Man was created in God’s image and likeness, not in a bodily image and likeness of God, for God does not have a bodily form. Rather, man was created in the image and likeness of God’s essence. Hence, man is to act according to God’s likeness of being, proclaiming truth and creating and sustaining life.
The heart of man was created to seek truth. The Evil One, the Father Lies, twists and confounds truth. Sin rides on the back of distorted truth and lies. Truth leads the way to God.
The heart of man was created to create and sustain life. To refuse to be open to God’s invitation to create new life in union with Him and to sustain life from conception to natural death is a renunciation of our human essence and God, the creator and sustainer of all life.