Patricia Hofer

How are we God’s image?

God created us in His “image” (Gen. 1:26). He inspired us with His “breath of life” (Gen. 2:7). So, when we human beings open our eyes on the world, we are looking at it through God-inspired consciousness. That’s why we can step back from the world around us, why we appreciate our subjectivity and separateness. Made in His “image,” we can wonder “why” and “how.”

Support for this can actually be found in the neurological research of Mario Beauregard and Denyse O’Leary where they conclude that “the activity of the human mind” is “not identical to the functions of the brain.” And studying the animals, isn’t going to help us know ourselves “because the very thing that separates us from them is the human mind” (The Spiritual Brain 34, 19).

And this gets me to St. Paul who wrote : “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Cor. 3:18). Our “open face” is our God-inspired consciousness. That’s where we image “the glory of the Lord.” That’s where we meet “the Spirit of the Lord” face to face.

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