If we are made in the image of God


#1

then what can I tell somone thats says ‘what about a severely deformed person, are they made in the image of God’ ?
I am sure this has been asked before but as now the answer eludes me.


#2

Yes. They are made in the image of God, Jesus on the Cross, innocent, and suffering.


#3

Beautiful and Perfect Thank you JMCrae!!:thumbsup:


#4

Yes. It is our eternal souls which are “us”, not the bodies we have for a tiny slice of our existence. A deformed person is likely closer to God than someone who does not have a physical imperfection—they suffer as He did when He walked the earth.

A similar rationale undergirds Christ’s teaching in the Sermon on the Mount.


#5

Deformities of body and soul are the result of the Fall. What God made perfect has been corrupted, but the corruption can be overcome, the damage repaired, and the most deformed people can become perfect saints in heaven.


#6

This is actually a Gnostic error. We are made of body and soul. At the Resurrection, we will be resurrected to eternal glory (or eternal damnation) in our bodies. Both our bodies and our souls will have been made perfect, of course. :slight_smile:


#7

I didn’t mean to imply that there would not be a bodily resurrection; only that the soul is what matters, not any imperfection or malformation of the body. We shall indeed spend eternity in perfect body and soul and not as disembodied spirits.

The Gnostics took the extreme view that the body was evil and essentially a prison for the soul.


#8

St. John tells us that “God is love.” Physically deformities do not inhibit love and may even serve as a vehicle for promoting it.


#9

Banjo is correct, God is the ultimate love he shows us to love thy neighbor whether that person has any type of abnormality mental or physical. This is the one thing people have the most problem with I think, they do not want to show any form of compassion or love to others for fear that they may seem weak. We are all made in the image of God and therefore must all love each other no matter what:thumbsup: The number one reason that keeps us from loving God and one another is PRIDE.


#10

We are made in the image of God, by virtue of our freedom to choose.


#11
  1. By virtue of his soul and his spiritual powers of intellect and will, man is endowed with freedom, an “outstanding manifestation of the divine image.” CCC

Thus being made in the image and likeness of God refers to our soul and the spiritual powers of intellect and will.

Only man has a free will. Animals do not. Only man can worship God and be in communion with God and love God. Animals cannot.

Of course by sin we defile this image. In Christ, this creation in the image and likeness of God is fully restored to what it was before Adam sinned. Thus, the more we seek Jesus and conform to Him, the closer we are fully restored to our original design.


#12

That’s my opinion too.


#13

If we were made in the image of God, then God must only be the God of earth.
There are billions/ trillions of suns in the universe( more suns then grains of sand on all our deserts and beaches on earth multipled by 10) with billions of possible planets with lifeforms on them, all of these lifeforms would be living at different gravity forces which would make their bodies completly different to ours (not human form) so god cannot be a god of their lifefoms because he is humam image.


#14

God is Pure Spirit and the author of all that exists and holds all that exists in existence, thus He is God of all that He has created wherever and whatever the creation is. Our likeness to God is in our spiritual nature; and it was because He made us into a likeness of Him that it was possible that God the Son, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, could become incarnate as Man. If God has created other creatures with the same spiritual nature as man, it would likewise be possible for the Son to be Incarnate in green and with three arms.


#15

Exactly …

Those born blind, have incredible abilities to perceive spiritual matters. We tend to trust our human eyes … believing only what we can see.

Think why Saul was struck with blindness … at his conversion ?

We can perceive God and his spirit more when we close our eyes.

Try going thru an entire Mass or church service while kneeling with eyes closed. First off, most of us wouldn’t think of doing so … worried what those around us would think. But, if we did … we might gain a very different perspective of God’s presense in that house and in the hosts.

Sometimes people are blindfolded for a period of time … just to allow them to get better in touch with their other senses.

Prison solitary confinement in the dark … will either bring on near madness … or empower one if they are Christian.


#16

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