The glory of God is seen in the human creature fully alive.
A summary of a lecture by Paul Henderson, author of “Vying for Our Children” and “Silent Legacy”.
Sigmund Freud viewed human creatures through the sexual prism. John Stuart Mill, the father of utilitarianism, viewed creatures as objects; their value – directly proportional to their utility. Charles Darwin thought using the evolutionary lens. Karl Marx, class, work and power.
How do we know who we are?
- All of us are made in the image of God.
- All of us struggle with sin.
- All of us are in need of salvation.
When Moses prayed, “Show me Your glory” (Exo 33:18), he meant, “what are you like, God?”
What does it mean to be made in the image of God? Gen 1:26, Psalm 8 (My answers, not Paul’s)
- To rule over the earth, to subdue, to bring order, to steward responsibly
- To be beautiful and appreciate beauty
- To be vice-regents… and co-heirs (Romans 8:17)
- To be glorious, to have indestructible dignity
- To work and create
- To love and bring life, sex and babies
- To make judgements and HATE evil (Prov 8:13)
- To be fair and honest (Psalm 9:4)
- To be a place of refuge (Psalm 9:9)
- To be faithful (Psalm 9:10)
- To weep (John 11:35)
- To have a quality of simplicity
- To see a future.
Are we made in the image of God?
A few schools of thought…
- The Roman Catholics: Image was retained, likeness was lost during the fall.
- Luther: Image was totally lost.
- Calvin: No, look at Genesis 9:5-7