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From the philosophical point of view, man is defined as an individual, he is an indivisible unit, endowed with soul and spirit, whose rationality allows him to be aware of himself; ability to reflect on his own existence, on his past, his present, and on his future.
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Man is a being superior to all natural things that exist on earth, it is known that he is a composite unit between the material and the spiritual. Man has always had the need to know (the truth d) – the world around him. Now, biblical scripture affirms that man was created in the image of God.
“26 Then God said: Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; and rule over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the heavens, over the beasts, over all the earth, and over every animal that creeps on the earth. 27 and God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:26-27
When God said, according to the Bible, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” in this way God finished creation with a “personal touch”. God formed man from dust and gave him life from his own breath (Genesis 2:7). According to this, man is the only one, among all of God’s creation, that has a material part (body) and an immaterial part (soul/spirit).
The human being, then, reflects something of the divine nature and this serves as a divine representative on the planet, however, he does not share attributes such as his omnipresence, or his omnipotence, instead, we must be clear that the human being reflects the image of God from other attributes such as the ability to love, to communicate, etc., I would not place this unless it defined aspects of it.
Now, ethics, as a branch of philosophy, aims to achieve the good of man. Ethics reflects on the moral behavior of the human being and its effects on society. It also allows us to differentiate what is right from what is wrong, and is related to values or the commitment to be good citizens.
On the other hand, ethics contributes to the formation of autonomous human beings, capable of deciding and finding for themselves the meaning they want to give to their lives, conscious beings, actors in their lives, capable of interacting with others and with their environment. , that is to say, that it looks for that the man is ideal and correct in all the senses.
This is why being a created image is constitutive of man. This image is the seal that God has placed on man, which expresses that he is a rational creature, endowed with intelligence, will and freedom. That is to say, man is endowed with the capacity to know himself and to transcend himself in order to enter into a relationship with himself, with his peers and with God himself.
The image and likeness of man as God’s creation in, so to speak, the spiritual dynamic that allows us to be in communion with God and be similar to Him in what He has endowed us with to relate mentally, morally, and socially.
Now, we must not misinterpret this and think that it means that we are like Him in the sense of being ‘little gods’, but rather that we share some of His characteristics, albeit on a finite and limited scale.
This leads to thinking about the image of God in man. Having the “image” or “likeness” of God means, in simple terms, that we were made to look like God. Adam was not like God in the sense that God had flesh and blood. Scripture says that “God is spirit.” (John 4:24) and therefore He exists without a material body. However, Adam’s body reflected the life of God, in that he was created in perfect health and was not subject to death.
Man occupies a special place in creation, and God breathed into him the breath of life (Gen. 2.7), that is, he left a special imprint on man. Man is the image of God because in addition to being flesh and blood, he is spiritual, capable of thinking and loving, capable of giving himself and imitating the generosity of God to the best of his ability, he will not stop loving and will not despise anything he has done. done.
Therefore, it is wrong to ask what is the image of God? But we can discover the “face” of each person by looking at it, because every gesture of love that we have made to another person since Christ came into this world, we have done it to Him.
By: María Sierra, Laura Frías and Saray Duran.
Morales Leon, Jesus. (nineteen ninety six). Ethics of the professional communicator: Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico: Autonomous University of Nuevo León Faculty of Communication Sciences.