God created man – in His own likeness?

 

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by Helene Walterskirchen

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Helene Walterskirchen

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Prologue:

God created man. He created them male and female. Did He create them in His [God’s] own likeness or only in „His image“?

If God created human beings in His own likeness, the question arises as to how human beings relate to God. Are they „children“ of God? Of a completely different matter and form than God, but nevertheless filled with His breath, His spirit and His light of life?

But if people are „children“ of God, they are obliged and devoted to their „Father“, they must be obedient to Him – just as „good“ children are by nature.

However, if people are hostile and disobedient to God, if they rise above the „Father“ and dispute his rank, as is the case today, then something must have happened that it could lead to this.

How could the good and obedient „children of God“ become beings who reject and deny God and are rebellious towards Him according to their motto „God is dead!“? How could they fall into such arrogance that they erase His [God’s] laws and create their own laws that evil is good and that there is no sin?

Could the one who already caused Adam and Eve to sin against God and be expelled from Paradise have continued, and is permanently continuing his pernicious work here? The one they call Lucifer, Satan or the Devil, or simply „the Serpent“?

Let us refer to a few works so that they can provide us with information.

In Genesis 1:26 (1st book of Moses) it says:

„And God said, Let us make man in our image, in our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.“

In the same book at verse 27 it states:

„So, God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.“

In the Bible, standard translation of the Holy Scriptures, complete edition, published by Verlag Katholisches Bibelwerk, Stuttgart, in 2018, it says word for word on p. 18, Gen 1.26:

„Then God said, Let us make man in our image, us similar.“

What do we find out? The Old Testament „Let us make man in our image, in our likeness …“ has been changed in the new Bible to „Let us make man in our image, us similar!

What else do we find? The „children“ of God became people who only have a resemblance to God – just as distant relatives have, for example. How is it possible that a sonship became a distant kinship? And not from outside, but from within the Church and the Church teachings?

Some may object: „It is insignificant whether someone is a child or just a distant relative!” But that is not the case. As a child, I behave differently towards my parents than, for example, towards a cousin with whom I am only distantly related. As a child of my parents, I have obligations to them, I have to follow and obey what they decide. I have no obligations towards a cousin and do not have to obey what he decides.

What happened: In the course of human history, something or someone has created a distant kinship relationship out of the child-parental position of humans and God, thus separating the children of God from their parents, i.e. from God, and creating an entirely different familial position according to the motto: „If you are not your Father’s child, you need neither obey him nor follow him nor care for him!“

This raises the following question: Who or what is interested in the child of God no longer seeing and feeling himself as a child of God and thus turning away and separating from God? As a consequence of this, persuades the separated child of God that it neither needs God nor is it obliged to him to do anything, rather that it is now „grown up“ or „emancipated“ and can play God itself, do what it wants and set up its own moral laws. Is the serpent at work here again, the master of arrogance, who projects his own arrogance into the split-off children of God and thus makes them his creatures who dance to his tune?

Cross your heart! How is your relationship with God? Do you feel like a child of God? And God as your father? To what extent is the split-off already present in you? Do you have to make an effort to somehow find the thread to your Father again? Or has it possibly been completely torn for a long time and God is only an abstraction for you without any meaning? Or is God possibly only a means to fulfil your wishes, e.g., for a new car, more money, etc.?

If you have lost your relationship with God, your Father, now is the time to re-establish a new relationship to Him and to draw closer to Him again, and thus, little by little, to return to where the children of man/ children of God once stood: in paradise, which God had created for them as a place to live. There, in the Garden of Eden, they were happy, did not age, knew no desires, no illness, no hardship, no worries. But the serpent envied them all that, and so fate took its course. …