R.C. Sproul | – We Are Made in the Image of God

In this excerpt from his message at our 2013 National Conference, Ravi Zacharias reminds us that human beings are made in the image of God.

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Comment (47)

  1. So does God have nipples?  Are they as useless on him as hey are on male humans?

    Does God hiccup?  Is this also a remnant of him evolving from fish?

    Has God's eyes also evolved backwards where the optic nerve actually impedes the passage of light – hence the blind spot?

    Does God have an appendix – an appendix which was apparently useful when humans, or their ancestors, ate more grass?

    Does God have a plantaris muscle in his foot – which is also redundant.

    Does God have a prostate gland?  Another problematic evolutionary trait with causes severe problems in old age.  Similar to the fact that the testes develop internally and then migrate causing weakness and hernias.

  2. God created man Holy

    So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
    ( Genesis 1:27 )

    for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."
    ( 1 Peter 1:16 )

    And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
    ( Colossians 3:10 )

  3. Also there's more then enough proof of alien life on other planets ..Did God create aliens aswell… Why does religion rake in billions of dollars a year and pay no taxesIs God in some sort of financial trouble we need to know about

  4. If we are made in God's image, and God is supposedly an entity of spirit, existing in some heavenly place, who can bring a universe into existence by his word, then why does he have arms, legs, liver, heart, stomach, penis etc?
    A human body is adapted to life on earth, if God existed before the earth was created, then he wouldn't have a human body. So either God needs to eat drink and shit like a human, has sexual desires, can get ill and his body ages, OR, we are not made in his image, we were made to live in a totally different environment and therefore the bible is wrong.

  5. Hi !
    When there is something from Nothing, Then there is something about that Nothing.
    And This Nothing is not about that something.
    So if you are that Final Something > Don't say the Nothing is that Something. 🙂
    I hope you can grasp this philosophy for kids 🙂
    We were not created in his Image > Coz God cannot be a man not because it involves the word cannot but because we are nothing in comparison and also we were Nothing before coming. But He was always Something.
    Don't let the devil own you and play you.

    What did God say about Images anyway ? didn't it ever cross your minds ?

  6. Adam was NOT the Image of Yahweh.

    Eve was NOT the Image of Yahweh.

    Yahweh created THE MAN from the dust of the earth.

    THE MAN was NOT Adam or Eve.

    THE MAN is mentioned 12 times BEFORE Adam and Eve were MADE. MADE: NOT created.

    Yahweh laid down THE MAN and REMOVED the female chromosomes in the flesh and bone from THE MAN and MADE the woman. Eve.

    This left the man on the ground with male chromosomes. Adam.

    The Image of Yahweh ceased to exist in THE MAN.

    THE MAN had male Y and female X chromosomes.

    NOW the Image of Yahweh is Adam and Eve JOINED together. In Sexual union..

    THE MAN was in Yahweh's garden for 12 years BEFORE Adam and Eve were MADE.

    It took Yahweh and His SON Yahshua 12 years to bring Yahweh's earthly son, THE MAN to puberty.

    Yahweh used the naming of the animals to bring His earthly son to puberty.

    Adam knew this when he said when Eve was given to him: This is now Bones of my bones and flesh of my flesh. Gen. 2: 23.

    Adam KNEW where Eve came from.

    Yahweh said:" For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined together with his wife and they shall become one flesh.

    Adam and Eve joined together in sexual union are the IMAGE of Yahweh creating new life.

    My hearts desire is:" Rev. 22: 14. Rev. 21: 1- 4." These scriptures commence at the second coming. Rev. 20: 4 and 6. Rev. 5: 10. Matt. 5: 5.

    May Yahweh give you your hearts desire.

    May Yahweh give you understanding in these salvation scriptures.

    bless you

  7. We cannot properly answer this question unless we believe in Jesus and that he is a deity, God .
    We put our limitations on God, we view time as the past, present and future in a linear or straight line, we can only exist in the present time and have memories of the past, and we can make plans into the future but cannot exist there by will . God exist in the past the present and the future at the same time, so when God created the heavens and the Earth, in another point of time Jesus already existed. So Jesus always existed and was there in the beginning to create the heavens and the Earth and all things.
    Because Jesus created Adam Out of the Dust of the Earth and breathed his life into him, mankind is created in the image of God !
    Because Jesus has two arms and two legs, and two hands and two feet with five fingers and five toes so do we. We are wonderfully created exactly in the image of God and how he appears.
    John the Apostle understood this when he wrote in 1 John, 1 through 14 , of all the apostles he had unique understanding of time.
    Because we view time in a linear fashion We Believe this is like putting the cart before the horse. How many times have people argued which came first the chicken or the egg, the answer is neither the WORD came first when Jesus spoke it into life !
    This had to infuriate some of the Angels who temporarily are created above us with greater abilities like gods, mankind was created a little lower than the angels for a season, someday we shall put off the Flesh and be more like them and join God in heaven !

  8. Excellent talk… "O my Servant! Thou art even as a finely tempered sword concealed in the darkness of its sheath and its value hidden from the artificer's knowledge. Wherefore come forth from the sheath of self and desire that thy worth may be made resplendent and manifest unto all the world." ~ Baha'u'llah

  9. You my brother Zacharia is depended on knowledge begotten from the Holy Bible for your Salvation. The Holy Bible was written as an Ecclesiastic book that could have been presented any time in the history of the Church, because of the presence of Lord Jesus and His Life Saving Holy Sacraments.
    [A Kor. 4:1] “LET a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God” The Holy Sacraments are also called Mysteries. For example the bread and the wine for Holy Communion becomes “the Body and Blood” of Lord Jesus we do not know how Lord Jesus does this it is a MYSTERY to us!

    The Holy Bible is “a word about the Word of God” that only describes the will of God. The Holy Bible is inspired by God, it contains a rational attestation about events that were seen, experienced, and learned according to the size of each person’s receptivity, but it cannot be interpreted (given meaning to) outside the Personal EXPERIENCE of His Saints who wrote it that got to know the Mysteries of the Kingdom of God.
    The Holy Bible only provides knowledge… IT DOES NOT REDEEM SIN or provide Salvation. Only Lord Jesus as High Priest and head of His Body the Church can!
    [John 10:9] “I am the door: by me if any manenter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture”.

    This following statement was made from those Christians before the schism in 1054 AC who wanted to keep all the decisions of all Ecumenical Synods the same, the same Saints the same icons and especially the SAME Holy Tradition unchanged begotten by the Apostles the day of Pentecost the day of the creation of His Church.

    The Synodal of Orthodoxy.
    “What the Prophets saw, what the Apostles preached, and the Church received and the Teachers (of the Church) indoctrinated, and the inhabited world (Ecumene) accepted in agreement, as the Grace shone, as the truth was proved, as falsehood was driven away, as the wisdom obtained outspokenness, as Christ hath confirmed all this by His reward: the same do we believe, equally do we speak, likewise do we preach Christ our true God, and we honour His Saints through words, scriptures, seasonings, and services, either in temples or in icons, worshipping the first as God and Master through our reverence, and venerating the second as His genuine Servants who have the same Master with us, honouring also them in a relative manner. This is the Faith of the Apostles. This is the faith of the Fathers (of the Church). This is the faith of the Orthodox. This is the faith that hath supported the human universe (Ecumene)”.

    ~This text was proclaimed in the ceremony of the Restoration of the icons, March 11th 843 A.D.,when Theodora was on the throne of the Byzantine Empire.(She finished her life as a nun and her incorrupted body is kept in the Orthodox Metropolitan church of the island of Corfu (occidental Greece)and works miracles to this day. Since that date this text is read in church on the «Sunday of Orthodoxy», the first Sunday of Great Lent,in order to commemorate this important event which expresses the victory of Orthodoxy over heresies~
    This is YOUR Christian Church history too! There is No Other.


  10. Almost every one of you Christian psychos have a different stance on this!!!
    What a deranged deity this god must be…writes the most confusing owners manual in history.
    IF this god exists…he is an utter buffoon!
    Does god have nipples? Does he have a big greasy schlong?
    Religion is a mental disorder!

  11. If you think that being made in the image of God means that God looks like you , you have not understood the verse. "Image" does not mean you look like God, it means you are a resemblance of the HONOR and RESPECT worthy of someone who has been intimately created by the Almighty. In other words, you are SACRED, your body is Sacred, you are a temple of the Holy Spirit. You are not a mistake, you are SACRED and were created to be holy and deserving of all honor and praise. This is not a joke, every-time you sin, you sin against God because you are destroying his beautiful and perfect creation. Don't you understand? Sin is not a joke, it is evil and it is against anything good. This is why Christ died, to bear our sins and the sins of such a wicked humanity, who can not help but sin and sin and sin.We are all a part of it, our hearts are so wicked. Remember, "The wages of Sin is death" (Romans 6:23). Why? because it is evil, and evil deserves to be put to death. Its not because God is strict and mean, but its because HE IS PERFECT LOVE. All these things are manifested when our Lord Jesus Christ gave himself up on the Cross. It is the embodiment of perfect obedience, love, hope, grace, unconditional forgiveness, sin, wickedness, justice, and judgment.
    Therefore, to anyone reading this, I suggest you REPENT, and stop sinning, or you will continue storing up wrath for yourself against the day of Gods wrath, where his perfect judgment will be revealed. God created everything in perfect love—meanwhile, your unrepentant heart is filled with so much hate, pride,and sin. You do not just sin, you LIVE in sin. I suggest you ask God to change you from within and clean your heart mind, soul, and wash you-even to your innermost thoughts–so that you may be saved from his wrath because HE IS HOLY, and HE is righteous and HE is JUST, it is NOT a game. Christ loves you, and he gave his life so that you may return to you proper status of a CHILD of GOD. Amen.

  12. so god had a dick and an asshole too,   now what the fuck does god need with an asshole for?    Does god ever wake up with a boner YOU KNOW LIKE MAN,   Does god have a belly button?   Does god shave?   Doe he brush his teeth? 
       LOL   god shmod ,  it's time to grow up.

  13. Church leaders are adamite that we are made in the image of God and then panic when people want clothing optional saying we cannot have that making up every excuse to not have clothing optional. The church is divided against itself in many ways.

  14. Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.>>> That is right straigth one, in my life for sure and I hope for others as well, God bless, in the name and blood of Jesus Christ, Yeshua: amen! Annelies Bakker, the Netherlands.

  15. Why does god need an asshole, or a dick, or kidneys , or balls or teeth or a liver ?
    If we are made in god's image then he must have all those things, BUT WHAT THE FUCK FOR?
    There is no god, time to grow up

  16. I see more extremism in people who believe than in those who are not. Look around you … and prove me wrong.
    Talks from people like you should be rated. No juveniles should be exposed to this nonsense. We are made in the image of one God … that means he is bisexual, because he created two individuals in his image. Is it alright to pay taxes to the church? I give to God what belongs to him! Is it alright that preachers are tax exempt and can build huge palaces? So give to them what belongs to them.

  17. Man was created in God's image referring to Adam and Eve because they were perfect also God loved the world because it's his creation however sin has ruined everything and therefore that's why God sent his only begotten Son Jesus Christ to pay for our sins and to save our souls from eternal condemnation as a child of God you are still stick in this body which is of a sinful nature that's why you continue to sin in this body however the soul is sinless once you accept Jesus Christ as Saviour it's like a spiritual circumcision