Question 2: Concerning God’s words “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26), I don’t understand. Since God made man in His own image, does that mean that we have the image of God? If it’s true, are we man or God?
Answer: In Genesis, God did say to us, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness …” (Genesis 1:26). But He didn’t say that He made God in His image or likeness. That God made man in His image and after His likeness doesn’t mean He would make man into God. God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” What does He mean by “image”? The “image” here refers to God’s disposition, what God has and is, the substance of God’s life, as well as the truth. If man lives out all the truths expressed by God, this image of truth will then have God’s image. As we all know, God’s disposition and God’s life being are so rich. What God’s work manifests is very limited. So how can we claim that God’s life being and His disposition can be fully summarized and put clearly by the words expressed by Him? Anyone who has experienced God’s work in the last days, and knows Him can confirm that the truth and what God has and is expressed by God are just one ten thousandth or one trillionth of God’s life disposition. God is the Creator and the source of life for all things. Compared to God’s real life disposition, God’s truth, possessions, and being He expresses are merely a drop in the ocean. It’s merely a drop in the ocean. Actually, we’re doing well if we can live out one drop of truth in that ocean. The truth that we can live out is limited. Even if we spend all our lives pursuing it, we can never live out all the truths that God has expressed. This has been acknowledged by those who’ve experienced God’s work. Some day in the future, when God’s work ends, if we can live out the smallest bit of His image and His life being, it still can’t be said that we’ve become God. Because God is the Creator, the substance of His life can’t be fathomed. God created and governs the whole universe. His life is all-inclusive and fills all things. We can’t describe His greatness using the words that we have. What God has expressed in His work is just a little bit of what He has and is, which is extremely limited. Even if man could live out all the truths that God expresses in His work, it still won’t mean that man really obtains God’s image. Much less that he completely possesses the truth or gains the truth. So, even if man lives out a bit of God’s image, how can we say that he becomes God? It’s not a possibility. Therefore, that “Man has God’s image and can become God” is foundless. It just doesn’t compute.
If we live out a bit of God’s image through our experiencing God’s work, we still won’t become God. Here’s an example. It’s not exactly the same, but it still may help. So there’s a son and a father. The son and the father look a lot alike. But their characters and personalities are totally different. Even though they’re related, it’s impossible that they have the same attribute. The paths they walk aren’t the same either. And sometimes, a man can be good but his son not as much. They may look alike, tied by blood, but they’re not the same at all. In some families, the father resists God while the son believes in God and obey Him. That’s proof enough that looking like someone and sharing a bloodline doesn’t mean you have the same attribute. So, even if we manage to live out a little of God’s image, it doesn’t mean that we have the substance of His life. Man can never become God—this is certain.
from the movie script of Rapture in Peril