Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” [Genesis 1:26 NIV]
Remember the last time that you went to the fair or carnival? Did you spend time looking into the distortion mirrors? “Children” of all ages love these mirrors. We laugh as our faces distort and our bodies stretch out of proportion. And deep down inside we are glad that the images are not real. And yet, in a way that is what has taken place. We are distorted image-bearers. We live in a world of carnival mirrors. Our sin has distorted the image of God within us, and we now live in the midst of others who bear this distorted image.
God tells us that He himself created man in His image, and after His likeness. We are the only part of creation that has this stamp on us. Animals, birds, livestock, and all the creatures that crawl upon the ground are not made in His image. Not trees, mountains, stars, or oceans were made after His likeness.
Adam and Eve lived in a world without sin. This was the only time humanity accurately reflected the beauty of God. God created us in His image to display His glory through our lives. Before you rush on thinking this is bad science, consider the implications to this truth. That makes us accountable to Him. And since He is our Creator we can trust Him. It also implies that each of us has great value. When men invent something it is to fulfill a purpose. Why would not God place within each of us a God-centered purpose?
If you take the time to read the Bible, you will see that there is a consistent problem with men’s decision-making. As the story of the Bible unfolds you will see that humanity chose rebellion over living under God’s loving rule most of the time. Regardless of whether you believe what God says, humanity bears the image of God, no matter how distorted.
As an image-bearer you have great value, responsibility, and accountability to God. We must admit that our sin has distorted the image of God within us. Our only remedy for this is our redemption in Jesus Christ.