Because the image of God imprints value deep in our souls, it makes us worth protecting. Whether our bodies are deformed or misshapen. Whether we are feeble, drooling, bedwetting, old people in the twilight of our years. Whether we are little babies hidden away in our mothers’ wombs or the smallest Embryonic human beings about to be sacrificed for research. We are still valuable. We are made in the image of God.
— Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 1049
The imago Dei lays the foundation for the sacredness of human life. This image makes human life unrepeatable and worthy of reverence. All people—regardless of race, sex, class, age, standing, health, appearance, or other distinctions—deserve respect and dignified treatment as the crown of creation.
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from A World of Difference, kindle location 1988
As the crown of God’s creation mankind uniquely displays the image of God by his rational capacities, moral volition, relational distinctives, unique spiritual qualities, and dominion over nature. As the only creature made in the image and likeness of God, humans reflect the splendor of their Maker, yet in finite expression.
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from Without a Doubt, kindle location 401
Although only a converted will is capable of virtue in a consistent manner, there is also a natural virtue spoken of in Romans 2 (conscience), which is a consequence of our creation in the image of God.
— Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey, from How Now Shall We Live?, p. 381
So what does it mean to be made in the image of God? Well, to be created by this design means that we are able to participate in this incredible phenomenon called thinking, reflecting, deciding, learning, feeling, and knowing.
We are also gifted with a moral sense—truly knowing right from wrong.
— R. C. Sproul, from What’s in the Bible, p. 6