Made in Whose Image?

Genesis 1:27 – So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

So when the world was created, all living beings were put on the earth.  God made male and female creatures of every type of animal except man.  God created Adam and later created Eve as a “helper suitable for him” (Genesis 2:18-22).  It seems pretty clear that Adam was originally intended to be alone, and yet he was created with sex organs.  And every other animal was made in sets of 2 or more (otherwise, how would the first ones create another generation?).  This whole story seems suspiciously like a way to prove that men are superior to women in some way, which of course was the universal belief for at least the past 10,000 years.  Man was made first, so he must be God’s intention for the way humans should be.  Woman was an afterthought.

Evolution is a fact.  Whether you believe that all life on earth came from a single primordial soup (still theory) the effects of modern evolution are apparent.  We have new strains of disease like swine flu coming into existence all the time.  An entire group of flu cells mutated in a way that was beneficial to their survival.  That’s evolution, no matter what word you use to denigrate such a fact of biology (such as “adaption”).

Evolution explains why we have such diversity of organs and how they function.  It makes sense that we have a stomach, for instance.  We require calories to do tasks that keep us alive, and those calories have to be created in some way.  We take in food, and something has to convert that food to usable calories.  This seems beyond obvious, that all of our body parts are useful and make sense for us to have.  Some may call this a divine plan, that God was wise enough to know how to keep us alive and to build us in this manner – but the bible doesn’t even suggest this.

The bible does not say that we were built for survival – it says that we were made in God’s image.  We have hands because God has hands, feet because God has feet, and eyes because God has eyes.  Well, it makes sense that we would need all of these things, but why would God need them?  Why would He have feet with nothing to walk on, hands with nothing to hold, eyes with nothing to see?  It seems certain that He had a human form before He created a universe that would require any of it, right from the start (in Genesis 1:3, “God said”, implying speech and a language, before there was anyone to hear Him.  In verse 4 He “saw” his creation).  Why would God have a mouth?  Is it necessary for his survival?  Why would he have a penis if there were no wastes to excrete or anyone to have sex with?*

There is no logical reason for God to resemble man.  Not a single one of his organs is useful for anything, as an eternal spirit has no use for tools of survival.  And yet the bible makes reference to God having a body even before coming to earth in the form of Jesus, such as the story of his passing by Moses while Moses hid in the cleft of a rock (Exodus 33:22) or the story of God coming to find Adam and Eve in the garden (Genesis 3:8).

Allow me to suggest a more logical alternative – God was made in man’s image.  It’s easier to relate to a God who looks and acts like us, only in a more “holy” manner.  There are religions where the Gods only vaguely resemble humans (Hindu, for instance) but in the majority of cases God is just like man, only superior.  Inversely, snakes are impersonal and unlikable, ugly and scary. Can you suggest a more rational explanation for Satan’s appearance as a snake instead of his beautiful angel form?

-Supernova

*While some may find this raunchy, why do believers object so strongly to God being a “She” if not for strong resemblance to a male?  Have you even considered what could possibly make God “the Father” or “the Son” in the sense that we understand these words?  It seems to make sense that God would be referred to as “He” as a grammatical default, and the titles Father and Son are only honorary titles and not literal, unless God actually had sex with a woman who later bore his Son.

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I love statistics. They drive my poker playing, my reasoning, and my research. As Penn Gillete said "Luck is probability taken personally". There's no such thing as luck... but I wish you positive chance. View all posts by starcrashx

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