"Then God (Elohim) said, "Let Us make man in Our image, in Our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them" Genesis 1:26 & 27.
What is the image of God? There are indications in the Bible that even our physical form is in God's image (see Ezekiel 1:26-28). Yet, being created in the image of God means more.
We might look to animals and compare ourselves to them. Animals use tools, reason solutions to problems and communicate. They share affection, take care of their families and build homes. Animals have even been known to risk their lives to save human beings. Though we could argue that we do all of those things better than animals ever could, we can't say that those things set us apart.
There is one thing that sets us apart. Animals don't use words. The earth was created by the Word of God and human beings' greatest tool is the power of language. Through language we communicate more than just feelings or needs. Through the use of words a person can bring change in himself, in others and in his