If evolution is true human beings are not made in God’s image.
If evolution is true human beings are made in the image of whatever non-human being came before them. And that non-human being was made in the image of whatever came before it. And this line of purposeless image after purposeless image extends back to the sea sponge if you believe current evolutionists.
But scripture teaches something radically different. Scripture teaches that human beings are made in the image of God. If we believe scripture we can debate the meaning of what being made in God’s image entails, but we cannot debate with integrity the fact of such creation.
Creation by God in his image is central to the entire narrative arc of the Bible, and is, in fact, the central truth that colors the entire tapestry of redemption. The apostle Paul speaks of creation as showing the glory of the immortal God. As redeemed people we are to put off the old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Further, this new self, according to the apostle Paul, is to be renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
It seems that the old self, created in the image of God but living in a fallen state, is to be made into a new self, which is also created in the image of God. This is a mystery, for sure, but it is also a fact.
But what of evolution? What images are we faced with in a naturalistic creation story? What we find in evolutionary circles are people who for whatever reason fail to glorify God in creation. In fact, although they claim to be wise they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for other images.
What are these other images? A quick search of how humans evolved will reveal neat diagrams and tidy charts that illustrate the images that evolutionists believe humans are created in. Such evolutionary narratives show that evolutionists have exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man, and birds, and animals and reptiles.
Images that look like mortal man. Or man made in the image of God. One view, according to scripture, is held by those who have exchanged the truth of God for a lie. And, scripture makes clear, such people have chosen to worship and serve created things rather than the Creator.