In the Image of God

Some time back, I had the opportunity to facilitate a discussion group on the issue of spirituality. I shared the passage from Genesis 1:26 that says, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.’”

Then we explored the concept of what it means to be formed in God’s image. The conversation led ultimately to this question: Can you detect God’s image in yourself? The discourse following the question was interesting and difficult.

In our society, it seems that the philosophy of self has polarized to two extremes; either I am everything or I am nothing. Humankind is either capable and gifted or is a disgusting, lifeless, empty shell.

There are dangers at both extremes. I am most familiar, though, with the impact of the philosophy in the Christian community. There is a kind of self-righteous humility that says, “I am nothing, and God is everything. I can do nothing good.”

This particular view leads to a serious conundrum. An individual can fail, but cannot succeed. Given those options, failure is most likely.

A gospel musician wrote a song that states, “God don’t make no junk!” If we believe mankind was created by God, in His image, then we need to acknowledge the result—a wonderful and amazing work formed by the hand of the Creator. Because we have free choice, we are quite capable of getting ourselves into trouble. Nonetheless, I see God’s image imprinted on His human creation.

by Chaplain Ron Hyrchuk

October 12, 2006