Imitation of God

devotional practice

Imitation of God (Latin: imitatio Dei) is a concept found in Judaism, Christianity and other world religions.


  • Just as He is called gracious, you too be gracious; just as he is called merciful, you too be merciful; just as he is called holy, you too be holy.
    • Maimonides, Laws Concerning Character Traits, in The Ethical Writings of Maimonides (Dover:1975), p. 30
  • Ἔσεσθε οὖν ὑμεῖς τέλειοι ὡς ὁ Πατὴρ ὑμῶν ὁ οὐράνιος τέλειός ἐστιν.
    • Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
    • Matthew 5:48

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