Posts Tagged ‘imago dei

29
Apr
08

Image: God Loves- Notes

Ludwig Feuerbach (19th century) was an atheist who declared that God did not make us, but rather we made God as a figment of our imagination. Students of his thinking include Karl Marx (who applied this politically), Sigmund Freud (who applied this psychologically), and Friedrich Nietzsche (who applied this philosophically). Conversely, in Genesis 1–2 we see that we did not create God, but rather God created us with the following features:

  • The Trinity created us.
  • A personal God personally created us as persons (e.g., by his hands and not his words like the rest of creation).
  • God’s creation of us was loving.
  • God made us male and female, which means that while the genders are distinct they are equal.
  • God made us originally very good (Gen. 1:31 cf. Eccles. 7:29).
  • God blessed us.
  • Unlike the animals made according to their “own kind,” we were made in the “image of God.”
  • Because God is Trinity and made us in his image and likeness, we were made for relationships in the following categories:
    1. With God (theological)
    2. With self (psychological)
    3. With others (social)
    4. With creation (environmental)

Please read the notes for further discussion on being created in the image of God and also take advantage of the numerous other resources cited in the notes.

Image: God Loves- Notes

29
Apr
08

Image: God Loves- Sermon and Q&A Video

Here are links for the sermon Image: God Loves that we watched last Friday and the Q&A which goes into greater detail on some of the issues.

Image: God Loves- Sermon video

Image: God Loves- Q&A video

23
Apr
08

Image: God Loves

The question of human life is among the most important because it has implications for seemingly everything, from theology to sociology, history, biology, psychology, and the like. It is the doctrine of imago dei (Latin for “image of God”) that answers questions regarding how mankind is different from God the Creator and his creation. It also reveals why we can believe in such things as compassion and equality—truths that an evolutionary worldview simply cannot bring about.

Join us on April 25th at 244 Berding Street in Ferndale for the fourth message in Mars Hill Church‘s Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe series, entitled Image: God Loves. Dinner begins at 6:00, teaching begins around 7:00. Childcare will be available.




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