The little skit by the minions above and the Gobeckli Tepe Temple both raise questions about what it means to be human.
Are we all just hunter-gatherers moving through life driven by our urges and needs? Or are we something much more than that? What does it really mean to be human? The Bible suggests that begin created in God’s image provides some sort of answer or clue. Some scholars have thought being created in the image of God had to do with our being mini-creators and rulers of the world, like God on a smaller scale. But that has to do with vocation, not nature. The reference to the image of God in the Genesis story suggests something about human nature— a unique capacity for relationship with God, a relationship which involves language and communication as the story of the Garden suggests. It is interesting that the Hebrew word ‘tselem’ is the word for both image and idol in the OT. In a sense humans were created to be God’s image, God’s representative on earth. This is why making an idol of, much less worshipping something less than human as a deity is idolatry. Humans are to be the ‘tselem’ not make ‘tselems’ of lesser things. But there is more. As the Bible moves along it becomes apparent that God intends for humans to reflect God’s character— God is holy, just, loving, kind, compassionate etc. and humans are expected to be so as well on a lesser scale. We are to reflect the moral character on earth. When we get to the NT and we are told that Christians are to be conformed to the image of Christ, again the issue is about character as well as other things. We are to be Christ-like in thought, word, and deed. Furthermore this all provides a clue for the relationship between theology and ethics in the Bible. God is holy and so should we be, and only humans have the capacity to reflect the moral character of God. Image of God concepts show us the connection between theology and ethics.