“And God said, Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness… So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him…”
Thinking, I wondered what that meant. What did it really mean, I was made in the ‘image and likeness of God. I’m sure I don’t look like Him. So could there be a meaning that would make more sense….to me?
Since I do not necessarily believe all that the world teaches us, that is why I do my own investigation into meanings for words. Then I choose the meanings that make sense to me. So here goes.
If I am the ‘image and likeness,’ what does that mean to me? First I need to know what what the word ‘image’ and ‘likeness’ means.
So I will Using my dictionary, I find the the word ‘image’ has many meanings. Image means, ‘artificial representation that looks like a person. ’ Well, that’s interesting.
Artificial is a ‘copy,’ What are we a ’copy’ of? A ‘copy’ means the ‘image in our mind. Is that what we really are, copies of the ‘images in our mind?
Artificial means, ‘deception‘ and deception is an, ‘optical illusion.’ Are we only ‘optical illusions? Are we as a person, nothing more than an ‘optical illusion?
Okay…that was weird. Let’s keep going and see what else we can find.
Next is ‘representations.’ So if we are ‘representations,’ what are we a representation of? A ‘representation’ is, ‘ an IMAGE, brought clearly to mind.’
Image is, ‘mental‘ and ‘mental‘ means, ‘occurring only in the mind.’Are we an ‘image occurring only in our minds?’Could you or I, as an ‘image’ be nothing more than a copy of our thoughts… brought clearly to our mind?
Image is a, ’mental representation.’ Mental, ‘ existing in the mind only.‘ Is that where we exist? In our minds? Well if you think about it….YES, that is where we exist. If we didn’t have our mind, our thoughts, we would not exist.
Image is an ‘idea.’ An ‘idea’ is a ‘thought.’ Is that what we really are? A ‘thought? It sure appears that way...if we are the ‘image.’
Image is an, ‘idea‘ and an ‘idea’ is a ‘conception existing in the mind.’ And a ‘conception’ means the ‘origin or beginning.’ THE ORIGIN OF BEING? The Bible tell us we are ‘images.’
Lets now the word’ likeness.’ Likeness means a ‘semblance’ and a ‘semblance’ is an, ‘unreal appearance.’Think about that… are you only an unreal appearance?
Semblance is also an, ‘outward appearance, without any inner substance or reality.’ Okay, without substance or reality….what are we? Nothing but an ‘image’ in our mind?
Likeness is an ‘assumed appearance.’ Appearance means, ‘coming into view.’ And appearance’ means an, ‘outward show.’ That tells that we are really the ‘outward showing’ of our thoughts. Yeah, I know…but why not????
Okay...about those meanings, this is what it seems to be saying…As Gods image, we as the appearance are just an ‘artificial representation that only looks like a person? But in reality we are Gods Thoughts.
We are Gods thoughts coming into view. We can only exist as part of Gods thinking. Maybe that’s what Jesus meant when he said, ‘I and my Father/God are one.’ That would make sense if we are Gods thoughts. And we only THINK we are real.
Did Jesus know this when he said, ‘All that the Father/ God has, you have.’ If we do exist as Gods thoughts, then yes, we would have all that is in Gods thinking. Makes sense to me.
‘In the beginning God made us in his Image and his Likeness and if so, then we began and are existing as images, thoughts, in Gods mind.
Very weird, I know. And I’m going to have to give this a lot more thought.
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