Let Us Make Man In Our Image

Then God said, "Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  Then God blessed them..."  Genesis 1:26-28

The phrase "in the image" implies a gift within man but at the same time a goal set before him, a possession but also a destiny, since it really does constitue man's being, but only in potentiality ...Having been made in the image of God, man has a theological structure.  And to be a true man he must at every moment exist and live theocentrically.  When he denies God he denies himself and destroys himself.  When he lives theocentrically he realizes himself by reaching out into infinity; he attains his true fulfilment by extending into eternity ...By making himself his own goal and objective, man "became his own idol" [according to St. Andrew of Crete].  Of his own free will he broke off his iconic relationship with God and impeded his movement towards Him.  He made himself autonomous, limited himself to created time and space, to his created nature, with the physiological result that a spiritual famine broke out within him.  Panayiotis Nellas, Deification in Christ.