Kansas Farm Boy, USA - 1947
In Whose Image and Likeness did God make you!
God made me in His own image and likeness.
We are composed of body and soul; and there are with us two kinds of life: the life of the body and the life of the soul. The image of God is in the soul, no in the body. God has not a body as we have, He is a spirit; He has made our souls spirits like to Himself. This is what the Catechism means when it asks:
4. Is this likeness to God in your body or in your soul?
This likeness to God is chiefly in my soul.
We are then asked:
5. How is your soul like to God?
My soul is like to God because it is a spirit, and is immortal.
A spirit is something that we cannot see, but which really lives and exists like God Himself or the Angels. We know for certain that each one has a soul living in him, but we cannot see it. If you have ever seen a person die, you knew that the soul had left and gone out of the body; but you could not see it go, because it was a spirit. God is the great Spirit, and we are, as it were, spirits of a lower order or kind; but because we are spirits we are like to God. Again, the Catechism says my soul is immortal. Now God is immortal―that is, He cannot die; and He has made my soul immortal like Himself. My soul can never die now; it must live as long as God lives, either with Him in heaven or apart from Him in hell. That is the reason why heaven and hell are eternal.