The historical biblical account of the creation of Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:26-27) states that God made the first man and woman ‘in His own image’. What does this mean? And why is it important?

The occasion was the sixth day of Creation Week, after God had prepared the earth as a habitation, and after He had created the fish, the birds, and the other animals. These were all created by divine fiat, which means that God commanded (or willed) each event to happen and it was done. In the case of the creation of man, there is a difference. The inspired record reads: ‘And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them'(Genesis 1:26-27).

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