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

How Is God To Be “Known”?

"Some say that God can be known from nature; others say that he can be known only by studying the Bible. What is the correct viewpoint?" There are two vantagepoints to be considered by this question. God is revealed by both nature and the Bible - but in different ways. Abstract RevelationFirst, it is clear that there is a threshold ... read more »

1 Peter 1:22 – “You Have Purified Your Souls”

In his first epistle, Peter wrote: ". . . [Y]ou have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth. . . " (1:22). There are several important points in this clause. First, it affirms that human beings possess a "soul." While the term "soul" may be employed simply for a person (cf. Exodus 1:5; 1 Peter 3:20), or to ... read more »

The Ravaging of the Earth

There is considerable concern these days about the accelerating destruction of earth's natural resources. Water and air are being polluted, lush forests are dwindling, and an increasing level of wildlife is nearing extinction. Conservationists, legislators, and educators are vitally interested in these matters. Perhaps some understanding of the causes of these problems would contribute toward determining the remedy needed for ... read more »

Jesus Christ: Pioneer in Human Development

There is very little information in the New Testament regarding the first thirty years of Jesus' life upon this earth. And that is not without purpose. The details of those early years are obviously not essential to the divine scheme of redemption. The fact is, the brevity of the Gospel narratives provides subtle evidence of biblical inspiration. Mere human authors ... read more »

Why Racists Hate Christianity

On the Fourth of July weekend in 1999, a young man named Benjamin Nathaniel Smith went on a murderous rampage. He wounded nine people and killed two, before turning the gun upon himself. He was a hate-filled, unhappy person. Prior to his death, Smith was interviewed for a documentary by a student filmmaker. In that interview, he revealed a bitter ... read more »

The Tragedy of Racism

No one with a modicum of awareness will deny that racism-the inclination to judge a person solely on the basis of his skin pigmentation or ethnic background-has been a human problem for centuries. Paul addressed this problem before the haughty Greeks in Athens; there he affirmed that: "God made of [out of] one [masculine - one man, an allusion to ... read more »

Let Me Die the Death of the Righteous

Balaam is one of the great tragedies of the Old Testament. He was a Gentile prophet of God (cf. 2 Peter 2:15, 16) who lived at Pethor in Mesopotamia (Deuteronomy 23:4). Because he was afflicted with the common malady of covetousness, he sold out to Balak, a pagan Moabite king, who urged him to "curse" the Israelites as they made ... read more »

Training Killers

David Grossman is a military psychologist (retired). His business is training young men how to kill other human beings. He coined the word "killology" for the specialized discipline of altering patterns of thought so as to accommodate killing. He made a profession of grooming soldiers, law enforcement personnel, etc., in how to deaden their natural inhibitions against taking human life ... read more »

Is It Wrong to Be Cruel to Animals?

Do you know of anything in the Bible that suggests cruelty to animals is a sin, or at least unfavorable in the eyes of God? There are biblical principles that surely speak to this question. Let us consider several factors that may contribute to our understanding of this concern. God, the Creator God is the Creator of all living organisms. ... read more »

The Value of Life

The book of James has been called the gospel of practicality because it contains so many truths of everyday value. One of the dangers of which James warns is the pursuit of material interests to the exclusion of the Lord's will (cf. 4:13-17). Within that discussion, the inspired writer asks, "What is your life?" In the immediate context, James addresses ... read more »