Hindsite wrote:It may seem that way if one thinks simply. However, God is not simple. God made man in His own image, consisting of body, soul, and spirit.
Orthodox Christianity acknowledges that God is One, but not a simple one. God is also a Trinity. That is, God is One in three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is One in Unity.
Though I am far from being an expert, I am sort of informed about differences of perception of Trinity among various denominations of Christianity. I very well remember how painful to read about the issue and decipher its meaning.
Call me a cynic, but at the end, they all sounded like ridiculous attempts to fit this obviously polytheistic/pagan notion of multiple Gods, which was injected into Christian creed in Council of Nicaea out of the political needs of the Roman Empire, into a frame of a monotheistic religion.
Hindsite wrote:Then God said, ‘‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Well, this notion of people being created in the image of God is also a strict no-no in Islam. "Say: Allah is the One and Only;
Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
And there is none equal or comparable unto Him"
Hindsite wrote:Notice the shift in pronouns. "Let us … in our image … So God created man in his own image. … he created him." From us and our to he. Why the shift?
Because of linguistics...
In the East and probably in most of the West, a person like a king, a queen, a sultan or a pope refer himself/herself as "We", because using plural "we" instead of singular "I" emphasizes the exalted position of the person.
In Islam, God's singularity is a strict concept. Yet, in Quran, God always refers himself as "we", never as "I".
O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted. -Hujurat 49:13