Quotes About Image Of God

Quotes tagged as "image-of-god" (showing 1-30 of 35)
John Calvin
“We are not to reflect on the wickedness of men but to look to the image of God in them, an image which, covering and obliterating their faults, an image which, by its beauty and dignity, should allure us to love and embrace them.”
John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 Vols

John Calvin
“We are not to look to what men in themselves deserve but to attend to the image of God which exists in all and to which we owe all honor and love.”
John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 Vols

N.T. Wright
“When human beings give their heartfelt allegiance to and worship that which is not God, they progressively cease to reflect the image of God. One of the primary laws of human life is that you become like what you worship; what’s more, you reflect what you worship not only to the object itself but also outward to the world around. Those who worship money increasingly define themselves in terms of it and increasingly treat other people as creditors, debtors, partners, or customers rather than as human beings. Those who worship sex define themselves in terms of it (their preferences, their practices, their past histories) and increasingly treat other people as actual or potential sex objects. Those who worship power define themselves in terms of it and treat other people as either collaborators, competitors, or pawns. These and many other forms of idolatry combine in a thousand ways, all of them damaging to the image-bearing quality of the people concerned and of those whose lives they touch.”
N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church

Augustine of Hippo
“Augustine taught that true freedom is not choice or lack of constraint, but being what you are meant to be. Humans were created in the image of God. True freedom, then, is not found in moving away from that image but only in living it out.”
Augustine of Hippo

Thomas Merton
“We are what we love. If we love God, in whose image we were created, we discover ourselves in him and we cannot help being happy: we have already achieved something of the fullness of being for which we were destined in our creation. If we love everything else but God, we contradict the image born in our very essence, and we cannot help being unhappy, because we are living a caricature of what we are meant to be.”
Thomas Merton, A Book of Hours

Reid A. Ashbaucher
“In reality, mankind is still metaphysically in God’s likeness, but
God’s image in mankind has been altered by sin. We can no longer
duplicate or reflect God’s attitudes as we once could do. That is, we can
no longer be holy as God is holy. Our morality has been altered and no
longer has the capability to duplicate or reflect God’s image. So what is
the answer? Can this image be repaired or made whole again? The answer
is, YES!”
Reid A. Ashbaucher, Made in the Image of God: Understanding the Nature of God and Mankind in a Changing World

Immaculee Ilibagiza
“The author recognizes the power of the persecuting tribe referring to members of hers consistently as "snakes" or "roaches". This dehumanizing language, she realizes, seeps into the subconscious and makes it easier to forget that fellow humans were created in God's image.”
Immaculee Ilibagiza, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

Francis A. Schaeffer
“The ironic fact is that humanism which began with man's being central eventually had no real meaning for people. On the other hand, if one begins with the Bible's position that man is created by God and in the image of God, there is a basis for that person's dignity.”
Francis A. Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture

“Darkness entered into, darkness realized, is the point of departure for all profound expressions of Christian hope. 'Meaningless darkness' becomes 'revelatory darkness' when it is confronted by the courage of a thoughtfulness and hope that is born of faith's quest for truth.”
Douglas John Hall, Imaging God: Dominion as Stewardship

“If all men are made in God's reflection, then why do some people continue to acknowledge only what is in their part of the mirror? If every man was created equal and in the image of God, then how can any man claim that one race is better than another?”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“So we speak of a Black God, Mother God, Worker God.
This de-mystifies what's been passed on to us! In our process of organization and liberation of our people, it's important to meet a God who is more like us. (Silvia Regina de Lima Silva, p. 105)”
Mev Puleo, Struggle Is One: Voices and Visions of Liberation

Colin S. Smith
“Early on in the Bible story, we will discover the devil taking on the form of an animal. At the center of the Bible story, we will find God taking on the form of a man. The Son of God is the image of God, and so when He took flesh, it was in the form of a man, because man was made in the image of God.”
Colin S. Smith, Unlocking the Bible Story: Old Testament Study Guide 1

Étienne Gilson
“What a man finds circa se or sub se is overwhelming in amount, what he finds in se is embarassing in its obscurity, but when from his own being he would obtain light as to what is supra se, then indeed he finds himself face to face with a dark and somewhat terrifying mystery. The trouble is that he is himself involved in the mystery. If, in any true sense, man is an image of God, how should he know himself without knowing God? But if it is really of God that he is an image, how should he know himself?”
Étienne Gilson

“One of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous creations is his painting of The Last Supper. It is said that while Leonardo da Vinci was working on the painting he got into an argument with a fellow painter. Leonardo da Vinci was so mad at this colleague that in anger and out of spite he painted that man's face as the face of Judas in his painting of the upper room Supper.

But then, having completed that, Leonardo da Vinci turned to paint the face of Christ and he could not do it. It wouldn't come. He couldn't visualize it. He couldn't paint the face of Christ.

He put down his paintbrush and went to find the man from whom he was estranged. He forgave him; they reconciled with one another; they both apologized. They both forgave. That very evening Leonardo da Vinci had a dream and in that dream he saw the face of Christ. He rose quickly from his bed and finished the painting and it became one of his greatest masterpieces.”
Fred Andrea

Thomas Paine
“Every child born in the world must be considered as deriving its existence from God. The world is this new to him as it was to the first that existed, and his natural right in it is of the same kind.”
Thomas Paine, Rights of Man

C.S. Lewis
“We are inveterate poets. Our imaginations awake. Instead of mere quantity, we now have a quality – the sublime. Unless this were so, the merely arithmetical greatness of the galaxy would be no more impressive than the figures in a telephone directory. It is thus, in a sense, from ourselves that the material universe derives its power to over-awe us.”
C.S. Lewis

Dillon Burroughs
“The Bible's message is that you matter to God. Our response is that God should matter to us.”
Dillon Burroughs

“Creatures cannot image even the true God in biblical thinking generally speaking. Nevertheless - and here is the extraordinary exception - there ARE "gods" in the world. There ARE images of God placed in a temple. These images are none other than the human beings - ALL human beings - whom God has created and set in his temple-cosmos.”
Iain W Provan, Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters

C.S. Lewis
“When we are frightened by the greatness of the universe, we are (almost literally) frightened by our own shadows: for these light years and billions of centuries are mere arithmetic until the shadow of the man, the poet, the maker of myth, falls upon them.”
C.S. Lewis

“The image of God infused in us never sees the light of day in the service of self, but it becomes the light of day in the service of others.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“This is, indeed, an insightful observation. The Archbishop [Joseph L. Berardin] insists that the natural resemblance between Christ and his priests must not stop merely with the fact that they share a common masculinity. Our question is, 'Why must it BEGIN there?' If the faithful cannot see Christ in a male who exemplifies no godlike virtues - humility, gentleness, and self-effacing service - can they not see him in a female who does? Indeed, if the priest acts 'in persona Christi,' not 'in masculinitate Christi,' then 'NATURAL resemblance' between Christ and the priest, it would seem, does not entail PHYSICAL, that is SEXUAL resemblance, but a resemblance which is natural to the SPIRITUAL order with which the worshiping congregation has to do. And in this order there is neither male nor female, even as there is neither Jew nor Greek. We would, therefore, conclude that since the Word was made flesh, as the apostle John has declared him (John 1:14), we rightly heed those who, in the flesh, symbolize his presence as they speak and act in his name. But we see no reason to add to what the apostle said by insisting that the Word was made MALE flesh, for both male and female are equally bearers of the divine image. And since God created humankind in his image, male AND female, we can only conclude that women as well as men should be ordained to the priesthood, because femaleness, like maleness, is a fitting symbol (sacramental sign) of Deity.”
Paul King Jewett, The Ordination of Women: An Essay on the Office of Christian Ministry

Jared Brock
“I believe that people are holy because they’re made in the image of God, and a place can be holy when God is present—but no place is so holy that it’s worth shedding the blood of those who bear the image of God.”
Jared Brock, A Year of Living Prayerfully: How a Curious Traveler Met the Pope, Walked on Coals, Danced with Rabbis, and Revived His Prayer Life

James MacDonald
“To disrespect a person made in the image and likeness of God is a lot worse than desecrating a flag. We should be offended and repulsed in the same way when God's image bearers are desecrated – abused, beaten, neglected, discriminated against, and not loved and taken care of as they should be.”
James MacDonald, Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling: Changing Lives with God's Changeless Truth

“Besides God, nothing should live in man; besides God, nothing should in man put forth itself: nothing but God himself should appear, operate, will, love, think, speak, act and triumph in him. For if any thing else besides God does move and work in man, then man cannot be the image of God; but he is become the image of THAT whatever it be, which now moveth and worketh in him. If man therefore would continue the image of God, there is a necessity for him to surrender up himself wholly to God.”
Johann Arndt, Johann Arndt: True Christianity

“War robs you of your humanity by putting you in a situation where you must either kill perfect strangers or be killed by them.”
Kaname Harada

“Despite our battered exterior and in spite of the festering scars and rank filth that overlays it, there is underneath it all the pristine likeness of God Himself. And we would be wise to cast an eye not on the marred exterior, but to be fixed on the glorious interior.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“The question, he (Lincoln) said over and over, is not what a man's particular abilities may be, but what his rights are as a human being made in God's image.”
Elton Trueblood, Abraham Lincoln: Lessons in Spiritual Leadership

Israelmore Ayivor
“You carry the image of God in you; other people also have the same image of God in them. You got love other people; you carry the same thing they also carry! Lead love lead!”
Israelmore Ayivor, Daily Drive 365

J. Budziszewski
“Trying to understand man without recognizing him as imago Dei is like trying to understand a bas-relief without recognizing it as a carving.”
J. Budziszewski, What We Can't Not Know: A Guide

“If all men are made in God's reflection, then why do some people continue to acknowledge only what is in their part of the mirror? If every man was truly created equal, and in the image of God, then how can any man claim that one race is better than another, or that one nation is less deserving than another?”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

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