Biblical Worldview: People Are Made In The Image Of God

The lens through which one views the world determines what he sees and how he responds. Lens composition is just as important as function; the same is true of the worldview we embrace. A Biblical worldview embodies the idea that its foundation effects its structure. Thus the purpose of this paper is to lay a foundation for the Biblical worldview, specifically expounding upon the Biblical belief that people are made in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-17) and relating this to the author’s vocation.

The cornerstone of the Biblical worldview is God Himself, therefore, it is important to have a proper knowledge of Him. Elmer Towns said, “The proper knowledge of God will give wholeness to our beliefs and ultimately to our lives… because proper belief
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That humanity by creation uniquely bears the image of God is a fundamental biblical doctrine—as is also that this image is sullied by sin and that it is restored by divine salvation. Being made in the likeness of God does not mean humanity is an exact copy of God, we possess intellect, emotions, will and moral awareness as God has. The imago Dei is not a physical likeness for God is spirit and does not have physical features. For man to better understand the nature of God anthropomorphisms have been given to Him by the writers of Scripture, but God is not limited to these. Also worth noting, mankind has been blemished by sin, thus another reason he does not possess an exact likeness, for there is no sin in God (2 Cor. 5:21). However, Jesus Christ came to restore humanity to its position of holiness before God.

Though mankind is mentally, emotionally and physically marred by sin and its effects, there is still hope because every person is made in the image of God. Those three words “made in the image of God” are not to be treated lightly. It is tempting to decry oneself in light of past sin, physical debilitation, economic condition or mental capacity. However, because we are made in the image of God we have worth (Ps. 8:3-8) and value (139:13-18) and the same is true for the rest of
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Equally, those who are called the scum of the earth, the unwanted, the outcast, the orphan, the widow, the homeless and the disabled are made in the image of God. In my vocation of overseas missions it is important to realize this equality. Simply because someone is different from oneself does not mean they are to be treated differently. Recognizing every person is made in the image of God means I should treat others with dignity and respect, especially in areas of the world where it is illegal to share the gospel and the outward proof of God’s love is important in unbelievers seeing authenticity. More importantly, my view of the world should be through a gospel lens. Ephesians 2:1-10 puts everyone on the same playing field, everyone is dead in their sin, but God in His mercy made a way for us to be made alive in Christ by grace through faith, so that His people could walk in the good works He has prepared for

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