MCo:The Image and Likeness of God

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And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Genesis 1:26 (AV)
And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth: Genesis 5:3 (AV)
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Exodus 20:4 (AV)

What do "our image" and "our likeness" Mean?

For many people who seek to understand and describe the Bible's message, a lot hangs on the meaning of the terms in Genesis 1:26.

Literal Views

Evangelion writes: My opinion is too long to post on the wiki! But I'll see if I can patch in a hotlink... [ Click here.[1] His case that Genesis 1:26 refers to humans' outward, visible form is found at The Human Body in God's Image

Non-Literal Views

In A Drama of Creation, Bro Alan Fowler argues that to describe man as "in the image of God" is not intended to be taken literally. A brief summary of his reasons is at It's not the Body that's in God's Image See also Review: A Drama of Creation


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  1. Broken link. As of July 2023 the posts were here at