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Question from Anonymous on 3/10/2009:

If God made all of us in his image, why is it then that some are more beautiful than others

Answer by Colin B. Donovan, STL on 3/11/2009:

God is infinite and eternal spirit. The angels are finite spirits who had a beginning (their creation), but having been created are immortal (spirit is indestructable). Man has a soul, which is spirit, like God, and a body, like the material universe (especially animals, who have body but no spiritual soul).

It is in man's soul, therefore, that the image of God, immortal spirit with intellect and will, resides. Only secondarily can man's body be said to be an image of God, and then ONLY by being suitable for union with man's soul. God made our bodies fit for man's special role in creation, as His greatest work in the visible universe, commanded to exercise spiritual and material governance over the world. Man is like no other creature in walking fully upright, in being able to use his hands, all suited to man's special place and to the special nature of human work, art, culture and religion. In this our body is special, but since God has no material body we cannot say that it directly reflects the image of God.

As for the beauty of individual human beings, this is the consequence of so many factors of inheritance, health, and even personal decisions, all affected by the Fall of Adam and Eve and the consequences their original sin brought upon on, that it is, like our behavior, often far removed from God's original intention.

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