Dr. Dan Hayden • 

When I was young, I enjoyed making shadow-images with my hands. With a bright light shining behind, I would form my hands in various ways that cast shadows on the wall – shadows of a dog, or a chicken, or a monster. Well, God used a shadow-image of Himself when He created mankind, and that is our word for today—image.

When God created man on the sixth day of Creation, He decided to do it in a special way. Genesis 1:26-27 says, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of this sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” These verses tell us that God specifically decided to create man in God’s own image.

The word “image” is a Hebrew word that means “a resemblance.” It comes form a root that means “to shadow,” so it is the idea of a shadow that resembles the original figure.


Well, in what way does mankind (men and women) resemble God? The answer to that question is hinted at by observing how people are different from animals. For instance, as Dr. Henry Morris suggests, man has “a moral consciousness, the ability to think abstractly, an understanding of beauty and emotion, and, above all, the capacity for worshiping and loving God.”  In other words, man has the elements of personality – he has intellect, emotion, and a will. God is a Person, and He made man to bear His image. He made man to be a person.

Now you know the real meaning of the word.

Think about it. You are not descended from the apes. You were created in the image of God. Isn’t that wonderful!