Imitatio DEI

Imitation of GOD

Imitation of GOD (Latin Imitatio DEI) is a religious concept according to which the human being through faith seeks the virtues through the attempt to imitate the Divinity. It is found in many religions and has an essential role in some branches of Christianity (Christomimesis, as in the Imitatio Christi by anonymous) and Judaism. For the latter, the concept of Imitatio DEI, generally regarded as a mitzvah, derives in part from the theological doctrine of Imago Dei (Image of GOD) – made in the image of GOD (in Hebrew: צֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים? ; tzelem Elohim, lett. “image of GOD”), which starts from the certainty that the Book of Genesis gives to believers, that is to have been privileged and empowered through their birth: created in the image of GOD. The people of believers are inspired by the Torah to acquire divine virtues, as expressed in the Book of Leviticus:
“Speak to the whole community of the Israelites and command them, ‘Be holy, for I, the LORD your GOD, am holy'”
(Leviticus 19:2)

This concept later became the basis of Rabbinic Judaism, exhorting believers who aspire to Spiritual growth to perform acts of kindness and love similar to those attributed to the Most High
But just as the Talmud declares, “As He is merciful, so must you be merciful,” Islam also takes up the concept, calling on every believer to imitate in deeds the Prophet Mohammed and thus the Creator.

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