You will no doubt get a ton of answers to your questions. Mine is from my world alone,,, it can be taken many ways, the whole "in his image" thing.
1. made too look like Him/Her
2. made to be spiritual creatures (since animals supposedly dont have such status)
I've seen it put forth as like when we have a child,,they are in our image, since we are all supposedly "his" children.
One thing that makes me wonder, is the whole angel thing,,,we are made to be above them, but below god,,,go figure,,,
So, if nothing else, dogma says,,were better than animals and better than angels,,that hang with him all the time,,,,
Was he a zygote? supposedly, hes always been there, and is a sprit being,,so, most likely not.
I wish all could find the true happiness I have found,,in the eyes of Mike