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Genesis 1:26 Re-interpreted

By Abdullah Smith

 

 

This article will disprove the Christian interpretation of Genesis 1:26, which teaches that man is the image of God. Muslims reject the “image of God” idea. The Christians transformed every character in the Bible and made it white, despite the fact that Solomon was black (Song of Solomon 5:1). According to the Bible, Miriam was cursed by God and turned white:

And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed. And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous. (Numbers 12:6-10)

God is depicted white (old man sitting on his canopy), which is directly inspired by this verse.

Muslims do not believe man is created in the image of God’s essence. God does not physically look like human beings or have the inherent limitations of humanity. He does not have arms and legs as we do, nor is He of flesh and blood. http://www.dislam.org/en/a.49848.html

The description “Our image” (1:26-17) is purely a Jewish expression, it does not substantiate the trinity, as some missionaries claim, but is basically a plural of respect, grandeur in the Hebrew language. For example, the Hebrew name for God is Elohim, which means The Gods (Genesis 1:1) it rather should be Eloi (the God).

We recommend the following article:

http://www.answering-christianity.com/quran/allah_adam_angels_rebuttal.htm

The Christian argument is blasphemy according to Islam. Islam teaches that God breathed His spirit into all human beings, but we are not created in His divine image, nor do we share His likeness.

"To whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be compared? (Isaiah 46:5, NIV)

To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like? (Isaiah 46:5, KJV)

For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD? (Psalms 89:6)

The verse from Genesis was inspired by pagans who believed they were the “image” of their god. Genesis was recomposed by Ezra, who made revisions to the Bible after the Babylon captivity. The books were destroyed by the forces of King Nebuchadnezzar. Ezra returned to Jerusalem in 458 B.C.E. after re-writing the Torah from memory, several changes was made.

Books of the Old Testament represent selections of the literary heritage of the Israelites that were written, copied, translated, modified, and gradually added as either canonical or apocryphal material, during several centuries after the departure of Moses (peace be upon him). Revisions and corrections to the Bible are still going on today independently by the divergent Christian denominations. http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-AAbout_Islam/AskAboutIslamE/AskAboutIslamE&cid=1123996016388

The Babylonians worshipped multiple gods; they were the “images of god” the way Christians have applied to Jesus!

There is only one passage in the NT that refers to Jesus explicitly as the “image of God”. 

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (1 Corinthians 4:4)

The “incarnation” is reflected in this verse, corresponding to other passages that speak of Jesus as “God” (Col. 1:19) which are found in Paul’s writings. No where do the Gospel writers refer to Jesus as God the way Paul established blasphemy.

The Bible writers distorted the image of God; they were inspired by the verse in Genesis.

http://www.submission.org/god-bible.html

http://wings.buffalo.edu/sa/muslim/library/jesus-say/ch5.1.html

 

A Few Examples:


DOES GOD HAVE NOSTRILS?

Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. (2 Samuel 22:9)


DOES GOD HAVE FEET?

The LORD is slow to anger and great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet. (Nahum 1:3)

 

DOES GOD SLEEP AND WAKE UP?

Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever. (Psalms 44:23)


DOES GOD FORGET?

How long, O LORD ? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? (Psalms 13:1)

 

Paul said woman is NOT the glory of God:

A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head.

A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. (1Timothy 2:12-14)

The Bible blames the woman only, and she is mocked throughout the Bible for the seduction of Adam, leading to banishment from the Garden. Tertullian said the devil did not dare to attack Adam. The New Testament absolves Adam and casts the sin entirely upon Eve’s shoulders; (Gen. 1:27, 1 Tim 2:14).

Christians are ignorant of what the Church Fathers said about women. The reason for this prejudice (the low status of woman) is derived from the Bible itself, the story of Genesis passes the conviction that Eve is the originator of sin, she was deceived by the serpent, and Adam is completely innocent.

Islam rejects the concept of “original sin” which is pure mythology, a sheer falsehood. The Quran speaks the truth, God never cursed Adam and Eve as the Bible reports, He forgave them out of His mercy and guided them, because they repented and refrained from passing the blame upon each other. The Quran contains a superior account of what actually happened, but Christianity despises the woman because of her destroying the true image of God, who is man:

And do you not know that you are (each) an Eve? The sentence of God on this sex of yours lives in this age:4 the guilt must of necessity live too. You are the devil's gateway: you are the unsealer5 of that (forbidden) tree: you are the first deserter of the divine law: you are she who persuaded6 him whom the devil was not valiant enough to attack. You destroyed so easily God’s image, man. On account of your desert-that is, death-even the Son of God had to die. http://www.ccel.org/fathers2/ANF-04/anf04-06.htm

"Woman was merely man's helpmate, a function which pertains to her alone. She is not the image of God but as far as man is concerned, he is by himself the image of God." (St. Augustine, 354-430)

Tertullian states that woman destroyed the image of God, who is man. Augustine believed Adam was the true image of God. Will Christians disagree on their own Church theologians?

Once again, the Holy Quran purges Adam and Eve; they both repented and were forgiven. They ate from the tree equally, they confessed equally, and were forgiven equally. The Quran does not say that Eve “seduced” Adam; it does not say they “blamed each other” as the Bible projects. The Quran also does not use the word “sin” but “transgression” which is merely disobeying the Law of God.

We said: "O Adam! dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden; and eat of the bountiful things therein as (where and when) ye will; but approach not this tree, or ye run into harm and transgression." (Al-Quran 2:35)

"O Adam! dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden, and enjoy (its good things) as ye wish: but approach not this tree, or ye run into harm and transgression." (Al-Quran 7:19)

The Quran prominently teaches that if Adam eats from the tree, he would commit a misdeed, not a sin. Therefore, God couldn’t have cursed Adam when He allowed Prophets and Kings to murder, pillage, and abuse His Laws throughout Israelite history.

The “eating from the forbidden tree” is apparently nothing compared to sins like “murder, stealing, and sexual sins”. According to the Bible, God warned Adam that if he eats from the tree, he would surely die. Yet Adam did not die, rather he lived to 930 years of age (Gen. 5:5) so this proves that death is NOT the consequence of sin. Later, God actually killed a man for masturbating (Gen. 38:9-10) then why didn’t God murder Adam for his sin? Logically, because it was too small, that’s one good reason to suppose the forgiveness of Adam and Eve. God Almighty decided to forgive the sins of the Israelite people and bring them out of exile.

Furthermore, God was testing Adam and Eve, the way He tested the angels to prostrate and bow down to Adam. (Al-Quran 2:34).

 

The Quran and Bible - The Fall of Man:

1. Neither book names the fruit, but the Bible alone calls it the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The Qur'an does not call it such, but teaches that humans are already inspired with the knowledge of good and evil at creation in order to enable them to exercise choice between good and evil. This knowledge did not come as a result of eating from a forbidden tree.

2. The Bible says the deceiver was a serpent, but the Qur'an says it was Satan.

3. The Bible says that Adam was not deceived, but only Eve was deceived; it says that Eve then gave the fruit to Adam and he ate. On the other hand, more than one Qur'anic passages mention that they were both deceived. One passage specifically says that Satan approached Adam and deceived him. The Qur'an does not single out Eve for blame in any passage.

4. The Bible says that when the couple heard the sound of God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, they hid from him among the trees. So God called out to Adam asking where he was, and asking if he ate from the forbidden tree. On the other hand the Qur'an does not depict God in limited human form. The Qur'an and the Bible both teach that God knows everything always.

5. According to the Bible, when the couple was confronted with their mistake, they blamed each other, and Adam even blamed God because God gave him the woman who gave him the fruit. According to the Qur'an they did not pass the blame. Instead, both repented.

6. According to the Bible, God cursed them. According to the Qur'an, God forgave them and guided them.

7. According to the Bible, they were driven out of the garden because God was afraid that they may eat from the tree of life and live forever. According to the Qur'an, God's plan was to educate our first parents in paradise, then send them into the world for a limited time to resist Satan, the enemy. They were sent to earth as part of God's plan for them; not as a way of preventing them access to the tree of life, but as a test to distinguish those deserving of everlasting enjoyment in God's paradise.

8. According to the Bible, God had said that when Adam eats from the tree he would surely die, and the serpent said they will not surely die. The serpent was right - they did not die. Contrary to this, in the Qur'an, God said that if Adam and Eve eat from the tree they will become wrongdoers, then they will have to leave the garden and come out to where they will have to labour. Satan, however, promised them that if they eat from the tree they will live forever. Satan was wrong - they did not live forever.

9. According to the Bible, because of God's curse, serpents have to crawl and eat dust, women have to suffer in childbirth, and men have to sweat for a living. According to the Qur'an, no such curse was issued. The difficulties of life on earth are what makes it different from life in paradise. (Source: Shabir Ally, Common Questions People Ask About Islam)

Answering the question of why Muslims don’t accept the original sin, Shabir Ally answers efficiently:

Adam and Eve were created with the potential to do either good or evil. They had a free choice either to obey God or disobey Him. They did not realize how deceptive the devil was, and so prompted by him, they made the wrong choice. Will God remain forever angry with them over that one mistake? No! Instead, God taught them how to repair their relationship with Him by praying for forgiveness. Muslims still often recite the same prayer, as follows:
Our Lord, we have wronged our souls. If you do not forgive us and have mercy on us, then surely we are lost (Qur'an 7:23).

What we obtain from that incident is not original sin, but original forgiveness, and an original lesson on how to seek that forgiveness. God set the precedent that He will forgive those who turn to Him in sincere repentance. We will all find ourselves in a similar situation as Adam and Eve. The prophet, on whom be peace, said that every child of Adam is a sinner, and the best of them are those who turn back to God in sincere repentance.

This shows that God does not demand absolute perfection from us humans. That would be an impossible demand, since God alone is absolutely perfect. To err is human. God wants us to know that he will accept us as we are, shortcomings and all, as long as we are trying our best to obey Him. Even in our human situations, it is well understood that absolute perfection is not to be demanded from anyone. Suppose teachers were to demand that all students must score 100% on all their tests, and that if they make even one mistake they will not pass. No one of sound mind will demand this, for it is clearly beyond human capacity. Similarly, God does not demand from people what is beyond their capacity (see Qur'an 2:226).

Some will say that Adam was created perfect and that when he sinned he ruined that perfection. This suggestion makes no sense. If perfection meant that Adam had no ability to choose between good and evil, then how did he exercise that choice which he supposedly did not have? And if he had the ability to choose, as Muslims believe, then why would God remain forever angry with him for his first mistake? Humankind was then in its infancy. We needed someone to pick us up when we fall, not someone to bulldoze us with a tremendous burden of sin and guilt.

Some will say that God could not forgive Adam even if He wanted to do so, since God is Just and He must exact justice. This is as if to say that justice is contrary to mercy, and that God is so fenced in by His own law that He has no freedom to do what He wants to do. How silly! The truth is that God warns us of His punishment, but He also promises forgiveness for those who sincerely repent. If He decides to save sinners, who is there to say He cannot do what He wishes?

 

The Gnostic Paul wrote:

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. (Romans 13:1)

Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. (Hebrews 13:17)

An important question arises: How man can be the image of God when he is subordinate to worldly powers that will eventually perish? Obviously humans (male and female) are NOT the image of God. God is the King of the Universe; all authority belongs to Him alone:

Verily your Lord is Allah, who created the heavens and the earth in six days, and is firmly established on the throne (of authority), regulating and governing all things. (Al-Quran 10:3)

The Prophet said, "When Allah had finished His creation, He wrote over his Throne: 'My Mercy preceded My Anger.'  (Narrated Abu Huraira, Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 93, Number 518)

Humans must submit to God alone, the Creator of all images. There is nothing like God, in the heavens and earth:

Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come— yes, let him foretell what will come. (Isaiah 44:7)

"Like a lion coming up from Jordan's thickets to a rich pastureland, I will chase Edom from its land in an instant. Who is the chosen one I will appoint for this? Who is like me and who can challenge me? And what shepherd can stand against me?" (Jeremiah 49:19)

Like a lion coming up from Jordan's thickets to a rich pastureland, I will chase Babylon from its land in an instant. Who is the chosen one I will appoint for this? Who is like me and who can challenge me? And what shepherd can stand against me?" (Jeremiah 50:44)

The Bible refutes the idea that Jesus is the “image of God” because there is none “like” Him.

According to the Bible, Adam was a sinner (contradicts 1 Tim 2:14)

If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom: Job 31:33

So Adam could never be the image of God, because God is sinless and pure.

The “likeness” of God is absolutely unique, not even the angels (Psalms 89:6), who are described as having “breasts” (Revelations 15:6)!

The Bible does not explain HOW male and female are the image of God. It can’t be referring to the “likeness” of intellect, because God is All-Knowing and human knowledge is meager compared to God.

Whether it is spiritual or physical, the notion of being the “image of God” is purely a heathen concept. Even if Christians are correct, then God’s image was destroyed when they ate from the forbidden tree.

Adam defaced the image of God in which he was made. According to the Bible, when Adam and Eve sinned, they apparently lost the status of being the “image of God”.

Let us study the statements of Tertullian:

You are she who persuaded him whom the Devil did not dare attack (The Jesus Mysteries, Peter Gandy, Timothy Freke, p. 261)

The devil did not attack Adam because he was the “image of God”. The devil approached the woman because she is not the image of God, therefore weaker than man. Tertullian represents the Christian viewpoint based on the Biblical story.

The Revelation of the Holy Quran rejects the “curse of God” and “original sin” (from Adam and Eve), dictating exactly what happened in the Garden of Eden.

Tertullian continues:

“…The sentence of God on your sex lives on in this time; the guilt of necessity lives on too”

This statement implies that if Eve was the image of God, she totally ruined that status when she disobeyed the Law of God by eating from the tree. Needless to say, Tertullian wrote this statement after the crucifixion of Jesus, which supposed to have wiped out the original “sin of Adam and Eve”. Tertullian gives the implication that Jesus’ sacrifice was void. He clearly implies the “sacrifice” did not wash away the sins of mankind, but “lives on in this age” according to Tertullian’s words.

A serious question is raised here. The Bible teaches the punishment for woman is suffering in childbirth, if the crucifixion (sacrifice) of Jesus actually occurred, then why are woman still suffering in childbirth today? Where is the miracle of Jesus’ sacrifice?

The Book of Genesis lays down the curse (3:16) yet the “blood of Christ” has not stopped the suffering of childbirth. Therefore, the crucifixion of Jesus never had any miraculous effects or supernatural repercussions on Humanity. Please take this question seriously, it’s very important.

Another passage Christian overlook is Genesis 3:16, where it says that man is superior to woman:

To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be FOR (not to) your husband, and he will rule over you."

The scholar Bonnie Thurston says:

The household code begins by addressing wives and husbands as the basic unit of the household (Eph. 3:18-19). As the subordinate party, wives are addressed first and told to “be subject” to their husbands “as is fitting in the Lord”. Submission (hypotassesthe) is argued on the basis of Christian order as “in the Lord”. Whereas in 1 Cor. 7:3-6 Paul thought of martial submission as mutual; here the wife is to be subject to the husband. “As is fitting” suggests that the author accepts the subordination of wives to husband as the appropriate norm. Husbands are to love their wives and are to avoid harshness, pikrainesthe, a term implying authoritarian RULE. (Women in the New Testament, p. 136)

Paul said exactly the same thing, the man is superior to the woman, and they are not equal in essence, status, or even purpose of life:

Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. (1 Corinthians 11:3)

A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. (1Timothy 2:12-13)

Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. (1 Corinthians 14:34-35)

Paul completely destroys the status of women. The founder of Christianity degrades woman, restricting the use of her God-given faculties to speak in Church because of Eve the “mother of sin”.

The Church Fathers agree, the scholars agree, and thousands of former Christians agree that Christianity disparages woman.

 

ADAM HAD A SON IN HIS OWN LIKENESS


When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. (Genesis 5:3)

The verse says “in his own likeness”, which defines the similitude between father and son. Both Adam and Seth have the natural intellect, physical features, complexion, and human weakness. This verse applies to all Human fathers in general, but how can humans be the “image” when the Nature of God is divine, and humans are NOT DIVINE?

Logically, if Seth is the image of Adam, then Adam can never be the image of God, because God is not like a man.

God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? (Numbers 23:19)

Human beings change their mind, but God never changes:

For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. (Malachi 3:6)

Please note the Christian image of God as “Old Father Christmas sitting on his canopy in Heaven with little children sitting on his lap” is directly inspired from Genesis! The awkward depiction of God is absolutely clear for anyone to see:

And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. (Genesis 3:8)

Jesus is regarded as the image of God because he is the “incarnation of God”. Therefore, the description fails to apply to humans as they are not “incarnations” of God!

Furthermore, the nature of God is different from the nature of human beings. Expounding the word “likeness”, the Catholic Encyclopedia states:

“…Further, likeness belongs to the nature of the image, as above explained (1). But by sin man becomes unlike God. Therefore he loses the image of God.

God taught Adam the names of all creatures; this knowledge was not preserved for him, he acquired the knowledge by God’s inspiration.

Paul wrote:

A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. (1 Cor. 11:7)

The woman must cover her head (1 Corinthians. 11:7) because she is NOT the image and glory of God (1 Timothy 2:11-12) the man is the image of God, therefore they expose the head with honor, the woman is the exact opposite, she must cover the head because of her inferior status.

Also, the woman is ordered to “Submit to her husband” (Ephesians 5:22, 24). So how can they have the same essence?  Christians argue contrary to the statement made by Tertullian, the Orthodox Church Father. Women were specifically “created FOR man” (1 Cor. 11:9-10), not the man created for woman. The marriage is for sexual pleasure (1 Cor. 7:2 8-9) not a sacred bond of Friendship to produce children.

Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head. (1 Corinthians 11:9-10)

Jesus is called the “first born” son of God, yet the Old Testament states that Israel is God’s first born son.

Then say to Pharaoh, 'This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son, (Exodus 4:22)

Contradicted by:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. (Colossians 1:15)

 

THE GREAT BLASPHEMY AGAINST GOD

When God created MAN, he made him in the likeness of God. (Genesis 5:1)

Surely if other Biblical passages purport that women are also the image of God, what does that mean? Recall the verse in Revelations where it speaks of angels having “breasts”. No sane individual can believe the Almighty God created angels “in His likeness”.

And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. (Revelations 15:6)

The Bible clearly distorts the image of angels, they neither have breasts nor are they woman. On the contrary, Angels are spiritual beings created from Light, they are Spirit. God created angels prior to the creation of humans, but they are NOT the image of God (Psalms 89:6) because they possess a different nature, they are totally submissive to the Command of God:

Muhammad (blessings of Allah and peace be upon him) has informed us that these imperceptible spiritual beings, whom people believe to be deities of gods or God’s children, are really His angels. They have no share in God’s divinity; they cannot deviate from His commands even by the slightest fraction of an inch. God employs them to administer His Kingdom, and they carry out His orders exactly and accurately. They have no authority to do anything of their own accord; they cannot present to God any scheme conceived by themselves, they are not even authorised to intercede with God for any man. (Abdul Ala Mawdudi, Towards Understanding Islam, p. 73)

Again, Islam rejects the idea that humans (male and female) are the “divine image”, as God is the Creator of humans, not the created, He breathed into us His Spirit so we can worship Him without partners, so there is nothing between us and Allah:

Within Allah’s universe, man was given a special place. In Islamic teachings, in contrast to those of Christianity, man was not made in God’s image. Rather, Allah distinguished man from His other creations by breathing His own spirit into man. This preferential treatment of God’s creation gave man two privileges not made available to the rest of creation: (1) freedom of choice and (2) specialised knowledge or “creative knowledge” (Rahman). http://www.islamonline.net/english/introducingislam/Belief/Allah/article04.shtml

 

The Holy Quran says:

Behold! thy Lord said to the angels: "I am about to create man, from sounding clay from mud moulded into shape; "When I have fashioned him (in due proportion) and breathed into him of my spirit, fall ye down in obeisance unto him." (Al-Quran 15:29)

The Bible says:

When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth. (Psalms 104:30)

Remember him—before the silver cord is severed, or the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, or the wheel broken at the well, and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. (Ecclesiastes 12:6-7)

We must worship God without partners or “mediators” (1. Tim 2:5), because there is nothing between US and ALLAH. 

The Quran promises a harsh punishment to those who worship mediators besides God to “reach God”.

Why then was no help forthcoming to them from those whom they worshipped as gods, besides Allah, as a means of access (to Allah.? Nay, they left them in the lurch: but that was their falsehood and their invention. (46:28)

What! Do they take for intercessors others besides Allah. Say: "Even if they have no power whatever and no intelligence?" (39:43)

"And behold! ye come to us bare and alone as We created you for the first time: ye have left behind you all (the favours) which We bestowed on you: We see not with you your intercessors whom ye thought to be partners in your affairs: so now all relations between you have been cut off, and your (pet) fancies have left you in the lurch!" (6:94)

The Arabs of the pre-Islamic period worshipped Allah as the Highest God; they identified God as the Lord of Abraham, whom they recognized as their father.

There are many ways to argue why humans (male and female) are not the image of God.

1.      God is All-forgiving, but human beings can reject to forgive someone else.

2.      God is perfect and He never errs, but humans are imperfect and fallible.

3.      God does not submit to worldly authorities, but humans must collectively submit to earthly powers, so therefore they cannot be the image of God. God being the source of all power, knowledge, and authority.

4.      God is Light, and human beings are flesh, a vast difference. In fact, flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15:50).

 

DID GOD CREATE ANGELS IN HIS LIKENESS?

No, God never created angels in His likeness (Ps. 89:6) and this should include all human beings. It is said humans are superior to angels. Yet the Bible describes angels as being similar to humans in “knowledge of good and evil”. For example, the Bible confesses that angels have the ability to sin:

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; (2 Peter 2:4)

 

THE PAGAN ORIGINS

Where did this concept originate? How did it formulate over time? The idea of man becoming the “image of God” is clearly pagan.

In Hinduism, which predates Christianity by thousands of years, the Hindu god Krishna became the 8th avatar (incarnation) of Vishnu.

The eighth and principal avatar of Vishnu, often depicted as a handsome young man playing a flute. He appears as a charioteer and advisor of Arjuna in the Bhagavad-Gita. http://www.answers.com/topic/krishna

Jesus is considered the “image of God” the same way as Krishna. In fact, there are hundreds of similarities between Krishna and Christ.

http://www.infidels.org/library/historical/kersey_graves/16/chap32.html

http://www.infidels.org/library/magazines/tsr/1996/1/1hindu96.html

http://www.infidels.org/library/magazines/tsr/1994/3/3hare94.html

 

The Catholic Encyclopedia states:

The image of God, in its principal signification, namely the intellectual nature, is found both in man and in woman. Hence after the words, "To the image of God He created him," it is added, "Male and female He created them" (Genesis 1:27). Moreover it is said "them" in the plural, as Augustine (Gen. ad lit. iii, 22) remarks, lest it should be thought that both sexes were united in one individual. But in a secondary sense the image of God is found in man, and not in woman: for man is the beginning and end of woman; as God is the beginning and end of every creature. So when the Apostle had said that "man is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man," he adds his reason for saying this: "For man is not of woman, but woman of man; and man was not created for woman, but woman for man." http://www.newadvent.org/summa/109304.htm

Once again, Adam and Eve were (allegedly) created in the image of God, pure and sinless, but they destroyed that “divine image” by eating from the Tree.

God forgave Adam and Eve after they repented; the Bible says He cursed them!

 

 

 

 

"Let us create" in Genesis 1:26-27 doesn't prove trinity.  See how the Bible clearly defines "our likeness" and "our image" as only having knowledge of good and evil.

Contradictions and Errors in the Bible.

Articles by Abdullah Smith.


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