In the Image and Likeness of God

“We have heard this phrase so often that we don’t get the existential shock of what “created in the image and likeness of God” is saying about us! I always tell people if we would just try to believe it, we could save ourselves ten thousand dollars in therapy! If this is true, it says that our family of origin is divine. Our core is original blessing, not original sin. This says that our starting point is totally positive, or as the first chapter of the Bible says, it is “very good” (1:31). We do have someplace good to go home to. If the beginning is right, the rest is made considerably easier, plus we know the clear direction of tangent.

The Bible will build on this foundational goodness, a true identity “hidden in the love and mercy of God,” as Thomas Merton once said. That is the place we are always trying to get back to, because there are many detours along the way, and many “devils” planting the same doubt they suggested to Jesus, “If you are the son (or daughter) of God” (Matthew 4:3,6). All of the Bible is trying to illustrate through various stories is humanity’s objective unity with God.

–Richard Rohr, Things Hidden

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2 thoughts on “In the Image and Likeness of God

  1. interesting. i like this a lot. it seems to rub up against the concept of total depravity. i always thought it seemed odd that if we are created in the image of God, we would then think we are to view ourselves as so wretched and depraved.

  2. This is the sentiment behind being an artist in a way…that we are called to be creators…that we are to declare the goodness in the world, in ourselves…

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