In His Image
Updated: Mar 3
Materialism says the Universe can only have matters, and so everything including human can only come from blind physical processes. In our previous posts, we say that morality, that includes Love, the sense of Justice, Kindness, and many other qualities that define humanity cannot be explained by materialism. Materialism cannot explain why individuals would care about the whole human race’s survival, which is how evolutionists explain morality. Furthermore, materialism cannot explain our appreciation of nature.
In summary, a bunch of atoms cannot feel Love and Justice. They cannot invent the urge to help other groups of atoms to survive, and they cannot awe on the beauty of nature.
How does the faith in Christianity explain morality and our connection to nature? The answer is that: we are created in the image of God.
What is the image of God?
The image of God is constituted by the attributes, or qualities, of God that are referred to as the “communicable attributes”. What are the communicable attributes?
There are qualities of God that only God possesses. For example, God is all-knowing and all-powerful. These are noncommunicable attributes. There are also qualities of God, the so called communicable attributes, that God possesses infinitely and He put them into human finitely at man's creation. These qualities make up personality and selfhood. They include intelligence, will, and emotions. These qualities enable human to have the divinely intended relationship to God, to fellow man, and to the world.
The Creator is all-loving and all-righteous. We, created in His image, desire to love and be loved. We have the sense of justice, because our Creator is all-righteous. We build amazing tools with advance technology because we have the intelligence which the all-intelligent Creator put into us as part of His image in us.
Where does our sense of appreciation come from when we look at the beautiful nature around us? Well, actually, the Creator Himself appreciates his own creation:
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.