relationship and the ability to subdue and rule. Sin separated mankind from God (Romans 6:23), It became necessary for God to send Jesus the perfect image of an invisible God (II Corn. 4:4). Jesus was the exact representation of Gods nature (Heb. 1:3), untainted by sin (Heb. 4:15), and speaks of the believers transition from life to death (I Corn. 15:49). God is spirit therefore his likeness is spiritual (John 4:24). Mankind is created in the image of God, to see others is to see his reflection. Theories of psychology “the study of the soul” are not always compatible with Christian doctrine. A person of faith has the responsibility to examine all the facts surrounding the use of psychology in his or her own ministry. “As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk you in him: Rooted and built up in Him, and established in faith, as you have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware less any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ,” (Col. 2: 6-8 KJV). God is personal...
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