Whether or not we believe the account, a reliable analysis of the Hebrew records states clearly that as well as being created in his likeness / attributes, humanity was created in the Singularity’s own image / what he looks like.
“And God said, Let us make man in our image…in the image of God made he man.” (Genesis 1:26, 9:6)
When we examined the creation of hyper dimensional sons of God who were “spun” out of nothing but Creator himself, we found that they were artistically formed into a proliferation of looks. From the Luciferian dragon to “beasts” of all sorts, these are described in the Bible but mainly in pagan records where there was much more up-close familiarity with those gods.
Logically, therefore, we have to question that if these beings with a multitude of artistic imagery are 100% the Singularity, how can just one being claim to be uniquely in his image?
Aha! Pounce! Evidence that man made God in his image!!! We can toss the Bible.
Not so fast.
“The first man Adam was made…the last Adam was made…” (I Corinthians 15:48)
“we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory…without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh.” (I Corinthians 2:7, I Timothy 3:16)
What God is saying is that he planned ahead, choosing to make the human image the one he incorporates as his own. Literally.
“Fear not Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son…The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God..” (Luke 1:30-35)
“I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” (Daniel 7:13-14)
Consider this. The angels were brought into existence at the beginning of creation, when there was nothing material, not even the earth.
But man was made at the end of creation, after the Singularity had already converted some of his pure energy to mass. And he uses that existing mass to form mankind.
“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7)
Can we not recognize that this makes mankind entirely different from the pure energy hyper dimensional angel? Humans are literally the “salt of the earth”, i.e. the elements like sodium and chloride and iron and oxygen and potassium and all the other elements forming the “dust” of the earth. We are the pinnacle of the hierarchy of physical creation, not only in the food chain but in attributes of creation and taking control.
When we operate as designed, we combine the the best of both domains – hyper dimensionality and physicality.
Humanity is the flourish signature of the magnificent artist, the masterpiece by which he is acclaimed for eternity.
“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and [yet] hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:” (Psalm 8)
The creation of humanity is the high point, the culmination of the immense saga so sparsely outlined in Genesis chapter 1. This is the solution to the conflict between Creator and his rebel hyper dimensional sons in the days and nights leading up to making mankind:
“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion,” (Genesis 1:26)
In literary fiction, a good ending has certain elements…the story arc has come to its logical end and the character has achieved their main goal. The elements of a good and satisfying ending include:
- Resolution: An ending must always wrap up and resolve the central conflict you laid out in the beginning of the novel.
- In this case, the conflict is Lucifer and his follower’s determination to pillage and destroy what they envied but could not have.
- Transformation: A story’s ending should bring a powerful close to your character development.
- In this case, God’s character develops from being the sole being, the Singularity, to becoming the Creator and therefore totally in control, to freely giving control to mankind.
- Suspense: A story’s ending is intensified when there’s a moment when the main character might not succeed. That last-minute tension makes the ending more satisfying when the main character overcomes their obstacles.
- That tension is recounted right after the man and cloned woman take possession of their dominion, when the woman disconnects from the Creator to engage with the Adversary. Is all lost?!
- Surprise: Readers follow a character’s story to be entertained. Satisfying endings have an element of surprise. Predictable endings will make a great story fall flat.
- The entire rest of the biblical account consists of ongoing conflict with the Adversary and plot twists and clues and predictions up to the last Revelation of the mystery.
The plot of the entire Bible – the point of all of creation – is summarized in Genesis 1:26.
“Let us make man[kind]…and let them have dominion.”
Satan makes clear his distain for “the mud people.”
“them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth…They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it. Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.” (Job 4:19-21)
But even this is part of God’s plan conceived before the world was created. God didn’t get caught off guard.
It is tremendously important to connect the wrap up of the whole story as found in theological explanations we call the New Testament letters with the introduction of the whole plot in Genesis 1. Without going into Christian theology at this stage of the investigation, simply recognize Adam’s connection with all of creation reported in Genesis 1.
“[H]is dear son…the image of the invisible God, the firstborn [first spin-off] of every creature…by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible…all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist…For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And…to reconcile all things unto himself [return to some form of singularity.]” (Colossians 1:13-20)
I don’t agree with all the conclusions made by Alan Watts because he loses the thread of provenance that holds everything together, and falls back on his personal philosophizing, but this statement of the problem is nicely put.
The root of the matter is the way we feel and conceive of ourselves as human beings. Our sensation of being alive, of individual existence and identity. We suffer from a hallucination, from a false and distorted sensation of our own existence as living organisms. Most of us have the sensation that “I, myself” is a separate center of feeling and action, living inside and bounded by the physical body. A center with confronts an external world of people and things, making contact through the senses with a universe both alien and strange…
This feeling of being lonely and very temporary visitors in the universe is in flat contradiction to everything known about man and all other living organisms in the sciences. We do not come into this world. We come out of it.