I believe a little differently than most people. So my post may or may not make sense to you.
We have never been separated from our Source. In my belief system the Source is and always has been inside of ourselves. Through all our journeys in all our lives and incarnations this Source has never left us and it never.
Our species and most species upon this Earth as we know it, be it animate or inanimate is only a temporary host for our Soul and the life Spirit. When the host ceases to exist, the Source and energies which are associated with this host does not cease to exist, as all energies go on to infinity.
Depending on your personal beliefs, we have never been separated from our Source. The personal paths and journeys throughout each lifetime has always been to be closer to our Source. All we really have to do is look inside, for there the true Source exists and this has always been so. It does not matter what faith or creed we follow or believe in, the Source is still present in our lives. It does not matter what label or name is assigned to it, it is still the Source of All That Is.
There is no reason to follow. It is what it is. The statement, "We were created in His image" can be defined in many ways. To me it is the core of who we are, what we can do and where we go in our lives. If we were truly created in the image of the Source, perhaps it is not meant to be taken literally, but in the context of we have all the same Powers and Gifts of our Source, but first we need to journey to the place within ourselves that we fully understand the meaning of this statement.
Most of what I speak should be interpreted by the individual in their own way, as my way is not necessarily the way of all. But I did want to share my beliefs with you, as I am of the rational that 'if we can imagine it, we can achieve it'.
These are the gifts from our Source.