THESES FOR THE RE-FORMATION #1
THESIS#1 0F 95 – “Human beings were made in the image of God and even after the fall are to be regarded as such”
Gen9:6: Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man
Given that God is invisible, the image referred to in Genesis cannot be God’s appearance but His NATURE. That nature has been besmirched by the fall, but as Gen 9 indicates, by no means obliterated. Every virtue that man is still capable of exhibiting such as compassion, mercy, a sense of fairness and justice, humour, tolerance and the desire for the wellbeing of others, is derived from God. The point is, God possesses ALL of the above, and to a superlative degree. Any theology that infers through its eschatological outworking that God’s nature is alien to that of man when he is at his best (as perfectly portrayed by Jesus, even whilst in human flesh – Jn14:9) needs to be revisited.
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