What is the image of God? (Creation Magazine LIVE! 7-09)

What is the image of God? (Creation Magazine LIVE! 7-09)

The Bible says that God made the first man
and woman ‘in His own image’. What does that mean? And why is it important? What is the image of God? That’s our topic this week on Creation Magazine LIVE! Welcome to Creation Magazine LIVE! My name is Richard Fangrad. and I’m Matt Bondy. Now, this week on Creation Magazine LIVE our
topic is, what is this ‘image of God’? What is it that God gave to humans, but not
to any other creature? Man in the image of God; have you ever thought
about what that means? Well it can’t refer to a bodily/biological
form since God is a Spirit and man is earthly. But it’s not quite that simple, right? We would like to somehow see man’s body
(which is a very real part of man) included in the “image of God”. Language and creativity two important parts of the
image are impossible without a body. We speak with our mouths or write with our
hands, and any kind of creativity; painting, music, sculpture and inventing, building things,
this involves our bodies, so our bodies must somehow be a part of the image. Yeah, that’s right. And God the Almighty agreed to share with
man dominion and authority over the animal kingdom. Let’s throw that into the mix. And that’s in Genesis 1:28. We read there, “And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply
and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over
the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'” That activity involves a body as well as mind. And not only that, the Son of God honoured
the human body by becoming flesh and dwelling among us as is recorded in John 1:14. And it says, “And the Word became flesh and
dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.” So, back to the original question here, what
is the image of God? Well, let’s start by reviewing the creation
account, the creation of man. The occasion is the sixth day of Creation
Week, and after God had prepared the earth for us to live, after He had created all the fish and birds,
and the other animals, and so on. These were all created by divine fiat, which
means that God commanded (or willed) each event to happen and it was done. But, in the case of the creation of man, of
humans, there’s a difference. The inspired record reveals: “And God said,
Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…. So God created man in His own image, in the
image of God created He him; male and female created He them”. Now, in this intriguing verse God seems to
be talking to someone. Calvin, the great Geneva theologian, said,
“This is the language of one apparently deliberating… he enters into consultation.” Many other commentators refer to this as ‘a council’. But if this is so, with whom is God consulting?
And why? Does the Bible give us any hint? Well, we can be sure that it does. Since God is all-knowing He doesn’t
need counsellors, right? The consultation must have taken place within
the Godhead, between God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. By the way, Jesus is the Creator, you know that, right? His existence didn’t begin when He became
human about 2000 years ago. Hebrews 1:2 tells us “but in these last days
he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also
he created the world.” So, when God made the universe, He did so
by His Son, the Son of God, Jesus is the Creator. Now, of course, God could easily have commanded
the creation of man by His own Word, that’s what He did in the case of the animals and
plants, but He chose not to. Man isn’t a close cousin of animals, or a
distant relative of primitive plant life, and man didn’t evolve from slime either. He is someone great, wonderful and different,
the pinnacle of all God’s works, and a special expression of the divine nature, created by
God’s own personal activity. God introduces him with the honour of an intimate
deliberation on the part of the Godhead. And so, right at the beginning, there’s something
different about the creation of humans than anything else in creation. And we’ll add more details to that when we come back. According to Skeptics, one of the characteristics
of a pseudo-scientific theory is that it contradicts a known scientific law. For instance, in biology, we have the law
of biogenesis, which states that life only comes from life. Ironically, though, many self-professed Skeptics
ignore this scientific law when it comes to the origin of life. According to evolutionary theory, all life
on earth can be traced back to a single-celled organism, which itself arose from non-living chemicals. But this is a clear contradiction of the law
of biogenesis. And not surprisingly, so far, scientists have
been unable to validate this belief. Even Francis Crick, who won the Nobel Prize
for co-discovering the structure of DNA admitted, ‘An honest man, armed with all the knowledge
available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears
at the moment to be almost a miracle.’ Well, maybe it was a miracle. To find out more from Creation Ministries
International, visit our website If you’ve just tuned in, this week we are
talking about the image of God in humans. What is the image of God? When God created man in His own image, He
did it in such a way that mankind (both man and woman) would resemble God in certain ways. We can make 4 points about what the image
of God entails. Alright, the first one is that, It is not
a physical likeness, but…, as we just discussed, although God is spirit and doesn’t have a
body like we do, like man does, when He appeared visibly to people, according to the Old Testament
record, He often did so in the form of a human body, like in, for example, Genesis 18 where
He appeared to Abraham, and in Genesis 32 where he appears Jacob. Also, the human body was the form in which
the Son of God would be incarnated, or ‘made in the likeness of men’ as it’s described
in Philippians 2:7. So, God made man in that bodily form that
He Himself would one day assume. OK, second point. The first point is that it’s not a physical
likeness but there are some discussion points worth considering there. The second thing we can say about what the
image of God is, is that it is a mental likeness. You see, God endowed man with a mind capable
of hearing and understanding God’s communication with him, emotions capable of responding to
God in love and devotion, and a will enabling him to choose whether or not to obey God. Man was thus equipped, not only to ‘love
God and obey Him for ever’, but also to do God’s work on earth; to govern the creation
in co-operation with his Creator. That’s right, yes. Now, that’s seen in God’s command to Adam
and Eve that they exercise dominion over the earth and its animals. We just read that text a few minutes ago;
that’s in Genesis 1:28. So, the dominion mandate is to take care of
the earth, using its resources wisely. In order to do that mankind needs to investigate
how the world works. And that’s what science is all about. Now, part of this dominion mandate, after
the Fall, is to grow food. The breeding of animals and plants, for example,
to produce more food and fibre has long been recognized as part of our dominion. Yeah, right, and even before the Fall it’s
seen in Adam’s task of cultivating the garden (that was before the Fall in Genesis 2:15),
and in that statement, Adam gave names to a portion of the animals on the earth, not
all of the animals but a portion of the animals most of the animals, anyway (Genesis 2:19-20). Now, man’s intellectual gifts can be seen
in his ability to design things and then make them, to appreciate beauty, to compose music,
to paint pictures, to write, to count to large numbers and do mathematics, to control and
use energy for his own benefit, fire, electricity, nuclear power, for example, to organize, to
reason, to make decisions, to be self-conscious, to think abstractly, and to laugh at himself. Yeah, there’s a lot there. All this behaviour is non-instinctive, and
different from animal behaviour. And because of that it’s unlimited in variety. Yes. Great variety there. OK, so there’s 2 points so far regarding what the
image of God might include or not include. Point 1, it’s not a physical likeness (but
we’ve already said there’re some talking points there), number 2 it is a mental likeness. The third point we can make is that it is
a moral likeness. Ok. So, what that means is that only mankind,
of all God’s creatures, has a spirit or God-consciousness that has the capacity for
knowing God and holding spiritual closeness with Him through prayer, praise, and worship. And since the Fall (in Genesis chapter 3),
man has had an inborn moral awareness of good and evil, or conscience, which he perceives in his spirit. Right, yes. And think about this: man was originally made
not only innocent, in other words without sin, but also holy. Otherwise Adam could not have had a close
relationship with a perfectly Holy God he had to be perfectly holy, as we need to be
perfectly holy, and that’s confirmed by Genesis 1:31 where God says that He made everything,
including people, very good, Genesis 1:31. And that wouldn’t have been the case, obviously,
if man had been morally imperfect. Then it would not have been very good. People would not have been able to have that
closeness in relationship that was part of the original plan before sin. Right. Ok, so there’s still one more point that we’re
going to cover, and we’ll get right back to that after this short break. The reason that The Creation Answers Book
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parameters of the image of God. That ‘image of God’ that He put into Adam
and Eve. What is the image of God? Now, we’ve covered 3 points already, let’s have a look: Point 1, it’s not a physical likeness, and
we discussed some challenges that need to be considered there. Point 2 it is a mental likeness. Point 3 it is a moral likeness. And here’s Point 4 is: it’s a social likeness. But, that doesn’t mean that God’s on Facebook, right? No, no! OK. It’s actually incomparably greater than Facebook. God’s social nature and His love is seen
in the doctrine of the Trinity, that we mentioned a few minutes ago. God who is love created man with a social
nature and a need for love. The statement in Genesis 3:8 that “they heard
the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day” suggests that Adam
and Eve enjoyed fellowship with God, maybe on a daily basis. Right. God also provided for human fellowship and
love in a very special and intimate way. Before He created Eve, He said, “It is not
good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”, that’s in Genesis 2:18. And He made Eve out of a bone taken from Adam,
a fact that Jesus used in His debate with the Pharisees to uphold the sanctity of marriage
between a man and a woman, the intimacy of love within that marriage relationship. So there are 4 points to consider if you’ve
ever wondered what the ‘image of God’ is. And there are more things to think about as
well, relating to these points, one of the things we could highlight is the differences
between animals and people. We can think of man as placed halfway between
God and animals. Physiologically and anatomically man is like
an animal. He even shares the genetic code with animals. We do, yes. Now, evolutionists have a very different view
on the differences or similarities between humans and animals. To them we’re ‘human primates’ and much of
our behaviour is controlled by Pavlovian conditioned reflexes, that type of thing. But back in the real world, the Genesis account
recognizes important similarities and differences between man and the animals. So, let’s look at some similarities first. Regarding man, we read that “God formed
man of the dust of the ground” in Genesis 2:7. In the same way the Bible records, “Now
the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field” (that’s in Genesis 2:19). So, there are similarities. OK, even in the account there, yeah. Another important similarity should be noted
where animals are described as ‘living creatures’ in Genesis 1:20, and man as a ‘living being
or soul’ in Genesis 2:7, the Hebrew word ‘nephesh’ is used for both. The word conveys a sense of a ‘breathing
creature’, something like that. It’s used throughout the Old Testament to also convey a sense of ’emotions’ or ‘feelings’ or ‘consciousness’. Animals (in the everyday sense of the word)
and humans both possess this quality, this nephesh quality of life. Now, at the time of the flood we are told
that, “Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died”. OK, and that’s all ‘nephesh’ life there. Now, later, it is explained that this ‘life’
(this nephesh quality) is in the blood the life is in the blood in Genesis 9:4. So this breathed-in life (this nephesh quality)
is not the essential factor that distinguishes man from animals, since some animals are also
called ‘nephesh’ they share this quality of life. On the other hand, plants aren’t called
‘nephesh’ they don’t have blood, which is linked to this ‘nephesh’ life. They are different than animals. That’s evident in the account of Cain and
Abel, for example, where Cain’s sacrifice of plants wasn’t acceptable to God because
there was no blood unlike Abel’s sacrifice of animals from his flock. Hebrews 9:22 says this, famous verse, ‘Without the
shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin.’ So you have that, animals have blood and humans
have blood, so there is a similarity anyway. Yes. And this helps us understand the Gospel and how
sins are forgiven through the shedding of blood, It does, yes. but also the sacrificial system before Christ. You see, all people have sinned, from the most kind,
generous, and loving person to the most evil. All of us have failed to be as good as God is. Now, sin cannot dwell in the presence of a
holy God, so the only way to be in Heaven is to be sinless. So, before Christ, God made a provision that
animals could substitute for people. People didn’t need to shed their own blood
to pay for their sins, an animal’s blood could be shed on their behalf as a payment
for their sins because of the similarities between people and animals. Right, yes. But… because of the differences between
people and animals, animals don’t actually take away sins because they are not a perfect
substitute, they’re not human. The first few verses of Hebrews 10 puts it
this way, ‘For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the
true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually
offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. But in these sacrifices, there is a reminder
of sins every year. [And here’s the key sentence] For it is
impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.” And, again, that’s because animals are different
than humans. Contrary to what evolution says, we did not evolve
from animals, we were made in the image of God. Jesus is the perfect substitute since he was
fully human and in the lineage of Adam, as all other humans are. He is our likeness, our kinsman-redeemer and He
actually paid the price for sin for all believers for all time, both those living long ago in the
Old Testament times and for us today. That’s right.
That’s the Good News! And you can become a Christian by recognizing
that truth, that’s the first step, that Jesus paid the price for your sins. It begins with that recognition, and then
involves repentance, or a turning away from sin, and a turning toward Christ, making Christ,
not you, the Lord of your life. And that involves understanding and applying
those Biblical truths to your life. With Christ now living in you enabling you
to do that, you will progressively overcome more areas of sin in your life. That’s called sanctification, progressive sanctification. If that characterizes your life, you’re
a Christian, and if it doesn’t you’re not. Yeah, exactly. And we hope that everyone watching this show
makes Christ Lord of their lives. We recognize that there are hinderances, stumbling
blocks that people have to becoming Christians. One of the big ones is that many people just
don’t trust the Bible. Yes, that’s true. But we’ve seem so many people come to realize
that the Bible can be trusted! Yes! That’s what Creation Ministries does. We help to remove stumbling blocks that prevent
people from trusting the Scripture, and once that’s done, we see people coming to Christ! Here’s just one recent example: this person says, ‘Hi! I’d just like to thank CMI for all your articles,
on astronomy, evolution, history and the validity of the Bible. One of my strongest arguments against God’s
existence was secular science, and I thought it [was] without flaw. I held such arrogance toward creationists
and Christians in general (especially Christian scientists), but all your articles helped
me in my journey to find the truth regarding God and the formation (creation!) of the universe. I would never have come to Christ if it were
not for the work of the scientists at CMI… You’ve been a huge part of my journey to Jesus,
and I’d like to thank you for that! Em, M. Here’s someone who was a skeptic but then
open-mindedly investigated the truth of the claims of Scripture by looking at articles,
on our website for example, Creation magazine, whatever it might be, looking at the articles
that explain and support what the Bible says and eventually came to see that the Bible
really is the Word of God, and then went on to make Jesus Christ the Lord of their life! That’s what it’s all about! Yeah, amazing! It’s so encouraging to us to get reports
like this one, where people have been impacted, through the ministry of CMI, by God. Ok, so now we’re going to take a break and
then when we come back, we’ll continue talking about the differences between animals and
man as we contemplate, what is the image of God that was given to people, but not to animals. In nature documentaries and science text books,
one often hears about creatures that arrived at their body plan very early in evolutionary
history and have not made any real changes since that time, supposedly millions of years ago. These are called ‘living fossils’ like
the coelacanth and the Wollemi pine. This phenomenon is known as stasis, things
staying pretty much the same. And it turns out that pretty much every animal
in the entire fossil record appears suddenly and shows this same history of stasis. This was not predicted by evolution! A more recent and radical theory called “Punctuated
Equilibrium” recognises stasis in the fossil record, but requires belief in rapid massive leaps in
evolution an unsubstantiated ‘just-so’ story. However, the physical evidence sudden appearance
and stasis in the fossil record fits remarkably well with the biblical account of a recent
creation followed by a devastating global flood, just as the bible describes in Genesis. To find out more from Creation Ministries
International, visit our website Welcome back, this week we’re talking about
what the image of God is all about. What is it that humans were given that animals
weren’t, that’s like God? So, we’ve mentioned some of the similarities
between humans and animals, let’s continue talking about some of the very significant
differences, or those things and attributes of God that are only shared with man. Right, yeah. And we’re going to add some details to the
list of the 4 points that we already mentioned. So, what are these special Godlike qualities
which man is permitted to share? We can mention five: language, creativity,
holiness, immortality and freedom. Now, that list isn’t exhaustive, of course,
you’ll probably be able to add to it. But this can be summed up by saying that man,
like God, has an intelligence, a mind. Intelligence, yes. Let’s begin with language. According to the evolutionist Arthur Koestler,
‘The emergence of symbolic language, first spoken, then written, represents the sharpest
break between animal and man. Now, while it’s true that birds can sing,
dolphins can communicate, a bee finding a succulent honey flower can tell its fellow
bees back at the hive the whereabouts of that flower by performing what’s called a ‘waggle-dance’,
(it’s communication) but, despite large sums of research money, no animal has raised
communication above the concrete, here-and-now situation to penetrate the realm of the abstract. That hasn’t been done. Even primates given all possible opportunities
for developing speech, fail to develop true oral speech. Only man communicates by speaking and writing. According to Dennis Fry in his book, Homo
Loquens, Man the Talking Animal, “The acquisition of language is the most brilliant achievement
of the human brain”. To form a word, an infant has to coordinate
breathing with delicate movements of the palate and tongue. Movement by a fraction of a millimetre gives
a different sound. In order to communicate he has to amass information
concerning vocabulary, syntax, the phonetic system, grammar, rhythm patterns and intonation, etc. So, there’s #1 language. 2. Creativity. God is creator, the great planner of the universe. God has given men and women the ability to
procreate new beings in his image (that’s kind of cool), in addition, we have a deep
desire to be creative and to find fulfillment in that, and many people do. For example, an industrialist writes, “There
is more stability among garage mechanics, to whom every repair job is different, who
meets the customer, who sees the job through, who has the satisfaction of putting the car
on the road again, than there is in the motor production line where the whole job has been
deskilled and where the machine, in the form of the line, dominates the man who does nothing
but turn a nut with a spanner every hour of every day of every week of every year.” Animals aren’t creative. They endlessly reproduce the same design. A particular spider constructs a web of constant pattern. The song of a bird is species specific, or
it mimics that of another bird or human. There’s no originality or creativity there. Right, some cool designs they make, but no
creativity. 3. Holiness there’s the next one. Before the Fall, unsinning, holy Adam and Eve
walked in the garden and communed with God. After the Fall man’s desires for beauty
and holiness are distorted. But a Christian, striving to be more like
Christ, can regain some of that holiness that was lost at the fall, as we read in Ephesians 4,
for example, ‘put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life
and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God [there talking about the
image of God] in true righteousness and holiness. Animals have no desire to be holy. OK, the next one is immortality. God is immortal. He has always existed and He will always exist. We did a show a few weeks ago titled, Who
Created God? Now, that delves into the question more deeply. All humans will exist forever in 1 of 2 places,
either Heaven or Hell. The bodies that we now have will die, no question
about that! But, the Bible says that God will give us
new bodies that will never die. Animals, on the other hand, are not immortal. So, there’s another difference between animals
and humans and another way that we alone are similar to God. Right. Freedom there’s the next one. God is sovereign and has ultimate unhindered
freedom to act within his character. Yes, Adam was created only a little lower than God,
as Psalm 8:5 says, as a free spiritual being. Now, after the Fall that freedom was altered,
we now have a sin nature that is part of the character of every person. And, in the same way that God acts within
His characteristics, we act within ours, which includes that sin nature. That’s right, yes. Or, thinking about freedom within a sin nature,
we are free to dishonour and rebel against God in the manner that we choose, and we see
great variety of that both in the world around us, we see all kinds of people rebelling against
God in very creative ways, and when the Holy Spirit reveals to us and convicts us of our
own shortcomings, we see that as well. We can see great creativity in our freedom
to act within our sin nature. That’s kind of a negative way of thinking about it. Yeah unfortunately. But that’s why we need Christ to be dwelling in us; Absolutely! …to get us out of this mess! So, we’ve just quickly covered five attributes
that will help us understand the ‘image of God’ that is in us. Language, creativity, holiness, immortality and freedom. And, as we said there are more, but these
should be sufficient to make the point that humans are not just the same as animals. Right. We’re not just animals and, here’s a discussion
for another time, the implications of that truth are huge. For example, it makes no sense to justify
sinful aspects of human behaviour because it’s seen in the animal kingdom. Another implication and this is the most
important one life has purpose and meaning. Humans have intrinsic value because of that
‘image of God’ that we we’re created in. Yeah. At CMI we proclaim the truth about biblical
creation and show how the latest science confirms what the biblical text says. And that includes the good news about the
perfectly holy Creator God, what He did so that we can be made perfectly holy. We encourage you to consider a subscription
to creation magazine to get more of the kind of information that we discuss on this show
each week. Alright. And we’ll see you next week.

Comments (19)

  1. one of the best creationist channels

  2. if we have dominion over living things why do they still attack us sometimes?

  3. Trinity? Body, Spirit, Soul?

  4. Thanks for always putting out helpful content. Just a quick comment, though. In your description of the video, you stated '…and other animals don't.' This might be misconstrued by some to mean humans are also animals. Perhaps it can be restated as: 'What is it that humans have that God has and animals don't?' Just a suggestion.

  5. If you say only humans are immortal, how would you explain the fact that the animals were also immortal (couldn't die) before the Fall? I'm genuinely intrigued.

    On another note, love the show! It is truly very good!

    Greetings in Christ.

  6. The problem with Cain was not so much that he brought forth plants, but the quality of the plants.
    Abel brought the best, but Cain brought "some".

  7. I'm a young earth creationist but don't agree with this video. The only qualitative difference between man and other animals is worship. Man is a trinity, as Scripture says, the word can divide between the mind and spirit of man, implying a difference. Animals have mind, some animals are more intelligent than mentally retarded humans, but no animal worships because no animal has a spirit. Angels have mind and spirit but no actual physical body, though they can manifest one.Man is a three part being, just as God. This is why we are uniquely the image of God. All the qualities they mention are possessed by animals and/or angels, but only man is a mini trinity. This analysis is in error because on this the Reformers were in error. It is however a minor matter.

  8. Thank you…in this harsh world, the only thing I cling on…

  9. Great video guys! I just want to add that the image of God starts in the Spirit. God is Spirit. God gave us a spirit too. So while God is three in one, Father, Word, Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7 in the KJV or GENEVA) so is mankind three-in-one… spirit, soul, and body. (1 Thes 5:23). All three aspects of man are described in that verse 1 Thes. 5:23 with three distinct Greek words…. pneuma, psyche, and soma. Thanks again! God bless.

  10. What happened to the other guy who was always on here?

  11. All those lists you made makes a compelling case to distinguish us from animals, but it becomes dubious when comparing us to heavenly beings. Angels, cherubs and seraphim all display these capabilities like intelligence, complex speech, emotions, consciousness, and even religious worship. Yet they aren't made in God's Image.

    My theory is the most essential, unifying factor that characterizes God's Image is love. Not just storge, eros, agape; all four loves intertwinned in our being. And this element unifies all other aspects which make us more God like, because God is love and He too has all those aspects that unify all other elements. Angels lack this element of love as far as I'm concerned

  12. Usually I like your videos. This one encouraged me to look at something metaphorically, instead of literally. "Image" means "image". It is outrageous that you said one "image" we have is morality. What about our sinfulness? Did you Bibles suddenly lose the phrase, "…none are righteous, not one…"? You said that God doesn't have an image because He is spirit. People in the Bible talked to spirits or saw spirits. What did they see if spirits have no image?

  13. Thanks for presenting meaningful subjects… "Upon the inmost reality of each and every created thing He hath shed the light of one of His names, and made it a recipient of the glory of one of His attributes. Upon the reality of man, however, He hath focused the radiance of all of His names and attributes." ~ Baha'i Faith

  14. There is no image and likeness of God. The Hebrew God Yahweh is supposed to be INVISIBLE and UNKNOWABLE.
    All you get is a word salad when you try to explain it.
    Man creates gods in his own image. All 40,000 of them.

  15. 3:30 into the video is where you go seriously wrong.
    In Genesis God was speaking to the beings he created in heaven, not to any fictional philosophical man made trinity. Jesus did not create anything in the beginning. Jesus did not exist until he was begotten in the womb of Mary by YHWH. Begotten and born means Jesus has a beginning.
    YHWH foretold that He would raise up a Messiah from among the people of Israel and put His words into the Messiah and command him all that he should speak. Deuteronomy 18:18.
    Hebrews 1:1-2 says God spoke through his prophets in the past, but in these last days speaks to us through His Son. Clearly Jesus was not around in the past (prior to his birth) so Jesus had nothing to do with creation itself.
    The Book of Job confirms there was no mediator in heaven during his time, and that God was ruling alone.
    Jesus said he could not do anything on his own. John 5:19
    Jesus spoke his Father's words, not his own. John 14:24; John 12:49-50
    Jesus said his teaching was not his own. John 7:15-18
    Jesus said his Father is greater. John 14:28.
    Jesus called his Father our Father, and his God our God. John 17:20
    Jesus tells us to believe in the one true God as well as in him. John 17:3
    John gives his reason for writing his Gospel as follows:
    "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Messiah, THE SON OF GOD; and that believing ye might have life through his name." John 20:31.
    Matthew's Gospel confirms who Jesus is in Matthew 16:15-17 when Peter answer's Jesus: You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God. Jesus responds by telling Peter that flesh and blood did not reveal this to him.

    You better get this right folks, because Jesus said you would die in your sins if you do not believe he is the Messiah and Son of God.
    "That is why I said to you that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am the one. (the Son of God, the messiah) , you will die in your sins, you will indeed die in your sins."
    John 8:24
    "Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God." John 4:15

    "Who is the liar but he that denies Yahshua is the Messiah? He is antichrist, that denies the Father (YHWH) and the Son (Yahshua Messiah)." 1 John 2:22

    "And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Yashua the Messiah, and to love one another as he commanded us." 1 John 3:23

    "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Messiah is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
    1 John 5:1
    "Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Yahshua is the Son of God."
    1 John 5:5

    In the beginning was the logos (divine plan: will, and purpose).
    The logos was with YHWH because it's YHWH's possession and attribute, not a person.
    and what God was, the logos was (DIVINE).

    The "Logos" of John 1:1-5 is not Jesus. You cannot put the begotten and born Jesus from John 1:14 into the text of John 1:1-5 without destroying the context because God is not a begotten being.

    Nothing in the context of the Genesis creation account or John 1:1-5 speaks of Jesus creating anything. You have accepted a lie that has been imposed upon the scriptures by Hellenistic, Greek, Babylonian, and pagan philosophers of the first three centuries.

    The trinity is heresy. Jesus is the human Messiah and Son of God, not a preexistent incarnated Son of God…..the Bible speaks of no such being or incarnation.

    The trinity is Satan's way of getting people to violate the first and greatest commandment by worshiping Jesus as God, rather than worshiping Jesus as the Son of God who lives to glorify his Father and our Father.

  16. 25:36 . I thought eternal life is what Jesus came to give those who trust in Him? And if God is love. Will God truly want to torture those who chose not to be with him for eternity? If that's the God of the Bible then i dont want to be with or know that God. But Luckily God has raised people to show the true light that is in the Bible.

    Hell is not forever. Those who trust in God will have eternal life.

    And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

    1 John 5:11 | NIV

    Love your channel but wish you can research annihilation.

    The Devil will be destroyed – Ezekiel 28 : 12-19
    At the last days the wicked will be destroyed – Psalm 37 : 35-38 even the whole Psalm 37 declares they will be destroyed.

    Now this linked with the book of Revelation in the Bible and John 3 : 16, show that the wicked will be no more.

    Revelation 21 : 8 NET
    but to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death."

  17. 8:47 but apes are laughing too? But why ? 😄

  18. Made in the image of God means the 3 parts of man. Plants have bodies, animals have a body and soul. Man has a body, soul and spirit.

  19. CMIcreationstation please help me to understand – I am a new born christian, former hindu. From my understanding of the bible, God created the angels first, and Lucifer is described as most beautiful. BEAUTIFUL!? Are angels NOT spirit? When they appeared to man they appear in human form TOO. I assume that God and angels as spirits "see" each other. Michael the Arc angel fought against Satan (In a serpent/dragon form) and cast him out of heaven, then Michael must have transformed himself to something bigger and more powerful – one step ahead of Satan, since Satan was created as "most powerful " above God´s creation!?
    I thought that the image of God meant – an intelligence source for planning (like brain, if you are braindead then you are likely dead and the breath of life is the spirit (to be alive) which returns to God again at death) (animals have brains but cannot plan), THIS PART I LIKEN TO THE FATHER, then we have a body as an instrument to carry out the planning, THIS PART I LIKEN TO THE SON, and the soul, mind or heart that decides whether the planning should be carried out or not (deciding between evil or good as free choice with good or bad consequences for eternity) THIS I LIKEN TO THE HOLY SPIRIT – our GUIDANCE. what do you say?

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