What is the message of Genesis 1?
Every human is beautiful
Elsewhere you may hear a more elitist message. “He looks like a god.” “She looks like a goddess.” They stand apart. In ancient times, emperors were acclaimed this way. In these times it is models and entertainers. But counter to this, Genesis says, “Every one of you is God-like.” You slaves, you exiles, you oppressed. There is no one who is not.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the ultimate beholder is God. Genesis 1 says, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Genesis 1 says, you are beautiful.