Nature God” is understood to be the human rational


Nature of Humanity and
Gods Relationship with Humanity


The nature of humanity and humanity’s
relationship to God really come hand in hand. Men and women were created in the
image of God, with humanity being created in Gods image. It shows the special
relationship he had planned to have with all of humanity. There are many
different ways of looking at humanity and its relationship with God. A few that
will be focused on throughout this paper are, Humans Being Created in Gods
Image, God as the Creator, Gods Relationship with Humanity and the world, and
Intelligent Design.

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To start off with, one of the most
common understanding’s of this topic is Human Beings Created in Gods Image.  This ultimately means that humans have some
understanding of him and his vast and complex design. “The “Image of God” is
understood to be the human rational faculty, which here mirrors the wisdom of
god” (328). First off because humus was created to convey God, human nature
reflects many of Gods characteristics, it gives humans a better understanding
of him. For example, we love because he is love, we show compassion, and
truthful because humans are created in his image. The main  element in human nature is its God-given ability
to relate to God. Adam was created in the image of God, that meant he was free
from all the usual weakness which affected human nature (ex. Death). Due to Adam
and Eves decision to turn away from God to the material world, the image of God
in humanity is defaced and disfigured. Going along with this Augustine saw that
humanity was universally affected by sin as a consequence from the fall. The
human mind was darkened and weakened by sin. Sin has always been seen as acts committed
willfully against god. In my opinion sin has taken over many people, but God
didn’t make us to be perfect. Yes, humans are made in his “image” but god knew
people would still make mistakes.

In other words, God is known as the creator,
this doctrine is central to the old testament. “God as the creator has been the
subject of intense discussion within the Christian tradition” (200).  There are a number of models that are ways of picturing
the manner of which God is thought to be creating the world. All of these models
show this special relationship God intended to have with humanity in many
different ways.  The first one is
Emanation, this is a term that was widely used by early Christian writers to
clarify the relationship between God and the world. From this imange “it is
said that the creation of the world can be regarded as an over following of the
creative energy of God” (200). Due to this there is a very natural or in other
words organic connection between God and the world or humanity. This model also
articulates a very close connection with God (the creator) and the creation
(humanity). The next model that shows the relationship with God and the world
is Construction. This portrays God as a master builder in constructing the
world.  The imagery is powerful,
conveying, the ideas of purpose, planning, and a deliberate intention to create”
(200). This gives people a better way of seeing the relationship between god
and humanity, due to the power it has. Along with that the image is very
important because it draws people’s attention to the creator but also the
creation. By these images being show it is able to bring out the beauty and
ordering the result of the creation to be appreciated. Without this image, no
one would be able to see how special or the beauty of humanity that god
created. The last model that I’m going to talk about is Artistic Expression. This
image is very helpful as it supplements a deficiency of both two models talked
about earlier. Artistic expression really shows the beauty of God’s creation
and it also brings out the personality of God. Going along with that this model
also shows the creation of humans or humanity as “handwork of God”.  Without these three models the understanding
of Gods special relationship with humanity, would be very complicated. We can
see that God intended for humanity to be beautiful and convey his image.

Lastly, I’m going to talk about how
humans were created throughout evolution. There are many different types of
evolution or Christian response to the challenges of Darwin, that can be looked
at like Young-earth creation, old earth creation, intelligent design, and
evolutionary theism. The one I’m going to focuses on is intelligent design. This
argues the existence for God. “Intelligent design does not deny biological
evolution” (352).  There are many species
in this world that we don’t know where they came from yet, which leads me and
other people to believe God made them for a reason. This is just like humans
being made in Gods image.  He deiced to
make us in his image for a reason.

All in all, I believe that humans
were made in the image of God, and due to God being the creator he does have a
special relationship with humanity. A few of the reasons for me believing are,
humans being created in the “Image of God”, God as the creator/his relationship
with humanity, and intelligent design. These reasons help give humans a better
understanding of God and his personality. Without these three-main reason’s
humanity wouldn’t know whether or not they were made in Gods image and why.