Article 7. . Therefore man does not do everything for an end. Further, a creature is said to be to God's image so far as it is of an intellectual nature. 83, qu. For good is essentially diffusive, as Dionysius states (Div. On the contrary, The Apostle says (Ephesians 4:23-24): "Be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man." And if he desire it, not as his perfect good, which is the last end, he must, of necessity, desire it as tending to the perfect good, because the beginning of anything is always ordained to its completion; as is clearly the case in effects both of nature and of art. xv, 6), there is a great difference between the trinity within ourselves and the Divine Trinity. In this sense Damascene says (De Fide Orth. Therefore human acts are not specified by their end. Reply to Objection 1. Now it is clear that secondary moving causes do not move save inasmuch as they are moved by the first mover. Now it is clear that particular causes are moved by a universal cause: thus the governor of a city, who intends the common good, moves, by his command, all the particular departments of the city. But shape belongs to the body. The meritorious knowledge and love of God can be in us only by grace. Further, according to Augustine (QQ. From the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, God appointed the seventh day of the week to be the weekly sabbath; and the first day of the week ever since, to continue to the end of the world, which is the Christian sabbath. Hence it is clear that likeness is essential to an image; and that an image adds something to likeness—namely, that it is copied from something else. Further, likeness belongs to the nature of the image, as above explained (Article 1). Wherefore it is manifest that the distinction of the Divine Persons is suitable to the Divine Nature; and therefore to be to the image of God by imitation of the Divine Nature does not exclude being to the same image by the representation of the Divine Persons: but rather one follows from the other. Now it cannot be said that each speculative science is the last end. v, Did. Wherefore, when we say that the intellectual nature alone is to the image of God, we do not mean that the universe in any part is not to God's image, but that the other parts are excluded. For man and other rational creatures attain to their last end by knowing and loving God: this is not possible to other creatures, which acquire their last end, in so far as they share in the Divine likeness, inasmuch as they are, or live, or even know. Dei xix, 1): "In speaking of the end of good we mean now, not that it passes away so as to be no more, but that it is perfected so as to be complete." Thus to every taste the sweet is pleasant but to some, the sweetness of wine is most pleasant, to others, the sweetness of honey, or of something similar. xii, 7,24) there is a threefold vision in us, "corporeal," "spiritual," or imaginary, and "intellectual." But an act does not always remain. Augustine observed this trinity, first, as existing in the mind. And since, as Ambrose says (Prolog. Those who sin turn from that in which their last end really consists: but they do not turn away from the intention of the last end, which intention they mistakenly seek in other things. But in that part of the reason which is concerned with temporal things, "although a trinity may be found; yet the image of God is not to be seen there," as he says farther on; forasmuch as this knowledge of temporal things is adventitious to the soul. Wherefore the Apostle (Colossians 3:10), after saying, "According to the image of Him that created him," added, "Where there is neither male nor female" [these words are in reality from Galatians 3:28 (Vulgate, "neither Gentile nor Jew")]. But he excludes this interpretation by adding that "it does not always think of itself as actually distinct from other things." 10. The certainty of the first advent guarantees the certainty of the second ... 666 is “always man, always man, never God’s”) ... God is a missionary God . But an act does not always remain. Further, man's last end is the object of the will. Article 3. Is the image of God in the angels more than in man? Consequently there is no reason why acts which are the same considered in their natural species, should not be diverse, considered in their moral species, and conversely. But He is also man's last end; because He alone is to be enjoyed by man, as Augustine says (De Doctr. A newlywed couple is killed by a drunk driver as they leave for their honeymoon. Therefore it is impossible for one man to have several last ends not ordained to one another. Hence after the words, "To the image of God He created him," it is added, "Male and female He created them" (Genesis 1:27). I quickly developed a deep emotional connection with a man I barely knew. Therefore even after having placed his last end in pleasure, a man can at the same time place his last end in riches. Further, the name of Image is not applicable to any of the Three Persons, but only to the Son; for Augustine says (De Trin. ii, D, xvi). To ordain towards an end belongs to that which directs itself to an end: whereas to be ordained to an end belongs to that which is directed by another to an end. It would seem that "likeness" is not properly distinguished from "image." 3 e All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. It would seem that the image of God is not in man. And if any other actions are found in man, they can be called actions "of a man," but not properly "human" actions, since they are not proper to man as man. ii, 9). Objection 1. It would seem that it does not belong to man to act for an end. Further, it is said (De Eccl. Reply to Objection 2. Which would be the case were it to tend to several diverse objects as last ends, as has been shown above (Reply to Objection 2). 51) that "the spirit" (namely, the mind) without doubt was made to the image of God. Angels were sent to earth to collect the soil that was to become Adam. iii) says of God: "Holding the world in His mind, and forming it into His image." Revelation 15:1 serves as a superscription, not only for chapter 15 but also for chapter 16. “Man cannot comprehend eternity since we are created beings found in time. Reply to Objection 1. But Dionysius says (Div. Further, it is said (De Eccl. It would seem possible for one man's will to be directed at the same time to several things, as last ends. 51), "man is so much to God's image that God did not make any creature to be between Him and man: and therefore nothing is more akin to Him." But a creature is called God's image so far as it is akin to God. Reply to Objection 1. Further, Dionysius says (Div. It would seem that the image of God is to be found in irrational creatures. From the Beginning to Man: How God Declares His Love to Us Through the Design of the Universe Evidence for God … And it is this way that it is a cause. Objection 4. They held that "the man represents the Person of the Father; those born of man denote the person of the Son; and that the woman is a third person in likeness to the Holy Ghost, since she so proceeded from man as not to be his son or daughter." The soul's essence belongs to the "image," as representing the Divine Essence in those things which belong to the intellectual nature; but not in those conditions subsequent to general notions of being, such as simplicity and indissolubility. Now, he says (Colossians 3:10): "Putting on the new" man; "him who is renewed unto knowledge" of God, "according to the image of Him that created him," where the renewal which consists in putting on the new man is ascribed to the image of God. ix, 4) assigns God's image in the soul to these three things—mind, knowledge, and love. Opificio xvi) also asserts that, when Scripture says that "man was made to the image of God, it means that human nature was made a participator of all good: for the Godhead is the fulness of goodness." Further, it is by grace that we can know and love God. Today's Bible Verse: Ecclesiastes 3:11 . Reply to Objection 2. Objection 3. Objection 3. Further, Dionysius says (Div. Augustine rejects this opinion (De Trin. But, since the principles of acts are the habits and powers, and everything exists virtually in its principle, therefore, secondarily and consequently, the image of the Trinity may be considered as existing in the powers, and still more in the habits, forasmuch as the acts virtually exist therein. Now the Divine Persons, as above stated (Articles 6 and 7), are distinguished from each other according to the procession of the word from the speaker, and the procession of love from both. I answer that, We can speak of the last end in two ways: first, considering only the aspect of last end; secondly, considering the thing in which the aspect of last end is realized. Reply to Objection 2. Therefore, if in man there were an image of God as regards the Person, this would not be an image of the Trinity, but only of the Son. But the object of the will is the end and the good. First, we may consider in it that in which the image chiefly consists, that is, the intellectual nature. That man preached the same gospel that Jesus Christ preached—and did so “around the world for a witness” for the first time in almost 2,000 years! Consequently if that which proceeds from good is itself good, the latter must needs diffuse some other good: so that the diffusion of good goes on indefinitely. xiii, 3) that all men agree in desiring the last end, which is happiness. But the principle in the process of the rational appetite is the last end. I answer that Each thing receives its species in respect of an act and not in respect of potentiality; wherefore things composed of matter and form are established in their respective species by their own forms. Thus it is clear that the soul always understands and loves itself, not actually but habitually; though we might say that by perceiving its own act, it understands itself whenever it understands anything. Wherefore the Philosopher proves (Phys. Nom. xii, 5,6). The First-Born of creatures is the perfect Image of God, reflecting perfectly that of which He is the Image, and so He is said to be the "Image," and never "to the image." super Luc.) The Prophet speaks of bodily images made by man. On the contrary, Augustine says (Gen. ad lit. For the image of the Divine Trinity is to be found in the soul, as shown above (Article 7), according as the word in us proceeds from the speaker; and love from both. Wherefore this does not mean that the angels are not more to God's image. Wherefore, Augustine says (De Trin. The Summa Theologiæ of St. Thomas AquinasSecond and Revised Edition, 1920Literally translated by Fathers of the English Dominican ProvinceOnline Edition Copyright © 2017 by Kevin Knight Nihil Obstat. I answer that, We may speak of God's image in two ways. On the contrary, Augustine says (De Civ. So Paul's first tool of truth for digging up the roots of deceit in the minds of the Thessalonians is the teaching that before the day of the Lord comes, the man of lawlessness must come first. Therefore, first and chiefly, the image of the Trinity is to be found in the acts of the soul, that is, inasmuch as from the knowledge which we possess, by actual thought we form an internal word; and thence break forth into love. Objection 3. So we find in man a likeness to God by way of an "image" in his mind; but in the other parts of his being by way of a "trace." Now the Divine Persons, as above stated (Articles 6 and 7), are distinguished from each other according to the procession of the word from the speaker, and the procession of love from both. Reply to Objection 2. Reply to Objection 2. Reply to Objection 3. Therefore secondary objects of the appetite do not move the appetite, except as ordained to the first object of the appetite, which is the last end. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Wherefore the Philosopher proves (Poster. to proceed from something, considered as action, and to proceed towards something, considered as passion. It is clear, therefore, that intellectual creatures alone, properly speaking, are made to God's image. Although the image of God in man is not to be found in his bodily shape, yet because "the body of man alone among terrestrial animals is not inclined prone to the ground, but is adapted to look upward to heaven, for this reason we may rightly say that it is made to God's image and likeness, rather than the bodies of other animals," as Augustine remarks (QQ. Reply to Objection 3. For the end corresponds to the beginning. Objection 2. iv). It would seem that the image of God is not found in every man. If, however, we speak of man's last end, as of the acquisition of the end, then irrational creatures do not concur with man in this end. Further, Hilary says (De Synod., Super i can. Reply to Objection 1. Now it is clear that secondary moving causes do not move save inasmuch as they are moved by the first mover. But God made a spiritual image to Himself in man. But desire of the end is consequent on the apprehension of the reason. Thus it is clear that memory, understanding, and will are not three powers as stated in the Sentences. At the end of the naming process, Adam understood what he lacked. The Word Became Flesh. The reason of which is that matter does not receive form, save in so far as it is moved by an agent; for nothing reduces itself from potentiality to act. For instance, a worm, though from man it may originate, cannot be called man's image, merely because of the generic likeness. Objection 1. For imprints which are left by the movements of animals are called "traces": so also ashes are a trace of fire, and desolation of the land a trace of a hostile army. Objection 1. Objection 3. For an "image" is so called because it is produced as an imitation of something else; wherefore, for instance, an egg, however much like and equal to another egg, is not called an image of the other egg, because it is not copied from it. For we say that an image is like or unlike what it represents, according as the representation is perfect or imperfect. Therefore the image of God in man regards, not the Trinity of Persons, but the unity of the Essence. So when the Apostle had said that "man is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man," he adds his reason for saying this: "For man is not of woman, but woman of man; and man was not created for woman, but woman for man.". of God." It is one of the blessings that God has given us from the very beginning. Whether the image of the Divine Trinity is in the soul only by comparison with God as its object? ii, 2), the end is twofold—the end "for which" and the end "by which"; viz. Thirdly, inasmuch as man knows and loves God perfectly; and this image consists in the likeness of glory. Since God, by definition, is the creator of the whole universe, he is the creator of time. ii, 13): "According as their end is worthy of blame or praise so are our deeds worthy of blame or praise." Objection 3. Now, "likeness" is to "image" as genus to species: because, "where there is image, forthwith there is likeness, but not conversely" as Augustine says (QQ. 6:23; Eph. iv) that "God turns all things to Himself as to their last end." Reply to Objection 2. And Scripture implies the same when it says that man was made "to" God's likeness; for the preposition "to" signifies a certain approach, as of something at a distance. The second reason is because, just as in the process of reasoning, the principle is that which is naturally known, so in the process of the rational appetite, i.e. But in those things which are accidentally connected, nothing hinders the reason from proceeding indefinitely. The year 2008 marked the beginning of God’s final warnings to mankind about catastrophic end-time events. Wherefore every beginning of perfection is ordained to complete perfection which is achieved through the last end. WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Season 1, Episode 13, "Tower of God," of Tower of God, now streaming on Crunchyroll. Therefore the image of the Divine Trinity is in our mind as regards any object. I answer that, We can speak of the last end in two ways: first, considering only the aspect of last end; secondly, considering the thing in which the aspect of last end is realized. Q. vi, 12): "Man's excellence consists in the fact that God made him to His own image by giving him an intellectual soul, which raises him above the beasts of the field." Everything imperfect is a participation of what is perfect. Therefore what man does in jest, he ordains not to the last end. Therefore, if in the intellectual vision that belongs to the mind there exists in us a trinity by reason of which we are made to the image of God, for the like reason there must be another trinity in the others. Now the Divine Persons are distinct from each other by reason of the procession of the Word from the Speaker, and the procession of Love connecting Both. In this sense he says (De Quant. Objection 1. In all the soul we may see a kind of trinity, not, however, as though besides the action of temporal things and the contemplation of eternal things, "any third thing should be required to make up the trinity," as he adds in the same passage. 3:23), and that the penalty of sin is eternal death, separation from God (Gen. 2:17; Rom. It would seem that man does not will all, whatsoever he wills, for the last end. Therefore other things, too, concur in man's last end. According to Isaiah the very fact that God is God means he had a determinate purpose in history from the very beginning and that this purpose cannot be frustrated: I am God and there is no other; I am God and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand and I will accomplish all my purpose.' ii, D, xvi) that "the image consists in the knowledge of truth, and the likeness in the love of virtue." Further, knowledge of truth belongs to the intellect, and love of virtue to the will; which two things are parts of the image. Is the image of God in man's power or in his habits and acts? The difference between "image" and "likeness". God the Father is a title given to God in various religions, most prominently in Christianity.In mainstream trinitarian Christianity, God the Father is regarded as the first person of the Trinity, followed by the second person, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and the third person, God the Holy Spirit. Westmonasterii.APPROBATIO ORDINISNihil Obstat. God even makes a new heaven and a new earth, so that the human race, even on earth, continues. Proverbs 8:23 From everlasting I was established, from the beginning, before the earth began. At that time, God’s Kingdom began ruling in heaven, and one of its first actions was to expel Satan the Devil and the demons from heaven and restrict their activity to the earth. Objection 3. I answer that, As Augustine says (QQ. For things ordained to the last end are said to be serious matter, as being useful. 126. I answer that, As the Philosopher says (Phys. Therefore the supposition that one thing is the last end of the will does not exclude others. And it is thus that it gives the species to the human or moral act. Further, to act for an end is to order one's action to an end. Further, then does a man seem to act for an end, when he acts deliberately. Some have said that in man there is an image of the Son only. For in corporeal vision there is first the species of the exterior body; secondly, the act of vision, which occurs by the impression on the sight of a certain likeness of the said species; thirdly, the intention of the will applying the sight to see, and to rest on what is seen. The meritorious knowledge and love of God can be in us only by grace. It is therefore necessary for the last end so to fill man's appetite, that nothing is left besides it for man to desire. Objection 2. But before it placed its last end in that thing, e.g. Therefore it does not belong to things that lack reason. In Matthew 24:21, Jesus says, "For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall." In things which are of themselves, reason begins from principles that are known naturally, and advances to some term. Yet that evening was the beginning of the end of my marriage. ii, 13): "According as their end is worthy of blame or praise so are our deeds worthy of blame or praise.". But those things that lack reason tend to an end, by natural inclination, as being moved by another and not by themselves; since they do not know the nature of an end as such, and consequently cannot ordain anything to an end, but can be ordained to an end only by another. For a cause is naturally first. It is an honor and a joy to serve such a Creator, Lord, and Friend! Further, Boethius (De Consol. that "an image is of the same species as that which it represents"; and he also says that "an image is the undivided and united likeness of one thing adequately representing another." Reply to Objection 2. Westmonasterii.APPROBATIO ORDINISNihil Obstat. Consequently all things that lack reason are, of necessity, moved to their particular ends by some rational will which extends to the universal good, namely by the Divine will. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I answer that, As the Philosopher says (Phys. Whence we are given to understand that our renewal which consists in putting on the new man, belongs to the mind. For the notion of an image it is not enough that something proceed from another, but it is also necessary to observe what proceeds and whence it proceeds; namely, that what is Word of God proceeds from knowledge of God. Therefore the image of God is also in the body, and not only in the mind. I started having an “innocent” conversation with an acquaintance. But good has the nature of an end. iv): "The plurality of the Divine Persons is proved from the fact that man is said to have been made to the image of God.". The Bible puts it like this: “From the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, . One need not always be thinking of the last end, whenever one desires or does something: but the virtue of the first intention, which was in respect of the last end, remains in every desire directed to any object whatever, even though one's thoughts be not actually directed to the last end. But man's consummate good is his last end. Therefore a human act does not derive its species from the end. Reply to Objection 3. Which would be the case were it to tend to several diverse objects as last ends, as has been shown above (Reply to Objection 2). ii, 2), the end is twofold—the end "for which" and the end "by which"; viz. Therefore, as in their intellectual nature, the angels are more to the image of God than man is, we must grant that, absolutely speaking, the angels are more to the image of God than man is, but that in some respects man is more like to God. Through the Scriptures and the remnant of His people, He has taught man that he must have God’s righteousness, that God is of purer eyes than to approve evil or to accept or look upon wickedness (Hab. Reply to Objection 3. Reply to Objection 1. But mind does not signify an act, but rather the power or the essence of the intellectual soul. Therefore the angels are not more to the image of God than man. In like manner that good is most complete which the man with well disposed affections desires for his last end. So Dionysius says that effects are "contingent images of their causes"; that is, as much as they happen [contingit] to be so, but not absolutely. Thus, in different ways, man can come to know that there exists a reality which is the first cause and final end of all things, a reality "that everyone calls God". Thus the image of God is found in the soul according as the soul turns to God, or possesses a nature that enables it to turn to God. Objection 1. 5). So it is not true to say that the "likeness is in the essence because it is immortal and indivisible; whereas the image is in other things" (Sent. Whether other creatures concur in that last end? Further, Augustine (De Trin. He gave us the Spirit as a sacred deposit. But by sin man becomes unlike God. Damascene also says (De Fide Orth. Whether one man can have several last ends? Amen. Wherefore those actions alone are properly called human, of which man is master. When we say that substance does not admit of more or less, we do not mean that one species of substance is not more perfect than another; but that one and the same individual does not participate in its specific nature at one time more than at another; nor do we mean that a species of substance is shared among different individuals in a greater or lesser degree. And if any other actions are found in man, they can be called actions "of a man," but not properly "human" actions, since they are not proper to man as man. But all men are not predestined. Consequently it is proper to the rational nature to tend to an end, as directing [agens] and leading itself to the end: whereas it is proper to the irrational nature to tend to an end, as directed or led by another, whether it apprehend the end, as do irrational animals, or do not apprehend it, as is the case of those things which are altogether void of knowledge. Further, man's entire life is ruled according to his last end. Secondly, this preposition 'to' may point to the exemplar cause, as when we say, "This book is made (like) to that one." Further, that which gives a thing its species should exist before it. Whether the image of God is in man according to the Trinity of Persons? Therefore all other things concur in man's last end. Now as the last end of man, simply as man, is to the whole human race, so is the last end of any individual man to that individual. This argument would avail if the image of God in man represented God in a perfect manner. Further, the image of the Trinity always remains in the soul. Objection 2. Our being bears the image of God so far as if is proper to us, and excels that of the other animals, that is to say, in so far as we are endowed with a mind. We must, therefore, say that in man there exists the image of God, both as regards the Divine Nature and as regards the Trinity of Persons; for also in God Himself there is one Nature in Three Persons. Objection 2. For in the fact that a creature has a modified and finite nature, proves that it proceeds from a principle; while its species points to the (mental) word of the maker, just as the shape of a house points to the idea of the architect; and order points to the maker's love by reason of which he directs the effect to a good end; as also the use of the house points to the will of the architect. In like manner it is their terminus: for the human act terminates at that which the will intends as the end; thus in natural agents the form of the thing generated is conformed to the form of the generator. 1 a In the beginning was b the Word, and c the Word was with God, and d the Word was God. xiv, 7), we may be said to understand, will, and to love certain things, both when we actually consider them, and when we do not think of them. Reply to Objection 2. Reply to Objection 2. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. But this is to be found in us as regards any object. And just as this determination is effected, in the rational nature, by the "rational appetite," which is called the will; so, in other things, it is caused by their natural inclination, which is called the "natural appetite." Therefore the image of God is in the powers, and does not extend to the acts of the soul. . Thus likeness may be distinguished from image in two ways: first as its preamble and existing in more things, and in this sense likeness regards things which are more common than the intellectual properties, wherein the image is properly to be seen. pleasure, it could place it in something else, e.g. x, 3,4); therefore, as though knowledge were not in equal proportion to mind, he takes three things in the soul which are proper to the mind, namely, memory, understanding, and will; which everyone is conscious of possessing; and assigns the image of the Trinity pre-eminently to these three, as though the first assignation were in part deficient. But actions are of individuals. Now man is master of his actions through his reason and will; whence, too, the free-will is defined as "the faculty and will of reason." Wherefore, as the good can be compared to each individual thing both as its preamble, and as subsequent to it, as signifying some perfection in it, so also in the same way there exists a kind of comparison between "likeness" and "image." Further, it is by grace that we can know and love God. For man, to whom it belongs to act for an end, never acts for an unknown end. The image of God, in its principal signification, namely the intellectual nature, is found both in man and in woman. Reply to Objection 2. Whether there is one last end of human life? But an agent does not move except out of intention for an end. It would seem that the image of God is not only in man's mind. The second resurrection, known as the Judgment Dayor Great White Throne Judgment, is God's way of offering a FULL chance at salvation to t… So Dionysius says that effects are "contingent images of their causes"; that is, as much as they happen [contingit] to be so, but not absolutely. An "image" represents something by likeness in species, as we have said; while a "trace" represents something by way of an effect, which represents the cause in such a way as not to attain to the likeness of species. Therefore all other things concur in man's last end. Further, to be the image of God is the property of the First-Begotten, of Whom the Apostle says (Colossians 1:15): "Who is the image of the invisible God, the First-Born of every creature." . Therefore there is an indefinite series of ends. Wherefore this does not mean that the angels are not more to God's image. Further, by the fact that it places its last end in one thing, the will does not lose its freedom. Reply to Objection 3. As fire is said to be specifically the most subtle of bodies, while, nevertheless, one kind of fire is more subtle than another; so we say that nothing is more like to God than the human soul in its generic and intellectual nature, because as Augustine had said previously, "things which have knowledge, are so near to Him in likeness that of all creatures none are nearer." Now moral ends are accidental to a natural thing, and conversely the relation to a natural end is accidental to morality. It would seem that the image of the Divine Trinity is in the soul not only by comparison with God as its object. From which it is clear that he places the image of the Divine Trinity more in actual understanding and will, than in these as existing in the habitual retention of the memory; although even thus the image of the Trinity exists in the soul in a certain degree, as he says in the same place. This is what Augustine means (De Trin. It would seem that it is proper to the rational nature to act for an end. 51), "man is so much to God's image that God did not make any creature to be between Him and man: and therefore nothing is more akin to Him." Likewise as the uncreated Trinity is distinguished by the procession of the Word from the Speaker, and of Love from both of these, as we have seen (I:28:3; so we may say that in rational creatures wherein we find a procession of the word in the intellect, and a procession of the love in the will, there exists an image of the uncreated Trinity, by a certain representation of the species. because they place their last end in the pleasures of the belly. In the beginning, everything was “very good” (Genesis 1:31). super Luc.) Thus it is clear how to solve the first two objections. Therefore those things that are possessed of reason, move themselves to an end; because they have dominion over their actions through their free-will, which is the "faculty of will and reason." But, as Augustine says (De Trin. I answer that, While in all creatures there is some kind of likeness to God, in the rational creature alone we find a likeness of "image" as we have explained above (Articles 1 and 2); whereas in other creatures we find a likeness by way of a "trace." xii, 5), some have thought that the image of God was not in man individually, but severally. Further, Augustine (De Trin. Reply to Objection 3. Q. In the original creation as stated in Genesis 1:27, man was made in the image and likeness of God. The Genesis creation narrative is the creation myth of both Judaism and Christianity. The narrative is made up of two stories, roughly equivalent to the first two chapters of the Book of Genesis.In the first, Elohim (the Hebrew generic word for God) creates the heavens and the Earth in six days, then rests on, blesses and sanctifies the seventh (i.e. King Solomon tried living for his own pleasure, yet at the end of his life he concluded that the only worthwhile life is one of honor and obedience to God (Ecclesiastes 12:13–14). On the other hand, there are many things that have no knowledge of an end; either because they are altogether without knowledge, as insensible creatures: or because they do not apprehend the idea of an end as such, as irrational animals. vi, 2) that "the Son alone is the image of the Father." I answer that, Not every likeness, not even what is copied from something else, is sufficient to make an image; for if the likeness be only generic, or existing by virtue of some common accident, this does not suffice for one thing to be the image of another. God—is also the beginning of all else. xiv, 8), the "the mind remembers itself, understands itself, and loves itself. iv) that "God turns all things to Himself as to their last end." Therefore the image of God is to be seen in man's body also, and not in his mind. Further, the Philosopher says at the beginning of his Metaphysics [1, 2] that speculative science is sought for its own sake. We may easily understand the reason of this if we consider the way in which a "trace," and the way in which an "image," represents anything. It would seem that the image of God does not exist in man as to the Trinity of Persons. Objection 2. Synod. A faithful missionary family is attacked and killed by the very people they were ministering to. 51) "approach so near to God in likeness, that among all creatures nothing comes nearer to Him." In other creatures, however, we do not find the principle of the word, and the word and love; but we do see in them a certain trace of the existence of these in the Cause that produced them. For that which is first in the order of intention, is the principle, as it were, moving the appetite; consequently, if you remove this principle, there will be nothing to move the appetite. Reply to Objection 2. Therefore the image of God is to be seen in man's body also, and not in his mind. For a movement does not receive its species from that which is its terminus accidentally, but only from that which is its per se terminus. Reply to Objection 2. xxvii) that God granted to no other creature besides man to be to His image. 74): "Where there is an image there is not necessarily equality," as we see in a person's image reflected in a glass. the will, the principle needs to be that which is naturally desired. Christ. But "happiness is not possible for animals bereft of reason," as Augustine says (QQ. What is the chief end of man? In this sense it is stated (QQ. Which is not possible, if something else be required for his perfection. A small child is diagnosed with leukemia and undergoes extensive medical treatment only to die in his mother’s arms. Objection 1. Now man differs from irrational animals in this, that he is master of his actions. The first is found in all men, the second only in the just, the third only in the blessed. Thus every creature is an image of the exemplar type thereof in the Divine mind. Such is clearly the case with faith, which comes to us temporally for this present life; while in the future life faith will no longer exist, but only the remembrance of faith. et Manich. Consequently the diffusion of goods does not proceed indefinitely but, as it is written (Wisdom 11:21), God disposes all things "in number, weight and measure." What do we mean by the "end of man"? Reply to Objection 1. The Thessalonians should regain their composure: the end is not … Further, Augustine (De Trin. Reply to Objection 3. But shape belongs to the body. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Further, the end is the term of action. A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. But likeness may be considered in another way, as signifying the expression and perfection of the image. These qualities do not exist in any creature other than man, but they make it possible for him to have communion with God and also to be morally responsible for his actions. Further, the good and the end is the object of the will. Therefore, just as of all men there is naturally one last end, so the will of an individual man must be fixed on one last end. Therefore other things, too, concur in man's last end. Nom. Reply to Objection 1. Now moral ends are accidental to a natural thing, and conversely the relation to a natural end is accidental to morality. It would seem that the image of God is not found in the acts of the soul. As Augustine says (De Trin. Objection 3. And it has been proceeding at a varying pace ever since then, but it has never stopped growing and it has accelerated to a ridiculous pace in our own day to the point where many people seem to have just forgotten all about God. Nom. Therefore there can be no image of God in man. Now it is impossible for the very act elicited by the will to be the last end. Gregory of Nyssa (De Homin. The universe is more perfect in goodness than the intellectual creature as regards extension and diffusion; but intensively and collectively the likeness to the Divine goodness is found rather in the intellectual creature, which has a capacity for the highest good. 83, qu. I answer that, While in all creatures there is some kind of likeness to God, in the rational creature alone we find a likeness of "image" as we have explained above (Articles 1 and 2); whereas in other creatures we find a likeness by way of a "trace." Moreover it is said "them" in the plural, as Augustine (Gen. ad lit. Therefore the image of God is in the powers, and does not extend to the acts of the soul. But in that part of the reason which is concerned with temporal things, "although a trinity may be found; yet the image of God is not to be seen there," as he says farther on; forasmuch as this knowledge of temporal things is adventitious to the soul. Thus the image of God is found in the soul according as the soul turns to God, or possesses a nature that enables it to turn to God. 377 The "mastery" over the world that God offered man from the beginning was realized above all within man himself: mastery of self. Consequently it is not possible for the appetite so to tend to two things, as though each were its perfect good. Further, Boethius (De Consol. All of this is manifestly absurd; first, because it would follow that the Holy Ghost is the principle of the Son, as the woman is the principle of the man's offspring; secondly, because one man would be only the image of one Person; thirdly, because in that case Scripture should not have mentioned the image of God in man until after the birth of the offspring. Objection 1. Consequently the diffusion of goods does not proceed indefinitely but, as it is written (Wisdom 11:21), God disposes all things "in number, weight and measure.". But an end, in its very name, implies something that is last. Thus the image of God is more perfect in the angels than in man, because their intellectual nature is more perfect, as is clear from what has been said (I:58:3; I:79:8). Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure’; calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of My purpose from a far country. ii, D, xvi) that "the image consists in the knowledge of truth, and the likeness in the love of virtue. xiv, 7), we may be said to understand, will, and to love certain things, both when we actually consider them, and when we do not think of them. But equality does not belong to the essence of an image; for as Augustine says (QQ. If, therefore, all men had the same last end, they would not have various pursuits in life. The most famous of the questions (known to a great many Presbyterian children) is the first: Q. Some have said that in man there is an image of the Son only. Objection 2. For one major thing, the ancient temple in Jerusalem is supposed to be rebuilt first. Boethius here uses the word "image" to express the likeness which the product of an art bears to the artistic species in the mind of the artist. So Augustine says (De Trin. By the vision of glory temporal things will be seen in God Himself; and such a vision of things temporal will belong to the image of God. Reply to Objection 1. Therefore even what falls short of the nature of an image, so far as it possesses any sort of likeness to God, participates in some degree the nature of an image. But God is the cause not only of rational, but also of irrational creatures. For before all else the unchangeable good seems to be the last end of man. iv, 15). ii, 2) that "to suppose a thing to be indefinite is to deny that it is good." iv) that "the solar ray has a very great similitude to the Divine goodness." And this can belong to an irrational nature, but owing to some one possessed of reason. That may seem a strange symbol for the Son of God, but it is a very apt one -- a Lamb that had been slaughtered. In this sense a creature is one with God, or like to Him; but when Hilary says "of a thing which adequately represents another," this is to be understood of a perfect image. Although it is possible to find several things which are not in opposition to one another, yet it is contrary to a thing's perfect good, that anything besides be required for that thing's perfection. Therefore that to which the will tends, as to its last end, is one. Various pursuits in life are found among men by reason of the various things in which men seek to find their last end. Therefore things without intellect are not made to God's image. For the end corresponds to the beginning. Therefore it is contrary to the nature of an end to proceed indefinitely. I:79:7 ad 1]. Objection 2. If we perceive this, we perceive a trinity, not, indeed, God, but, nevertheless, rightly called the image of God." We have limits God does not.. Gen.1:1 in the beginning God created…If we look back we cannot go further than the beginning of creation since we are creatures limited to time and made in time , so to understand the infinite we are not capable of in the fullest sense. John saw a throne, and then he saw a Lamb standing in front of the throne, a Lamb with its throat cut. The first is found in all men, the second only in the just, the third only in the blessed. Reply to Objection 3. In things which are of themselves, reason begins from principles that are known naturally, and advances to some term. I remember reading of a man who thought he had a fool-proof plan for sneaking into a drive-in movie without paying. Therefore the image of God is not to be found in the soul's acts. Thirdly, inasmuch as man knows and loves God perfectly; and this image consists in the likeness of glory. The end is not altogether extrinsic to the act, because it is related to the act as principle or terminus; and thus it just this that is essential to an act, viz. God said: ‘I know that which you do not know.’” (Quran 2:30) So begins the story of Adam, the first man, the first human being. But a creature is called God's image so far as it is akin to God. googletag.cmd.push(function(){googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1513315455001-0');}); On the contrary, It is written (Genesis 1:26): "Let Us make man to Our own image and likeness.". Reply to Objection 1. Reply to Objection 1. Therefore the image of God in man is of the Divine Essence, and not of the Trinity of Persons. 51): "Some consider that these two were mentioned not without reason, namely "image" and "likeness," since, if they meant the same, one would have sufficed.". As Augustine proves (De Trin. Luke 24:53 praising God continually in the temple. Now the first of all causes is the final cause. Further, the nature of the image consists not only in the representation of the Divine Persons, but also in the representation of the Divine Essence, to which representation belong immortality and indivisibility. For human acts can be considered in both ways, since man moves himself, and is moved by himself. i, 3) that there is no infinite process in demonstrations, because there we find a process of things having an essential, not an accidental, connection with one another. I answer that, as we have seen (I:40:2, the distinction of the Divine Persons is only according to origin, or, rather, relations of origin. that the image of God in man is to be referred to eternity. Now the first of all causes is the final cause. Wherefore every beginning of perfection is ordained to complete perfection which is achieved through the last end. A: Man's chief end is to glorify God, 1 and to enjoy him forever. Objection 3. Therefore he loses the image of God. But God made a spiritual image to Himself in man. Or else we may say that a part is not rightly divided against the whole, but only against another part. Our being bears the image of God so far as if is proper to us, and excels that of the other animals, that is to say, in so far as we are endowed with a mind. For instance, a worm, though from man it may originate, cannot be called man's image, merely because of the generic likeness. Reply to Objection 3. Therefore one man can place the last end of his will in many things. On the contrary, Augustine (De Trin. But this is the work of reason. Objection 1. xii, 4) that "when we seek trinity in the soul, we seek it in the whole of the soul, without separating the process of reasoning in temporal matters from the consideration of things eternal." I answer that, Man must, of necessity, desire all, whatsoever he desires, for the last end. Therefore, first and chiefly, the image of the Trinity is to be found in the acts of the soul, that is, inasmuch as from the knowledge which we possess, by actual thought we form an internal word; and thence break forth into love. And since, as Ambrose says (Prolog. Now man is master of his actions through his reason and will; whence, too, the free-will is defined as "the faculty and will of reason." And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. It would seem that all other creatures concur in man's last end. Reply to Objection 4. Objection 4. Therefore all human actions must be for an end. Hence we refer the Divine image in man to the verbal concept born of the knowledge of God, and to the love derived therefrom. Therefore the angels are not more to the image of God than man. Therefore man neither desires nor does all for the last end. Thus the image of God is the very Essence of God, Which is incorrectly called an image forasmuch as image is put for the exemplar. Objection 2. Moreover it is said "them" in the plural, as Augustine (Gen. ad lit. Objection 2. Objection 1. Further, the Philosopher says at the beginning of his Metaphysics [1, 2] that speculative science is sought for its own sake. On the contrary, Gregory says (Hom. First, because as the Son is like to the Father by a likeness of essence, it would follow of necessity if man were made in likeness to the Son, that he is made to the likeness of the Father. But the intellectual nature does not admit of intensity or remissness; for it is not an accidental thing, since it is a substance. D iii). All these several objects were considered as one perfect good resulting therefrom, by those who placed in them the last end. Therefore the end does not give the species to human acts. Opificio xvi) also asserts that, when Scripture says that "man was made to the image of God, it means that human nature was made a participator of all good: for the Godhead is the fulness of goodness." xiii, 3,4). Reply to Objection 1. For "genus" is not properly distinguished from "species." Article 3. Therefore the image of God exists in us even according to temporal things. The object of the will is the end and the good in universal. Objection 4. Since, therefore, good has the nature of end, and the first good is the last end, this argument does not prove that there is no last end; but that from the end, already supposed, we may proceed downwards indefinitely towards those things that are ordained to the end. Therefore, as woman is an individual of the human species, it is clear that every individual is not an image of God. It seems like a nice story but it is probably as mystical as the whole mythology. Even certain virtues are natural to the soul, at least, in their seeds, by reason of which we may say that a natural "likeness" exists in the soul. Consequently it is not possible for the appetite so to tend to two things, as though each were its perfect good. Objection 3. The Beginning - In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 51) "approach so near to God in likeness, that among all creatures nothing comes nearer to Him." But the will can react on itself an infinite number of times: for I can will something, and will to will it, and so on indefinitely. Article 4. Q. It is a sign that the end is fast approaching—that God is on the cusp of deposing evil and making all things right, as the world was when God first created the universe and placed man in the garden. And it is thus with irrational creatures. I answer that, Man must, of necessity, desire all, whatsoever he desires, for the last end. Reply to Objection 3. F. Innocentius Apap, O.P., S.T.M., Censor. Hence after the words, "To the image of God He created him," it is added, "Male and female He created them" (Genesis 1:27). It would seem that "likeness" is not properly distinguished from "image." But some turn away from the unchangeable good, by sinning. The year 2008 marked the beginning of God’s final warnings to mankind about catastrophic end-time events. First, because whatever man desires, he desires it under the aspect of good. Objection 3. If, however, we speak of man's last end, as of the acquisition of the end, then irrational creatures do not concur with man in this end. 2. For Augustine says (De Civ. But this is to be found in us as regards any object. Therefore it does not belong to things that lack reason. Reply to Objection 2. Objection 1. Dei xix, 1) that some held man's last end to consist in four things, viz. Is the image of God in man by comparison with the Essence, or with all the Divine Persons, or with one of them? Therefore the supposition that one thing is the last end of the will does not exclude others. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS. ii, 12) that the image implies "an intelligent being, endowed with free-will and self-movement, whereas likeness implies a likeness of power, as far as this may be possible in man." For these reasons the procession of the Son from the Father alone is not suitably represented. Objection 1. On the other hand, nothing hinders infinity from being in things that are ordained to one another not essentially but accidentally; for accidental causes are indeterminate. But man is not only mind. Objection 1. Eccl. For an "image" is so called because it is produced as an imitation of something else; wherefore, for instance, an egg, however much like and equal to another egg, is not called an image of the other egg, because it is not copied from it. Now it is clear that particular causes are moved by a universal cause: thus the governor of a city, who intends the common good, moves, by his command, all the particular departments of the city. Therefore, as he there says: "We see, rather than believe, the trinity which is in ourselves; whereas we believe rather than see that God is Trinity.". It is the heartbeat of the story. riches. Therefore the image of the Trinity is to be found in the soul, even as regards temporal objects.

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