image of God


image of God
The term in Gen. 1:26–27 and 9:6 for the likeness of human beings to their Creator. It is both male and female persons who possess this image of God and are therefore together ‘to be fruitful and multiply’ (Gen. 1:28), reflecting the creative activity of God. In the NT it is Christ who is the perfect image of God (2 Cor. 4:4; Phil. 2:6). In Catholic theology it is held that the image was obscured, but not lost, in the Fall [[➝ Fall, the]]; it is regarded, for example, as an intellectual quality of the soul. But in much Reformed theology it is argued that the image was destroyed utterly, and moral responsibility with it. Truth about God and his will can therefore only be known by revelation.

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  • Image of God — Imago Dei redirects here. For the liberal arts college, see Imago Dei College. The Image of God (Hebrew: צֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים‎‎; tzelem elohim, lit. image of God , often appearing in Latin as Imago Dei) is a concept and theological doctrine within the… …   Wikipedia

  • IMAGE OF GOD —    according to Genesis 1.26 mankind is created in the Image of God. Exactly what this means has been a matter of dispute. In general CHRISTIANS agree that the BIBLE places a high value on the human being. The issue is complicated by the doctrine …   Concise dictionary of Religion

  • image of God — likeness of God …   English contemporary dictionary

  • image of God —    This term (from the Latin imago, meaning copy or picture ) refers to the biblical teaching that human beingsare created in God s likeness (see Gen 1:27) …   Glossary of theological terms

  • image of God —  Образ Бога …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • image of God, formal —  Образ Бога формальный …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • image of God, functional view of the —  Образ Бога, функциональная точка зрения …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • image of God, relational view of the —  Образ Бога, относительная точка зрения …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • image of God, structural or substantive view of the —  Образ Бога, структурная или субстантивная точка зрения …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • made in the image of God — reference to human beings, Adam …   English contemporary dictionary


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