Image of God

The first track on Prayer will be 'Image of God' because this fundamental concept sets the tone for the whole album, and ideally our whole lives in our behavior and treatment of others. The phrase "Image of God" comes from the biblical account of creation in the book of Genesis. 

"Then God said, “Let us make humankind 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 humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."

The key to understanding this lies in taking into account other creation myths from the same era and part of the world. I've done a fair amount of research into this, and the results have been fascinating! The "image of God" refers to the image or statue of a god you might find in an ancient temple. Human beings are that image. The ancient Jewish people were forbidden from making any sort of statue of God; reason being - they themselves were the image of God inhabiting the earth that is his temple!

This elevates humanity to a new level of dignity and responsibility. We are to be the representation of God to the world. "Ruling over" implies not a tyrannical, careless rule but a loving care over the earth and all its creatures.

In addition, we are to view every single human being we encounter as a representation of God. What would the world be like if we were to look into each other's eyes and see the divine? Surely that transcends all fears, prejudices and conflicts. And thus I write this song, 'Image of God.'

 

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