MAN, THE IMAGE OF GOD. . .
Of all the trades, the one that Adam
first practiced was the trade of the tailor. Yes, before taking up any
other trade, he collected some fig leaves and sewed them together.
Who taught him this skill? How
did he learn it? The fact is that he had received from God the gift of
intelligence; the fact is that he was the image of God.
You may ask yourselves in what way man
arrived at the construction of the first plough, at woodwork, at forging
iron, at putting oxen under the yoke, and in what way woman invented the art
Where did all these come from?
When a trade comes into being, it is
plied with a tool. The hands are not involved in the work as much as
the reason, intelligence, which arranges different objects in different
shapes. It is the intelligence, for example, that manufactures
clothes. The shape of the clothes reveals the intelligence of the
tailor. When you read in the bible that God worked in creating the
world, do you really think he needed hands for his work?
If you are looking for the origin of a
trade, if you are asking how a discovery or an invention could have come
about, remember the word that God spoke: "Let us make humanity in our
Then you will have the solution at
once, humanity in the image of God. How could humanity possibly fail
to use intelligence? Humanity in the image of the Creator. How
could humanity possibly fail to imitate his Creator?
Severianus of Gabala