Made in the Image of God, by Reid A. Ashbaucher is a very detailed, well explained study necessary to understand the nature of God as well as that of human beings.
How are we all alike and different with respect to God of this universe, as He designed it to be? is a question Ashbaucher meticulously answers in this book while helping the reader to easier believe God’s claims and act on them by faith.
Ashbaucher gives a very clear introduction: “God should always be seen and understood as the eternal Creator of our universe, who is Holy, righteous, all-powerful and loving toward His creation.” I like the presupposition he assumes; that the Bible is the inerrant and infallible Word of God and supports it with 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21-22. This book, as emphasizes the author, only discusses God’s nature and NOT Trinitarianism. “Made in the Image of God” touches on God’s hierarchical structure as shown in John 10:30 and Luke 22:42.
“Made in the Image of God” uses some scientific terms to illustrate points and help the reader to understand the unknown, untouchable world. I like it because it demonstrates that there is never any conflict between true science and our Christian faith. For example, the Genesis story (story of creation) may be a telescoped account, giving only major points but it is scientifically accurate for this simple reason: “In Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17 NIV). “…the power behind the atom is the nature of God,” writes Ashbaucher.
The author is not writing form a distance and this can quickly be seen when he shares a piece of his personal life – the miscarriage and the questions that propelled him into this particular study. He knows his subject and thoroughly breaks it down for his reader. He repeatedly uses the term `concept’ to refer to truths that are organized by subject matter and supported by scriptures through direct statements or sound reasoning.
This book takes the reader through a journey of progressive revelation of truth; helping one ask the right questions in order to get the right answers based on scripture. Ashbaucher has diagrams to better demonstrate his writing. He makes some profound statements like “The personhood of God can, but does not always act in an omnipresent manner.” Without a good background on the discussion at hand, this statement can easily be misunderstood. I must say that the author is quick to add, “By examining this issue of the personhood of God, it is not my intent to limit God or His omnipresent attribute.”
Only a good ‘unrushed’ study is what can be helpful in understanding “Made in the Image of God” as it causes one to think in terms the reader has probably never considered before. This book helps the reader understand how God relates to His creation which in turn makes it easier to relate to God and to fellow human beings. This understanding also explores God’s image in man’s fallen state while revealing the purpose and start of reconciliation so as to help the reader draw closer to God in a personal way. This is important because the reader gets to understand God’s grace, in that there are no provisions to be fulfilled. The permanency of our new nature received at reconciliation is all on God’s promise and commitment to save His creation.
One of my favorite quotes in this book is this: “Without God’s wisdom, man’s knowledge is incomplete to exercise faith.”
I would strongly recommend this book to Christian lay person and anyone who would truly like to have a deeper knowledge of who God is and how we relate to Him.
Review also posted here.