Genesis 1:27 (ESV)
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
What does it mean to be made “in the image of God,” or as the fancy people who know Latin like to call it, “Imago Dei?” Here’s what it doesn’t mean: it does not mean we are demy-gods (mini-gods) who are powerful and deserve worship. This is often how people who refuse Jesus believe: either they make men out to be more than who they are, or make nature out to be more than what God made it to be. This is why we see people today trying to redefine what it means to be “bad” and “good” by making themselves the people who determine what is true and not, and why we see people worship nature. Being made in the image of God means we are given responsibilities that reflect the care God has in sustaining life:
He has entrusted us with the earth (and its animals), to work it for food, take care of a family and to take joy in praising God (there is much theological discussion that can be had here over other details… but for our purpose we’ll leave the definition here, but know that it goes much further).
Only one problem: we weren’t content with being God’s people. Even though we were given amazing privileges and a relationship with God,
Adam and Eve thought there was more to the picture. They believed the
lie that God was withholding good from them: in Genesis we are introduced to the “serpent”, who we find out later is Satan: an angel who wasn’t content with serving God and as a result got kicked out of heaven.
Although we clearly see what God commanded Adam and Eve earlier in Genesis, that they were not supposed to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, it was for a specific purpose: they would die if they ate from it not only spiritually, but physically as well.
Instead of listening to God, Eve listened to Satan: To add to this, Adam was right there the whole time! He should have protected her (lead her), but instead he fell for the trap as well. The serpent questioned God’s word, (“did God really say…?”), and then twisted God’s words (“you will not surely die…”), and then ended with saying that God was preventing them from being like Him. We weren’t content with being God’s people; we wanted to be our own gods.
As a result, every person born into this world is just as guilty as Adam
and Eve: we call this “original sin.” We are born sinners who want to be
in charge of our lives and abuse the fact that we’re made in God’s image.
No matter what, we could never make our own way to heaven; God had
to open the door for us: through Jesus dying on the Cross.
Reflect today on this:
1) How much has sin impacted the world?
2) Why is sin so offensive to God?