Dear family and friends Genesis chapter 5 begins with the discussion of God’s Creation of Adam. The discussion quickly leads many of us into unfamiliar territory. The Torah Informs us God Made man in one day; i.e. ‘ In the day when God Created man’. The Man / Woman was created with both male and female sexual organs. Holy Scripture says He Created them as Male and Female. He called their name Adam. What is it like to be like God? We are informed that we are made in the [Spiritual] likeness of God. What does that mean? We know that God is Spirit. When we think of God’s Likeness perhaps some of us may think of God as Spirit, Wind, or Breath. God can be felt but God cannot be seen. Manifestations of God can be seen like a powerful wind bending the tree branches. When its cold outside we see our breath. Our breath is made of vapors. We see clouds.
Dear Ones, we are Spirit because we were created as a resemblance to God. Those that believe in the trinity teach that God is a Father, God is a son, and God is a Spirit. Nowhere in The Holy Scriptures do we read Adam was a son. Neither Adam or Eve had a father or a mother.
In addition, we must consider the impact a trinity would have on women. Women cannot be fathers. That in and of itself should make it very clear that God is not a trinity. We were not formed in the likeness of any trinity.
Adam and Eve were created androgynous. That means Adam was partly male and partly female in appearance. Eve was partly male and partly female in appearance. How do we know this? The Holy Scripture Say, He Created them as Male and Female. He Called their name, Adam. So Adam was called Adam and Eve was also called Adam. Why? They were formed with a combination of masculine and feminine sexual organs into one body. They were created androgynous. Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says (Brooklyn, New York: Benei Yakov Publications 1980), p. 33 – Again, this is significant because Holy Scripture does not describe God as being androgynous. Being created androgynous should help each of us understand physical and sexual attractions experienced by those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. Those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer may appear different to heterosexuals. Yet who can say what is in each of our gene pool? We need to be very careful about branding other humans as evil or sinful because of their sexual choices.
זֶה סֵפֶר תּוֹלְדֹת אָדָם בְּיוֹם בְּרֹא אֱלֹהִים אָדָם בִּדְמוּת אֱלֹהִים עָשָׂה אֹתוֹ:ב זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה בְּרָאָם וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתָם וַיִּקְרָא אֶת־שְׁמָם אָדָם בְּיוֹם הִבָּרְאָם:ג
בְּרֹא אֱלֹהִים אָדָם
Bih Roh Elohim Adam
Bih Roh Elohim Adam says, ‘God Created Adam.‘ אֱלֹהִים Elohim is plural. בְּרֹא Bih Roh is singular. That presents a problem for those that believe God is a Trinity. Scripture does not say כָתַב וַיִבְרְאוּ Chaw Tav – Vah Yee Bih Rih Vooh ‘They Created’. Rabbi Avrohom Davis, The Mesudah Chumash A New Linear Translation Bereishis (Hoboken New Jersey, KTVA Publishing House, Inc., 1991) p 15
We can deduce from the above information that we were not made in the physical image of God. God does not have a physical image. We were created in God’s Spiritual Image. Our likeness to God is Spiritual. We were created in His Spiritual likeness.
God Willing we will continue to stay within Torah’s Guidelines of righteous living and repentance. May we help others, May we bring peace and healing to our world. May this coming Sabbath and every Sabbath be a blessed Day.
Akiva George Belk