An Image, an Idol, and an Irritated Iguana

lizard, iguana, made in the image of GodOur journey toward understanding the image of God continues, something that we’ve been exploring in our series on “What Is an Image and Why Should I Care?“ But this time, it’s happening on another site. Here’s the beginning of my latest post over at Christianity.com. And it’s also a new excerpt from my book Good News for the Living Dead: A Fresh Take on the Gospel Story.

So go check it out. And if you can click the “like” button a few times while you’re there, that would be great.

When you meet someone for the first time, you form some opinion of them. You can’t help it. How they look, what they say, when they laugh, it all shapes your inner picture of them.

The same is true in stories. The first time an author introduces a new character, pay attention. They’ll often give you little clues about that character’s personality and how they fit into the story. And sometimes, they just skip the clues and come right out and tell you something important.

“Let us create man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26). There it is. The very first thing the Bible tells us about the human person. That’s our first impression.

But what does it mean? What is an “image”? How can an invisible God have an image anyway? And why don’t the other creatures get to be images? I think iguanas are pretty cool. And I certainly don’t want to tell them that they’re not good enough to be one of God’s image bearers in the world. The last thing I want is an irritated iguana in my house.

Read the rest here.

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