Christus Victor

Making Christ Known

We are an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregation growing in the likeness of Christ by:

Worshiping, praying, and studying God’s word;
Being together with other people; and
Acting in faith through words and deeds both inside and outside our church walls.

Chapter 1 Question: In Chapter 1, it says "Then God said, 'Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness.'" How can God be plural?

There are several names for God used in Genesis: One is God, another is LORD God, a third is LORD.  LORD is Yahweh in Hebrew; LORD God is Yahweh Elohim, and God is Elohim.  Elohim is a plural noun.  We suspect the original meaning in the pre-Hebraic tongue was “council of the gods.”  You ask how can God be plural.  I suggest that God is not only a “he” but also a “she.”  I would go further and say that God is beyond male and female, yet both sexes were made in the image of God, the imago Dei.