Start of Lesson #9 The a-A, b-B, c-C’s of Catholism
THE IMAGE OF GOD: CCC#’s 356-361
In God’s entire Created Universe, man in the only living Creation that has the ability, and the essential attributes necessary to know of God, and then to freely choose to actually “KNOW God.” To alone know who and what God is in a limited, but sufficient manner. Man alone emulates our God
who is Spirit and Truth.
Gen.1:26-28; And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness: and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moveth upon the earth. And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them. And God blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and all living creatures that move upon the earth… Jn. 4:23-24 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeketh such to adore him. God is a spirit; and they that adore him, must adore him in spirit and in truth.”
In order for man to  Emulate our God  Possess the potentiality of fulfilling the precise reason for mans existence; each of the following “God-LIKE” attributes are essential. While these attributes are of the same “type” as God’s, they fall far short in every other comparison with God’s attributes. His being perfect and complete; ours imperfect and incomplete; BUT completely- sufficient nevertheless.
Man alone is given a mind [not speaking here on the brain]; an Intellect [not speaking of “I.Q.”], and a freewill; ALL of which are permanently attached to our SOULS. Like God, each of these is a “Spiritual-Reality” which cannot die or be killed. It is this God-Like-Spiritual package that survives our mortal life here on earth, and will spend Eternity in the location of OUR OWN CHOICE: heaven or hell.
CCC #356 Of all visible creatures only manis “able to know and love his creator”. He is “the only creature on earth that God has willed for its own sake”, and he alone is called to share, by knowledge and love, in God’s own life. It was for this end that he was created, and this is the fundamental reason for his dignity”
Morally, Logically and Theologically; because man alone has the necessary attributes to “Know God”
 This then become the goal; the very purpose of mans existence.  God thereby obligates Himself to make Knowledge of Him a true and REAL possibility. To this end then, everything in God’s Created Universe exist FIRSTLY to make mans knowledge of God a possibility, and then to fulfill its other purpose for existence.
CCC #358 God created everything for man, but man in turn was created to serve and love God and to offer all creation back to him:
What is it that is about to be created, that enjoys such honor?
What is man that great and wonderful living creature, more precious in the eyes of God than all other creatures! For him the heavens and the earth, the sea and all the rest of creation exist. God attached so much importance to his salvation that he did not spare his own Son for the sake of man. Nor does he ever cease to work, trying every possible means, until he has raised man up to himself and made him sit at his right hand”
Isaiah 43: 7 & 21 ““And every one that calleth upon my name, I have created him for my glory, I have formed him, and made him & This people have I formed for myself, they shall shew forth my praise”
CCC # 359 “”In reality it is only in the mystery of the Word made flesh that the mystery of man truly becomes clear.”
St. Paul tells us that the human race takes its origin from two men: Adam and Christ
. . . The first man, Adam, he says, became a living soul, the last Adam a life-giving spirit. The first Adam was made by the last Adam, from whom he also received his soul, to give him life… The second Adam stamped his image on the first Adam when he created him. That is why he took on himself the role and the name of the first Adam, in order that he might not lose what he had made in his own image. The first Adam, the last Adam: the first had a beginning, the last knows no end. The last Adam is indeed the first; as he himself says: “I am the first and the last.”
End of Lesson #9 The a-A, b-B, c-C’s of Catholism