Are angels or other creatures also in the 'image of God'?
Posted 15 August 2011 - 01:32 AM
is the human being the only creature on the image of god?
or the angel too?
"Hello Doctor Daoud, Yes the human being is the only one to be created in the image and likeness of God. When we were created everything else had been created and the angels already existed as well. Genesis 1:26, God said, "Let Us make man in our image, according to Our likeness." Our Father was talking to Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Nowhere else in the Bible does it say that there was anything else that God created in His Image and in His Likeness. I am an Orthodox of 67 years and I have never heard of God bestowing this upon any other part or anything else in His creation. I see that you belong to the Antiochian archdiocese. My family on my mothers side came from Lebanon many years ago and I attended St. Nicholas Cathedral for many years in Los Angeles. (my grandfather came from the Kurban family and my grandmother came from the Samaha family) +Thomas"
Posted 15 August 2011 - 04:39 PM
In Hebrews it says of Christ:
"5 For He did not subject to angels the world to come, concerning which we are speaking. 6 But one has testified somewhere, saying, “WHAT IS MAN, THAT YOU REMEMBER HIM? OR THE SON OF MAN, THAT YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HIM?
7 “YOU HAVE MADE HIM FOR A LITTLE WHILE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS;
YOU HAVE CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR,
AND HAVE APPOINTED HIM OVER THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS;
8 YOU HAVE PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET.”
For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him. "
And so an important point seems to be that human nature, though created in a lower more corruptible state then the angelic nature, was created with the potential, which we see fulfilled in Christ, to mature into such a state that it could be united to the Godhead in a more complete and full way then the angelic nature.
Posted 16 August 2011 - 11:03 PM
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