12 comments on “The Image of God and Death

  1. You mention two deaths, spiritual and physical, but what if the very term death really removes any distinction? What I mean is, what if death is actually relational in nature and not “biological” or “spiritual” except circumstantially? If it is, and I believe it is, then the “image” of God as part of us remains, even in death. In John 1, the Apostle writes, “He was the Light illuminating every man coming into the world.” Or possibly, “The Light illuminating every man was coming into the world.” Either way, Jesus is Light illuminating every man, regardless of whether they accept or reject Jesus. I believe this refers, obliquely, to His image in us. If death is relational, and biologically our earthly relationships are lost when our body stops, and spiritually, our relationship with our Creator is lost as long as our spirit is separated from Him, then what happens to the image that has been created in us in such states? While separate from our Creator, does His image draw us to “life more abundant”? If it’s not lost when we “die”, can it be part of what calls us back from death? I believe as long as we are separate from our Creator, His finger print (His image) remains as proof there is life we miss out on. Some have said the image of God is what is redeemed in salvation. As you can see, in a sense, I agree.

    • I would tend to agree Matt, although I wouldn’t be on board if that line of reasoning went all the way out to Universalism.

      I considered writing The Image of God and Spiritual Warfare (or maybe spiritual conflict) but I decided to hold off on that one for now, because I haven’t worked out how to present it at a high school level; this is right in the middle of that discussion, although I’m not saying that it MUST be in that discussion.

      • You’re absolutely right about the danger of universalism. So I figure dead people (with no relationship with God) still have His image which I believe includes Light, which I suspect they find annoying until the come to life.

        I’m looking forward to the spiritual warfare entries. That was a challenging topic for me to wrestle with in my own blog this week. I’m still not done wrestling offline yet.

  2. I think that death is the destruction of the image of God in man, because death not only deprives the body of physical-life, it also separates the animating-soul and spirit FROM the body. The resurrection will not only give the body new life, it will also reunite all the parts of our being permanently, thus restoring the image of God to the glory God intended in creation.

    Light is used as a metaphor for life. If someone is alive but unresponsive, we may say “The lights are on but nobody is home”. When a person dies, we may say “Their light has gone out”.

    • True. Light is also a metaphor for understanding and even truth. So is it possible for a person living a biological life without a relationship with their Creator to have Divine “Light” and the Divine Image, and still be “dead in their sins”? Maybe dead without Light, but the Image? Maybe dead without either, or perhaps dead with both?

      Okay strange ironic tangent…Is it weird for anyone else that zombies are so popular right now and lost people really are ” spiritual” zombies? Is there some way we can capitalize on that to bring people to Jesus?

    • True. Light can also be a metaphor for understanding and truth. So, can someone living biologically have both Divine Light and the Divine Image and yet be “dead in their sins”? Do they have only the Image? Or perhaps neither?

      On an odd tangent, does it seem odd to anyone else that zombies are popular and lost people really are ” spiritual” zombies? Can we somehow use this to bring people to Jesus?

  3. The spirit in man died at the fall, but the soul, mind, will and emotions live on. Christ raises our Spirits to life from the dead! Afterwards, we feel and know his Spirit communing with our spirits inside of our earthy temples.

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