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The image of God


TO WORSHIP the invisible Christ, to believe in he who can neither be seen nor heard, and then to deposit our troubles at his feet must surely be the ultimate act of faith; or perhaps as non-believers might see it, the result of determined self-deception and the need for an emotional crutch.

According to the Book of Genesis, Ch 1 V 26, God said: “Lets us make man in our image, after our likeness” and as a consequence, in our struggle to relate to God we may picture him with human frame.

That Christ the man lived is too well documented to doubt, unless one seeks to discredit both Old and New Testaments, and when Philip the disciple said to Jesus “Lord show us the Father, and that will be enough for us” the reply was “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father”.

In this 21st Century world that which can be grasped, explained, analysed and observed is accepted as truth. The invisible soul unique to each person is also accepted as such. Surely to believe that man is made in the image of God refers not to that which can be seen but rather to the divine nature of the Creator, supreme spirit of justice and truth.

In our imperfect state, life is a battle between good and evil. We have a basic need to worship and be loved, leads many to visualise God in human form because we know no other way. Yet surely the supreme spirit of goodness and truth cannot be contained after the style of a genie in a lamp? Have a look at the Gospel of John Chapter 14.