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Made in the Image of God
« on: November 30, 2012, 06:22:35 PM »
I've read in Clark Carlton's book, The Life, that mankind is made in the image of God in three key ways; as a person he is free, unique, and relational.
My question is, if this is true, how are the heavenly hosts not made in the image of God? Are each one of them not free, unique, and relational?
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Re: Made in the Image of God
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2012, 06:26:31 PM »
I've read in Clark Carlton's book, The Life, that mankind is made in the image of God in three key ways; as a person he is free, unique, and relational.
My question is, if this is true, how are the heavenly hosts not made in the image of God? Are each one of them not free, unique, and relational?
Thanks!

Any particular reason you are assuming that the heavenly hosts are not also made in the image of God? Given, for example, that St. Michael's name literally means 'who is like God'.
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Re: Made in the Image of God
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2012, 06:34:13 PM »
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Given, for example, that St. Michael's name literally means 'who is like God'.

No it doesn't. It means "who is like God?" The question mark is crucial here.
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Re: Made in the Image of God
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2012, 06:48:29 PM »
I've read in Clark Carlton's book, The Life, that mankind is made in the image of God in three key ways; as a person he is free, unique, and relational.
My question is, if this is true, how are the heavenly hosts not made in the image of God? Are each one of them not free, unique, and relational?
Thanks!

Any particular reason you are assuming that the heavenly hosts are not also made in the image of God? Given, for example, that St. Michael's name literally means 'who is like God'.

Yes. I was always taught, before and within Orthodoxy, that mankind is unique among all of God's creation: we are made in the image and likeness of God.
Since I came into Orthodoxy I learned that mankind has a greater destiny than I first believed. Those who will be saved will become more honorable than the Cherubim and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim. How could this be the case if mankind and the "angels" were both made in the image of God?
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Re: Made in the Image of God
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2012, 07:07:11 PM »
I've read in Clark Carlton's book, The Life, that mankind is made in the image of God in three key ways; as a person he is free, unique, and relational.
My question is, if this is true, how are the heavenly hosts not made in the image of God? Are each one of them not free, unique, and relational?
Thanks!

Any particular reason you are assuming that the heavenly hosts are not also made in the image of God? Given, for example, that St. Michael's name literally means 'who is like God'.

Yes. I was always taught, before and within Orthodoxy, that mankind is unique among all of God's creation: we are made in the image and likeness of God.
Since I came into Orthodoxy I learned that mankind has a greater destiny than I first believed. Those who will be saved will become more honorable than the Cherubim and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim. How could this be the case if mankind and the "angels" were both made in the image of God?

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Re: Made in the Image of God
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2012, 07:31:39 PM »
I was told we were created according to the image of god and that image is Christ. If that is true we would be unique.
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Re: Made in the Image of God
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2012, 08:31:41 PM »
I've read in Clark Carlton's book, The Life, that mankind is made in the image of God in three key ways; as a person he is free, unique, and relational.
My question is, if this is true, how are the heavenly hosts not made in the image of God? Are each one of them not free, unique, and relational?
Thanks!

Any particular reason you are assuming that the heavenly hosts are not also made in the image of God? Given, for example, that St. Michael's name literally means 'who is like God'.

Yes. I was always taught, before and within Orthodoxy, that mankind is unique among all of God's creation: we are made in the image and likeness of God.
Since I came into Orthodoxy I learned that mankind has a greater destiny than I first believed. Those who will be saved will become more honorable than the Cherubim and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim. How could this be the case if mankind and the "angels" were both made in the image of God?

Angels are not made in the image of God.

"He is Himself the Maker and Creator of the angels: for He brought them out of nothing into being and created them after His own image," - St. John of Damascus, an Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith.

It was always my understanding that it was the 'likeness' part of 'image and likeness' which was unique to the creation of Man.
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Re: Made in the Image of God
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2012, 02:24:32 AM »
The image of God is to be understood in spiritual terms, not in physical terms. God is spirit. Man also has a spiritual component, and angels are only spirit (though, angels are not all-powerful spirits as God is). The image of God means that one has the same potential as God, that one is truly a son of God; of course, each according to his measure. The characteristics of this image are that one is a person, as God is Personal, and all the characteristics of a person: that one has free-will, rationality, responsibility, love, humility, etc.

Angels are most definitely made in the image of God. To say otherwise would place them in a category similar to animals. What angels do not have is bodies; thus, they are different than humans, but not that different as to not be real persons with real will-power.

The likeness of God has to do with how much creatures resemble God. Both man and angels are supposed to become like God through the process of theosis, which is infinite. So, the image of God is given by Him, but the likeness also depends upon the will of the creature, in addition to God's Grace that helps us become more and more like Him.
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