“So, God created man in his own image, In the Image of God he created him; Male and female he created them. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” – Genesis 1: 27 – 31
The above quote from the first book of the Bible, Genesis, is perhaps one of the most well known, and it’s responsible for the creationism myth. It’s a term that only applies to humanity, and represents the relationship between man and god. I’m led to believe that it actually means that humans aren’t meant to represent god in physical form, but he’s provided us with emotions, morality, and intellectual abilities that separate us from other life. My major issue in accepting this, other than not being naive enough to believe in god, is that humans are extremely flawed, and if we are in his image, then he too must be flawed. We know by the Old Testament that he’s a jealous god, and he’s got a superiority complex, but he also has a terrible rage, and at the very start of life, he tried to trick Adam and Eve by leaving the tree there for no apparent reason.
Humans share a biological ancestry with all life on Earth, and the way that DNA, and cell structure works is universal, and that suggests that we all came from a common ancestor, but we know humans have evolved as we have found evidence in skeletons, and skulls of human ancestors that date back millions of years, not thousands like the Bible claims. Australopithecus is the oldest hominin found to date, and is almost 3.8,000,000 years old, and was found in a South Africa, not Asia. But the Skuhl-Qafzeh remains discovered in Israel in 1929, date back over 80,000 years, which is considerably further back than the creation myth suggests. Even further back than that was a jawbone found at Misliya Cave in Israel, and after several tests scientists concluded that it’s approximately 180,000 years old, and is considered the oldest human remains outside of Africa.
So how exactly does an early primitive Homo sapien align with man being made in god’s image? It’s a common fact that the cognitive abilities that humans acquired weren’t always there in as abundance as it is now. Civilisations outside tribes and villages is only in the thousands of years, and we are getting smarter as a species with every generation. When the Bible was written, the authors had absolutely no concept of what the world would be like thousands of years into the future. The alleged morals in the Bible are out of date, as are the lack of ethics involved in punishment. They had no concept of space, or that we’d be sending people there. They didn’t even know the Earth was round, so maybe god forgot to mention that part? It took humans millions of years to evolve into what we are now, so what’s stopping another species of Primate evolving and matching the Biblical level of intelligence? Where does that leave the man created in god’s image theory then?