Thanks for the kind words sir. I think for now, I’ll keep to flying the friendly skies. Unless or until God calls me into the teaching field as I am not a great speaker, but am slightly better with typing and editing as a much slower process. Though I am aware that Moses wasn’t the most confident speaker either before being called by God, so I don’t rule out anything with God.
Feel free to always plagiarize anything I say. I don’t need or deserve any credit, give God the glory if He was able to speak to you through my words. Any thought (that is worth anything) that I have comes from God.
Your “original gift” idea is he first time I have heard that idea and that interested me, but I didn’t quite adopt it yet (I don’t even think I believe in evolution at the time). But it wasn’t until hearing from many lectures from N.T Wright explaining the scriptures so well that this idea and evolution made such overwhelming sense with so many other biblical passages and things I struggled to explain or understand.
Even using this logic doesn’t rule out evolution.
If a human son is in the physical image of a human father…at what age does he Son take up this image? Surely Seth was not poofed as an adult in the physical likeness of Adam? What about as a fetus? Or a 3year old? What about as a zygote? With no arms or legs…Seth was still in the image of Adam right?
So could not a single cell billion years ago that eventually became a human or a monkey that will become a human still fit humans being physically in His likeness?
Of course that cell didn’t “turn” into a human nor did a money. Rather it was an earlier stage of the human species developmental process, brought about through evolution, like a zygote is an earlier stage of the birthing process brought about through gestation.
Both have a process with an end state, like a painting or a snowman that has an intermediary step that resembles very little of the final product, but had the final product in mind before the first step began.
I am not sure if biologos aligns with this theory or not or if they think Homo sapiens just had the mental capacity ideal, so God bestowed image bearing status to them, but evolution was random and did not have an end state in mind.
I am not sure which I believe yet, nor am I convinced that we share God’s physical form or not. As being made in His spiritual image is also a logical interpretation supported by many verses as well.
I’m just presenting how evolution can be in line with the beliefs of a being created in His physical image too.
Though if we have a the same physical form as God, how would you explain Col 1:15? “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation?”
Or Heb 1:3”The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. ”
Why have a form if your form if invisible? And Jesus existed before humans. Jesus was the image of God. We saw Jesus’ perfect spirit, and the perfect image bearer. We also saw Jesus took the physical form of human. But who is to say that Jesus wouldn’t have taken a different physical form if we were different?
I lean more towards image being spiritual, but I’m not adamant on either side.
But an analogy I like to use, is that God is light, and Jesus is a prism, that allows us to see all the facets of God’s glory. Like Heb 1:3 speaks of.
The significance of if we look like His physical form (which might be true), that is pale in comparison to our spirits being in His image. A paraplegic (born without limbs) is fully spiritually capable of still being in His image I think.