The following articles are related to the topic of IMAGE OF GOD

Created in the Image of God

The first chapter of Genesis is a literary phenomenon. Though written 3,500 years ago, it still is unblemished in its accuracy and sublimeness of presentation. Some years back, one of the world's foremost archaeologists declared that: "modern cosmogonies show such a disconcerting tendency to be short-lived that it may be doubted whether science has yet caught up with the Biblical ... read more »

In What Sense is Humanity in the “Image” of God?

"Genesis 1:26 has God saying, 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.'Would you explain this language?" This text is one of the most thrilling in the opening moments of sacred Scripture.It provides a preview of the amazing love of God on behalf of human kind, and a breathtaking commentary on the uniqueness of Adam and his offspring.It ... read more »

Soul and Spirit: What’s the Difference?

"What is the difference between the spirit and soul of a human being?" There is no simple answer to this question because the words, "soul" and "spirit," are employed in varying senses within the different biblical contexts in which they may be found. The following represents a very brief summary of some of these major uses. The Soul The Hebrew ... read more »

The Bible and Self-Esteem

No person is one-dimensional. Actually, there are three views of every individual: the view that God has of us, the opinions that others hold concerning us, and the perception we have of ourselves. Each of these is quite important. God's Image ... of Us First, let us consider the divine vantage point. This is the assessment that is accurate in ... read more »

Ecclesiastes 3:19-21 — Man, Animals, and Death

Religious materialists contend that man does not possess an incorruptible spirit. Rather, it is alleged, humanity is wholly mortal. It is argued that in this respect man does not differ from an animal. The Jehovah's Witnesses claim, based upon their misunderstanding of Ecclesiastes 3:19-21, that "there is nothing that humans have as a result of birth that gives them superiority ... read more »

Cruel and Unusual Postponement

In February of 2006, the State of California postponed the execution of Michael Morales, who was sentenced to death for raping and murdering 17-year-old Terri Winchell - twenty-five years ago! Questions were raised regarding the ethics of lethal injection. How can it be known whether or not Mr. Morales would feel pain during the administration of the lethal injection, after ... read more »

Why Do Good People Do Bad Things?

Some years ago a prominent Jewish scholar wrote a book titled, When Bad Things Happen To Good People. Though the book was not totally void of merit, it was flawed seriously in that the author suggested that whereas God might wish the situation were otherwise, he is powerless to remedy the problem of evil. The writer's solution was a classic ... read more »

Do the First Two Chapters of Genesis Contradict One Another?

"Can you explain the discrepancy between the first two chapters of Genesis?In chapter two, God decides that Adam still doesn't have a suitable companion, so he then creates woman.This appears to be in contradiction to chapter one, in which man and woman were created together - after the animals and everything else." The "contradiction" exists only if the reader has ... read more »

Killers Killing Killers

Murder is always a despicable act. Actually, it is an assault upon God himself. Moses wrote: "Whoso sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man" (Genesis 9:6). The spiritual basis here given, which condemns murder, is that it destroys one who is in the image of God. As men ... read more »

The Death of Matthew Shepard

The tragic case of Matthew Shepard has been prominent in the news of late. Sheperd was a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming. He openly professed homosexuality. Apparently, he was lured from a bar and taken to a remote place; there he was tied to a fence, pistol-whipped, and left exposed in the cold. Eventually, he died. The news ... read more »