Read Genesis 5
Focus on verse 1 & 3
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – or a chip off the old block – phrases we sometimes use to describe a son that looks like his father, or a daughter that resembles her mother. This has actually been going on for quite some time. Adam was made in the image of God. Adam then “fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image” presumably with the cooperation of Eve, and it would seem the assumption is that this continues to this day.
When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. (v. 3)
One of the unique attributes that set human beings apart from the rest of creation is that humans are the only creatures the scriptures describe as fashioned “in the image of God”. This, together with the eternal soul, is what makes us different from other animals over which God gave humans “dominion”. This dominion has been twisted and perverted by sin that has resulted in humanity very often abusing the dominion that we have over the rest of creation. It is evident also in the way humans abuse each other as well. It has been noted historically that humans seem to have the capacity to be much more cruel and twisted in our abuse of one another and to the lower animals than even the most brutal beasts of the animal kingdom.
When man denies or forgets that he has been made in the image of God, he begins to act like a brute beast. C.S. Lewis depicts this well in the second book of his Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian.
When the children first return to Narnia, Lucy sees a bear and assuming it is a Narnian (talking bear) she approaches it and may have been mauled by it had her companions not slain the bear as it charged her. The explanation given to her is that when the Narnians are treated like animals and begin to forget that they are intelligent talking beasts, they eventually become brute beasts that no longer behave like Narnian animals.
When we has humans begin to believe that we are nothing more than a highly evolved animal, it seems to give license for some of us to begin to behave like animals, and as a result treat each other no better than animals. This is the degrading and destructive affect that sin has on humanity when we choose to pursue our unfettered passions. Only redemption through repentance and the atoning blood of Christ can reverse this “sin effect”. Through Christ our minds can be restored to recognize and remember where we came from. Only through Christ can we reach the full potential of who we really are in Him as we allow the Holy Spirit to mold us back into His image.