PERSONIFICATION OF ATTRIBUTES - GENESIS 1:26
"Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over... the whole earth."
The above passage of Genesis has been for years the trump card in the hands of Trinitarians to drop at the right time in the assumed thought that it will guarantee them to clean up the table, so to speak. Well, let them think again, because I have news. It's no longer that easy.
Elohim is incorporeal, and incorporeality reflects no image. But then again, how to harmonize the use of the pronouns in the plural form? The attributes of God, which are part of His essence, were impersonately involved in the formation of man.
Bear in mind that only in the creation of man was the statement issued: To make man in God's image. Since God has no visible image, and man does, it's only obvious that man's image would be according to God's attributes. Therefore, His attributes in a relative portion, were the active agent in the formation of man.
Now, it's imperative to focus on the pronouns used by the sacred writer, since the pronouns are anyways what Trinitarians use to think they have made their day. "Let US make MAN in OUR image and likeness. And let THEM have dominion over everything on earth."
Now, focus on the word MAN. It is in the singular form. Nevertheless, the purpose is for THEM to dominate the earth. If THEM were a reference to man, a clarification would be in order to explain the discrepancy in the Grammar. I mean, that it would be a reference to all men. This lack of clarification was not a lapse of the author, but intentional will to direct our minds to the attributes of God, which took part in the formation of man.
It's interesting and just convenient for Trinitarians to rapidly refer "us" and "our" to God Himself and hide any word of explanation on the plural pronoun "them," which could not be a reference to man. I hope they do not do this on purpose because it would be spiritual cruelty to hide the truth.
I hope we have settled this issue. Since "them" is not a reference to man but to the attributes of God, it's only obvious that "us" and "our" are not references to God Himself but to His attributes. Therefore, the Creator of the Universe is He Who has dominion over the whole of the Universe through man by way of His attributes.
It's more than obvious that Israel could not uphold the banner of absolute Monotheism in God, and start the Scriptures with statements of plurality in God. The whole issue therefore, was personification of attributes.
Can you clarify the term (in Hebrew) that is stated in English as "man"?... I read the term as refering to "mankind" (which is a singular term, but is plural in its meaning).
All right, I'll try. Let us star with a simile. A teacher is delivering a lecture. Suddenly he says: "Every one on the left side of the room is supposed to stay, and every one else are supposed to leave." Where is he right and where is he wrong grammatically? I hope you have chosen the first premise when he says, "Every one IS supposed to stay" and not the second premise when he says, "Every one ARE supposed to leave." The predicative has to agree with the subject to be grammatically correct. Now, let us return to the text in Genesis 1:26 above.
In "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over... everything on earth." If one
chooses the literal interpretation method, not only a grammatical mistake is made but also a contradiction to the text is caused.
Where is the grammatical mistake? Yes, "man" in the text is a reference to Mankind, but "them" to be a reference to Mankind, it had to be "he" and not them. Why? Take Exo. 4:22,23 for instance, when God said to Pharaoh, "Israel is My son; so let My son go that he may serve Me," Israel is the People. Nevertheless, the singular "son" and not sons is used, and the pronoun "he" and not they is used.
Therefore, "man" is a reference to Mankind and "them" is a reference to God's attributes. Several of them which were granted to man so that God would execute dominion over the world through man. IWO, God sharing with man the control of the world.
Now, for the contradiction. The plurality of terms with supposed references to God in the text as in, "Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness..." they are rather references to the attributes of God and not to God Himself, as God has neither an image nor likeness to anything we can imgine. (Deut. 4:15,16 and Isa. 46:5)
Well, an explanation a little too long but I hope that everything is clear now.