Let’s face it, God could have stopped creating before he got to humans, or he could have created humans not in his image as he did everything else in our world. So if God saw that everything was good right up until humans came to be (Genesis 1:25), then why did he proceed rather than rest? What is it about us that specifically made him want to keep going? Why bust out this “image of God” lingo only for us, and what does that even mean? Turns out it means a great deal more than we often think! And it also answers a lot of questions we have. Enjoy the quick-read version below of Chapter 4 in Healing Hereafter to begin exploring how!
It is the ideals of God’s nature explained in Chapter 3 that leads God to specifically create humans as the only physical creatures made in God’s image. This launches a discussion on what most significantly sets humans apart from all other living things on earth, and we conclude that it is a free-willed consciousness. A biblical, biological, historical, and practical assessment of animal and human behavior supports a distinctly human creativity and ambition. As this has been scientifically demonstrated to be uniquely human—yet is also scientifically unexplainable—we propose that such original tenacity arises not from our brains, but from our spirits, an eternal component of humans not present in other earthly organisms. The biblical and logical conclusion is that an eternal, free-willed God created humans in his image by giving them an everlasting spirit that bestows truly free will.