Creation stories, particularly the book of Genesis, tell us humans were made in the image of God. This belief is foundational to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and therefore, is the operating principle of several billion people. But how many give enough thought to what this actually means?
Here is what Genesis says:
God said, “Let us (Elohim) make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:26-27).
The precise meaning of the “image of God,” or “imago Dei” in Latin, has been debated for centuries in the church and now in the lab. Do we resemble God because we share DNA? Did God ‘come down’, incarnate, and take flesh and blood human form in order to make us? Are we made from a mold? Is the God of the Old Testament a physical being?
The answer is both yes and no. Although God is Spirit (John 4:24) and does not have a body like a man, when He appeared visibly to men, according to the Old Testament record, He did so in the form of a human body.
Philo, writing in Alexandria in the first century, knew the very name Israel meant “the ones who see God”. If this theophany (visible manifestation to humankind of God) was in human form, as a human being who walks and talks and cares and acts, this means there is something about the human body which is uniquely appropriate to God’s manifestation of Himself. He must have designed the human body and coded our DNA with this in mind.Why else wouldn’t God appear as an orb or some other form?
The Bible then tells us of the operation God performed on Adam, the result being his companion, Eve: “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man.” (Genesis 2:21-23, NKJV) Was the creation of Eve the first cloning? Was the “rib” (Adam’s body) from which Eve was made in the image of God? And automatically, was Eve therefore also in the image? Is the image transmittable through DNA?
These are questions believers of Judaism, Christianity and Islam must answer and ANCIENT ALIENS seeks to explore.
Not Geno. Cogno.
Some believe the image of God relates to our unique cognitive abilities.
We know that many animals have intelligence and feelings. Facebook is loaded with videos of animals displaying compassion and emotions that humans possess and can learn from.
But there is a gap, a huge gap, between what animals do and what humans do with their intellect.
Genesis argues that this is because we have the image of the Creator. Animals don’t.
We also have a neocortex that has been activated, making us smarter than anything else on the planet…until now.
With the rapidly approaching Singularity (the imminently approaching time when our exponentially accelerating artificially intelligent machines surpass human intelligence and take on a life and agenda of their own, and we merge with them or are assimilated) we will soon enter a time when the machines we have created ‘in our image’ will be more intelligent than we are.
Genesis says we were created to rule over all the other animals on earth. It says nothing about the machines we make, leaving open the possibility that we could be ruled by AI. The handwriting is already on the wall.
Is this what we get for playing God?
Many speak of a “ghost in the machine” that separates us from all the other creatures on earth. We have the “ghost/image” and animals don’t. The same can be said for AI. It has no spirit.
As humans, we have ‘smart souls’ that give us our spiritual capacity for a relationship with God and the ability to fulfill our commission to represent/rule God’s kingdom on earth.
Part of the reason why we want to take care of all the creatures in God’s garden is because we have a biological continuity and consciousness connection with all life on Earth. This is why Jesus taught us to “love with all our heart, all our mind, all our soul and love our neighbor as oneself.”
By extension, we have a biological continuity and consciousness connection with the otherworldly beings who created us. We are quantum star seeds ‘entangled’ with this entity.
So, if all human life is sacred because all humans are made in the image of God, then a sacred human life is one spent tending to, and loving, God’s garden. Not decimating it.
But what happens if we tamper with this body?
If humans take it upon themselves to evolve, will we still be made in the image of God?
Transhumanists—meaning many of the largest corporations in the world—seek to ‘perfect’ the human body by merging the human body with AI and machines. This blurring or merging with technology is the agenda of the global elite and will result in a mighty powerful human being.
My basic thesis is that the only way to overcome artificial intelligence is to activate our Ascension Intelligence. This is where a true understanding of the image of God comes in.
More than just having a humanoid appearance, we learn God’s body is luminous and rainbow-like.